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How to Design Metallic Logos in 5 minutes | Rose Gold, Gold, Silver SVG Files in Adobe Illustrator

teacher avatar Cierra Smith, Simplifying your next creative passion

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6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:11
    • 2. Downloading the Metallic File

      3:16
    • 3. Text Based Logo

      3:30
    • 4. Shape Based Logo

      3:19
    • 5. Image Based Logo

      3:26
    • 6. Grouping & Finishing Touches

      2:27
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About This Class

Hey wonderful people! In this course, I'll demonstrate how to 3 different styles of metallic logos:

  1. Text-Based
  2. Shape-Based
  3. Image-Based

A "metallic" logo is one that mimics the appearance of metal-- slightly shiny and vaguely reflecting. This form of logo design can be fully optimized to your brand colors. I use both a rose gold file and gold file in this course's demos, but I encourage you to play around with different colors or metals! Silver, platinum, bronze, copper, and other metals are all fair game. These designs are super easy and quick to make. While this course isn't ideal for Adobe creative cloud beginners, I tried my hardest to demonstrate steps in a way that even newbies are able to follow along with! Metallic Logo Design is a super flexible form of branding for any company. It also gives you a leg-up as a freelance graphic designer among all the competition!

Be sure to check out my Etsy Shop for live listings of metallic logos! 

To learn how to make personalized SVG files out of portraits, head over to my other course here.

My Blog: https://www.culturedsimplicity.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/culturedsimplicity

