Saddle up folks. I’ve assigned you a real stonker of a tutorial. By the time you’re finished you’ll have one of the best logos in the world… ever!
6 steps to greatness
Launch Adobe Photoshop and create a new file (no larger than 3 inches square, RGB at a maximum of 72dpi).
Create a shape using the rectangle or ellipse tool (for the more adventurous, go crazy with the custom shape tool — a bit too mad for me).
Rasterize your shape before applying a gradient (the more colourful the better — you want to stand out from the crowd, remember).
Type your name over the shape using the horizontal type tool (extra credit for using the Brush Script, Papyrus, or Stencil fonts — I chose Stencil because I love the A-Team).
Flatten the image so you can make use of available filters (release the creativity — use at least three).
Save your file as a JPEG for maximum usage online and in print.
Crazily more memorable than that old rubbish from before.
As soon as iStock stops giving a $5 bonus for “logo” uploads.
Now, go forth and prosper, my dezigner chums!
Update: Free bonus tips
Add a sparkle. Who doesn’t love a good sparkle?
Copperplate. Another fontastic option.
The shadow. Drop it like it’s hot.
Stretch and squeeze. Customise your font proportions.
Animation. I like to. Move it.
Reflection. It’s back.