You’ve probably come across the term customized QR Codes or QR Code generator with logo quite a bit if you have been contemplating using QR Codes for marketing.
A basic customized QR Code has the same colors as your brand and your logo. We usually recommend uploading a square logo. If your brand’s logo isn’t square or you want to create a logo for all your QR Codes, there are plenty of tools available. You could try a free logo maker to get started.
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Now let’s be honest, choosing a tool to make a logo may be overwhelming.
So we will do the groundwork for you. Let’s compare the all times classic logo software Adobe Illustrator with an online logo maker tool by Placeit.
You don’t need to have any design skills to create a logo because this a step by step guide to help you easily design a logo on either one of these tools.
The Wonders of Using a Logo Creator
Using an online logo creator for your logo is nothing short of magic.
You don’t have to spend hours designing and you don’t have to hire anyone else to do the job because you can do it yourself!
We do have to mention that making your own logo is way cheaper than buying one, Using Placeit, you can make as many logos as you wish, plus other essential branding assets for your business like business cards, posters, flyers, social media posts , and even videos!
How to Make a Logo with Placeit’s Logo Maker
#1. Go to Placeit’s Logo Maker and type your brand’s name in the text box.
The Logo Maker will suggest an industry for your logo, if it’s the right one, click on “Let’s Go”. If it is not the right one, pick the industry you are working on.
#2. Choose the template you would like to customize.
#3. Customize your template by typing any additional information you want on your logo. Change colors, fonts, and graphics.
*Pro Tip: You can move around your elements to play with your logo’s layout.
#4. When you are completely satisfied with your design, click on the “download” button.
Also, if you need a vector logo for any further editing now or in your future, you can download it from Placeit as a PDF with your vector logo!
How to Design a Logo with Adobe Illustrator
So let’s try to make a similar design from scratch using Illustrator.
#1. Open a new document, for starters you can choose to use a template size or open a custom template with the exact size you need. For this test, we will be making a squared 1000 pixels logo.
#2. Select the “Type” tool. Click and drag your text box and type your text.
#3. Customize your text’s size, font, spacing, alignment, using the “character” window.
#4. With your text selected click on the color tool. Move the mouse around to pick a color or you can always type in a hex code with the exact color you want.
#5. To create an underlining shape for your logo’s name first you choose the shapes tool. In this case, we will be using a rectangle tool. Make the same movement as the Type tool, click on your board and drag your mouse until you get your desired size. You will be making a big shape in order to see all the commands inside your figure. At the corners, you will be seeing small white dots, click and drag on these to play with your corners and make the shape rounder.
#6. Change the color of your shape.
#7. This part is tricky, it’s time to make your graphics, you can always search for license-free icons on the internet, but for this logo, we will be making the icon ourselves. The easiest way to make your icon is by using the pen tool.
Select the pen tool to create your design, to use it, you have to click on a point of your board and make a second click to connect a line. If you are making a curved line, hold on your mouse click and drag your line. To end your line, click on your last vector (the small white squares) while holding your Alt key.
#8. Duplicate your lines by clicking on your Alt key and dragging your line.
#9. Relocate your line and change its orientation by using the selection around it.
#10. Make lines and arrange them until you get the desired shapes. To group lines into one single object, select them and click on the “object” option on top of your screen and then select “group”.
#11. Next, you will be vectorizing your fonts. Select all your text by holding the shift key. Then on your upper screen click on “type” and then the option “create outlines”. If at any time you want to go back just click on “command” + “z” or if you are using a PC use “Ctrl” instead of the command key.
#12. Align all your elements, select everything on your logo and click on your align tool.
#13. Almost done! Click on “file”, “save as” and choose files locations and format. Always save your original design in Ai format and have a second format, most likely PDF, for easy sharing. You can also click on the “export as” options in order to get a PNG file or a JPEG.
Compare These QR Code Logo Makers Pricing
A Placeit subscription gives you unlimited access to all of Placeit’s mockups, design templates, and video makers as well as half off the logo maker to not only make your logo but also promote your designs, products, and brand like a pro. Easily create a logo for your brand with this subscription and use this tool from any computer, tablet or even on your phone!
On the other hand, if you feel confident about your editing skills you can take a look at the whole Adobe suite pricing to get this software on your computer at once! Ask an expert so you know which version is better suited for your PC or Mac software update.
If you have the resources to create a logo from scratch, Adobe Illustrator is the best bet. If not, Placeit is a good place to get a high-quality logo without hiring a designer.
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