If you are going to start a business, you may have some ideas of your biz name and logo. I have no advice for the name because it is your business, no? :) But you can try to create a logo by yourself with two cool online tools: one is completely free and the other costs around 100 bucks for true professional service.

Online Smart Logo Maker

This is an extremely easy-to-use tool. You’ll know what to do at the first look on its UI.

Smart Logo Maker UI

Just type your business name, select a logo sample and click “Create” button to go. I can say all logos it created for me look very attractive with trendy web 2.0 glossy style.

Smart Logo Maker Samples

One problem is I could not save images from browser and I had to manage to copy-and-paste them to my image editor. Anyway, you should give it a try before looking for a professional service.

Try Smart Logo Maker here – Updated: This link no longer works :(

LogoYes

LogoYes provides a Flash logo creator which guides you to create a logo in 5 steps.

+ Step 1: choose your image. My choice is “HIGH-TECH“.

LogoYes Choose Image

+ Step 2: Choose an Industry. I select “Technology + Science” industry.

LogoYes choose industry

+ Step 3: Choose a symbol. You can navigate through pages, select a category then choose the symbol you desire — there are hundreds of artful ones. I just pick a gear symbol under “Gears” category.

LogoYes Choose Symbol

+ Step 4: Enter business name and slogan (if any). You can select (cool) fonts for your texts here. See mine:

LogoYes Enter Texts

+ Step 5: Layout and colorize your logo. Now it’s time to tweak everything you want with your logo like changing size/color, rotating text/symbol etc. After a few clicks, my logo has got a look as what I like.

LogoYes Layout and Color

Finally, step 6 is to buy the logo you’ve created. With $69 US (current price), you will receive every logo file you need for printing and the Internet: a vector-based EPS file, a high-resolution JPG file, and a GIF file. Use the EPS for professionally printed materials, the JPG for laser printing, and a GIF and/or JPG for your website.

For additional $30, you can create business card based on the logo you’ve made — highly recommended for serious business — and receive 100 free printed cards (you will receive your business cards as high-resolution EPS, JPG and PDF files too). Look at my (fake) card below for example.

LogoYes Business card sample

Create Your Logo Now.

Conclusion

Creating logo with “Smart Logo Maker” is a fun but before working with “LogoYes” you must know what you want to do. I don’t think $99 US is costly in comparison with price from designers while you still have all professional materials for printing/publishing. In addition, LogoYes retains the copyright to the symbol you choose and you can trademark your logo. Sound good?


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