Take the 2-minute tour ×
Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional graphic designers and non-designers trying to do their own graphic design. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I really like the look of the Launchrock logo:

Launchrock logo image

It's subtle, but it seems to 'pop' off the background. Being that the background is dark, I can't image that they're achieving this with a simple drop shadow. I'm wondering what tools in Photoshop would I need to use to create a subtle 3D effect like they have here?

share|improve this question
    
is it just me or does the gap in the middle fingers and raised mid section in the rock/devil horns sign make it look like "lawnchrock"? Sounds relaxing... –  user568458 May 18 '12 at 23:57
add comment

3 Answers

up vote 5 down vote accepted

It is indeed a simple drop shadow over a dark background with a radial gradient applied to it.

Background:

backing

With Logo:

logo

They've added a bit of noise to the radial gradient to break it up a bit. But essentially, this is all they are doing.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Looks like there's a bit of offset inner glow applied to give the top of the logo a highlight opposite the shadow.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Being that the background is dark, I can't image that they're achieving this with a simple drop shadow.

Your assumption would then be wrong, because they've done precisely that. You don't need a white background for a drop shadow. They have a particularly sharp, dark drop shadow below.

As well as the drop shadow, their background also has a subtle texture to it.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.