Embroidered Patch Designing
Guidelines for submitting the perfect patch design:
Decide what you would like your patch to show, such as text, a logo, or an image. We can work with most types of logos and images. However, there are a few exceptions.
- Photos:These generally do not translate well to embroidery, due to their wide range of colors and high detail.
- Gradients and shadows:These cannot be exactly recreated in embroidery due to the amount of colors that would be needed for a smooth transition.
- Low resolution/quality images:These may result in loss of detail in the final design, since their appearance may be distorted due to the lack of size and/or quality. For submitted images, we recommend the original image be at least 1000x1000 pixels if at all possible. Please do not resize images, because detail lost in smaller images cannot be restored by enlarging.
- Lines: Thin lines need to be single stitched, which can create a dotted line appearance on light to medium colors. This is caused by the shadows created where the thread enters and exits the patch. This can be avoided by making your lines at least 0.05" thick. The line can then be stitched side to side instead of in a straight line, creating an even appearance.
- SIZE AND SHAPE
This is determined by where the patch will be applied to. For example, hat patches should be about 2.5" high, shoulder patches 4" overall, back patches 8" x 10". Patches for general use are usually 3".
The patch shape also can be important, depending on its intended use. We can cut a patch to just about any shape you need, using either a merrowed or hot-cut border.
The smallest text that will be legible on an embroidered patch is at 1/8" minimum height and width. We recommend that your text be slightly larger for a cleaner appearance. Block letters generally work best at any size. Script letters are not advised unless the text will be large. Please allow adequate spacing for the best legibility. We strongly discourage the use of drop shadows and outlines, because they can make the text look messy and detract from its appearance.
Choosing the correct colors is the key to making your patch stand out. Using bright, bold colors is the best way to make your patch an attention grabber. If you have Pantone Solid Coated colors available, we can ensure a perfect color match to your design. We offer many different thread and twill backing colors to suit any design you may have. We even have metallic and neon threads to give your patch an extra kick!
- FINAL ARTWORK
Once you finalize your design, you can prepare a layout to submit. It can be anything from professionally designed artwork to a hand drawing. Our talented artists can turn just about any type of artwork into a high quality patch design.
Call Today for a FREE QUOTE and Design Help!