How to make a logo in Photoshop

A logo design to illustrate how to make a logo in Photoshop. Text reads: 'logo design'
(Image credit: Matt Smith / Future)

If you're wondering how to make a logo in Photoshop, we should first make an important clarification. Photoshop was not created to design logos. While Photoshop is certainly about a lot more than just photos, and it offers a huge suite of tools for designers and illustrators, there's a reason why it isn't usually used to make logos.

You'll usually want to make a logo that can be scaled up and down without it losing quality. To do this, designers use vector-based design software, such as Adobe's Illustrator. Photoshop’s pixel base is less suitable for designing logos because if you need to enlarge your design at a later stage, you'll find that its quality deteriorates, becoming 'pixelated', although you can vectorise your design in the software.

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Matt Smith
Designer and Video Producer

Matt has worked for various publishing houses and design agencies, covering studio photography, video production, editorial design, branding, illustration and motion graphics. He currently works for Future PLC with brands such as T3, Woman&Home, Marie Claire, Music Week, TechRadar, Golden Joysticks, Cycling Weekly, Brand Impact Awards, Horse&Hound and Tech&Learning. In the past he has designed titles including Mac|Life, IQ, Bow International, Drummer, iDrum, Acoustic, Clay Shooting, Sea Fishing and GunTradeNews. He has experience across the full Adobe Suite and is currently spending a lot of time creating projects in Blender and After Effects.

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