When it comes to custom patches, making your own designs is not as hard as most people think it is. It can save you time and money. You only need to know the important things that you should consider when doing so. There is no harm in trying. If the design that you come up with is not very pleasing to you or seems to lack something, you can just ask for an art revision that most embroidery companies offer for free. In addition, designing your own patches will ensure you that they will look just the way you want.
First of all, you have to determine what you want your custom patches to look like. You can put an image, logo or a text on them which are, of course, connected to their intended use. While most designs are doable on embroidered patches, there are some that will not look the way you expect.
• Shadows, Gradients and Photos: These types of images cannot be done accurately through the embroidery process. These images require a lot of shades of colors to be done perfectly. When recreated on an embroidery, the transitions between colors and shades will not be smooth due to the limited space and available colors of the threads. This is the reason why you cannot expect these images to be high in detail.
• Images with Low Quality: Because expert artisans can only copy what they see on the images that you will submit, it is important to make sure that their resolution is high in order to avoid the distortion of details.
Patch Shape and Size
After you have already decided what your custom patches will look like, you can already determine the size and shape for your design. The shape of your patches just follows their design. The size can be determined by where you will apply them. The overall size of the usual patches is 3 inches. Back and shoulder patches are usually larger in size. You can calculate the size of your patches’ design by dividing the sum of their height and width by 2.
There is a minimum size required for the texts to appear clean and clear on embroidered patches. Both height and width must be at least 1/8” with enough spacing. A larger size would be better. Block letters are the best you can opt for. To avoid making your patches look messy, do not add outlines or drop shadows.
This step plays an important role when it comes to the durability and attractiveness of your patches. Make sure that the colors you choose are inclined with the purpose or theme of the patches. Bold and bright colors can make your patches more captivating. You can also try playing with neon and metallic colored threads and twills for more attractiveness. It would also be better if you opt for the more durable polyester threads. Keep in mind that you have many types of fabrics to choose from for the twills of your patches.
Experiment with Add-ons
If you are creative or playful enough, you can experiment with different add-ons. Remember that add-ons are not just limited to backing, thread and border options. Depending on their availability and if the embroidery allows, you can decorate your patches with special materials such as intricate cuts, metal studs and rhinestones. Of course, do not forget to apply your preferred border and backing type to your patches to ensure that they are completely done to your liking.
Some options mentioned in this article are subject to the availability on the embroidery company that you will opt for. If you are done with your design, you can submit already submit your layout to where you want to purchase your custom patches from.