My blog is pretty new and I’ve been spending a fair amount of time each day trying to get it looking the way I’d like and have learnt so much already, but still have SO much to learn!
One of the things I’ve been experimenting with is a logo…
Now if you’ve read any of my earliest posts you would have seen this as my logo:
Not very impressive. I know. But it was temporary while waiting for a super busy, super helpful friend of mine to see what she could do with her newly acquired photoshopping skills. Then today I realised I could potentially just create one myself (or try) – and I did! Using only Word, Powerpoint, Preview (for my mac) and some free downloaded fonts off the net.
Here are the steps I followed:
1. Download font/s of your choice
I normally just google the type of font I’m looking for, followed by ‘free download’ and a magnitude of amazing options to choose from! E.g. ‘hand-lettering font free download’.
2. Insert words in to separate ‘text-boxes’ in PowerPoint
NOTE: Admittedly, I used Word then moved everything over to PowerPoint after which I realised that it works the exact same way if you do it straight in PowerPoint!
The reason each word needs to be in a separate text-box is so that you can move around and edit the overall layout
Simply adjust size and orientation until you have something you’re happy with
3. Group boxes
Select each text box while holding down ‘Command’ (for Mac), or ‘Shift’ (for PC I think), right click, and select ‘Group all’. This is important so that you can create a whole jpeg file later on.
4. Save as picture
Now there are two ways that you can do this depending on wether or not you would like your logo to have a white background or not. I personally removed the background as my blog background is a slightly darker shade of white than my logo. I still have some saved with a background though for when it doesn’t really matter.
- In Word, simply click ‘File’ > ‘Save as’, change the name to whatever you like, and where it says ‘Format’, click the drop-down menu and select pdf. and then ‘Save’.
2. Now open up the pdf file, crop or change size as desired (important if you need to modify for headers or square profile images), and then click ‘File’ > ‘Export…’ and once again in the drop-down tab where it says ‘Format’, select JPEG and ‘Save’. (Unfortunately you can’t save a file as a JPEG straight from Word as far as I’m aware)
Believe it or not, this is the super easy part! Simply right-click your groped boxes, and click ‘Save as Picture’ change Format to PNG (this is the only way to remove background!) ‘Save’, and that’s it! Your image will automatically save without a background 🙂
NOTE: If you went the long way like I initially did, and put it together in Word first, just copy your grouped text-boxes from Word, and Paste anywhere in a PowerPoint. Now admittedly it does send the text a little out of what but you can just move it back, no sweat, then just right-click, ‘save as picture’ and you’re done!
Really hope this helps anyone who’s looking to create something beautiful without all the expensive software!