A logo is part of the 'branding' of your landscape design consultancy and will be used over and over again on many documents (both in color and black and white) so it deserves some thought and trialing. The logo should convey the essence of your design philosophy  specialization - be it paving, walling, sustainable design, edible gardens etc.

Sustainable logo Here we discuss designing a logo for a business specializing in building constructed wetlands.

Knobbly rush logo

Track test Revision questions


Designing a logo

The elements in the logo should reflect the philosophy and aims of your business. Here are some ideas for logos. Note that the font chosen has a profound influence on the message conveyed.



  Future TreeEnvirons Urban Oasis

Not all logos for landscape companies have to relate to a practice competency. This one is for a company based in Oregon, USA and uses a combination of an abstract shapes and text. The text dominates the design.

Dominion logo


Exercise: Building a CAD version of your own logo

Quite soon you will need a CAD version of your own logo. You will need your logo in several different forms - as a GIF file for your web page, as a high resolution TIFF file for printed materials, a version in B&W. All of the above can be generated from one gCADPlus file. If you make a CAD drawing (block) of it, the logo is created once as a separate gCADPlus drawing. Then raster image files (GIF, JPEG etc.) can be generated from it and the CAD file itself inserted into subsequent drawings (as a block, often in a title block). Once drawn, there is no need to redraw the logo in subsequent plans. This approach applies other details like north points, furniture, new planting symbols and even whole designs.

Here are some movies showing how to place a scanned version of your logo into a gCADPlus drawing and trace over the top of it to make a CAD version of the logo. In doing so, you will build on your gCADPlus skills.

Trace logo Tracing a logo for USA based landscape construction company

Dominion logo

Trace logo Here a different logo is also formed from text and graphic elements. We discuss creating a CAD logo for a Parisian landscape design consultancy.

Trace logo  Here we simulate a color gradient and fine tune text character spacing when copying a logo created by a graphic designer. The resultant logo is ready for incorporation into a drawing sheet title block


Exercise: Hand sketch a logo and turn it into a CAD drawing

Hand sketch a logo for your business. 

Tip: do not be too fussy, you can edit the logo easily in your CAD software application.

Scan the logo and save it as a GIF or JPEG file so it can be inserted into a gCADPlus drawing.

If you don't have a suitable design in raster form, click here to download one of ours. The image should show in your browser. Right click and select save image. Make sure that you know the location in your computer where it is saved.

Once you have the raster version of a logo, start gCADPlus and use the Draw>Insert Raster sequence to place the scanned logo in a 'clean' gCADPlus drawing on layer zero.

Trace over the logo. We suggest using the polyline tool to trace. This tool works very like the line tool that you have used already, but is more flexible.

 Once you have copied the logo, adjust the size of the logo using the scale command. Make the logo size approximately 25 units by 25 units. Wider is ok.

Save the file as a gCADPlus .lcd file (.lcd is the native file format for gCADPlus). Don't forget to save it where you can locate it later. The Blocks folder in the gCADPlus folder is a good place.

We will use this file in a later exercise when developing a title sheet block. We will insert the drawing in layout space in a gCADPlus template drawing.

Send a copy of either your CAD file (it is a file with the extension (ending) .lcd) or your scanned image to us for review. 

Track test Revision questions


Tip: If you are tracing a complex image to use as a base for your logo, take advantage of the ability of gCADPlus to manage layers as shown in the figure below.

Use layers

Further information

Trace  Here is another example where we trace over a logo for a landscape design consultancy based in Boston.

Trace More on handling text when copying an existing logo.

Trace Yet another logo definition. We use the mirror command to cut drafting time and make a block of the logo.

Combine logos with title blocks 

The logo and information about the site location, direction of north and scale are often combined as shown in the figure below. For even greater efficiency, text information in title blocks is best organized as replaceable fields such that inputting details of site location, scale etc. is a straightforward process.


Some examples showing how logos are used in title blocks.

Title blocks  A review of the use of drawing sheets (and logos)
Title blocks  A movie showing the use of the logo discussed in our first video on this page.

Combine logo and title blocks

Let's make a very simple title block incorporating the logo you have just made. 

Logo and title

Title blocks This movie shows how its done.

If you would like to replicate what we did in the movie and are using the demo version of gCADPlus, here is a link to the file.

Please send us an email note to let us know that you have reached this stage of the course. If you have been working with a version of gCADPlus that allows a save, please attach a copy of your logo and title block drawing.

Module 2