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1. Introduction: high on and welcome to how to design metallic Locos and SVG files in five minutes. This is just my Etsy shop right here that I'm gonna briefly demonstrate to show you that these are files. And you know, if you produce Tim, right, you could totally sell them. They're totally sellable on. Don't even give you a competitive edge along the freelancing road, among other graphic designers, because it's just not something that allow people know how to do how to add that metallic effect. And most the ones pictured here a rose, gold and gold. And those are just two really popular colors that I love well like and this literally takes five minutes. All you need is Adobe Illustrator, and you can get that free if you're a student or in, um, educator, that's I get it for free. So, you know, it's just it's a simple process, and personally, it doesn't have any costs for me. Honestly, if you do decide to invest in the adobe creative Cloud, I do think that it's just a great investment, especially especially if you're trying to get serious and graphic design work just to show you a quick overview. of what you'll be learning in this course. First off, you'll be letting her make a text based logo. As you can see, pictured here, that is to person pool, and you could literally make this in about two minutes like, yeah, so this is like a Rose gold logo and you're afraid and choose any metallic vector father you want to choose. If you don't really like the way that this rose gold is looking, you can choose any other color, like copper, silver, gold, bronze platinum. Any color will pretty much work. It is just an example. So this would be like a text based logo, and this is the quickest and what I'll be demonstrating first if you decided to. A shake based logo just takes just a tiny bit longer. Probably three minutes tops. But it would just be any shape that you decided to use. So this is a circle but force, you know, like a square star or heart. Any of them would work for this, or like a triangle, even, and you can get that Metallica effect on the shape and then maybe add some text if you want . Like I say that takes about three minutes, and this is the second logo I'll be demonstrating. And then third will be demonstrating is an image based logo like the one you see here, and that's the main ones that I sold through my shop. I find that these air especially unique. They do take this a little bit longer. Private, like five minutes tops. This one was very quick for me to make, and the more comfortable you get, making them quickly. You'll get for sure, if you want to make it any image, baseballs and deathly hanging around for the image based logo video. That's gonna be the third logo that I show in the final logo. And as this course says, you can make SCG files or love. Oh, so all these logos are there. Both SPD files Pete and PNG files are paying foul so you can totally do that. They don't have to be logos. They could just be sellable. You can use them as digital stickers like I showed in my Etsy shop. I don't only so logo's. I had these SPG bundles as well, so you can look at them and see they both have the metallic effect. I focused on Rose gold and gold. But like I said, any color should work. And I'll be demonstrating that in the next video how you can find a fall that works for you and the color that you like, along with the metallic effect that you like. So thanks for joining me in this course. I hope you get excited. And don't forget to follow along with your project. 2. Downloading the Metallic File: Hello wonderful people on Sear Smith for creator Behind cultured simplicity dot com and a designer behind Sassy Crow, Shea Designs on, etc. In this course, I'm gonna be demonstrating how to create metallic logo's any type. I'll be focusing on three different kinds. The main logo's, I believe, which are text based. Lobo's shape, base logo's and image based locals like the two you can see pictured here. You can see that the top one is a rose gold color, and the bottom is a gold color. But this should pretty much work for any kind of metallic color you want, including silver, bronze, platinum, whatever. It's pretty much work. So to get these fouls, you're gonna need to find the file online that matches the color that you want and you needed to be a vector image. It can't be blurry our A J pig or a PNG because, as you can see here, if you do that and the new zoom in on the design, it's blurry. And that's not what you want in a logo you wanted to be clear the whole time through. So I'll show you where you can find a reliable, you know, reliable source when you could find some vector images that's affect easy, you know, hence vet, and you can there some Frida Kahlo's attribution it's required. There's also some pay down those involved with your like a pro subscriptions. You can get any those colors that you want. They have a lot of different files, and they are all victor when you download them. Or you could use Google and search at the color, followed by Vector. In this case, I searched Gold Vector and you'll see a lot of different falls show up. You can't don't know directly from Google because you'll see that if you click, save image as it was to try to save it as either a. J Pero r p and G No ping And that's not what you want, cause it'll look blurry. So if you do decide to use Google, you have to click through to the original source on the image, which in this case, is free pick. But yes, so those air just lose two different ways where you can find images I'm gonna be using the one that I got from Vector Easy. Once you get that file, you have to go to foul place on Adobe Illustrator, and I haven't mentioned that yet, But you will be using Adobe Illustrator for this. If you are a student or an educator, you can actually get the adobe creative cloud for free. So just keep that in mind if you use your student or educator even is, that is what I do. So it is nice to have a one free resource and you can use. And when you download the vector image, it'll most likely be in a ZIP file. So Rose Gold was the name of the vector image, that folder that it was downloaded into, and you can't please from from a Zip folder into Adobe Illustrator, you have to extract the content, so once you extract, it should be in a folder of the same name. As long as you don't change it and you want to click. The encapsulated post groups Paul, not the J pic fall or whatever other followers in the folder, because this encapsulated postscript is clear when you zoom in and it is the vector file so you can see there. It's clear, and that is the design that I'm that I'm using. So once you find your graphic, then we can go ahead and get into the lower design and the 1st 1 3. Text Based Logo: so a shape based logo is also extremely easy. This is just the example of be demonstrating. This is exactly like a local design course or anything. It's just really demonstrating how to get the roles. Gold color, your Frito coffee, this design if you like. No weights that, like cop tried it. A honeymoon. It's just a circle. So we bring you. Choose any shape you want that's offered Adobe Illustrator Even if you wanted a triangle, I did want at least demonstrate that even though this is a star tool, you could start dragging and then click the down arrow on your keyboard and it should turn into a triangle. Or you can add more like you could make it look ah, whole time. So the shape your shape options there are more than it might originally appear. There are more than just like the five for the four shades that show up here and again. The Ellipse tool just in that thinks you are able to do a circle or in oval. To get the circle shape you would need to start. You need a first click shift on your keyboard. Make sure you click shift. That's how you get it to be the even shape, and then you drag it. Now it's a circle. If you If you didn't click that shift size, if you didn't click shift, it would just become an oval, and it would be a long auras wide as you drag it out to be. So this one is black color doesn't really matter because you're gonna be using the other color anywhere again. I'll be using the same father I used in the last design, which is this world's goal encapsulated post scripts again. I'll just be dragging it as big as I want this big enough to cover up the shape again, you need to shape to be on top or above the color file. The metallic fouled everyone call it, and then the same Cepa's last time you either rubber band or both to click both or you could click the top ball and then click Shift the bottom one. You can click control or command seven. We're and do that in command or control Z in new make clipping mask. So then you have the rose gold color on