Affordable Digitizing https://www.affordabledigitizing.com Digitizing and Vector Art Specialists Thu, 04 Apr 2019 15:07:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 Raster Versus Vector Images: Know The Difference https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/raster-versus-vector-images-know-the-difference/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:57:53 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=712 In logo digitizing, the type of file you are going to use will determine the outcome of the process.  Raster and vector are the most common […]

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In logo digitizing, the type of file you are going to use will determine the outcome of the process.  Raster and vector are the most common file types used in embroidery digitizing. If you are wondering about the difference between raster and vector, here are some things you need to know about them:

Raster

Raster is commonly used in images that are deemed as non-line art. Some examples of these images are scanned artwork, detailed graphics, or digitized photographs. The reason why it is best to present non-line art images in raster is because of the presence of subtle chromatic gradations, undefined shapes and lines, and the complex composition. Raster images are pixelated also known as image degradation. Once you change the raster image to a bigger size, it tends to be blurry. If you are going to look closely enough, you will notice that the image has individual pixels.

When your raster-based image is blown up to 1000, it will become bitmapped. The size of the image is essential if you have a raster file type. If the image is too small, you can expect it to be softer or less crisp than its original version. One thing you can do to maximize the raster image’s quality is by making sure that the format of the raster image is resolution-specific. You will have a better resolution if your dpi is higher. When using clearer images, be sure that the digitizing equipment is capable of displaying them at your desired resolution.

You have to remember that aiming for a better resolution also comes at a price. Since raster files are much larger than vector files, high-resolution raster images are much larger than low-resolution raster images. That said, raster graphics are less economical, less versatile, slower to display, and challenging to work with. There are images that looks better if they are in raster format. Photographs are an example of images that should be in a raster file.

Vector

The main difference between vector graphics and raster images is that the former is based on mathematical formulas. They consist of circles, curves, lines, rectangles, and polygons. Vector graphics are ideal for images that are more structured like line art graphics with uniform colors. Vector files also suit images that need to be detailed like fonts, letterhead, and logos. Unlike raster images, vector-based files are also malleable. They are easy to use, flexible, and versatile. One of the biggest advantages of using vector images is that this file type is scalable. There is no need to worry about changing the size of a vector image because you can adjust it.

Vector images do not also depend on resolution. There is no need to think about following a specific resolution because you can display it based on the resolution capability of the device being used. There is no need to memorize millions of pixels so you do not have to worry about the quality of the image even if you resize it. Vector images are more versatile, flexible and efficient than raster images. You can also use vector images in the following formats: SVG, AI, EPS, and PDF in some cases.

Affordable Digitizing caters to your logo digitizing using the best image possible so you can get the desired outcome.

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Is Buying A Used Embroidery Machine A Good Decision For Your Business? https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/is-buying-a-used-embroidery-machine-a-good-decision-for-your-business/ Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:00:40 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=700 No matter the industry you’re in, it’s essential you keep your business up to date with the advances in modern technology or you’ll be left behind. […]

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No matter the industry you’re in, it’s essential you keep your business up to date with the advances in modern technology or you’ll be left behind. In the embroidery industry, it isn’t enough that you have the skills. You also have to make sure the process is fast, efficient and will yield desirable results. If you’re lagging behind your competitors, you need to up your game. Embroidery digitizing is currently considered as an important part of an embroidery business.

Since embroidery is a technical job, having a reliable machine ensures you’ll be able to deliver the results customers are looking for. As logos become complicated, your traditional embroidery machine won’t suffice. You need a digital embroidery machine to help you with the process. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a brand new embroidery machine, which is why they go for used ones. Is buying a used embroidery machine even worth it?

Is it practical to buy used digital embroidery machine?

If you’re a new business owner, buying a new embroidery machine is highly recommended. This way, you can get ample training and guidance in using the machine properly. While buying a used machine can give you savings, it won’t be for long because there are still some problems that you’ll encounter. These problems will occur the longer you’re using the used embroidery machine.

