De­sign a great logo

Use Inkscape to make a cool t-shirt de­sign, or just an icon for your hobby

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Cre­ate quick and easy icons for work or for play us­ing Inkscape

Lo­gos aren’t just for big com­pa­nies. They’re an in­valu­able way of show­ing who you are and what you’re all about. That might be a five-aside foot­ball club, a the­atre group or a book club. If you have a logo, you’re far eas­ier to recog­nise (and re­mem­ber) on Face­book, Twit­ter and from your t-shirts when you visit events.

Cre­at­ing your own de­sign us­ing free vec­tor im­age soft­ware isn’t hard; be­sides, the logo’s mantra is ‘the sim­pler, the bet­ter’. This en­sures it looks great on a web­site ban­ner, a poster, sta­tionery or in so­cial me­dia. Us­ing a vec­tor im­age pro­gram such as Inkscape means your logo can be scaled up and down, with no is­sues over the max­i­mum size. Vec­tor images don’t have a set res­o­lu­tion (un­like dig­i­tal pho­tos, which have a fi­nite amount of de­tail). You can ex­port your Inkscape images as SVG or EPS files from Inkscape. You can also use th­ese tech­niques for more gen­eral de­signs, such as putting your favourite movie lines on a t-shirt. To start, down­load Inkscape (inkscape.org) and XQuartz (xquartz.ma­cos­forge.org), which it needs in or­der to run. Rosie Hat­ter­s­ley

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