GIMP Logo Design Tutorial

How To Design A Simple Logo with GIMP

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In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can design a very simple logo with GIMP. This tutorial is simple enough that any beginner should be able to follow along.

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Before we get started, make sure to download and install the League Gothic font before you launch GIMP, otherwise the font won’t register in your directory until you restart GIMP. You don’t have to use this font though. You can use whichever font you’d like!

What follows is a brief overview of the steps taken to achieve the outcome. For complete step-by-step instructions, skip down to the bottom of the page to watch the video tutorial.

Designing A Logo with GIMP

First we are going to set up a new document sized at 1280 x 1280 pixels and create both vertical and horizontal guides halfway through the canvas.

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Next, we are going to create a square outline and rotate it around so that the corners sit vertically and horizontally on the canvas.

Once that’s done, we’re going to create a circular outline with a similar thickness, slightly smaller than the square, but big enough so that the corners of the square stick out from the edges of the circle.

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Once we have these two objects in place we’re going to use the grow selection function to delete specific segments from both the circle and the square to make it appear as if they both going under and over each other in sequence.

Once that’s done the hard part is out of the way and we’ll just need to add some text. For the sake of this tutorial I wrote “Simple Logo Design”, but you are obviously free to write whatever you’d like.

Finished GIMP logo

And with that we are done! We have completed out very simple logo design with GIMP. Now just export it as a .png file and you will have a high resolution logo file with a transparent background that you can overlay onto any background.

Video Tutorial

Watch the video below for complete step-by-step instructions with voice narration. If you have any questions then leave a comment below, and as always, thanks for watching!

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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design. A full portfolio and information regarding services offered can be found at LogosByNick.com.

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