Using Grids For NEXT-LEVEL Logo Designs (Crucial Tips)

August 13, 2019 posted by

today you’re going to learn how to set
up a doobie illustrator for Luger designs that utilize a grid and then I’m
going to show you some tips and some tricks for creating awesome logo designs
in combination with grids sponsoring today’s video is milla notes the best
place to plan and streamline your next graphic design project Millie note
allows you to generate ideas and concepts with ease and then to evolve
those creations to final design solutions as you probably know I use
millionnaire myself for my design projects and you can learn more about
their awesome project planning software later in today’s video and just how
helpful milliner can be for your creative design process so before we
actually design our logos we of course need a grid to work with today as you
might have guessed we’re working in Adobe Illustrator and illustrator does
have a great built in grid and we can use this as a base for our designs you
can make the grid visible by coming into the view options and then selecting show
grids however there are various different settings that you need to be
aware of when utilizing this grid now firstly I find it useful to use pixels
as their ruler measurements and you can right click the rulers to change the
measurements used it’s also useful to turn off this snap to pixel grid option
as this can distort your selection and navigation as I’ve shown in previous
videos now if we zoom into illustrator you’re
gonna notice that each large square on my grid is equal to 50 pixels this is my
personal preference and it does change depending on the logo I’m designing but
by defaults I think illustrator uses 72 pixels per square which I find just
causes issues when calculating distances now you can adjust these settings in the
Preferences window here and I also have each small square equal to 10 pixels
within the larger 50 pixel square so again this is entirely up to you and
what you want to use for your setup now another setting that you want to be
aware of is the snap to grid function this can be both very useful and also
very annoying depending on your design and what you’re doing but if I turn it
off and then I go to make a rectangle you can see that the dimensions move
freely around the are boards now with a grid function activated my shape stick
directly to each grid square on the line so you just think about what you want to
be using for your logo design and you might want to switch this on and off
throughout the entire project so now you’ve set up your grid for a logo
designing let’s delve into some really useful and handy tips when a grid is
used from the very start of a logo design project scaling and then
modifying the logo becomes a lot easier in the latter stages of the projects
also a logo needs to stay consistent even after years and years of changes so
having things precise on a grid is really useful the grid line is still
helped to provide some consistency to the logo design and as a quick example
I’ve got a symbol here that I briefly made up and you can see that it’s two
large squares thick which on my outboard is 100 pixels now if I open up the transform window I
can type in 50% for the height and the width of my logo and this will prove
that one large square is half of my design now this is how a grid is useful
for scaling because you can judge and calculate proportions for your designs
based on the grid alone the next tip is to try and use geometric shapes as much
as possible on your grid and logo designs I’m going to explain why soon
but quickly to demonstrate I have the ellipse tool selected here and if I hold
down both the alt option and the shift key and then click and drag I can
generate a circle that snaps to each grid line from the center
I can then copy this we command or control C and then paste it in place
with command or control F it’s then just a matter of repeating the process to end
up with three circles I can then select all three circles and
then duplicate them by holding down the alt/option key and clicking and dragging
the layout that you use for your shapes will depend on the logo design of course
but for some greater detail let’s now take the pencil and draw one single
horizontal line I can then duplicate it with the
alt/option key and then press command or control D to repeat the process and
downwards so for the next step you can either select everything and then use
the divide function in the Pathfinder window or you can use the shape builder
tool located here by default the shape builder tool is going to unite shapes
together as you can see the plus icon above your cursor so carefully click and
drag over your selections uniting parts that you want to use and I’m gonna make
a very crude and a very random logo symbol that probably is gonna look ugly
but it’s just a demonstration purpose and then to remove excess shapes hold
down the alt/option key and then drew over those areas that you don’t want to
be used on your design you will then be left with a solid shape for your lego
mark now using geometric shapes isn’t just quicker than drawing things
yourself but you’re guaranteed a crisp and a precise outcome so the next point
is something I’ve spoken about my channel before and that is not falling
for mathematical systems one of the most common systems is a golden ratio but
perfect geometry doesn’t always appeal to the human eye and actually the golden
ratio has been debunked many many times the mathematics for it actually are
impossible to recreate because a decimal point is never ending
and also the Apple logo has been debunked because it doesn’t even come
that close to the golden ratio mathematically speaking but the point
here is that you shouldn’t restrict your creativity and the possibilities for
your Lego by complying to a strict mathematical system that has actually
flawed anyway but yeah big thanks to million-eight for sponsoring today’s
video I really do highly recommend it and I’ve been using it for nearly two
years now myself you can easily streamline your creative process from
start to finish on any project that you’re working on but also it’s very
easy to share your ideas and your projects with other clients or even
worth colleagues so yeah do check out the links down below for more
information on milla notes and start streamlining your creative design
process in a more efficient way today so there was a look at how to set up a grid
for your Lego designs and then to go further there on some tips and some
points that you want to keep in mind when designing a logo with a great
system do you use grids on your Lego designs please do you let me know down
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26 Replies to “Using Grids For NEXT-LEVEL Logo Designs (Crucial Tips)”

