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Topic: Is this too weird of a banner/avatar design for my Etsy?  (Read 703 times)
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« on: May 14, 2011 11:58:42 PM »

okay, so I've done a few sketches, and this is the one I liked best... My store is called Luna Estrella, my username is lunaestrelladesign. Right now my little Esty shop has only 1 item, I'm experimenting currently.

I'm also considering using this for some other stuff as well... But meanwhile, I'm worried that regardless of it being drawn by me and simple instead of done on the PC and simple, it might seem too odd... =/ I asked a random friend for an opinion on it and he told me it wasn't too weird looking, it was sexy looking.... I'm hoping that's good?



The colors look better in person as does the drawing. It's also far less streaky looking in person, this is a quickie iPhone pic. >_<;;; My room gets horrible lighting.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2011 06:29:12 AM »

Your design is a choice that you and you only can make! Your customers (any worth their salt, anyway) won't judge you on your avatar, so it should come from your heart.

If this design is from your heart and truly what you want, then GO FOR IT! I think it's lovely. =)
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2011 04:20:29 PM »

Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011 02:06:48 PM »

I think it's a great logo, and I agree that it's important to have an avatar that means something to you. From an outsider's point of view, it's dynamic and visually interesting without being overly complicated. That is definitely a good thing in a logo.

Unfortunately, the presentation of it has all kinds of problems. As a thumbnail you can't even see what it's supposed to be, which is the size it's displayed as on your Etsy page. The picture is too dark and the colours look muddled.  I really DO like your logo, I just wouldn't use it as-is. You can see what I mean if you go to the board where this topic is posted and look at the thumbnail with a critical eye:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=231.0

Now, it's entirely possible that a portion of the blame goes to bad lighting and that a scanned copy would look better. However, in my personal opinion, it would look miles above itself with some digital assistance. Were I you, I'd load it into a photo-editor like Photo Shop or JASC or even GIMP and posterize it to even out the colours. Then you can grab each colour with the magic wand and the ctrl key to select multiple pieces and use the promote to layer command so you can adjust the hue and saturation of just that colour. Once you've got each colour isolated and adjusted, it's just a matter of flattening the image to a single layer again and cleaning up the edges with the paintbrush and eraser tools. Once it's clean and shiny, you can apply it to a canvas that's perfectly square for your avatar, or onto a banner-sized canvas.

It's not horrifically complicated to give your logo a facelift. It's mainly a matter of knowing where all the commands are in your particular photo-editor and having the patience to go through all the steps. I really do think it's essential to have your logo as visually attractive as possible. After all, that's your brand, and you want it to be instantly recognizable as representing Luna Estrella. Heh, I'm one to talk, eh? I haven't finished my own logo's digital version Tongue

One last thing. You may want to consider how you'd label your product, because six colours is ALOT of colours to have on a custom garment label and is REALLY expensive to get silk-screened. Having a secondary logo in only black is a good idea, because one-colour printing or one-colour weaving for custom labels is relatively inexpensive.

I hope that was helpful Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2011 03:09:28 PM »

Thanks for the advice Smiley I wanted something I liked before bothering with doing anything to it on the PC.... Not that I'd be able to right now anyways xD My poor laptop died and waited a few weeks before it was finally taken to Geek Squad (damn extended warranties... I don't trust them) but Best Buy just called me about 20min ago telling me my PC is fixed, so I'll go over to Oregon this weekend to get it when I go to my grandmas. After it's back home, I'll play with this in Gimp so that it will look better.

I'm confused about the silk screening thing though... I don't know where that comes into play for all that... ^^;; Did I give off the impression I was making shirts? I wish I knew how to, but I don't lol. I do however make chainmaille jewelry and sew Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2011 07:19:15 PM »

Oh, poor computer! That majorly sucks, but I'm glad it's fixed Cheesy

I just mentioned silk screening on the off chance it was relevant. Signs, labels and even business cards can be silk screened, but even with other printing processes, more colours = more expensive.

I totally hadn't looked at your profile before answering, and I only did just now! I saw your scale earrings earlier today, and I gotta say they're darn cool, but I'm guilty of not looking at people's usernames Tongue

Best of luck with your shop!
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2011 08:22:53 PM »

Same! I've been going online on a mixture of my iPhone and on this really beat up old laptop that has only the top and bottom halves connected by a few wires XD

That's really fascinating though that you can silk screen business cards =]

Thanks and I'm glad you like 'em ^_^
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