Apparently 8 years old is the age that watching sports becomes constant. My oldest has always loved to play sports but has only recently become obsessed with watching them. And he definitely has some opinions about which teams are his favorite. So some sports team logos seemed like appropriate decor for his sports themed room.
I used Square1 printable (one of my favorite Square1 products) to create these logos. The best part about this vinyl like material (it’s actually fabric) is that you can peel and stick it up to 50 times without damaging your walls.
That helps when my son decides to move the order around. And it will be really awesome when he decides he no longer likes a particular team. Just peel it off and replace with a new favorite team logo.
And the logos were super easy to create! Let me show you how…
The first step is to do a Google search for a team logo.
Pay close attention to the size of the image. I know that I’m going to be printing each logo at about 5″ x 8″ so I need the image size to be somewhat large. Nothing smaller than 800 pixels will work very well.
Once you have your image chosen click ‘View Image.’
You want the image to be at it’s full size before you save it. That is why you click ‘View Image’ rather than ‘View Page.’
Now you need to save the image to your desktop. You can right click and ‘Save Image As’ or if you have a Mac you can drag and drop the image onto your desktop.
Open your logo into Photoshop Elements. Now create a new file by going to File…New…Blank File.
Size your file at 8.5″ x 11″ and set the resolution at 300 pixels/inch.
While I could cut directly around each logo some teams include words outside their image. To make it easier on myself and more uniform I decided to place the team logos inside a circle. That also gives me somewhere to cut.
Under the rectangle tool you will find the Ellipse Tool. That is what I will use to draw my circle.
I want to print two logos on each sheet of Square1 printable. It helps to turn on the grid so that you can better judge the size of your image. Go to View…Grid.
Now it’s time to draw your circle. I began about 1/2″ down from the top and over from the left edge. Then I drew my circle to fill about half of the paper.
I want my circle to be an outline, not a filled in image. So, with the circle selected go to Style…Hide.
Your image will disappear. In the Layers Palette point your arrow at the circle layer, hold down Ctrl/Cmnd and click on the layer. You should see marching ants appear around your circle.
Once you have your marching ants click create new layer (looks like a stack of post-its at the bottom of the Layers Palette).
Click on the new layer and go to Edit…Stroke (Outline) Selection.
I chose to make my outline 10 px and used black as the color. You can adjust the width up or down to suit your taste. Then click ok.
To better see the look of my circle I typically turn the grid feature off. You can do this by going to View…Grid.
Your circle will still have marching ants around it. To turn those off go to Select…Deselect.
You want your shape and outline layers to be linked. To do this I usually select both layers and right click to merge layers (do not merge visible or flatten image at this time).
You want your logo to be as large as possible so double click the logo in your Project Bin to bring it to the big window. Now drag your logo from the large window into the circle document below.
That will drop the logo into your document. You can see that compared to the size of the document it’s still quite small. That’s ok, we can make it bigger.
Click on the corner of the logo and drag it to the size you want it to be.
You’ll notice the edges of the logo are covering part of our circle. That’s because right now it is sitting on top of the circle. We can fix that.
In the Layers Palette drag the circle above the logo. Now all of your circle will show.
But I plan to print two logos on each sheet of Square1 Printable. So I duplicate the circle. That way I know that each of the logos will be the same size. As long as they fit in the circle, they will look uniform on the wall.
Drag the new circle to the bottom of the document. Follow the above steps to choose and add your next team logo to the document.
When you have your two logos in your document go the the Layers Palette and Right Click…Flatten Image.
Now you are ready to print. Once I printed the first sheet, I went to Edit…Undo. That unflattened the image and allowed me to delete the two logos and add two new ones. I continued this process until I had all of my logos printed.
Once the logos were all printed I gave them some time to dry. I didn’t want to risk smearing the ink at all. Then I cut around each circle.
Next I peeled off the backing and stuck the images to my wall.
Simply smooth the image with your hand. No transfer tape needed! I tell you, this stuff is WAY easier to use than vinyl. I love that I can pull it off and stick again over and over until it is straight and right where I want it.
Here are my son’s current favorite teams. And when he changes his mind, I can easily change out the logos. What a perfect way to create sports themed decor for a boys room!
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