School logos are graphic designs intended to communicate and portray a school's spirit, theme and message. School logos, just like business logos, are designed to be simple, clear and catch the attention of the viewer. Instead of hiring a graphic designing to design a school logo, learn how to design a school logo online using free design software to save you money and meet your school's budget.
Determine the basic graphic elements of the school logo design. At the very least, choose three or four basic colors that will appear in the final graphic design of the school's logo. Start with the educational institution's school colors and work from there.
Choose a focus for the school logo design. This will be the main graphic or picture in the final copy of the school logo. You may wish to focus on a school leader or president; a famous school building; the school motto; the school mascot; or similar images that portray the school's educational background, history and values.
Obtain digital copies of any graphical elements that you choose in the designing process in Step 1 and Step 2. You may ask the school's in-house graphic designer, or school secretary and administrator. If the school does not have digital copies, you will have to make them yourself using a high-quality color scanner.
Register a free account at one of the many online photo editing and online logo design websites available on the Internet. The two largest online photo editing websites are Google's Picasa and Picnik (links in the Resources section). Both sites offer comprehensive, advanced photo editing, cropping, color tweaking and other photo effects.
Import the digital photos you obtained in Step 3 into the online photo editing website to begin designing the school logo online. Move the pictures around, change the font and colors, and tweak the overall image until you are happy with the result. Export the school logo and use on school letterhead, business cards, and other areas in which a school logo would be displayed.
Consider purchasing cheap logo design software that fits your school's budget. Various websites, such as Amazon, offer discount software to assist in the basics of logo design (link in the Resource section). Many of these computer programs can guide you through the design process and help you with the basics of logo design and creating school marketing material.