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Make your Own Logos

There are tons of unique local channels from around the world, and while we try to get the major logos for most people, you may still want to create your own. You can always make logos for you own personal use, but we are always looking for new logos to add to the My Channel Logos database. Below are submission guidelines for sending us logos. If they follow the guidelines, we can usually add them to the database for everyone. After that, you can find some information about how to make your own!

-Size
  • 42 px tall by 96 px wide for regular logos. 75 px tall by 225 px wide for big logos
  • If your logo is not wide enough: Do not center a blank space. Cut the width down so it just fits the logo. No padding!
  • If your logo is not tall enough: Center the logo vertically in a transparent 42 x 96 pixel background (or 75x225px background)
-Color
  • We ask that you submit two copies of your logos, one that is completely white, and one that is in color
  • For color logos, try to remain as true to the original colors as possible.
  • If a color logo doesn't appear well on the Media Center Background (ie, an all black logo), just stick with the all-white logo
  • In most cases, the logo should be on a transparent background.
-Content
  • Try to make the logo fill in the space as best as possible; do not simply stretch the image to fit the space. You may have to use a little creativity to achieve this- some logos end up so small they are impossible to see! For example, the Disney Channel text used to be unreadable inside the mickey mouse head. So I extracted it from the head, moved it to the side, and enlarged it:


  • Remove any TMs, (c) or (r). While we respect all legal rights to these logos, they end up just looking like single pixel dots on our screen, making them effectively pointless
-Naming
  • Save your logo as a png
  • Name the white logo the same as it's callsign (check My Channel Logos for it's callsign): callsign.png
  • Name the color logo the same as it's callsign, plus _c: callsign_c.png
  • If your callsign has a character not allowed in windows files, like >*<:/?\|, replace that character with ~
  • If one logo is supposed to match more than one callsign, provide a text document that lists all the possible callsigns so that we can add it to the database

-Where to find high-quality sources for logos
- Importing the source logo into Inkscape to make an SVG
  • If your image is an EPS, convert it to SVG. (I use Scribus and Ghostscript to import EPS, and then export as SVG)
  • If your image is already an SVG, you can just open it in inkscape and skip the importing.
  • If your image is a PNG or JPG, you need to import it into Inkscape.
    • Select Path > Trace Bitmap
    • Select the color radio button.
    • Uncheck “Smooth”
    • You may have to experiment with the number of Scans depending on the number of colors in the image
    • Click Update, then OK.
    • You will now have an SVG image to use in Inkscape.
- Modify the image so it follows the guidelines above
  • Ungroup the created image. Separate the layers, and pick the one that is most uniform.
  • Delete any trademarks on the logo, and spruce it up so it looks good.
  • Change the color of the logo to white for white logo
  • If its color you want, change the colors so they look good on a dark blue background.
  • If your logo is really long, create a transparent square to go behind it, in order to center the logo vertically.
  • Select the logo (and transparent background).
  • Go to File> Export Bitmap.
  • Select where you want to save the image, and the name.
  • Change the width of the icon to 96 pixels. If the height is greater than 42 pixels, change the height to 42 pixels.
  • Export.