the circle. If you went on that, if you want, like a rose gold or a metallic effect on your text as well. You're free to do that just for a visibility. And since I already showed how toe do a text ball, I would just show you're playing this black fought on top, Wow unity when it's bigger. Yeah, when it was bigger than, um, you can actually do it is you can actually see it's typing a vertical orientation because I have it on the vertical type tool. I didn't really know if you guys would think that was interesting, but I do think it is a bit interesting. If you do decide to do a design like that, you would just need to make the circle a little bit bigger. Maybe change the song if you want. But just know that both options are available to you, and either way it will end up looking something like briefs or the shape is metallic and the text is black or whatever color you want. 4. Shape Based Logo: so a shape based logo was also extremely easy. This is just the example of be demonstrating. This is exactly like a local design course or anything. It's just really demonstrating how to get the roles. Gold color, your Frito coffee, this design if you like. No weights that, like cop tried it. A honeymoon. It's just a circle. So we bring you. Choose any shape you want that's offered Adobe Illustrator Even if you wanted a triangle, I did want at least demonstrate that even though this is a star tool, you could start dragging and then click the down arrow on your keyboard and it should turn into a triangle. Or you can add more like you could make it a whole time. So the shape your shape options there are more than it might originally appear. There are more than just like the by far the four shades that show up here and again the Ellipse tool. Just in that sense, you are able to do a circle or in oval to get the circle shape you would need to start. You need a first click shift on your keyboard. Make sure you click shift. That's how you get it to be the even shape, and then you drag it, and now it's a circle. If you If you didn't click that shift size, if you didn't click shift, it would just become an oval, and it would be a long auras wide as you drag it out to be. So this one is black. Color doesn't really matter because you're gonna be using the other color anywhere again. I'll be using the same father I used in the last designer. She's this world's goal encapsulated postscript again, I'll just be dragging it as big as I warrant this big enough to cover up the shape again, you need to shape to be on top or above the color file. The metallic fouled everyone call it, and then the same Cepa's last time You get either rubber band or both to click both. Or you could click the talk Paul and then click Shift quick the bottom one. You can click control or command seven or and do that in command or control Z in new make clipping mask. So then you have the rose gold color on the circle. If you went on, if you want like a rose gold or a metallic effect on your text as well. You're free to do that just for a visibility. And since I already showed how toe do a text ball, I would just show You're playing this black fought on top. Wow, you see when it's bigger? Yeah, when it was bigger than, um, you can actually view it is you can actually see it's typing a vertical orientation because I have it on the vertical type tool. I didn't really know if you guys think that was interesting, but I do think it is a bit interesting. If you do decide to do a design like that, you would just need to make the circle a little bit bigger. Maybe change the song if you want. But just know that both options are available to you, and either way it will end up looking something like briefs or the shape is metallic and the text is black or whatever 5. Image Based Logo: so image based logo's are where things get a little bit more complicated. But I'll try to simplify it down for you as much as I can until you need a photo that you'll be placing using the fireplace feature as well, either. A photo of you are just a clear, nice photo that you know you have the rights to use. There's just one file that I'll be using. The photo doesn't look like it would actually image trace that well, but it ends up doing it pretty nicely. You want the background to be a light color so that the the hair and like the background don't blend together. I'll show you exactly what I mean. I go to image Trey's right here. Next, the layers. I could either click, trace or preview to see what the's setting ago due to the image. So it doesn't look great right now, but you just need a lower the threshold. Lower down to a 93 concedes, trying to look like an actual face. Lower down a little more. It looks even more like one. Make sure you click. Ignore white right here because you don't want the white background for a logo, cause you wont be only putting the logo on white backgrounds. So once you have that you have, which is gonna be part of your logo, you would object. Either object. Expand right here or you're going on the image. Trace and click expand right there. I'll click expand right there and say, OK, you have to do that for the next step again and you'll see exactly what that does. When you double click it, you'll see all the parts of the image so actually looking here, there's not too many parts. There's only five parts, and you need to know that because you'll need as many of the color of the metallic foul as the parts of the image. So if it's a more complex images and you'll need more of the color foe the metallic fall show you what I mean. How about using my gold color for this demonstration dragging over? Then you need to click click commands me or control, see to copy this gold file and, uh, make sure you're not still in isolation mode, by the way, and I'll just be dragging it to the bottom and what did you already. Click control. See, you can goto um, you can goto It's at it. Yeah, go at it And you see this control or command be well paced and back. Or you could literally click based on back and watching the layer panel. You see what that does? I have five different gold falls that I'll be using for this Gore image. The clicking the actually image You have to click ungroomed You'll see all the pieces become individual pieces. I'll click the main car of the sile well, things, But I you see it become his actual on pieces you can click each separately saw Click the main one that I'll click Shift control seven to make the quickening mass Another part shift control seven. Another part shift control seven. Another part, Jeff Control standing Do you concede all the gold falls becoming? You know they're going away as you go. This is my last one. There you go. 6. Grouping & Finishing Touches: now, since most logo still do have text, I will add a little bit of text here, next to the image being clicking this type two over here, dragging it out, writing something you could you like the initials for your copy or the full name? Whatever you want sucked you again. Going to the character panel right here is gonna do something big toe like 500 and then changing the fun again. Trying to say consistent as you can see is most Brandon, which has been want you could even use this to create like something for to create is designed for, like, 33 different designs of the same logo. Basically, you're able to place that literally wherever you want. This is an important last step, though. You need to make sure your group everything together, especially when you have this image one. Because, as you can see, if you move that without grouping it the rest of the image, you can see these gold marks here other outside of the image they stay behind. That is not what you want, but a group. It's really simple. And I'm also gonna be grouping that text together to for the logo because you want the whole logo to be one cohesive element. I want to get the whole thing in here so you could either click command G Control G or right click and Click group. And just like that, it becomes a group. So about unclip I can still drag and everything moves together. You want to do that for a text fall? Unless you do two different text boxes. But you want to do it for the shape based one as well, so I'll just group those together as well. That includes you too. You Wow. Busy that they'll move together as one cohesive element. All right, so they're all my three different logos. Which do you do? The class project And definitely show me what you created. I don't really make my day and will be pretty exciting to see what you were able to learn from this course. Of course. Change player on the colors like you want it. And don't be. Don't hesitate to reach out to me and, um, you some of the links that I referenced below Thank you so much for watching. I hope this you in the next course