How do you make a logo? What software to use?
I'm looking into starting a small homemade cookie business. I already know exactly what I want my logo to look like, but I'm not sure how to get it from paper to the computer screen. I already have someone to draw it for me. The only thing I could think of would be to scan the image, but I'm sure the pros do it a different way. Can somebody point me in the right direction?
Taking advantage of layers is a great tip!
Darren's suggestion has lots of potential!
For any of you who are not familiar yet with graphic programs, any of the good ones (I use Paint Shop Photo Pro) allow you to have what they call layers. Each one is separate so you can work on each without messing up the others. Also, you can turn them on and off as you work.
I usually scan images and then build the logo around the image on screen using autoshapes and paths in Photoshop. Then I remove the original scanned image and am left with the logo.
This means you can use your graphic program on a layer above the scanned image and virtually copy it with the shapes and fill you want, turning off the scanned image below to check you work when you want. You can zoom it up to a very large size and drag pieces around at will.
When done, as Darren says, you just remove the scanned image altogether. This has lots of potential for many uses besides logos. I think this is a great tip that I need to make greater use of.