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AshtonagoL
« on: June 02, 2011 01:36:23 PM »

I'm trying to design and create my own logo to use on tags, avatars, banners, etc.  I know exactly what I want it to look like.  Just not quite sure how to create it digitally.  I might be able to draw it on paper but I want it to look kind of "cartoonish" and I'm not sure I can achieve that on paper.  And I wouldn't know how to get it from paper to digital format without it being painfully obvious that it's scanned in.  I've drawn most of it digitally but I'm not sure I can finish the details that way.  Any suggestions on where to go from here?  If anyone is good with graphic design, I'd be willing to work out a deal.  My biggest problem is that I'm on a tight budget.  My "business" is really not a business at all yet and I'm not sure how much I want to put into it.  My main reason for wanting to get a logo is for use on business cards and a facebook page.  The few things I've sold, I have not set out to sell.  I've been contacted by someone who saw something I made for someone else and wanted one for themselves.  So just a few word of mouth sales.  Which is probably how I would like to continue for a while.  But I think ppl who don't know me would be more likely to contact me if they had a biz card, rather than my mom or friend writing my phone number on a scrap of paper, lol.  In other words, I can't really afford a big investment because I'm not likely going to make that money back.  Anyone want to help me out?  I definitely would not expect anyone to help me for free.  I just can't spend a ton.  I'd also be willing to exchange your services for something I can make or for some fabric stash.  If noone is interested in taking over for me, does anyone have suggestions on how I may be able to figure out how to do this myself?  I think what I'm wanting is probably pretty basic for anyone with some artistic/graphic art talent.  I just don't have any of that. lol.  Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011 06:58:43 PM »

Can you upload what you have so far? And what you'd like to change or add?

I've used Vistaprint before; they usually have some great deals going for business cards where all you pay is shipping.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2011 11:58:25 PM »

There are tons of logo makers for free online. If you can scan it, and upload it I can probably help you with it.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2011 05:34:08 PM »

My name is going to be Handmade PB&J.  (Meaning purses, bags, and jewelry).  Here is what I have so far that I made in my photo editing program.  I'd like to add some bracelets and purses to the PB&J ppl's arms, lol.  And obviously text, but I can do that part on my own.  Also, before anyone puts too much thought into this, is this "logo" too juvenille?  I will be making some kids items but most of my items are for ladies.  Now I'm wondering if I should just do a picture of a purse and a necklace or something a little more "generic" yet "elegant"?  Thanks for looking and sharing your thoughts!
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2011 05:32:13 AM »

I don't think it's too juvenile, since you make baby items. I would discourage you from making it too complicated, though. You want a logo that makes sense and looks good shrunk down to about 1" x 1" or smaller for a business card. I would also try designing a little larger, with higher dpi, to get smoother lines. I use a free photo editing program called GIMP. It does just about everything Photoshop does. You can always resize it later to get a smaller file size for use online.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2011 07:21:59 AM »

I thought I posted something here before; anyway, I'd be happy to help you out for free, just send me a message. I think you should keep the name since it motivated you well enough to give it a shot. Learning GIMP is fine if you want to play with graphics more than make stuff. Once you have a business card, that's pretty much all you need.

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2011 06:28:13 PM »

Thank you all for your input!  I really appreciate it!  I have used Gimp a little for photo editing but that's it.  Crafty Chef, I love it!  That is perfect!  Thank you!
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