When you buy a used machine, you’ll need to find out how old the machine is. Embroidery machines continue to evolve and used machines may no longer give you the freedom to work on a design that the customers have requested. These days, newer machines have more options to offer and they’re also easier to handle. If a used machine doesn’t offer certain options you need such as 3D embroidery, it will be a lost opportunity on your part.

You will also have to consider the software compatibility and memory because most modern machines have these specifications. If your used machine is only compatible with old windows operating system, it won’t be able to serve its purpose. You can also expect older embroidery to break down, which will make the results suffer if not fixed right away.

If you’re wondering whether the parts of used embroidery equipment is available, machine manufacturers may have stopped producing these parts, especially if they’re no longer deemed profitable. When you buy new embroidery machines, you’re under warranty which means that if anything goes wrong with your machine, the manufacturer will replace the parts and other elements covered by the warranty at no extra charge.

A new digital embroidery machine is the way to go

For startups, buying a new embroidery machine is recommended because it ensures greater customization and efficiency. While it can be expensive at first, the benefits that you’ll reap from using a new machine will outweigh the cost in the long run. A used embroidery machine will still include factory installation and for start-ups, it can be a challenging process.

There’s also a risk involved in buying a used embroidery machine. The cost won’t justify your decision because you don’t know the problems you’ll encounter the more you use the machine. If you want your customers to be satisfied with the results, don’t risk buying used embroidery machines.

You’ll have a smooth embroidery digitizing experience if you buy a new machine. Here at Affordable Digitizing, we use the latest embroidery digitizing technology to produce flawless logo embroidery.

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The Challenges Associated With Custom Hat Embroidery And Their Solutions https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/the-challenges-associated-with-custom-hat-embroidery-and-their-solutions/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:50:22 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=690 For embroidery digitizers, custom hat embroidery is one of the challenging tasks that should be carried out with precision. Achieving immaculate results is not that easy. […]

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For embroidery digitizers, custom hat embroidery is one of the challenging tasks that should be carried out with precision. Achieving immaculate results is not that easy. You need substantial experience so you can tame the wild side of hat embroidery. For instance, you have complex designs, and you only have a limited space to toil your craft in, finishing the job can be coupled with a lot of problems. This does not mean though that you cannot overcome them. You need to come up with the right solutions and techniques to achieve the desired outcome. The solution will depend on the type of head-wear you are working on.

For snapbacks:

Snapbacks are the easiest headwear to deal with because it doesn’t have any space issue. If customers request for a standard design, you can easily pull that off with snapbacks. However, snapbacks do have their own set of challenges such as the snapback bills tending to get bent and distorted during production.

The solution to the bill bending problem is to be more careful when adding the design. Be mindful of your trimmers and make sure that they are straightening the bills. Aside from applying precautionary measures during the production process, there are no other solutions for bent or distorted snapback bills.

For visors:

The challenging part of visor embroidery is the lack of space. Since visors have lesser design space than other kinds of head-wear, you only have the front side to play with.

One way that you can address the problem with space is by planning your designs. Be sure that the dimensions will not take too much space and plan out the ideal location for your designs. A good idea will be placing the design front and center. Avoid fancy designs, keep everything as simple as possible. You might also have to let your customer contribute to the design ideas. Provide them with the available options to explore and the issues that may arise. If they want a particular design, you can try to work it out using a different visor.

For caps:

Although design space is not an issue with five or six-panel caps, there are other issues that you need to address. Yes, you can embroider designs on all four sides but there are deterrents to producing excellent results if five-panel caps have a mesh on the sides. Another issue that you will be facing with caps is that the front foam panel may give you challenges with stitching the design because it has the tendency to be buried into the foam.

These challenges can be solved by using thin fonts. Steer clear of fine detail designs because it won’t give you the best result. A design which is slightly off-center might not be visually appealing so you also need to avoid it with a simple fix will by keeping your designs centered at all times.

For beanies:

Beanies are fun to work on because you can stitch your design on all sides. Occasional stripes may hinder you from choosing any design because some design elements might disappear.

