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We all want to be recognized. Whether we wear a polo or a school shirt, it has a logo on it. This is where logo embroidery digitizing comes in handy. In this article, we will talk about the logo digitizing process. How it works and how it’s done. Sounds easy, right? Let's take a look!
Before we dig deep into the process of digitizing a logo for embroidery, we need to know about what exactly a logo is. In the simplest of terms, a logo is a trademark or a symbol we use to represent a specific brand or a company. A logo defines the status of a company or a business.
Just like our names, a logo is the identification mark that makes our company and business unique.
Now, we will give you the details of all the steps that you need to look for when you are looking to design a logo. In embroidery digitizing, the machines are unable to detect general files. Therefore, we have to digitize our design or logo in a suitable file format that a machine can understand.
To give you an example, the jpeg and png formats are the most common file types for a computer. But the same file formats are not suitable for an embroidery machine. This needs to be digitized for embroidery.
These are some of the most common logo embroidery formats that you might hear:
The list is huge. There are ample formats out there in the market to digitize a logo. But, this will be enough for a novice or even an expert digitizer to get the job done.
In the digitizing world, there are numerous ways to perform a single task. It depends on skills and experience. However, one of the most complexes of all the processes is Digitizing Logo or Letters which sews perfectly on your embroidery machine.
Embroidery for letters is common and an in-demand service in the digitizing industry. The process has its requirements. It is because the letters in hand embroidery are different from machine letter digitizing.
In this article, we will talk about all the letter digitizing techniques. To educate you in the best possible way, we will take you from the beginning to the end.
Embroidery is an art of making designs and patterns on fabric. Letter digitizing is a type of embroidery that is more complex than any other embroidery service. Let’s take a look at the process!
Before making any design there are some factors that we may need to consider to avoid any trouble. The way you make the design will be the basis of your outcome. When you are making embroidery letters, the first step is to make sure that we get the exact result on both machines and software. If you are a newbie, there are fewer chances to get the same outcome.
For that, we have to play around with the stitches and the design size. In some places, you will need to reduce the size, at others, do the vice versa. But, it is not as easy as may sound. The fabric stitch out is a problem common to newbies. Even the expert digitizers need to give proper attention when making the stitches to avoid misery.
Usually, the embroidery machine makes two excessive stitches both at the start and the end. For that, we have to draw a line on the upper side of the letter. Use the (input C) tool. Left-click it and give it a value of nearly 0.01 inch. The line is called ‘Pull Push Line’.
Once we are done making the pull-push line at the upper side of the letter, we have to merge the lines. Select the merge option given at the top-right corner. Now (press G), the line that is selected will merge with the bottom line. It will merge into one line. By pressing G, we can also move or drag the line. However, we can’t edit the line.
After merging the line, we have to align it, just like we do in other editing software. We have to draw the line on the top and bottom in such a way that it makes a perfect alignment.
Making A Straight Point
Now, we have to make a straight point. For that, we have to use the (Input A) tool. Left-click the tool and hold the control key as well to make the point. Pressing the control key will make an accurate line for the embroidery letters or shape.
Now press the D button. This will hide the background image.
It is another major factor to define the quality of digitizing and is also the most important part to follow throughout the embroidery digitizing process. The starting point of your next segment will be closer to the endpoint of your previous segment to avoid extra stitches taken by the machine. It will cause extra thread usage and will consume more time if you do not follow the closest point lettering process. The lower the trim, the higher the quality of digitizing.
After that, press the H button. This will show all the edge points, angles, starting and ending points. All you need to do is to place the ending point of the first object with the starting point of the other object. It will help the embroidery machine to make a perfect trim.
Now press the L button. It will show the view or grid of the object and will help to view the alignments of the shape. If you want to view the stitch, press the T button. One thing that you may need to consider most is the alignment and placement of the stitches. Because at times the embroidery machine makes stitches outside of the alignment making the shape look blurry.
The letter A will be under the letter B because we made it first. Similarly, we have to keep the letters C and B close so that there isn’t any blank space left. It is necessary because if the fabric squeezes, it won’t show any blank space.
Now, press the T button. It will show the final view known as the ‘True View’. Your letter is ready for the next step.
