How to Make a DIY Logo

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Your logo will be one of the first things someone sees when they visit your site, it's important since it's part of their first impression. But that doesn't mean it has to be complicated.

Where Do I Start?

If you are a graphic designer or a Photoshop pro, you can skip this section. For the rest of us, PicMonkey is a great place to start.

Picmonkey is an online photo editor that is very user friendly. I use it all the time for images on The Realistic Mama and it's also a great tool for making a DIY logo and for creating blog post images down the road.

They have a 7-day free trail so you can try them out and create your logo. After that it's only a couple bucks a month, and includes a lot of added features, fonts, additional overlays, etc. It's worth every penny and we'll be discussing it again when we cover blog post images later in the course.

Creating a Logo Doesn't Have to be Overwhelming

Here's a video to prove it!

Click to and then follow along with the video.

Note: Check your theme first to see what size logo it allows.

Option #2

In the video, we demonstrated the "Design" feature on PicMonkey. In this feature, you can play around with fonts, background colors and overlays.

Another option is to click "Edit," and pick a photo as the base of your logo and then add your name to it. Make sure you own any images you use on your site. You can't use someone else’s image without permission.

Either way, make sure you keep your blog name super easy to read.

Don't Overthink It

My biggest tip, once again, is don't get stuck on this step. You need to set perfection aside and just start. You can always adjust, edit, and improve as you go. If I had waited until I had the "perfect" logo, I would have delayed starting my blog for 2 years.

Here's how The Realistic Mama logo has progressed over time:

More Options

If creating a logo is still too overwhelming of a thought, you have a few other options.

  • You can outsource and hire a graphic designer.
  • You can find pre-made logos on Etsy.
  • Wait on a logo all together. If you wait, just use your theme's typed header with your blog's name for now. This will give you time to brainstorm your logo design.

Uploading Your Logo

It's time to upload your new logo to the site!

Here's how:

  1. Go to your "Wordpress Dashboard" ---> On the left hand side, hover over "Appearance" ---> Go to "Customize".
  2. Click on "Header Image".
  3. "Add new image". Select image from your computer; crop and save.

Note: If it's not displaying correctly on your site, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your "Wordpress Dashboard" ---> On the left hand side, hover over "Appearance" ---> Go to "Customize".
  2. Click on "Site Identity".
  3. Uncheck "Display Site Title and Tagline".

Don't forget to Save!