Space may not be an issue with beanies or toques, but if some elements disappear, you can find the location where you can put the actual design font taking the height into consideration. You also have to embroider your design carefully because it has the tendency to get buried in the fabric. The problem tends to get worse if you will be dealing with embroidered logos.

Custom hat embroidery is challenging, but with this guide, you will be able to get an insight on how you should deal with the challenges associated with it. Entrust your designs in custom hat embroidery experts, contact us:

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3 Lettering Options For Logo Digitizing https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/3-lettering-options-for-logo-digitizing/ Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:37:07 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=680 The success of embroidery digitizing depends on the digitizer’s expertise. A vast knowledge on lettering options is a must because each and every customer has different needs. […]

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The success of embroidery digitizing depends on the digitizer’s expertise. A vast knowledge on lettering options is a must because each and every customer has different needs. Logo digitizing is not complete without acquiring lettering skills. Since logos represent the identity of a business, it’s imperative that the digitizer produces immaculate results, copying the tiniest details of a company logo. Understanding the intricacies of a logo is not enough to create a winning design. You also need to know the distinct quality of each lettering option to find out how you can get the most out of them.

Custom Letter Digitizing

Quality is a top priority to customers. Custom letter digitizing yields the best results because of the customization that is involved in the digitizing process. Regardless of the logo’s uniqueness, you can expect the results to be extraordinary. Custom digitizing will stand out because it is original artwork. However, it is also important to note that the best results will only be obtained if you do it from scratch.

Each letter needs to be individually digitized and the overall appearance of the logo should not be your only focus. When it comes to a customized digitizing job, you also need to make sure that the production process runs smoothly. Take note of the stitching parameters, including the underlay and stitch density, as they should be unique to each fabric and design. This process is essential to optimizing the file during the production phase.

Keyboard Fonts

This method is not as intricate as customized digitizing, but this method is the easiest and quickest, and is commonly used by most digitizers. With the help of an embroidery digitizing software, you can execute lettering successfully. However, you still need to take extra care when using this method because forcing a keyboard font selection can affect the quality. You should only use this lettering option if it fits the requirement. First, you need to input letters just like what you would usually do on a text editor.

The font style is the only difference that the method makes. There are dozens of font styles for you to choose from. You also need to adjust the embroidery digitizing parameters after the letters are typed, and the file needs to be saved in native format. After which, you can run the design and check any errors that might have occurred. Before converting the design to a stitch format, be sure to sort out errors. Keep in mind that not all letters will be flawlessly digitized. You can custom digitize that letter if this happens.

True Type Fonts

If you have purchased modern embroidery digitizing software, you have surely come across True type font generator. The method converts true fonts into digitized stitches. The technique does not always produce acceptable results, especially for logos. You need extra time to spend on massive editing to adjust the direction, count and angle. There are also parameters that require modification like the underlay, density and pull compensation. It takes a lot of great effort before you achieve desirable results.

While these lettering options have their own strengths and weaknesses, the choice will still depend on the needs of your customers. Regardless of the method you want to use, having the expertise in logo digitizing is an essential skill that will help you produce the best results.

Not sure which lettering options to consider? You may contact us to discuss your embroidery needs:

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Details Of Embroidery Digitizing: How Design Manipulation Works https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/details-of-embroidery-digitizing-how-design-manipulation-works/ Thu, 27 Dec 2018 19:21:52 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=636 Embroidery digitizing is an interesting process that requires attention to detail and precision. With skills combined with the advances in technology, you can create exquisite designs […]

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Embroidery digitizing is an interesting process that requires attention to detail and precision. With skills combined with the advances in technology, you can create exquisite designs that will leave your customers in awe. However, the process involved in embroidery digitizing is no small task. You have to make sure that the intricate process will yield positive results. A few best practices can make a difference.

