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Logo Sizes/Formats

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by TomStutt, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. TomStutt

    TomStutt Senior Member

    Hi all

    When creating a logo, what size do you create it at?

  2. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    big! you can always make it smaller.

    depends if you are in a raster file or vector really.

    rastor, 300dpi the bigger the better, but its always better to do them in vector as re-sizing isn't a problem.
  3. tim

    tim Senior Member


    my last logo was 1000 px wide so that it could be put nearly anywhere.
  4. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    What software do you use?

    If you're using Illustrator it doesn't matter as you just zoom in and out and it doesn't lose any quality and when you're done you just resize to whatever you want.

    If you're using photoshop (unadvised) then go pretty large, 1000x1000+.
  5. TomStutt

    TomStutt Senior Member

    i did one in inkscape (cant afford illustrator yet) but wasnt sure on what size to do it.
  6. Aarlev

    Aarlev Member

    Inkscape is all vector, so as Xenonsoft also said it doens't matter. You can scale it to whatever size you want.
  7. h_freezy

    h_freezy Senior Member

    so illustrator is better than PS. I need to ditch my love affair with PS and switch.
  8. Aarlev

    Aarlev Member

    Illustrator is not better than Photoshop, it's just used for different things.

    For image editing, retouching and photo manipulations, Photoshop is much better than Illustrator. And many people also use Photoshop for website mockups (myself included). But if you're creating a logo, modifying type, or doing vector illustrations, then Illustrator is ideal. They're just different tools for different purposes.
  9. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    totally! Illustrator is a different animal to photoshop!

    I prefer photoshop for most things, but illustrator is soooooo important!
  10. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    Exactly Aarlev :up:
  11. h_freezy

    h_freezy Senior Member

    yeah yeah, why can't PS be as good as illustrator in rendering vectors and all that stuff. Adobe are just jokers. Why not incorporate illustrator into PS. Also PS for websites also because i just don't like dreamweaver for no reason.
    why not just one software called Ultimate PS for dig?
  12. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    I prefer it seperated personally. I'd rather have specialised tools for one thing in one place and other tools in a different place that do different bits.

    It costs more but I prefer it.
  13. Aarlev

    Aarlev Member

    I think such an application would be too extensive. It would require a very large user interface, and imagine the amount of functions and menus you'd need, not to mention the size of the application itself. And some people like to specialise in Illustration for example, or Photo Retouching, so they wouldn't want a huge beast of a program like that.

    CS3 and now CS4 are so integrated anyways that they're almost like one big application already.
  14. ch3tzy

    ch3tzy Senior Member

    ^ more money different programs, but as Aarlev mentioned, I would hate to have all the menu's from illustrator in my photoshop.
  15. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    The clue is in the name,

    photoshop > photos and other raster images
    illustrator > not such a huge clue but lines/fixed colours, paths not pixles (kind of)
  16. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member


  17. matt

    matt Member

    It's called Creative Suite innit?
  18. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Hi Tom,

    As the others have already said (in a round about way) you need to understand the differences between vector graphics and raster graphics, and know when it's appropriate to use them. As has already been pointed out if you're working with software that creates vector paths (best suited for logos and vector illustrations) then you can scale that logo to any size needed.

    The other thing with having a logo in vector format is it makes it suitable for other applications than just printing, for example signwriting vinyl software can import a vector path and use it to cut sign vinyl.

    Check out Wikipedia for some more info on vector vs raster - Vector graphics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


  19. h_freezy

    h_freezy Senior Member

    now i get it. thats why the stupid printers who did my business card were moaning about my design and that i should have used illustrator
  20. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Not the printers fault!
    But sounds like you've learnt a valuable lesson from it :cool:

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