Let’s assume your designer only shipped the logo source vector and a couple of standard resolutions, that’s all.
A few months go by and now you really need a 4K version of your logo with a solid background color for whatever reason.
What can you do besides turning to your designer?
It’s not hard
All you need is:
- – 3 minutes of your time (this guide)
- – your logo’s source vector file (already got this right?)
- – & Inkscape which is open source (no reason to purchase Illustrator)
Assuming you’re not on any Linux distro, you probably don’t have the software installed. Go ahead and grab a free copy from the official Inkscape website and install it.
Open up your logo’s source vector file
.SVG in Inkscape by either right clicking on the file and selecting Inkscape or by opening Inkscape and going to File > Open > Select your source.
You might get a pop-up window like the one below. It should be safe to click OK without any changes.
Let’s export that 4K resolution now!
Document Propertiesor hit
3840and in the
2160. Make sure the
Unitsfield is set to
px. Close the window.
Zoom out a bit to see the full document by holding the
Ctrlkey and scrolling down until the canvas fits the viewport.
Spacebar and move the mouse left or right until you can see the box borders.
If the black cursor/arrow
Select and transform objectstool is not selected then click on
F1to do so. Now left click once on the background of your logo (not on the logo itself) in order to select that only.
With the background selected you can click inside the
W:box on top and enter
3840and then click in the
H:box next to it and enter
2160. This will make the background fill the entire canvas.
Now you can click on any part of your logo to select it. Click on the small yellow/gold lock and then fill the
W:box with a decent size like
H:height box will be automatically populated to preserve scale.
Align and Distributeor hold
Shift+Ctrl+Aand under the
Alignsection click on both
Center on vertical axisand
Center on horizontal axis. This will center the logo. Close the box.
Export PNG Imageor press
Shift+Ctrl+Eand if the resolution & file name looks right just click on
Here’s a quick video to showcase all the above steps:
You’re a designer
Congratulations! You have now exported your logo in a 4K resolution from your source vector file using an open source software. I’d say that’s pretty cool assuming you were a non-technical person :)
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