5 Best Practices That Guarantee An Excellent Outcome

1. Use The Right Needle And Thread

Have you ever wondered how digitizers come up with designs that are the exact replica of the original image? Embroidery digitizing won’t be successful without choosing suitable needles and threads for the job. For the thread, the standard weight you need to use is 40 and 75/11 for the needle. When it comes to weight, the 40-weight thread should be .4 mm for it to produce the best results.

Even the default stitch density is .4mm. Unfortunately, the standard weight and size don’t apply to small letters. Due to their short height, the standard weight for needle and thread won’t work. For small letters, experts recommend using 70-weight thread. It’s also important to change the needle to a much smaller size. With smaller needles, you can increase the density without damaging the garment.

2. Go For Manual Or Run Stitches

You might have considered satin stitches, but for best results, manual or run stitches are highly recommended. For beginners, getting run stitch might be challenging, but practice makes perfect. Run stitch has a double run stitch. It involves starting from one point and going to the end, then coming back on the stitch where you started from. You can get better results if you know how the stagger the stitches. The technique prevents points from falling on themselves. You don’t want tie-ins and tie-offs to show, so select the point where you can effectively hide them. You can also create some vertical strokes to make the letters taller.

3. Get Rid Of Too Many Outlines

As much as possible, you should avoid creating excessive outlines. Too many outlines occur when satin stitch lines interconnect. So what if you have wide outlines? The trick is to change the angle of one of your outlines. You will usually notice multiple outlines when you’re stitching on a stretchable garment. Due to the fabric’s stretchiness, you’ll end up creating too many outlines as the fabric lacks stability. Make it a point to reduce outlines by making them thicker. With thin outlines, you’ll have trouble making the embroidered fabric look clean and flawless.

4. Opt For One-Directional Blends

For blends, fill stitches are often considered, but because they have too many needlepoints, they don’t provide excellent results in thin areas. Consider one-directional blends if the direction is your concern. They also have lesser needlepoints than radial blends and fill stitches.

5. Lack Of Details Due To Thin Outlines

Another problem you will face in embroidery digitizing is not capturing every bit of detail of the design. It might be caused by thin outlines. When you’re using satin stitches, your option is to run stitches or in some case, double run stitches. You can address the problem by looking at your design. Find out if partially or completely dropping the outlines is possible.

You can get the best outcome if you know your machine’s limitations and address issues with outlines and stitches by seeking some better alternatives. Whether you’re running a small or large company, it’s important to let your customers know about these challenges and their solutions. You can keep customers happy this way.

Choose a embroider digitizing provider that can bring your designs to life. Contact us:

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4 Critical Factors That Determine The Success of Embroidery Digitizing https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/4-critical-factors-that-determine-the-success-of-embroidery-digitizing/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 04:05:00 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=623 Embroidery digitizing continues to gain popularity because of the flawlessness of the artwork. Who would have thought that technology can transform long and tedious embroidery process […]

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Embroidery digitizing continues to gain popularity because of the flawlessness of the artwork. Who would have thought that technology can transform long and tedious embroidery process and bring still images to life? The finished product, no matter the design, will create a high-end feel. However, the process involved in embroidery digitizing is no joke. You need to be precise so that the result will be flawless. Certain factors affect the quality of the design. Here are four essential elements that influence your embroidered design:

1. Instructions

Each embroidered design, regardless of the complexity, involves an intricate process that should be perfected for you to achieve the desired outcome. The success of the result will depend heavily on how clear the instructions provided to the embroidery digitizer are. Comprehensive instructions are necessary to create great designs. Vague guidelines only ensure the digitizers will be misguided throughout the embroidery process. Aside from giving clear instructions, it’s also important to pay heed to small details.

2. Fabric

There are different types of fabric used for embroidery. Each of them has unique features. If you intend to do your embroidery on denim, and the design was intended for a lighter fabric, keep in mind that it might not be able to give you desirable results. The reverse is true if digitization was done for a heavy fabric and you decide to use something lighter like silk or cotton. Professional digitizers can provide you with the highest quality results because of their ability to make some adjustments when needed.

