In today’s tutorial, we will create a simple badge logo in Affinity Designer. This logo design is for a fictitious clothing company. Badge logos usually have a circular, ovular, or triangular design. The text for the logo is written along the circumference of the circle. In addition, the icon for the logo is placed in the center of the badge.
Before you begin this tutorial, go to the following links to download the illustration and font used for the tutorial.
Now, let’s create a badge logo in Affinity Designer.
First, go to File > New. Select Web. Then, select FHD 1080p (1920px by 1080px) for the document size.
Second, grab the Ellipse tool from the tools panel. Hold CTRL + Shift and draw an ellipse that’s 808px by 808px. Or you can go to the Transform panel and type 808px in the Width and Height box.
Set the fill color of the ellipse to #734528.
Next, select the stroke of the ellipse. Go to the Stroke panel and set the Width of the stroke to 10pt. Then, fill the stroke black.
With the ellipse still selected, press CTRL + J to make a duplicate of it. Or right click on the ellipse and select Duplicate.
Now, select the duplicated ellipse. Hold CTRL + Shift and make the ellipse smaller to 718px by 718px.
With the duplicated ellipse selected, go to the Stroke panel and set the Width to 5pt. Then, set the fill color of the ellipse to #1BB125.
After that, go to the bear vector link. It’ll take you to Pixabay. Click Free Download. Select Vector Graphic SVG. Then, click Download. It’ll then ask you to either join or login. If you’ve used Pixabay before, and you have a login, then login and then download the bear. If you haven’t used Pixabay before, join by either signing up using your Google or Facebook login. Or you can create a username and your email. It’s completely free to sign up. Once you do signup, then download the bear vector.
Select Open With Affinity Designer. The bear vector will appear in a new tab in Affinity Designer. With the bear selected, go to the Swatches panel. Select black to change the fill color of the bear to black.
Next, copy (CTRL + C) the bear. Then, paste (CTRL + V) the bear onto the document.
Make sure you have Snapping turned on in the Toolbar. Then, set the size of the bear to 477.2px by 238.6px in the Transform panel. After that, place the bear in the center of the green ellipse.
Now, go to the Tools panel and grab the Ellipse tool. Set the ellipse to 558px by 558px. Get rid of the fill color and the stroke color.
Grab the Artistic text tool from the Tools panel. Place the Artistic text tool beside the blank ellipse until the A turns into a T with a wavy line underneath it. When this happens, click on it, and type the words Black Bear.
Select the text (by pressing CTRL + A). Go to the Context toolbar and go to the Font Size. Next, set the size of the font to 115pt. Then, go to the Font Family and set the font to the Goudy Old Style font you downloaded. Make it Bold.
With the text path still selected, press CTRL + J to make a duplicate of it. Hold Shift and drag the duplicate slightly down. Next, double click on the black bear text and select it. Then, type the word Clothing.
Once you’ve typed the text, grab the green stopper beside the word Clothing. Drag the stopper down and to the right until the text is upside down on the path.
After that, go to the Context toolbar and select Reverse text path. Then, set the Baseline to 67%.
Select the word Clothing and change the Font size to 110pt in the Context toolbar.
Now, grab the Rectangle tool. Draw a rectangle beneath the bear. In the Layers panel, place the rectangle layer below the bear layer.
With the rectangle still selected, go to the Context toolbar and change the Corner to Rounded. Then, set the Percentage to 10%.
Grab the Ellipse tool. Draw an ellipse that’s 58px by 58px. Give it the following fill color #734528. Make sure you get rid of the stroke color. Next, place it on the left side of the bear.
Then, hold CTRL + Shift and drag a copy of the ellipse to the right side of the bear.
Finally, Select both the green and brown ellipses. Go to the Layer menu and select Expand Stroke. This converts the strokes of the ellipse to flattened shapes which will allow the badge to be scaled better. It also separates the shape into its stroke and its fill without the need of the stroke outline.
Note: Also, select your text. Then, right-click on the text and click Convert to Curves. This will allow the text to keep it’s proportions as well when you resize the badge.
Congratulations! You’ve completed the badge logo in Affinity Designer tutorial. If you’re interested in more Affinity Designer tutorials, check out this article on how to create a business card.