There can be different ways to do logo digitizing for embroidery. However, the basics of the process logo digitizing remains the same. If we divide our work into sections than you can create a logo by following the below list.
The first step is the same as you may do to create any design. Upload the file or image to the software. The files may be in any format like jpeg, png, or any other. Then, we need to remove the blank spaces.
Now, set up your desired embroidery stitch size for the logo design or pattern. Here, make sure to lock the picture before making any other step.
Once you are done with the image resizing, the next step is to choose the right stitch type for your logo. The stitch type depends on the material on which you want to make stitches. Depending on the fabric, material, and design itself, the stitch type can vary.
In the context of embroidery digitizing, a stitch is simply the movement of the embroidery needle back and forth to the fabric with the help of a thread. The thread stroke made on the front side is called a ‘stitch’.
Just like the smallest unit of a computer is a bit. For embroidery, a stitch is the smallest unit. We make patterns from multiple stitches which creates a design. It is the stitch that makes the embroidery logo or design.
Now, we will talk about the five most basic embroidery stitches types.
In a running stitch, we have to poke holes in the fabric to run the stitches. It looks smooth when in motion. The running stitch is one of the most basic stitches in embroidery. Have you seen your grandma or aunt making stitches by hand? If yes, then those are called the running stitches.
The embroidery stitches in the machine can make stitches at a fast pace - hundreds of stitches at a time. You can even make it double run or triple for better results and boldness.
Tips And Usage
When making a stitch, keep the tension even to avoid thread pulling. It will pucker the stitch. The running stitch is used to make outlines, be it straight or curved.
As the name suggests, in a backstitch, the stitch is made in backwards or reverse direction to the general direction of sewing. Backstitch is best to make applique letters on the fabric. It is strong and long-lasting. Unlike running stitches, you can make these stitches through both hands and a machine.
Tips And Usage
The usage of this stitch is the same as the running stitch. It is used to make curved and straight outlines. When making a backstitch, it is wise to make short stitches for curvy shapes.
In a split stitch, we take the thread backward under the bottom of the cloth, but rather than taking the thread to the top, we split the needle and pulled the thread to the needle portion. We create a hoop-like motion and the final product has a braided texture.
Tips And Usage
A split stitch is used to make straight lines, curved lines and for outlining. It is also one of the most basic stitches in embroidery. When making a split stitch, it is recommended to make shorter stitches for curved shapes. You can use this stitch to make an outline after the satin stitch. It will give a raising effect on the texture.
In a stem stitch, we have to pull the needle thread up and down. When making a stem stitch, you need expert hands to avoid mishandling. This stitch is also known as crewel stitch. It is perfect to create designs for flowers or a plant stem.
The embroidery stitches in the machine can do the work quicker than hand embroidery. This stitch can also be used to make outlines as it is a great alternative to the backstitch.
Tips And Usage
The stem stitch is mainly used for the stems for plants, outlining, and for straight and curved lines. Make short-length stitches for curvy lines to avoid roughness.
As the name implies, in a chain stitch, a series of looped stitches are formed to create a chain-like structure. This stitch demands preciseness and delicacy for a fine outcome. If you want to make chain embroidery stitches by hand, it requires a lot of time and care. On the other hand, the same stitch can be made by the embroidery machine that has a short turnaround time. Chain stitch also comes in the list of basic embroidery stitches types.
Tips And Usage
The chain stitch is used to hem jeans, make curved and straight lines and outlining. When making a chain stitch, make sure that you keep the tension in the thread even to avoid blurriness.
These are some of the basic stitches that come in both categories ‘hand embroidery stitches’ and ‘embroidery stitches in the machine’.
Other types of stitches in embroidery are:
The next step is to select the thread colours for your logo. This step is easy and simple. You can take help of the colour chart or use the desired thread colour.
Unlike every other artwork, the artwork in embroidery is no different. It has its own peculiarities. However, we will look from the perspective of colour theory. Why are the colours important is digitizing? How to choose the right colours for the embroidery thread?
We have to understand the basics of colours. For that, we need to know:
Colour theory is the science and art of using colours. Humans perceive colour in different ways. Colour theory helps us to choose the right colours for the artwork or design. An expert digitizer is well-aware of the technicalities of colour theory.
