Design, How To

How to Create a Logo for Your YouTube Channel

  1. How to choose an icon
  2. How to choose a color
  3. How to choose a font
  4. How to create a logo for your YouTube channel: Step-by-step guide
  5. Logo design tips
  6. Quick tutorial on how to add your logo to your videos

Managing your own YouTube channel and sharing engaging video content with your audience may seem both exciting and profitable. However, along with creativity and innovation, it requires a great deal of hard work. It can be disappointing if your videos don’t get the attention they deserve and you watch your audience melt away with each passing day. Why does this happen? What are you doing wrong? Several factors may be at work here. However, for the most part it all comes down to having a smart logo and watermark. Let’s find out how to design a winning logo for your YouTube channel.

How to choose an icon

People love brands. We fall for things that have distinguishable characteristics. Over 40 percent of respondents believe that an effective logo is one that evokes direct associations with the industry in which you’re involved.

If you’re already making content, you must have an idea of what an appropriate image for your YouTube logo will look like. With Logaster, you can enter a keyword related to your industry and choose from dozens of options.

Here are some icons that might be good choices for a cooking channel.
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If you’re struggling for ideas, simply select your industry from the drop-down menu in Step 1 of your logo-editing process.

How to choose a color

Steer clear of your favorite colors and shades that are trendy. Your personal preferences, let alone trends, can change over time. The only thing that remains constant is the meaning behind your color.

In YouTube logo design, there is no such thing as “popular colors”. Channel owners use a diverse spectrum of shades. To pick a color that captures the essence of what you’re doing, read about the psychology of colors and think about the emotions you want your video content to evoke.

Online logo maker Logaster gives you a great opportunity to play around with the color scheme of your future logo.
If you know exactly what color you want, enter its HEX code while editing your design.
Logo color
Alternatively, you can use a color filter by clicking “Change parameters” in Step 2 of your logo-editing process.
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How many colors should I use?

Your icon doesn’t have to be single-colored. At the same time, you don’t want to clutter it with multiple hues. The best solution is to use one to three shades. Avoid contrasting colors if you don’t want your design to look superficial and confusing.

How to choose a font

If you want to add text to your logo, use either your channel/company name or your slogan. By doing so, you’ll make your channel easily associated with what you’re doing. Plus, you will keep your design clean. Choosing the right font is a task not to be taken lightly. There are plenty of things to consider. In our article “How to Choose a Font for Your Logo”, we’ve covered how to pick the best font for your business. Check out the most important tips below.

Legible

When picking a font for your design, make sure it will remain easy to read when scaled down. Avoid fonts that turn your logo text into a blurry stain.
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Simple

Whimsical, over-the-top fonts may affect the way customers perceive your icon. Simplicity and cleanness go a long way in creating a visually appealing design.
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Matches your icon

All elements of your logo must tell a consistent, coherent story. To achieve this, choose a font that matches your icon.
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Less is more

If you have a text-based logo, it’s better to stick to one font to ensure readability. If you must visually separate your channel name from your slogan, you can use two fonts. However, make sure they match and are legible.
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How to create a logo for your YouTube channel: Step-by-step guide

Click “Create Logo” and start with Step 1.

Step 1.  Select your industry
Into the upper field, enter the text you want to see on your future logo. As logos are often used as watermarks on your videos, it makes sense to enter the name of your channel. This is a great way to promote your content and drive more traffic.
Company logo
Select the topic of your channel from the drop-down menu below. This will enable Logaster to generate only your industry-specific options.

Step 2. Choose a logo
If you can’t find a design to your liking, enter a keyword into the field “Search for icon” and browse more options offered by Logaster.
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Step 3. Edit your logo
Logaster offers turnkey designs that are ready to download and use. However, feel free to tweak the font, color, size, and other elements of your selected design. To customize your icon, click “Edit Logo.”
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Step 4. Save and download
Now your logo is ready! If you’re 100 percent happy with the result, don’t hesitate to purchase it. However, if you’re still in doubt, you can save your design to edit it later.
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Logo design tips

Watermarks can be a big nuisance to your audience. Our tips will help you dodge common pitfalls and craft an elegant watermark.

Use as few elements as possible

When it comes to creating an attractive and memorable design, minimalism is everything. Avoid cluttering your logo with too many details. Two or three elements, your channel name, and your slogan (optional) will be more than enough.
Design tips

Arrange wisely

Take the time to find the right place for each element on your design. A carefully thought-out lock-up can be a huge factor in your channel’s success.
Design tips

Blank space matters

Leave white space between and around the elements to make your design look clean and easy to read.
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Save your logo in vector

Save your design in vector format so you can scale it to any size without loss of quality.
Vector logo

Quick tutorial on how to add your logo to your videos

As already mentioned, it’s not uncommon for a logo to be used as both a channel avatar and a watermark on your videos.
In fact, you can use any image as a watermark by adding it to the lower right corner of your player.

When on your YouTube channel, click on your channel image and then “Creator Studio.” Select “Channel – Branding – Add a watermark.”
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Your watermark will be displayed only to users who are not subscribed to your YouTube channel. This turns your watermark into a major traffic generator. By clicking on your watermark, users will be taken to your channel.

The way you brand your YouTube channel makes it cohesive and memorable. With Logaster, you can get started on your visual branding right now.

We hope you find this article helpful. Keep yourself inspired. Create engaging videos with catchy logos from Logaster.com!

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