3. Embroidery Digitizing Software Vs. Digitizing Service

The embroidery digitizing results can also be affected by how files were created. Depending on the format you prefer, there is specific software designed to get the embroidery digitizing job done. Each option has different features. If you want to meet clients’ requirements, choosing a digitizing service that specializes in multiple formats, suited for various machines, often produce higher quality embroidery that plug-and-play software. Either way, make it a point to place designs on cloud storage, so you don’t end up losing them.

4. Stitching

There is a type of stitch that needs to be assigned once the embroidery digitization is done. The digitizer should also create a perfect stitching balance, ensuring that heavy density is eliminated. The ingredients must be perfectly blended together to ensure design integrity. Aside from stitch width and stitch length, the execution and underlay must also be taken into consideration.

The stitching result will also be determined by the needles and thread you use. It is essential that you don’t skimp on thread colors as well. Your needles have to be checked regularly to make sure that the tip is sharp. You will also have to check the sides if they are smooth. Using the best quality needles ensures the best end result. Don’t ignore jump stitches as they can affect your final output. If left untrimmed, they can influence the overall appearance of your embroidered design. Don’t use a broken needle because it can lead to puncturing the fabric.

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Machine Embroidery Formats: Why Do They Matter? https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/machine-embroidery-formats-why-do-they-matter/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:36:45 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=609 The most fun part of embroidery digitizing is choosing a design and seeing it on the finished product. The lines, style, and shapes are copied and […]

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The most fun part of embroidery digitizing is choosing a design and seeing it on the finished product. The lines, style, and shapes are copied and embroidered to perfection; you can’t help but wonder how was the intricate design made possible. Embroidery digitizing has taken the process to the next level. No need to go through a complicated process just to get everything done. Now, you can request a design, and it will be processed in a few hours.

Behind the burst of colors and the exquisite designs is a process that requires expert hands. Aside from ensuring that you’re operating the embroidery machine properly, you’ll also need the correct file formats, or you won’t be able to translate the design.

This means that the embroidery and the file format should speak the same language. Take computers as an example. There are files and programs specifically created to run on Mac computers. This means that they are only operable if you run it on a compatible computer or machine. The same is true with embroidery file formats. It needs to have a distinction for the machine to recognize the file.

Types of Embroidery File Formats

Not all embroidery machines are created equal. This is why there are so many embroidery file formats that have been created. Each embroidery machine brand wants to have their own file format to ensure brand loyalty. While many embroidery machine file formats are available today, it doesn’t mean they are created in a JEF or PES format, or the home-embroidery based file format.

Most of these formats were created with the use of software known to be professional grade. It saves files in vector-based file format so when converted into the home-embroidery based file format, and it can run on your embroidery machine without affecting the image quality.

Each format works on a specific type of embroidery machine:

  • DST (Tajima)
  • ART. (Bernina)
  • EXP (Melco/Bravo)
  • HUS. & VP3. & VIP (Viking/Husqvarna)
  • PCD/PCS/PCM   (Pfaff)
  • XXX    (Singer)
  • PEC/PES   (Deco/Brother/Babylock)
  • JEF.   (Janome)

What are native embroidery file formats?

Now that you have an idea which file formats work on each machine embroidery brands, there are also file formats known as native embroidery formats like the EMB file. This format will run only on specific software. It won’t run on any embroidery machine as it is considered to be proprietary to the software. It’s similar to a Vector art file, which contains inputted properties and nodes. It gives you the ability to modify the image without putting in much effort.

Each software program has a native language that you need to follow to ensure you don’t get lost in translation. Even the attempt of introducing an incompatible file won’t give you the result you’re looking for.

Converting Embroidery File Formats

Embroidery file formats can be converted, but you need to resize or edit the file with the use of the format, which is native to the software in use. The software will resize the files and change its properties. You can have the replica of the image stitched on your shirt, bags, caps or other giveaway items and marketing materials.

Let’s take care of your embroidery project. Contact us to know more.

