How to Create a Logo With Microsoft Publisher 2010

By Filonia LeChat

Although logos appear everywhere from cereal boxes to toilet paper, creating one is an involved process. Logos can capture attention, communicate reputation and even directly contribute to an organization's success or failure. But logo creators aren't alone in the design process. Microsoft Publisher 2010 offers a range of logo design features, from sketching to in-program artwork to a paste board-like workspace, to assist you in your logo creation.

Step 1

Open "Microsoft Publisher." Click the "Blank 8.5 x 11" button in the top left of the "Available Templates" screen. Change the workspace to the preferred logo size by clicking the "Page Design" tab, clicking the "Size" button below the tab and choosing a new page size. Publisher will automatically resize and zoom in the work area.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the work area. Click the "Shapes" button below the tab. Choose a shape from the fly-out menu to start the base of the logo, such as a star.

Step 3

Click and drag the mouse, then release and the shape appears on the logo area. Use the options in the new orange "Shape Tools" tab at the top of the work area to give the shape a border or fill color to match the organization's color choices.

Step 4

Click the "Shapes" button again, and select the "Scribble" tool, which looks like a squiggly line in the "Line" section. Click and drag the mouse to draw any shape not listed in the "Shapes" menu or to draw artistic elements such as swirls.

Step 5

Click the "WordArt" button, which looks like a tilted letter "A." Choose a WordArt style for the wording in the logo, such as steel or chrome. Type the company name, tag line, slogan or other information and click "OK." Drag the WordArt below or above the logo artwork.

Step 6

Add a picture to the logo by clicking the "Clip Art" button on the toolbar. Type a word that goes with the organization into the "Search For" box. Click "Go." Scroll through the images, and double-click one to add it to the logo. Drag it into place. Resize it as necessary by clicking the image, pressing the "Shift" key and dragging a corner of the image.

Step 7

Click the "File" tab. Click "Save As." Type a name for the logo. Pull down the "Save as Type" menu and click "GIF," the only format supporting transparency so that the logo may be placed on any colored background. Click the "Save" button.