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Business logo help

Aug 26, 2013, 00:50
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Business logo help
I'm trying to make a professional looking business logo and business card and was wondering if I would be able to produce layered translucent images exactly like the ones in these logos:
http://tasteofink.com/gallery/logos/fresno-dental
http://tasteofink.com/gallery/logos/sunfish
I already have the image I would like to outline with this transparent effect, but I am new to using image editing software.
Also, can GIMP produce image quality as high as the ones shown in the links above (without pixelation)? Any help would be appreciated.
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Aug 26, 2013, 05:26 (This post was last modified: Aug 26, 2013 05:32 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: Business logo help
There are quite a few ways to accomplish that layered effect.

As for quality, for the business card, you should be ok saving it as a .png.
For logo: if the dimensions are small to medium in size, gimp shouldn't have a problem. If you choose to make a big logo, if its simple like the ones in your example(few elements, you should be fine also.

transparent layered effect
Under the layers dialog box/window, there is an opacity bar you can adjust (*note the different opacities in below pic)
putting parts of your logo on their own layer, and over lap a bit with different opacity.

*Also make sure you have a plain background layer & flatten the image when your done. As .png has the option to save transparent parts, it might not look right when printing or displaying on a webpage.

For extra, I noticed it kinda has a glass effect, you can add a radial gradient/blend layer(transparent layer).
Set the graidients layer mode to "soft light" crop/cut the layer if needed
(in crop toolbox options, make sure to check "crop layer only"


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Aug 26, 2013, 08:30 (This post was last modified: Aug 26, 2013 08:32 by rich2005.)
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RE: Business logo help
Several ways to do this. Inkscape is one. That would scale to any size. But using Gimp

I would put each element of the design on its own transparent layer.
A good way to make hard edged geometric shapes is with the path tool.
Then put the path to a selection and fill the selection with colour.
Adjust the opacity for each layer, overlaying layers will add their colours
Worth trying out different Modes for some layers, see how it affects the blended colours.

something like this.
[Image: dbs5K8P.jpg]

Save your work as a gimp xcf file and that will keep all your data paths, selections etc.

Finally, turn the base layer visibility off then export as a png for a logo with a transparent background.

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Aug 26, 2013, 21:02
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RE: Business logo help
Thanks for the tips. I ended up just figuring it out myself using the path tool, and finding the transparency option. I was able to produce a great result, now it's just a matter of figuring out what format is best to get a clear business card. Apparently png is a good option. I just did the standard default canvas size, I think it was 600 by 400 pixels. Would it be possible to change the image quality now that I already made the image, or is it too late?
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Aug 26, 2013, 22:01 (This post was last modified: Aug 26, 2013 22:05 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: Business logo help
(Aug 26, 2013 21:02)Gannon Wrote:  I ended up just figuring it out myself using the path tool, and finding the transparency option. I was able to produce a great result, now it's just a matter of figuring out what format is best to get a clear business card. Apparently png is a good option. I just did the standard default canvas size, I think it was 600 by 400 pixels. Would it be possible to change the image quality now that I already made the image, or is it too late?

If you saved your business card in .XCF (gimps native format, like .psd) then you can still change the quality of the image without any loss of data/detail in image.

If you saved it already as a .PNG, depending on what you mean by quality, you can probably still change it, PNG preserves original quality pretty well.

*But if you mean quality by size (H x W) just know that if your scaling up, you can only go so far until it starts to blur a little, there are a plugin/script or two that can automaticaly sharpen an enlarged image to an extent.
Scaling down is a better option, for best scale down, I'd use the "Sinc (Lanczos 3):" interpolation
http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-image-scale.html
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