by Rick Mullenix | Community Manager
It’s a very exciting moment for your business. You’ve been working with some of the designers from 48HoursLogo.com and have decided on the right design to represent you.
So what’s next? How do you finish the contest and get your copy of the files? What type of files will you get? In this post I will go over the steps to complete your contest and download the files of your new logo!
Selecting A Winner
Step 1) Click on the design and it will pop up with a comments section underneath.
Step 2) On the Bottom Right there is a box you can check “Select as Winning Design.”
Step 3) With that box checked, hit submit. You have now selected your winning design!
*for questions about the rights to the design, please see our FAQ Page.
Downloading The Files
First - After a Winning Design has been selected, a new section called “Winning Design Package” appears at the bottom of the Contest Page underneath the first 30 submissions. (Hit “See All Designs” to expand the section and see the rest of the submissions.)
Second - Once you have selected the Winning Design, an email is automatically sent out to the winning designer to prepare the Final Logo Package and they can upload it in this new section.
Third - Once they do upload the .zip file, a message will appear for you in the “Winning Design Package” section to download the files and review them to make sure everything is correct. If anything is missing or incorrect you can message the designer in this section for corrections.
Fourth - There will be a link at the top of this section labeled “Final Design Package” inside of a red box. It will have a link for you to click on to download the .zip file.
Finishing The Contest
1) Once you’ve downloaded the Final Design Package, open it and review the files to make sure everything is correct.
2) If any changes are needed, notify the designer with a message in the “Winning Design Package” section. A new message will appear here every time the designer uploads a new package or when you download the package.
3) Once everything is correct in the package, return to the “Winning Design Package” section and click the button “Confirm Package” to finish the contest and release the prize to the designer.
~ The link for the Final Design Package will remain up in case you need to come back later and download the package again. If you would like to work directly with the designer who created your winning logo, they can hired for a 1-on-1 Project on the Designer Page.
The Final Design Package
All right, so now you have the Final Design package, what should you be looking for inside of it? You will be provided with four different files of your design in the Final Design Package: an EPS, PDF, JPEG, and PNG. These file formats will allow you to use your logo for anything online or offline.
EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) is a vector image. Vector means that the image is created from paths that start and end with points. This allows vector files to be scaled to any size without losing any image quality. The file also contains an encapsulated preview for quick viewing.
PDF (Portable Document Format) also vector, a PDF file captures text, fonts, images, and even document styles from many different applications. By incorporating these elements, when you send a PDF file to another computer, even across platforms, it will appear the same on both screens.
JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is a raster image. Raster means that the file is made from individual pixels, like colored blocks, to create the image. So when it’s scaled larger than the size it’s was created as, it gets “blocky” or “pixlelated.” The JPEGs we provide are high resolution.
PNG (Portable Network Graphics) also raster, but able to have a transparent background. Widely popular for use on the web, PNG (pronounced “ping”) files are typically smaller in size.
If you need any other file formats it’s best to ask the individual designers if they can provide them before selecting a winner. In the instance above, AI (Adobe Illustrator) and PSD (Photoshop) files were provided along with the logo on an alternate background color. You can contact 48HoursLogo Staff through the Support Page with any questions or special circumstances. Our staff will be happy to help you in a timely manner.
For more information on the contests at 48HoursLogo.com, check out our last blog post, Blind is Better.
I hope this post has been helpful and made your experience with us even easier. Leave me comments below with any additional questions for a follow up post! Thanks!