Colour wheel is the combination of colours that include primary colours, secondary colours, tertiary colours. All the other colours are made from the combination of these colours. It is the responsibility of the digitizers to choose the right combination of colours of the embroidery thread.
The colour scheme is made using the colour wheel. It is the colour scheme that makes the embroidery design stand out in the market. There are three basic colours in the colour scheme.
Understanding the basics of colours will give you tons of choices to choose the colours for the embroidery thread.
The answer to this question can be both simple or complex. It is the experience of a professional digitizer that counts. Knowing the basics and understanding the depth of colour combination will help a lot in the long run. However, if you are a newbie you can use a combination of this:
In this colour scheme, we use multiple shades of a single colour.
As the name suggests, in this colour scheme we use one base colour and its complement. We usually make a combination of warm and cold colour.
If you use colours that are different or next to each other, then it is called an analogous colour scheme.
Now, as you have got all the basics of the colour, the next question is what strategy should I use to choose the perfect embroidery thread combination.
In general, people prefer to use the Madeira thread chart. It is because Madeira thread quality and colours are of high-standard quality. You will use almost every colour shade combination. Therefore, we recommend using the Madeira thread chart. However, you aren’t restricted to it. You can use the embroidery thread of other companies.
The answer is simple - Branding, Marketing, and Sales. The embroidery business is competitive. Giving the right digitizing services to customers demands experience, delicacy, and attention to details from the industry professionals.
In technical terms, the right colour combination gives life to a raw dead embroidery design. You might observe that the same colour would seem to have a slight difference in shades on different fabrics. It is due to the colour contrast.
The human eye cannot see the slight difference in the fabric due to the colour contrast. For that reason, the colour usually seems a bit light on the fabric.
For instance, if we choose the dark blue colour on a black fabric, then the colour would look different on white fabric. The black fabric would give a darker shade of blue while a lighter shade on the white fabric.
Thus, it is imperative to know the concept that goes behind the embroidery thread colour process. Always think twice before choosing the thread colour! If you are running a digitizing company or a small business, it is a smart step to show the sample of the artwork to your clients beforehand. This would help you to save time and build more connections in this industry.
An embroidery needle is basically a sharp-tipped tool that we use to make stitches on the fabric. The needle has long eyes and a hole on the other side. Whether you are doing hand embroidery or making stitches with the embroidery machine, a needle is the most basic and important tool.
When it comes to the needles for embroidery, the list is huge. We will take a look at the most basic needles. Let’s take a look!
The needle has six main parts.
It is the whole in which we channel the needle. It allows us to make the stitches.
It is the top-most and the thickest part of the needle. This part makes it easy for us to place the needle in the embroidery machine.
It is the long part located on one side of the needle. The length of the shaft defines the total length of the needle.
It is the open portion that passes through the thread. It is long and prevents shredding of the thread.
This part is situated below the center of the shaft. The embroidery thread fits into the groove. Then, we can make stitches.
It is the indentation that is on the backside of the embroidery needle. It is basically located on the opposite side of the groove.
Have you seen your grandma making stitches with hands? Yes, that old craft is the needle punch in embroidery. The process involves a pen-shaped needle having a thread. Together, they combine to make loops on the fabric.
The size of the embroidery needle is divided into two categories - American and European. The American needle size is in between 70-110mm. The thinner the needle, the higher the stitch quality.
After having all the necessary information, one question that may pop up in your mind is about the size of the needle. Well, size matters. The needle comes in different sizes and shapes. The needle size depends on the fabric material and stitches you want to make. The larger the thread, the larger would be the needle’s eye.
After doing the editing work and making the stitches, it’s time to do the garnishing. Yes, all you need is to make your embroidery design perfect. For that, you need to smoothen the stitches.
You will see that there are stitches on the borders that have blur images.
At last, check for any additional improvements in your embroidery digitizing logo. Your design should look clean and tidy. There shouldn’t be any extra space and empty areas. A bonus tip we can give you is to convert fill areas with zigzag stitches.
Follow these steps and you will be able to do some amazing logo digitizing for embroidery.
This is the technique of logo embroidery digitizing. Follow these steps and you will be able to achieve the desired results. In case you have any questions about the process, or in particular, digitizing services feel free to contact us. We offer the best embroidery digitizing services at cost-effective rates.
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