What can you do if you need to design an attractive logo, but you don’t have the time to learn Photoshop, let alone sell your first born child to pay Adobe’s outrageous prices? It’s time to do things the Mac way. Point and click professional designs and logos.
Is It Real Expensive? Or, Is It Logoist?
Taking a cue from the old Memorex commercials from the last century (I’m that old), Logoist can give you creative, professional-looking logos and all you need to do is combine good taste with point and click.
The good taste in logo design is important and often separates the pros from the amateurs.
Logoist can’t make you a professional, but the end result could be a logo design that looks as good as the expensive ones a design shop would develop.
Logoist comes with all the basic design tool functions, including Layers, Shaders, Effects, Borders, Patterns, Transformations, Paths, and a few thousand vector clip art images.
Every element is a click away. The top Toolbar gives you access to each control, including sliders and numeric entry.
Add effects and other tweaks to each element using the bottom Toolbar (Borders, Effects, Glass, Gradients, Metal, Patterns, Plastic and more). Each is completely customizable through the control palettes.
Logoist makes it easy to select and combine different effects and you have complete control over each effect– color, shades, borders, glow, reflection, bevel, shadows, gradients, patterns, and more.
Take a look at these samples lifted from the Logoist site.
At the basic level you’ll start to create a design or logo using layers. Then, simply drop in different elements– text, clipart, shapes, etc.– and combine them for the effects you need.
The latest version of Logoist uses the best of OS X, including versions, autosave, resume, and fullscreen mode, so you won’t lose your work.
Files can be exported up to 600dpi in a variety of file formats which can be dropped into Microsoft Office or iWork documents, or shared with any Mac or PC.
Logoist comes with iCloud Document Storage options for Mac OS X Mountain Lion so your creations can be synced up between Macs. There’s even an option to export your Logoist design in Photoshop’s PSD file format.
Logoist may not be the tool of choice for Photoshop gurus, but for the rest of us, it’s an easier way to point and click and professional-like logo designs.