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Puff Without the Huff: How to Do 3D Puff Embroidery https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/puff-without-the-huff-how-to-do-3d-puff-embroidery/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:00:01 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=599 Mastering how to do 3D puff embroidery requires a little bit of practice, but it’s worth being able to offer this type of embroidery service to […]

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Mastering how to do 3D puff embroidery requires a little bit of practice, but it’s worth being able to offer this type of embroidery service to your customers.

For starters, people love how this textured effect makes their logo or branded design pop out. It also produces a high-quality branding effect which helps you offer the best embroidery service. You’ll also be able to charge a little bit more for this type of embroidery work which can prove to be very cost effective for your printing business.

How to Create 3D Puff Embroidery in Five Easy Steps:

Here’s how to master 3D puff embroidery in a few easy steps. Keep in mind that these steps may vary for your specific embroidery machine model; always check with your instruction manual first before proceeding.

1. Choose the Right Color Foam

You can find the foam you’ll need online, at many arts and crafts stores and even retailers such as Walmart. 3D puffy foam comes in a variety of thicknesses to suit the desired effect and design. If possible, always choose foam in the same color (or as close to it) as the design that will be embroidered over it.

2. Only Use a Design That’s Been Digitized for 3D Puff Embroidery

You then want to make sure that the design to be embroidered has been digitized explicitly by a professional for 3D embroidery. Some aspects of the design must be optimized using digitizing software before it can be programmed into the embroidery machine.

Do not skip this step. Bring your design file to a digitizing services company to ensure a flawlessly embroidered design.

3. Set Your Embroidery Machine to Automatic/Manual

3D puff embroidery is actually completed in three steps: the design’s underlay, then the border, and then the 3D section of the design itself. The 3D section is last because it’s during this step that you will insert the foam.

Your embroidery machine should be set to automatic/manual so that will stop at the end of each step before you tell it to proceed. This is to allow you to insert the foam for the crucial third step.

4. Cover the Design with Foam

The foam piece should be large enough to cover your design entirely. Place the foam over your design when step two of the embroidery process is finished and securely tape it in place using clear, strong tape. Make sure the tape is far away from the design borders.

5. Tear the Excess Foam Off

Your machine will secure the stitching to the foam with several stitch points before completing the design. Once the design is done you can remove the piece of clothing from the machine and simply tear the excess foam right off. You should also remove pieces of foam from any space inside the design that’s meant to be empty.

If you did happen to use a piece of foam that’s a different color than the embroidered design, then you can use a small tool to push in any protruding areas gently. This is why aiming for a foam color as close as possible to the design’s color or colors is so important.

Now that you know the basics of creating 3D puff embroidery, we hope you’ll enjoy this technique and be able to offer it to your customers. For a free quote on digitizing design files your 3D puff or another embroidery project, contact us today.

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5 Places to Find Free Vector Art for Digitized Embroidery https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/5-places-to-find-free-vector-art-for-digitized-embroidery/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:00:51 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=595 Vector art – an image that doesn’t blur or distort when manipulated – isn’t just the secret weapon of an art director sitting in the corner […]

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Vector art – an image that doesn’t blur or distort when manipulated – isn’t just the secret weapon of an art director sitting in the corner office at an impressive ad agency.

Ever gone to a company-sponsored event where the host’s logo is featured on every available surface, including the free goodies handed out to attendees? Then you’ve seen the product of a vectorized logo.

If you’ve seen that kind of branding at an event and wondered how your company could take advantage of similar marketing and visibility potential, a great first investment is some embroidery.

And we’re not talking about the kind of embroidery you see background characters poring over in a BBC historical drama.

Embroidery machines and free vector art make customized clothing or fabric goods easily obtained, and at a reasonable cost.

Use Free Vector Art to Make Your Company Shine

Embroidery machines work off of vector art to reproduce an image with needle and thread. If you’re not sure how to get your hands on the perfect image for your company’s customized golf shirts or canvas carry bags, here are a few websites where you can download free vector art to start the creative juices flowing.

