3 Tips to Find a High-Res Logo for Your Design

Pixelated logo transforming into sharp vector high resolution version

Last updated November 8, 2022 by Foundmyself

As a graphic designer you’ve been there. Your client wants you to incorporate some company’s logo in your design, so they send you a 150 pixel PNG they copied off the website’s homepage.

It’s a common frustration for many designers, as often times the client doesn’t understand anything remotely technical about images. Vectors? May as well be speaking Vulcan.

Especially when you’re printing, you’ll need a graphic that you’re not upscaling, birthing those dreaded jaggies along the way. So, if you’re reading this, maybe you’ve searched but you still can’t find a higher resolution logo. What can you do?

Fear not! Here are 3 easy ways to track down a high-resolution logo quickly.

(Note: we’re assuming that this company/organization has an online presence; ideally a website.)

If you’re new to this dilemma, here’s where to start.

First, type the URL of the organization’s website into Google images, like this: site:www.example.com

If they don’t have a website, just type the name of the organization or company itself. That will likely find their social network profiles, which you can rifle through for images. In our case, we’ll be tracking down the logo for a nurses’ union.

Google Images search page
Do a site-wide image search

If you’re wondering why we’re starting off with this method instead of just doing a reverse image search, it’s because often times you’ll find hidden gems that the AI overlooks.

Here’s what we get:

Google images search results page
The first set of results

Above you can see the images Google has indexed from this site. Unfortunately, there’s no obvious and clean logo graphic. While we might need to browse through this mess to find something suitable, let’s first try a shortcut and see if that works.

In front of the text site:www.example.com add the word “logo” so that you get: logo site:www.example.com

And the results:

Google images search results page highlighting the found logo
The set of results filtered by the keyword “logo”

In this test case, it worked! The first image is the logo, but, it’s low resolution. Let’s try something else.

Reverse image searching uses an image as the basis of the search, rather than text. There are a few really good ones out there, like Artist Ninja’s and Google Images. In this case we’ll use the latter, since we’re already there.

If you didn’t find the image you wanted in your initial search – even a low-res version – click the camera icon next to the search bar (shown below) and upload your source image.

On the other hand, if you found your image online as shown in the previous step, simply click it. Google will pull it up in a separate panel, shown below. Next, click the icon immediately to the right of the image.

Arrow pointing to the correct Lens icon to press
Click that

Now we’ve ventured into Google Lens waters. Thar be similarities here. Scroll down to the “Visual matches” section.

At the top will be the most accurate matches, if there are any. Further down are less certain hits, where most likely Google will pick up other logos and the like that we can safely ignore.

In this particular search, the second result was a hefty 2,000px square PNG of the logo, and with a transparent background! We got lucky, but often times you’ll need to keep hunting.

So, if the previous methods don’t work, what can we try next?

3. Do a deep dive

If all else fails, and it often does, this step might save you.

Companies and organizations put out, to this day, tons of PDFs. Why not? It’s a terrific format. Maybe it’s a launch-day press release or some technical document sent to only a few insiders, but published for all to see. The good news for us is that because it’s in the PDF format, it likely served double duty as a printed piece as well as an online document. Since any decent designer would want a good-quality print, there’s a good chance the document includes a high resolution or even a vector logo that we can grab.

How do you find it?

Back to Google. Building on our earlier query, type this: filetype:PDF site:www.example.com

Here we’re searching PDFs indexed on this website. In the nursing logo case, there are tons. Most have raster images, but searching around, eventually I found a PDF with an embedded vector, and …

A zoomed-in, very sharp high resolution version of the logo

Tasty, tasty resolution.

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