Digitizing Custom Artwork for Embroidery
The first step in having your logo or artwork embroidered, is to have it digitized for embroidery using embroidery specific software.
Embroidery machines are not printers. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as loading a jpeg or EPS file and having embroidery come out. There is special technology that must be applied to your artwork in order for our machines to produce your embroidered products.
Pricing for both the embroidery and digitizing is based on how many stitches it takes to recreate your design in embroidery. The size of the design, amount of filled areas and additional detail all play a role in the final number of stitches. The "digitizing fee" is a one time fee and your logo is kept on file for future use.
There is a minimum $40 fee for simple designs. Fees may go up as high as $400 for large and/or complex designs.
Digitizing fees are based on the number of stitches it takes to recreate your logo or design in embroidery. So, in order to give you an accurate quote, we will need:
- Your graphic
- The size you want it reproduced in embroidery (Important!)
- The quantity and type of garments you would like your design embroidered
We can work from a variety of different artwork formats (jpeg, eps, business cards, photographs and even old embroidery designs). Remember though, the better the graphic or artwork, the better the final product.
Our first step is to supply you with a quote on digitizing. This takes 24-48 hours. The next step is the actual digitizing with a sample sew out from us. This takes another 24-48 hours*. Please note that this can take a longer if you have provided a complex or large design or placed your order during the weekend.
These examples show the differences between graphics and embroidery. Note that embroidery is a very different medium than printing, and often certain elements need to be changed in order to be embroidered. Things that may change include fine lines and details, small lettering and gradients.
PLEASE NOTE: embroidery is not print on paper – it is thread going through fabric so is a completely different medium and result. There are some graphic elements that are difficult to impossible to recreate faithfully or legibly (really small letters!) in embroidery and we will advise you at the time you send your artwork if we have concerns.
NOTE: Digitized designs can generally be made 10% larger or smaller without editing. Any size change beyond that may need an edit and there may be a fee for this.
Also Note: We cannot guarantee the return of original artwork hard-copies, so please only give us digital copies or photocopies of your graphics or artwork.