Have you ever visited a business blog or website and seen a cool logo that you wish you had; especially one that looks like they paid an arm and a leg for? If so, you’re not alone. The great news is that you can make one yourself that looks just as sleek using programs that are most likely already on your computer! Believe it or not, you can create your own, fully customized business logo using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Paint, and Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
Why You Need Your Own Logo:
A professional and nice looking logo goes a long way for any business or website. It represents you, your company’s ethics, customer service and products at first sight. When people see your logo, they instantly know the quality that they can expect.
Displaying your logo is your first shot at making a first and lasting impression on customers and visitors to your site, especially first-timers and potential clients who have nothing else by which to judge you, your company, or your products and services. This contributes to building your brand, as well as adding a professional look and feel to your website.
Now we will make your very own uniquely cool logo for your business, blog, or website.
Note: For the purposes of this tutorial, we will create an unofficial logo for WorldStart.com. This is not the official logo.
1. First, choose the image you want to include in your logo. Using free clipart is great for this.
2. “Save” the image to your hard drive or USB drive.
3.Open Microsoft Office Excel by going to Start>Microsoft Office Excel. Excel will open. “Highlight” a small background area by clicking and dragging your mouse. Fill this area with a color of your choice by clicking the “Paint Icon,” on the toolbar. Then choose “Fill Color,” and pick the color you want for your logo background. I chose black for this tutorial. If you don’t want color, just choose “White.” Here’s a screenshot:
4. Go to the toolbar and click “Insert,” come down to “Picture,” click “From File,” double-click on your image (from your hard drive or USB where you saved your image in Step 1).
5. Click and drag your image onto the background that you filled with color in Step 3. to place it wherever you want it to go. Now that you have inserted your image, you’ll see that you can resize it, making it larger or smaller to your liking by clicking and dragging the edges of the photo, altering the height and width. View screenshot.
6. To add text, Double-click on an open cell. On the toolbar, choose your desired font face and font size. Make sure to choose the desired text color that looks best with the background fill color you chose in Step 3. Choose text color by going up to the “Toolbar,” clicking the “A” icon, and picking your color. Begin typing text, which should be the title of your company, blog or website. You may also want to add a slogan, but this is not absolutely necessary. Since my background fill color is black, I’ll use white as my text color. I also decided to make my text bold, by clicking the “B” icon on the toolbar. The font I used is Clarendon Condensed, size 12.
7. Now, you’re ready to copy and paste everything you’ve done in Excel to Microsoft Paint. Do this by first, highlighting the entire image’s perimeter. Click and drag your mouse around the outside of your logo, including some of the surrounding, empty cells. Don’t worry about the empty cells surrounding your logo. We’ll remove them later in editing. See screenshot.
8.Next, right-click the logo, then come down and click “Copy” to copy your image to the clipboard.
9. Open Microsoft Paint by clicking Start>Paint. Go up to “Edit” on the toolbar and click “Paste.” You should see your image.
10.Go up to “File,” click “Save As….” Name your file and save it in “My Pictures.” You just saved your new logo as a bitmap (.bmp) image. You may also, now exit Paint and Excel.
11. Open Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Click Start>Microsoft Office Picture Manager to open the program. Open your logo that you saved in Step 10.
12. Let’s begin editing your logo and removing the extra, empty cells left over from Excel. Click “My Pictures” then double-click your logo.
13. On your toolbar, click “Edit Pictures,” then “Crop.” Crop the image to your liking, making sure to remove extra cells around the perimeter of your image by pushing in or dragging (with your mouse) the edges. Crop even further if you want to make the logo smaller. You can also crop the image by using the “Crop Handles” on the right side of your screen by altering the image’s pixel size. Use the up and down arrows (top, bottom, left, and right). Click “OK” after cropping to see the changes. See screenshot.
14. Save your logo after editing by going up to the toolbar, clicking “File” then “Save.” This provides you with a new, bitmap image (.bmp). I always like to save my images in .jpg or .png format also for much smaller file sizes. They also require a lot less time for web pages to load once uploaded.
15. To export (or save) your logo in .jpg or .png format, just go up to “File” on the toolbar and click “Export.” Go over to the right side where it says, “Export with this file format,” choose “JPEG,” and click “OK.” This saves your image in .jpg format.
Here’s my completed logo:
There you have it folks. Enjoy your new sleek logo and share it everywhere. Use it on company letterhead, your company blog or website, in forum postings, and even on popular social networking sites.
~Leah Jewel Alexander