Useful and Informational Logo Design Tutorials

Designing a logo is one of the most important parts of website design, and if you are charged with that task, you may need a little inspiration or some technique tips to get you started.

Hitting on the idea for an amazing logo is probably the most difficult part of the task, and the part that will have you starting and scrapping your designs numerous times! Here are some logo design tutorials that will set you on the path to that next, great logo design. Where possible, we have included logo styles in use following the tutorial.

Logo Tutorials

3D Logo Design Tutorial in Illustrator & Photoshop

If you are not in the ‘flat’ frame of mind for your logo design, this is a stunning 3D logo created in both Illustrator and Photoshop. As with most Illustrator tutorials, you need some knowledge of the software to complete this tutorial.

3D Logo Design Tutorial in Illustrator & Photoshop

3D Logo Design in Action

This logo was a winning design on the 99designs website.

Bury Industrial Logo

Create a Watercolor Logo in Photoshop

This style of logo design can fit beautifully with flat design, or you can use the creased paper background as used in the tutorial. Created completely in Photoshop.

Create a Watercolor Logo in Photoshop

Watercolor Logo in Action

This logo was designed by Michael Freimuth, whose website sadly no longer exists. However, the design was spotted and featured by Ffffound. Here the design style is shown as a flat logo.

The Salts

Create an Origami Swan Logo in Photoshop

Origami style is like the forerunner to geometric designs, and this style of logo is quite popular. This tutorial is entirely in Photoshop.

Create an Origami Swan Logo in Photoshop

Origami Logo in Action

This logo is used for an origami learning site, so I guess they should use an origami image for their logo.

Useful Origami

How to Create a Chalk Logo Effect in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial involves hand-drawing your design in the first instance – of course, you can find brushes or custom shapes and fonts in hand-drawn style if you prefer to do the whole thing digitally.

How to Create a Chalk Logo Effect in Photoshop

Chalk Logo Effect in Action

This design is for a store selling candy. The designer’s description is as follows: ‘A conceptual logo design for a small business focusing on homemade gourmet cookies. The chalk board style captures the whimsical and chic brand of this sweet boutique.’

Sweet Smacks Logo

Comparing the Logo Creation Process Between Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

This is a very interesting tutorial as it shows you how to create this vector ice cream logo in both Photoshop and Illustrator and achieve similar results.

Comparing the Logo Creation Process Between Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Vector Ice Cream Logo in Action

In a similar way, this logo can be produced with either Photoshop or Illustrator – although in this example I think the illustrations would have been hand-drawn.

Choc-n-Ice Logo

Create a Classic Vector Crest Logo

This is an Illustrator tutorial and involves some hand-drawing for the basic design. The end result is a stunningly intricate design.

Create a Classic Vector Crest Logo

Crest Logo in Action

This design was a winning entry in a contest held by DesignCrowd for a Volleyball League Logo Crest.

Legend League Logo

Designing a Logo in Photoshop CC

This is a video tutorial showing you how to create a logo in a very similar style to the Skype logo design.

Designing a Logo in Photoshop CC

Skype Logo

You can see from the very recognizable logo below how similar the design is.

Skype Logo

Vector Skull Logo Design in Photoshop

Another video tutorial showing how to convert a sketched skull design into a vector logo.

Vector Skull Logo Design in Photoshop

Vector Skull Logo Design in Action

This skull design was no doubt created in a similar way to the above tutorial.

Vector Skull Logo

Typographic Logo in Illustrator and Photoshop

This is another popular style of logo design that has been trending since before most of us were born! At one time it was pretty much the only way to design a logo, and the style lends itself beautifully to print as that is what it was originally designed for.

Typographic Logo in Illustrator and Photoshop

Typographic Logo Design in Action

Harley Davidson have no doubt updated their logo throughout the years, but it is probably still recognizable as a version of their first design in 1903.

Harley Davidson

Create a Hipster Logo

Hipster style refers to grungy-vintage type design. This tutorial walks you through how to achieve that effect in Photoshop.

Create a Hipster Logo

Hipster Logo in Action

The Barstow have been using a hipster-style logo for a long time. The screenshot below is no longer their home page, although they still use their name in the hipster style.

The Barstow

Create a 3D Glossy Box Logo in Photoshop

Another design that may not currently be so popular as it can’t really be used in flat design, however, it is still extremely eye-catching and worth including in this article.

Create a 3D Glossy Box Logo in Photoshop

3D Cube Logo in Action

Here is a nice 3D logo created by Steve Stiles and added to his Dribbble account.

Cube for Logo

Creating a Vector Logo in Sketch 3

Moving away from Illustrator and Photoshop, this tutorial walks you through creating vector shapes in Sketch 3.

Creating a Vector Logo in Sketch 3

How to Design a Logotype from Conception to Completion

Chris Spooner explains the process of logo design from the first sketched ideas to the final product using the fictional company name Purple Lemon.

How to Design a Logotype from Conception to Completion

Cloud Logo

A simple but effective cloud logo Photoshop tutorial – of course, this could be just part of a logo design.

Cloud Logo

Cloud Logo in Action

Once upon a time, long, long ago, if we mentioned ‘cloud’, it would mean the fluffy things in the sky only – these days, if you enter a Google search for ‘cloud’ the result will be pages of cloud storage sites, therefore, it is no surprise that a cloud logo in action is the logo of such a site.

Just Cloud

Planet Logo

This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to make this colorful, stylized planet logo. A good technique to learn even if you don’t want the final logo design!

Planet Logo

Planet Logo in Action

This logo design also uses a stylized planet and includes a spacecraft and night sky background. The central part of the planet represents a vinyl record. A good design for ‘Planet Music’.

Planet Music

Fitness Logo

This vector-style fitness logo has been created with Photoshop, and uses simply black and gray coloring. A good tutorial for learning techniques, but I think that runner could have a sleeker body.

Fitness Logo

Fitness Logo in Action

Here is another vector-style fitness logo design, but rather more intricate here – but it shows you what can be done using either Photoshop or Illustrator or your chosen vector software.

Fitroom

Umbrella Corporation Logo

This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to create the logo for the fictional corporation that features in the Capcom games Resident Evil.

Umbrella Corporation Logo

Umbrella Logo in Action

Umbrellas are a fairly common element in logo design – they can have many meanings, so lend themselves to lots of trades. The one we are featuring here is for a holiday resort. The umbrella in this design represents a ‘hotspot’, and the U of the text is a stylized umbrella also.

Umbrella Resorts

7 Killer Tips for Logo Design

This article offers tips on how to design an effective logo, from how to get an original idea for the design, to the final product.

7 Killer Tips for Logo Design

How to Design the Perfect Business Logo

This is an infographic with lots of information showing the good and bad of logo design.

How to Design the Perfect Business Logo

Conclusion

From this list you should now be in a great position to design the perfect logo for almost any business. The main thing about any design is communication with the client – you really do need to be on the same page and have a good understanding of their requirements, likes and dislikes when it comes to design – that is another article, but it is, for any freelance work the top priority when taking on a job!


Author:

Carol is a blogger and Photoshop enthusiast. She enjoys surfing the net in search of outstanding art, design and photography, and enjoys nothing better than sharing her discoveries through article writing. You can follow her on Twitter or check out her website Graphix1.


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