There are numerous reasons you might want to design a custom image featuring your name or that of your website, product or service. Maybe you’re doing a re-design of your website or just want a new image for Facebook.
The “˜professional’ option would be to get to grips with Photoshop and spend your time setting up the various variables to get your logo or name looking just right. Not to mention having to download new fonts and effects to create the image.
Well CoolText, a free online graphics generator, allows you to create thousands upon thousands of different text images, logos and even buttons to form your own cool name designs.
Their main service, and the one most relevant to this article, is the Text/Logo service which enables you to choose from hundreds of logo styles and subsequently thousands of different fonts.
The first step in creating cool name designs or logos is selecting what style you want. Note that the colours, fonts and sizes can be altered later. This is merely selecting roughly how the finished image will look and what animations, if any, it will have. Below you can see some of the choices you will have on the site.
For the purpose of this demonstration, I decided to go with “˜Glossy’. Once you select what style you want, you’re brought to the “˜Design Your Logo’ page. It asks you for basic things such as what exact text you want in your logo, text size and of course, the font.
CoolText has an excellent motley crew of fonts ranging from you basic word processor fonts to the artistic.
Some are even customised to resemble the fonts used in iconic logos such as NASA and Chicken Scratch. Once you select your font, you can continue to alter the text gradient. This is the colours used in certain areas of the logo. You can change the different gradients by clicking on different areas of the colour gradient bar, an example of which you can see below.
After this, you can select the shadow’s offset (if there is one in that particular logo style) and can select the background colour or image.
The final step is to select what file format to save it as. If you’re going to use it as a logo or image on a social networking site then I suggest PNG. However, if you want to integrate the image into Photoshop or indeed just edit it further in Photoshop, then save it as PSD with layers.
A final cool feature about this web app is that you can download all of CoolText’s fonts and logo styles to use in Photoshop by clicking “˜Fonts’ along the top menu bar. This is great if you’re an experienced Photoshop user but need some extra fonts for free. There are over 1,200 available so take your pick!
Also, take note that CoolText will only host your image for short period of time so you will have to either upload it to your own web server or a free image hosting service in order to keep it online.
So what cool name designs and logos did you create?