1. Subtle Patterns

This website features free vector designs of repeating patterns. If you want to spice up a plain text logo or your company slogan with a little background interest, patterns are a good, understated addition to your embroidery design.

2. Vector Portal

Vector Portal offers free vector clipart-style files. These images might be useful if you’re embroidering the gift for a company holiday event or a seasonal giveaway.

3. Freepik

Those looking for high-quality vector stock will appreciate Freepik’s selection. They offer free vector art as well as vector templates if you want to take a mostly-complete concept and tailor it to your company’s needs.

4. Flaticon

If you want an elegant, simple design for your business’s embroidery project, check out Flaticon’s site. As the name suggests, they offer icons and line art images, which are great for embroidery use.

5. A Digitizing Service

If you have a very specific design in mind, and can’t just pull it from an inventory of royalty-free vector images for commercial use, consider using a digitizing service. These professionals can take anything from a pen and paper drawing to a JPEG and recreate it as a vector image.

This service isn’t free. However, if your company embroiders uniforms for every employee or hands out embroidered tote bags at the local Fourth of July celebration every year, it may be worth it.

Go Forth and Sew!

With free vector art and an embroidery machine, you’ll soon be sending your company’s name out into the world and generating a lot of buzz. And make sure your logo and branding are up to the latest digital standards by contacting us today!

Affordable Digitizing
emgraphics@comcast.net
(239) 910 8021

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Vector Art for Marketing Materials https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-use-vector-art-for-marketing-materials/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:00:51 +0000 https://www.affordabledigitizing.com/?p=590 Designing marketing materials can be a challenge. But, the thing is … Good visual design is vital to effective marketing. People are over 60% more likely to […]

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Designing marketing materials can be a challenge.

But, the thing is …

Good visual design is vital to effective marketing.

People are over 60% more likely to remember information when it’s paired with good visuals.

One of the most effective components of digital design is vector art.

If you’re interested in using vector art for marketing, keep reading for a quick look at what vector art is and why you should be using it.

What Are Vector Images?

There are two main types of images used in digital design: raster and vector images.

Raster images are traditional, static images like those taken with a camera. They have one maximum size and generally can’t be enlarged beyond that size without losing significant amounts of quality.

Vector images, on the other hand, are designed to be shrunk or enlarged to just about any size. This makes them great for use on websites or apps where images might be viewed on devices of all sizes.

1. Images Beat Text Every Time

One of the great things about using vectors for marketing materials is that they’re an excellent substitute for plain text.

Many logos or other images that use text are vectors. This is a good idea because using a vector in place of text allows a designer to customize the text and make it unique to your brand and message.

2. High-Quality Images

Vector images are designed with quality in mind. No matter what you scale a vector to – whether it’s 50 pixels wide or 5000 – the detail and image quality will be the same, right down to the smallest detail.

This makes vector designs an excellent choice for many applications – especially when the same image or logo will be used across multiple platforms, and need to be resized into many different sizes.

3. Vector Art for Marketing = Unique Design

Vector art is a great way to show off your organization’s unique voice and flair.

Instead of relying on a static image that may not look great on all platforms or that lacks a modern look, vector art can help you stand out with a fresh design.

4. Faster Loading Times

Vector art files are typically small, lightweight files. This means they’ll load and display quickly – even for those with a slower internet connection.

Slow loading times do nothing but hurt your brand. The longer your pages take to load, the more likely a visitor is to abandon your website.

5. Can be Reused Across Platforms

Another great thing about vector designs is that they can be used across many platforms.

Rather than having a designer create many different variations of your logo for use in different areas like your website, email, and print, one vector design can be reused and resized for all places.

Putting It All Together

It’s hard to go wrong with vector art for marketing.

Vector art is useful across many platforms and in many different situations. Why create many pieces of art when you can just create one design that’s useful everywhere?

Have a logo or other design that needs to be vectorized? Send it to us for a free quote!

Affordable Digitizing
emgraphics@comcast.net
(239) 910 8021

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