Today, we are going to share how to design a weaving logo. Weaving logo is inspired from the very basic unit of spinning and weaving. It twines with each other to create a sense of dimension and tactile appeal. We are going to take advantage of Logo Maker Pro to make this logo.
Statement from Sothink: This logo is originally designed by Rolando Bouza. We’d like to express our appreciation for allowing us publish this tutorial. The only purpose of this tutorial is for sharing design skills and experiences. Please don’t use it for any commercial purpose unless you are authorized by him.
This logo is designed by Rolando Bouza, a talented magazine designer & art director.
“I represented the commerce relationship with the crossing lines. Everything started when I was playing with the letter T (from Tapioca) and I crossed 2 T. Blue means commerce for me. And the light blue and gray transmit a clean and honest feel.”
What we are going to create
Step 1, Creating Shapes
At the first sight, the logo seems made of 2 big Ts and 2 small shapes; that’s because we use same color and effect at the intersect part to make them seem as one. Actually, the logo is made of 4 long shapes and 2 short ones.
Let’s create 4 long shapes at first. Select Rectangle tool and draw a rectangle shape with no stroke, copy one beside and rotate together with -45 degrees (press Shift to select and right click to rotate).
Now, let’s draw another two, which are little bit shorter. Use the same method and rotate 45 degrees, choose Tailor tool to cut a little bit, place with longer ones vertically. Something like this:
Then, we are going to create the two smaller shapes. You have two options: use the remaining part that cut from the longer shape or draw a new one. Here we use the former one because the shape width is accurate with the former ones.
Choose Tailor again and cut the shape with reference mentioned in the screenshot. Make sure the length is coordinate with each other, place vertical with the long ones. Now the shape of the logo is complete; let’s keep each shape with order from 1 to 6.
Step 2, Adding color and effect
Now we gonna add color and effect to each shape. Let’s start with shape 1. Form the final product, you can see shape 1 is shown at the top of logo, so we need to set shape 1 as the top layer. Select shape 1 and choose Bring to Front in Layout panel.
Choose the second gradient effect to shape 1. We need two arrows to define gradient color, the one defines lighter color and the one defines the darker one. Input #E4ECEE to left arrow and #C9D7DA to right. The gradient angle is 45 degrees. Something like this:
Because shape 4 and 1 share the same color at intersection part, so now, we gonna design shape 4. Designing shape 4 is a little bit complicated, which need to be very careful. We need to take 3 things into consideration: light, shadow and layer.
Let’s talk about light at first. From the final product you can see light comes from upper top direction; as a result, the intersection part of shape 1 and 4 shares the same bright color.
As you can see shape 2 is the topper layer than shape 4; as a natural inference, when light casting on it, there must be a shadow on layer 4 at the intersection part of 2 and 4. Therefore, shape 4 can be divided to 4 parts: natural light, gradient part, shadow part and natural dark.
To achieve this effect, we need 5 arrows to define color on gradient bar. The first arrow defines the natural light part with #E4ECEE, which is coordinate with shape 1. It guarantees shape 1 and 4 look as a whole. Enter same color value to the second arrow and drag to define the distance from gradient part to shadow. The 3rd and 4th arrow define shadow area; we give them #82949B and #899EA6. The last arrow defines natural dark part with #ADC5CF. The gradient angle is -179 degrees.
It’s time for shape 2. Designing shape 2 is similar with shape 1; the only difference is color—shape 2 is darker. Use the first gradient effect with two arrows; set the left one with #C6D8DA and right one with #A2BFC5. The gradient angle is 135 degrees.
Compare to shape 4, shape 3 is easier. Because it is located at the darker side of the logo, it only contains 3 parts: natural dark, gradient part and shadow.
So we need 4 arrows to achieve effect. Set #A2BFC5, #82969B, #839398 and #87ADB8 to arrows from left to right. The gradient angle is 0 degree. Make sure shape 3 is the lower layer than shape 1. Something like this:
We are now going to design 2 smaller shapes, which is much easier. In case of shape 5, please be noted that the shadow of shape 3 will be located on it. So set -90 degrees for gradient effect, input #51A6BA to left arrow and #358585 to right one, drag left arrow to right to make shadow obvious.
Because the light is coming from upper top, so there isn’t too much shadow on shape 6. You can either add single color or add a slight gradient. Here we choose the second one. Set #52AFBB to left arrow and #499BAE to right; 90 degrees in angle.
Step 3, Creating shadow
The shadow makes the logo more dimensional. We can take advantage of rich resources from Logo Maker Pro. Drag a square shape from Shape-Geometry category to serve as the shadow. Rotate 45 degrees and change to proper shape, choose the first Glow effect in color #0D6F99 with 200% in strength and 30 in blur. Don’t worry about the blur part; it will perfectly mix with background.
Step 4, Adding background and text
Click Add Text tool to input your text with 36 Arial Black font, add color with F2F2F9 and 92C1D3.
Drag a square shape from Shape-Geometry as the background, choose the last gradient effect with #3C85A9 in left arrow and #00496D in right.
In this tutorial, we take best advantage of effect function to demonstrate the light and shadow part of logo, which create dimensional result to work. Besides, we keep every shape in different layer that shows overlying effect in a knitting logo. I hope you like it.