5 Must Follow Rules for Digitizing Small Text in Embroidery

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5 Must Follow Rules for Digitizing Small Text in Embroidery Photo by Rishi Shah

Embroidered logos are unique promotional tools majority of businesses these days are using. If you have an embroidery business and cater largely to corporate clients, a bulk of your orders may include embroidering logos. And logos invariably have some accompanying lettering. One of the biggest challenges in embroidery digitizing is creating a digital image for small text lettering. You need to take extra care to make sure that the text is easily readable and rightly represents your client’s logo.

Here are 5 follow rules to keep in mind while digitizing small text in embroidery.

1.  The Letter Size

Obviously the size should be large enough to be clearly readable and the size you choose also depends on what type of letters they are – capital or small. The general rule of thumb is that capital letters should have a height of at least 4mm, and if your text is a combination of capital and small letters, like a regular sentence, each letter should be at least 5 mm high. Also make sure that the width of the letter is at a minimum of 0.8-1mm so that it can be comfortably read even from a distance.

2. Closed Loop Letters

Letters like o, b, p and q which are closed loop letters are tricky to embroider. If high density stitches are assigned to these letters without leaving adequate space, the stitches will completely cover the letter without leaving white space within the loop. For closed loop letters, it is necessary to have a 0.45mm radius within the looped space inside the letter.

3.  Be Mindful of Closely Placed Letters

To create clean text based embroidery, you need to have adequate space between 2 letters in every word. (I am not talking about space between words). It has been observed that leaving a gap of 0.5-1mm between two consecutive letters does the trick. Any gap lesser than this creates an untidy or messed up visual impact, as the letters merge into each other.

4.  Assign Stitch Density as per Fabric

A skilled embroidery digitizer understands that the final fabric on which the design will be stitched out plays a role in how the text appears. Hence depending on the fabric used, the density of the stitches has to be accordingly assigned. High density of stitches on light weight fabric will cause the text to stand out roughly around the edges.

5. Suggest Changes to Clients as Needed

Ultimately the design dictates the parameters of digitization and you may have to suggest certain changes to your client for the best results. For example, if the text is small and is in a script font, digitization would be difficult and might result in loss of details in the final embroidery. In such a case suggest an alternative larger size and altered placement of text to your client.

However, if you want to focus on running your business and getting in new clients, hand over the entire digitization process to the experts at expressdigitising.com. We have been offering high quality digitization services, including small text digitizing to clients for a long time. Take advantage of our fast turn around time, superior customer service, and competitive rates. Contact us for a free quote.

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