VistaCreate – the place to go to design motion graphics, social media posts, posters, flyers, brochures and, wouldn’t you know it, logos too. It is this side of the business that we are going to explore in this review.
Their logo maker landing page has a lot of features on offer, and it looks like your options are quite extensive. Even better, it’s advertised as “free, no credit card required.” It looks good. Let’s dive in by clicking the big blue “Try Logo Maker” button.
Unless other services ask you about your business to design something for you, there’s no AI here: you’re immediately taken to the editing section, with the “Templates” section selected by default in the left side menu, in an endless scroll of thumbnails that are fortunately large enough to discern. Find one that interests you and click on it to bring it to the main preview section on the right.
If you need to add other objects, click on the corresponding menu in the sidebar and scroll through what is available. Luckily, there’s also a search box to narrow down your search from what seems like an endless list of items to choose from.
The level of control is quite extensive. It’s got all the features you’d expect, like the ability to move, resize, and rotate objects, with pixel-level precision. You’ll find the guides that appear to let you know when an object you’re moving aligns with other existing objects to be extremely helpful and help you create complex designs quickly and easily.
But what you can change goes beyond that: click on an object and the editable controls appear at the top left of the main preview area. From there, you can change all of its default colors, apply a level of transparency, and even flip it horizontally or vertically.
Click on text to see all the options you’d see in a standard word processor – like being able to change font, size, color, style, even alignment and spacing.
The logo maker works with layers, which means any object you add is stacked on top of others, and you can rearrange these layers to determine which object overlaps the other. The system is smart enough (as long as the objects don’t overlap) to know which one you select just by clicking on it. Moving it is as easy as dragging it with your mouse or using the arrow keys on your keyboard. You’ll find that other standard keyboard commands also work here, like redo and undo, and delete, which is welcome.
The sidebar contains several categories, many of which you’ll realize don’t really belong in a logo maker. These include the “Photos” and “Videos”, “Animations” and even “Music” sections. You will notice that when you select an object in the main preview area, “Animate” is also an option there. This shows that the rich functionality available is part of a standardized design environment. Learn how to use VistaCreate to create a flyer for example, and you’ll feel right at home creating a post for Instagram, or in this case, a logo.
It would be nice for newcomers to have these options removed or perhaps grayed out, but it’s also not hard to just ignore them and continue with the options that are relevant to the task at hand.
The entire design process is done without you having to register with VistaCreate. However, you can’t get away without creating an account that easily: the login screen will appear the moment you click the ‘Download’ button. True to their word, all you need is your email address if you haven’t already signed up. Nothing else (well, apart from a password, of course).
A window will appear asking you what format you want to use to get your logo. Relevant options include JPG, PNG, and transparent PNG (this will work fine as long as you haven’t added a background to your design). You can only select one at a time, but you can click that Download button as many times as you want to get as many formats as you want.
Whether you choose JPG or PNG, you’ll receive a 500 x 500 pixel file – large enough for most online needs, and if you’re happy with a small logo on a letterhead or business card.
VistaCreate is a great all-purpose tool to help you create a logo quickly. There’s no automatic system here like you’ll find in competing services, but if you like a hands-on approach, maybe using a template as a starting point if you need some inspiration, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. And all for free.
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