If you create a blog, you automatically end up with the step of professionally designing a logo for it.
Because what would it be without your branding? No question, that’s simply part of it! 😉
There are even some graphic design apps on Chrome OS, which I will name the most popular ones.
I want to describe briefly in this post how you can design a logo on Chrome OS using Canva as an example. 🙂
Graphic design apps on Chrome OS
Several graphic design tools are available as Web-, Chrome-, Android-, and Linux-applications for Chrome OS.
I’ll give you a small overview of a few well-known examples here. There are many more tools available on the web, in the Play Store, and Linux sources. However, these mostly do not have a professional approach. The following list includes a few hobby tools.
Often, you can classify the commercial offers in the professional area. However, this is partly subjective, depending on preferences. True design professionals recognize their tools immediately by the name 😉.
Some apps are available partly online, partly offline, or even in both variants.
You can launch the web apps listed here directly in Chrome using the links below. Just sign in and go if you have an account.
Design App free, commercial (Online-Shop)
Gravit Designer commercial
Photopea, Photoshop clone (ad-supported/commercial)
Vector Paint free
You can install and use the following Chrome apps from the Chrome Web Store in your Chrome. I have linked to the direct provider page from the Web Store in each case.
Design App free of charge, commercial (Online-Shop)
Vector Paint free, free of charge
If you search for graphic design apps in the Google Play Store, you will be overwhelmed by countless search results.
I have linked a few better representatives directly here:
Adobe Illustrator Draw free-hand, commercial
Adobe Spark Poss commercial
Krita (Early Access) Open Source, free of charge
Depending on the Chromebook and its integrated processor, these apps run more or less stable and fast.
Since I love web apps, I can’t provide you with any experience reports. But I will test all tools in time. I will post the results here or in my blog chrome your life-defining experience and link it.
Some of these Android apps you can use offline. One example is Krita.
In the Linux Mode of Chrome OS, you can install powerful applications from the package sources, such as Gimp. I basically described this on my blog chrome your life-defining experience in this post: link or graphically via an “app store” as described here: link. In it, you can search for, e.g., Gimp and install it with a few clicks on your Chromebook.
With a little more knowledge, you can also download newer versions of Gimp or the other tools mentioned here from the developer sites and install them in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS (Debian [Wikipedia] — packages [Wikipedia]). Moreover, use without installation (packaged as AppImage [Wikipedia] or Flatpak [Wikipedia]).
Here is a list of a few well-known tools that are not primarily intended for designing logos, but certainly allow you to do so:
GIMP Open Source, free of charge
Krita Open Source, free of charge
Inkscape GPL, free Software, free of charge
Karbon Teil von Calligra, free of charge
Blender GPL, free Software, Open Source, free of charge
Skencil Open Source, free of charge
I have used Gimp on several Chromebooks to edit images for my blogs, and I’m very happy with it. However, your Chromebook should have some power and enough memory. You won’t have much fun with it, otherwise. Current devices with Intel Core i5 from the 11th generation or an AMD from Ryzen 7 3700C upwards and with at least 8 GB — but better 16 GB RAM are recommended. My older Pixelbook Go with the power-saving version of an 8th generation Intel Core i5 sometimes reaches its limits when using more complex effects.
The example Canva
Now, don’t expect a step-by-step tutorial. I just want to show you that Canva is great for designing a logo and supports you wonderfully.
As you can see, it’s all pretty straightforward.
Canva costs a lot of money (prices), but it’s worth it. Besides the editing functions, there are numerous designs, elements, templates, and effects included.
You can professionally design a logo for your blog on Chrome OS. 😉
However, absolute professionals will miss the unlimited version of Adobe Illustrator, for example. Therefore, the Android version might not be enough.
What do you use? Canva too? 🙂
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