How to Make Death Metal Logos


Death metal logos are usually complex and detailed, with expressive typography suggesting roots, tentacles, or machinery. A key characteristic of death metal logos is symmetry, with letters often distorted or reversed to achieve a symmetrical look----legibility is not a concern when designing a death metal logo, according to online metal resource The Metal Crypt. Figurative images are sometimes merged with typography. Mirrored symmetrical logos can resemble detailed human or alien figures. Combine several techniques and tools to create a symmetrical death metal logo suitable for use on T-shirts and other band merchandise.

Things You'll Need

  • White letter-sized paper, one or two sheets
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Felt-tipped markers, fine and wide tipped
  • Acrylic paint, black
  • Paint brushes
  • Scanner
  • Computer
  • Adobe Photoshop software, CS Suites, any version
  • Ink-jet printer

Drawing One Side of the Logo

  • Research the many death metal logos available online for ideas and inspiration. Consider the band's name, lyric content and musical influences when choosing typography and symbols to include, advised designer James Stone, writing for online graphics resource GoMediazine.

  • Fold a piece of paper in half and use a pencil to draw a logo on one half of the paper, stopping at the fold. Use the fold as reminder of where the two halves of the image will meet in the middle. Draw the logo on the left side and imagine how it will look flipped and repeated on the right side.

  • Use a pencil to sketch the logo outline. Combine exaggerated, expressive text with figurative elements for a dramatic effect. You are limited only by your imagination.

  • Fill in the finished sketch with a black felt-tipped marker and/or paint and erase any remaining pencil lines.

Scanning and Manipulating the Logo

  • Scan the image into a computer using the black-and-white settings on the scanner software. Choose a high-resolution for scanning-at least 600 pixels per inch at 4 to 5 inches for output dimensions.

  • Save the scanned logo as a JPG-format image and then open the scanned the logo in Adobe Photoshop, or other graphic design software, like Gimp or Paintshop Pro.

  • Set the background color to white.

  • Check the image size in the Image menu. Note the output width. Use the Canvas Size menu in the Image menu to double the width of the workspace. Move the half-logo to the left-hand side of the workspace by selecting the "Nudge" tool.

  • Duplicate the logo layer by selecting "Duplicate Layer" in the Layers menu. Go to the Edit menu and select "Transform,"then "Flip Horizontal" to create a mirror image of the original half-logo. Align the mirrored half with the first half on the vertical axis.

  • Print the resulting symmetrical logo on an ink-jet printer at the highest possible print resolution setting.The ink-jet print can be used at commercial print shops to have the logo reproduced on T-shirts.

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