What's the Best Software for Logo Design?

These programs will help you create a stunning logo for your business

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If you plan to go into business, any kind of business, you're going to need a logo. Your logo is your calling card, and it's the most identifiable part of your overall brand. When it comes to creating one, most business owners are somewhat lost. These applications are your best bet when creating your own logo. They range from the complex and professional to simple web tools that anyone can use, so you're sure to find something that suits your skill set and needs.

Inkscape

Inkscape

What We Like

  • Open source

  • Professional grade

  • Create anything

  • Focused on vector graphics

What We Don't Like

  • Learning curve

  • Requires some design skill

Inkscape is a full-featured vector graphics editor that focuses on one thing, simple vector images like logos. Unlike some of the other professional grade options on this list, Inkscape doesn't try to do everything. It's focused on allowing designers to draw crisp high-quality logos, icons, and vector art.

Even though Inkscape does have a bit of a learning curve, it's a free open source program, so you can try it out and learn at your own pace. It's widely used too, so you can definitely find quality resources to get yourself started. Inkscape is a top grade tool that can produce amazing results in the right hands.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop
 Adobe

What We Like

  • Super powerful application

  • Loaded with tools

  • Create anything

  • Huge community and documentation

What We Don't Like

  • Steep learning curve

  • High price tag

  • Not focused on logos

It's Photoshop. If you haven't heard of it by now, where have you been? Interestingly enough, Photoshop really isn't a logo creation program. It's always been more geared toward photo editing, but Adobe's most famous creative program is so full-featured, it's capable of just about anything concerning digital images.

Photoshop is another professional grade tool, packed with features and astounding capabilities. Unfortunately, that also means you need to know your way around before you can get much done. When you do, though, there's no denying that it's more than capable of creating a great logo.

GIMP

GIMP

What We Like

  • Open source

  • Create anything you want

  • Tons of different tools

What We Don't Like

  • Some learning time

  • Not focused on logos

Maybe you want something similar to Photoshop but you don't love the idea of a hefty price tag or monthly subscription. Well, that's where GIMP comes it. GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, and it's a popular open source Photoshop alternative for basic projects, making it a great option for logos.

GIMP does require some knowledge to get running, but it's a much more basic application than something like Photoshop or Illustrator. It has a fairly straightforward set of tools that you can use to modify existing images or draw your own. GIMP something of a "jack of all trades." It can do nearly everything, but it's certainly not the best at any of it. Still, GIMP can be a great way to get into professional-quality logo design with minimal investment.

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator
 Adobe

What We Like

  • The industry standard

  • Packed with powerful tools

  • Create exactly what you need

What We Don't Like

  • Steep learning curve

  • Costly professional grade software

If you're looking for the industry standard in logo design, look no further. It's pretty hard to escape Adobe Illustrator in the design world, and for good reason. Adobe's been at this for a long time, and they've really set all their own standards.

Adobe Illustrator is probably the most feature complete program on this list, and it's got the best recognition in the industry, leading to the widest support and largest communities. Illustrator also isn't for beginners. It's a complex professional tool with a hefty professional price tag.

Canva

Canva
 Canva

What We Like

  • Super simple to get started

  • Use it from anywhere

  • No expensive software

What We Don't Like

  • Some features cost money

Fans of the Google Apps Suite and other simple cloud-based solutions should look no further than Canva. You can design your logo entirely in the cloud without installing a thing on our computer. Canva makes the process as smooth as possible, offering tons of high-quality tools for you to play with to your heart's content. As an added prize, Canva is mostly free.

Canva offers a gigantic library of stock photos, shapes, and other design elements that you can work into your original creations. Plenty of them are completely free, but you'll have to pay for some of them. Don't worry, though, they aren't expensive.

CorelDRAW

CorelDRAW
 Corel

What We Like

  • Major industry recognized program

  • Loads of tools for designers and illustrators

  • Create anything you want

What We Don't Like

  • For professionals only

  • Steep price tag

CorelDRAW is another major player in the graphic design space. This illustration program has been around for a long time, perfecting its formula and being refined into a truly formidable tool. With CorelDraw, you're certainly not limited to just logos. It's a full digital illustration application that'll enable you to create original artwork and modify it to fit a more simplistic logo format.

CorelDRAW is complex, and it'll require some training and practice to become capable enough to produce quality pieces. Once you're ready, though, you certainly won't find yourself limited. Like the other major professional programs on this list, CorelDRAW does come with a fairly steep price tag.

Sothink Logo Maker

Sothink Logo Maker

What We Like

  • Simple to use

  • Tons of templates

  • Color schemes are great for branding

What We Don't Like

  • Custom drawing only available in the Pro version

Sothink Logo Maker is dedicated to enabling businesses to create their own logos and branding. Logo Maker features a simple and familiar interface that lets you get right to work. It includes hundreds of templates to get you started and the tools to modify them to match your brand. Sothink Logo Maker also bundled professionally designed color schemes to convey the right look and feel.

There's also a Pro version of Logo Maker that comes with more of everything. It has more templates, more color schemes, and more tools for you to really make your logo yours. With Logo Maker Pro, you can draw your own images free hand to create literally anything. Compared to some of the other options, the price for Logo Maker Pro is more than manageable too.

LogoMaker

LogoMaker

What We Like

  • All online

  • Simple easy to use interface

  • Great library of art resources

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat limiting

  • Sales pitches for other services

LogoMaker is an online service catering to small businesses that allows you to create your own logo in only a few minutes using their collection of fonts, icons, and design resources. You can easily select positioning, style, colors, and most things you'd want for a business logo with minimal effort.

LogoMaker is entirely online, and you can get away with designing something at minimal cost. That said, they do try to sell additional services, like business cards and domain registration. Depending on where you are with your business, that might be welcome news.

LogoYes

LogoYes

What We Like

  • Extremely simple

  • Loads of easy to find icons

  • Decent customization of colors and layout

What We Don't Like

  • Still feels limited

  • Requires sign up to get your logo

LogoYes is another simple way to build your logo online. Web.com is behind LogoYes, so it's pretty clear that their goal is to be the one-stop destination for small business owners to build their brand and website. Even still, you can walk away from LogoYes with a custom logo for only $1.

LogoYes is insanely easy to use. Pick from hundreds of icons, all categorized alphabetically. Then, enter any text you may want in a variety of fonts. Click and drag for your own custom layout, and change the colors of anything on the fly. Everything's a breeze, making LogoYes a top contender for non-technical and super busy logo designers alike.

Krita

Krita

What We Like

  • Open source

  • Powerful tools for art and design

  • Paint anything you like

What We Don't Like

  • Requires actual artistic talent

  • Learning curve

Krita is an unlikely candidate for a list like this, but it's here for a good reason. If you are actually a digital artist looking for a platform to create something entirely original for your logo, Krita can absolutely fill that role and more. Krita is an open source program that aims to compete with the likes of Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW... for free.

Over the years, Krita has earned a fantastic reputation for trading blows with the industry big dogs and offering a truly quality application that anyone can get their hands on. Since Krita is an open source application, it plays well with Inkscape and GIMP, allowing you to create a unique open source workflow for your design. While this is great for artists, Krita probably isn't the best for business owners just looking to get a nice looking logo. It requires some actual artistic skill to be good with Krita.