  1. Satori Graphics says:

    Welcome back everyone, I hope your weekend was all well and good!? Stay locked in this week for useful content ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Steven Lie says:

    thank you

  3. Ali Hassan says:

    First ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. O.G. Syrup says:

    FINALLY!!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

  5. Dutch Dragonser says:

    Omg i just found your channel and it is osm. This is the content that I am looking for. Keep the good work up

  6. Alexandru Golovatenco says:

    Thank you !

  7. Surin Farmwest says:

    I see so many designs that have "GOLDEN RATIO!" mentioned as if it is going to turn base metals into gold. It doesn't so don't believe the hype.
    As always, very well presented.

  8. Live Free or Die says:

    Great tips

  9. michel mazzek says:


  10. Milo Garcia says:

    I appreciate that the emphasis on not being too foused on the golden ratio method. โ˜บ

  11. Matteo Valentini says:

    ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ great!

  12. Ashish Soni says:

    Thanks…….i really want this type of video

  13. sanawar nipun says:

    wow nice the golden ratio about the geometric its a new learning for me

  14. Dharmender Singh says:

    Nice ๐Ÿ‘Œ video

  15. Dharmender Singh says:

    I have one request. Can you make tshirts design videos?

  16. John Doe says:

    Useless video of you opened illustrator more than once…

  17. neeta budhraja says:

    Nice.. i didnt know that grids are changed to pixels as well..
    All the tips are very handy and important..
    I use grids for my social media posts sometimes..
    These complicated logos n grids go above my head …. so i avoid them…

  18. Caitlin Davies says:

    Your videos are so beneficial! Just straight to the point, helpful tips!! SO glad I found your channel!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Lynn Dodge says:

    AWESOME! Thank you so much!

  20. Fabio Raitz says:

    Very nice tips, good video. About the golden ratio… I think all types of proportions are valid if look good, but the key is looking good, using 1:6 ou 1:2 ou 1:3 can fit in many designs, but a nice visual sense is the most valuable tool you can have, and this comes with experience, not math.

  21. Paul Prado says:

    Can someone now where can I download grid predesigned? thxs

  22. Zakialf Arkan says:

    Hey i've seen many of your video but i don't really sure if i've doing well, would like to look at my portfolio and give me some constructive feedback please ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. P K says:

    Thanku for this ๐Ÿ˜‡ Thereโ€™s this orange book of Grid systems is it worth buying?

  24. Monir Hossain says:

    Love You Satori Graphics ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  25. Willy Steven says:

    So damn helpful, especially in terms of creating the logo, however, a question that I had is what about in the process of sketching? How to implement the grid system? Any tips/how tos? Thanks!!

  26. Keith D Maust says:

    Been designing on a grid
    since 1978

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