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kpr121 04-25-2012 02:09 AM

My Crappy GIMP Logo - HELP!
So I remember being a little more skilled at this back in high school (although I was using a pirated version of PS then). Here's my crappy sketch of what I want my logo to look like. Its gonna take me a while to clean it all up and I'll need to work in a higher resolution to make it look nice.

I'd like for the "106" to be behind the bars, with the 0 possibly being a hop cone. I'd also like to list the acronym for BAR - Brew Against (the) Rules somewhere, possibly down the three larger jail bars.

Any tips or criticism/ideas are appreciated.


Fid 04-25-2012 04:28 AM

Gimp is actually fairly powerful. I think with a little practice you can probably pull together something that you're looking for. I'd say start by playing with your fonts to get the feel you're looking for. There's a ton of free fonts at dafont.com. Designs have always seem to come together better for me once I had a font to work around. YMMV.

Warthaug 04-26-2012 03:14 PM

You may have better luck with a vector-based drawing program. Inkscape is an open-source option for that, adobe illustrator is the commercial "gold standard".

I would second Fid's comment though; GIMP is really powerful, once you learn its quirks. There is little you can do in photoshop that cannot be done in GIMP. FWIW, there is a "skinned" version of GIMP that more closely resembles photoshop.


Indianhead_Brewer 04-26-2012 03:25 PM


Originally Posted by Warthaug (Post 4031480)
You may have better luck with a vector-based drawing program. Inkscape is an open-source option for that, adobe illustrator is the commercial "gold standard"

I second this. If you are doing design on the cheap Inkscape is the way to go! Pretty easy to use. When we had our first kid I made our own baby announcements with this and they looked as good as the ones that people pay good money for. Try it!

kpr121 04-27-2012 01:44 AM

Thanks guys. I made some edits in Paint.net:


I'll have to check out Inkscape

Yuri_Rage 04-27-2012 04:05 AM

Try starting with an actual barred window image. I made this in about 10 minutes in Gimp, starting with this image, found by doing a Google image search for "barred window" (no quotes, large images only).


The fonts are Chalkduster and Impact. The original image colors are toned down by overlaying the original image on a black and white version of itself, then making the color layer fairly transparent. The "B.A.R Brewing" text has a light drop shadow. The "101" text is underneath the color image layer and has the cloud filter and a slight blur applied.

It's rough. The window/text are not quite centered on the logo, and the "B.A.R." text would probably look better on an arc. Ideally, the original image would have a little more room at the top for the text, as well. However, it took only a few minutes to create what I think is a rather striking effect using some of the more powerful features of Gimp - layers, transparency, filters, etc.

If you think that Gimp should be able to create a particular effect, Google it. Someone else has likely made a tutorial for it. Also, I find it difficult to draw anything more complex than simple shapes from scratch, particularly when attempting photo-realism. It's much easier to start with an existing image or image fragment than to create a completely new, complex design.

EDIT: Oops...it should be "106." But you get the idea.

kpr121 04-27-2012 10:55 AM

Thanks for the tips Yuri, and for taking time to draw something up for me! I like that background photo, but I thought I wanted to make something that was more simple and had less details in it. Something that would be easily transferable to a pint glass etching or similar.

Also, one of the reasons why I drew in my own cell bars and stuff is because of the symmetry. I want to incorporate the acronym "Brewing Against Rules" somehow and thought it would be cool to run the text down the three larger bars.... I was having trouble getting that to look good while still showcasing the "106".

kpr121 04-27-2012 11:44 AM

How about this?


kpr121 04-27-2012 11:45 AM

Im getting there. Need to figure the coloring out, I dont like the red and green.

kpr121 04-27-2012 02:04 PM

Just realized it looks a little dark, and maybe the ‘Brewing’ is a bit washed out from the background. I think I will lighten the background inside the window, and possibly block out behind the ‘Brewing’ so that it looks more like a window sill.

Im still looking for a good font for the 1 and 6, haven’t found one I like yet. It would be awesome if I could put some chains around that text, and possibly have the hop cone bursting through it, but that’s a lot above my level of expertise.

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