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PostSubject: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:26 pm

I think that the artwork that I used to make the S&H Forum Avatar (like the one I'm currently using) would make a really nice logo for our Battlelog Platoon page. Since the original artwork is 388x388, reducing it to 320x320 for the Platoon logo also keeps most of the detail that is somewhat lost when I used it for the Forum Avatar (which is only 150x150). To give you an idea, here are a couple of mockups I made that I would like the community to consider (maybe we can discuss it at our upcoming meeting):





Of course, these are only mockups and changes can be made, if desired (such as the border color). I believe the Battlelog Platoon page is an important recruitment tool and this logo presents a powerful, professional look to our community. I really like how "Strength" is represented by the shield and "Honor" with the ribbon while the eagle symbolizes both "Strength & Honor". Any thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:07 pm

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I really like how "Strength" is represented by the shield and "Honor" with the ribbon while the eagle symbolizes both "Strength & Honor". Any thoughts?
This is an awesome logo, Agent. I like seeing "Gaming Group" at the bottom.
scratch Just an idea, but maybe some natural coloring and a cool backdrop?

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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:41 pm

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This is an awesome logo, Agent. I like seeing "Gaming Group" at the bottom.
scratch Just an idea, but maybe some natural coloring and a cool backdrop?

That's beyond my capabilities at the moment. I'm just using Paint and don't have access to a professional program like Photoshop. If there are any "wannabe" graphic artists out there that can take it and improve on it, I welcome their input. I'll send the original artwork to anyone who would like to take a shot at making the logo even better.
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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:43 pm

If you don't mind, i'd like to take a crack at it. I dabble a bit in graphic design. I use photoshop and flash as well as a few others. Also by the way, you don't really need an expensive program like photoshop or paint shop pro. There is a program that i also use called Gimp. Here is the link http://www.gimp.org/ it's basically like photoshop for the only exception that you can do some stuff a bit easier in photoshop than gimp but still you end up with the same results.

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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:21 pm

Thanks Doc. I sent you a PM with the artwork. If there are any other "budding artists" out that would also like to take a shot at improving the logo, here is the original artwork that I found on the internet.

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Original Artwork with an ampersand added:


To make it into our Battlelog Platoon Logo, it will need to be 320x320. Also, L2 indicated that he'd like to see "Gaming Group" added like I did in my second example in the original post. Of course, you are free to experiment with other fonts, sizes and colors for "Gaming Group". For my example, I used size 20 Gabriola font with italics and bold. I like the Gabriola font and also used it for "Strength & Honor" in my sigs (without the bold). It has a classy look to it, but I know that there are also plenty of other fonts that could work as well. Another thing to consider is the Battlelog background which is white while our forum background is black. So, it will need to look nice with it surrounded by white.
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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:32 pm

Np, I got your pm. I didn't get a chance to work on it yet, i had to take my gf to the emergency room last night. Everything is ok for now, but i should have something for you either mid day tomorrow (saturday) or the evening before race night. I'll see if i can catch ya on TS so we could discuss it a bit more. But i'm pretty sure that I've got an idea of what your looking for.

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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:36 pm

So what do you think? The small problems that needed to be fixed were fixed. If there is anything else that you want done just let me know. The pic size is 320x320 as requested


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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:42 pm

That's great looking, Doc. There are a couple of stray white dots that could use filling in: like on the right end of the ribbon, along the right wheat wreath, and under some of the feathers (white area on the left between 1st and 2nd feather near the eagle's body, another between the 7th and 8th feathers on the right, and again between the 11th and 12th). Also, on the left end, it looks like the ribbon got doubled up (there seems to be two points at the ends). Plus, the left and right sides don't seem to have a straight edges at about a third of the way down and again at about two thirds the way down. Odd, because when I copied the pic, it has straight black edges. Maybe it's because the gray is "bleeding" between the black and gold edges and the black background cancels out the black edge leaving an uneven gray edge? But other than that little nitpicking, it is a fine looking logo. Great job, Doc! cheers

EDIT: Here's my attempt to "fix" what I noted above. Note: it still has the black/gold border, but you can't see the black due to the background. I did make it a little thicker, though, to get rid of the gray "bleed through" (I made both the black and gold edges 3 pixels thick).

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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:48 pm

Hey doc the Platoon logo looks great!
nice work.

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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:46 pm

Thanks, just glad you guys like it.

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PostSubject: Re: Our Battlelog Platoon Logo   Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:00 am

Doc, here is my attempt to "rebuild" the shield that became black along the top and upper left. You probably could restore it better than me, but I took my best shot so I could show you what I was talking about. This pic was the basis that I used to create the new 150x150 forum avatars.



Link to the new, updated S&H Avatars: http://strengthandhonor.forumotion.net/t2333-new-updated-sh-avatars#10383
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