Artwork - What Is It?
To get a good quality embroidered design you need good artwork.
What is good artwork? "Artwork" can mean many things ranging from a
concept sketch on a napkin to a previously embroidered hat to a
vector artwork file. To digitize a quality embroidered design the
digitizer (person who creates an embroidery file) usually needs the
highest resolution artwork file that's available. Having a high
resolution file will allow the digitizer to correctly size the file
while maintaining the clarity of the file so it can be used as a
template for the embroidery set-up.
Are there times when other forms of artwork can be used? If the
design is very simple then sometimes poor artwork can work although
often the text must be recreated before that portion of the
embroidery design is set-up.
What are some artwork "forms" that don't work well
for an embroidery set-up?
- Concept sketch - often sketches are more suggestive than being
accurately detailed and complete. For example, line thicknesses
can vary when they should be consistent and portions of a design
can be missing.
- Embroidered shirt or hat - a photograph must be taken of an
embroidered item to create a computer file. While this may work
for a simple shirt design its hard to get a
non-distorted picture of a 3D item such as a hat.
- Web image - most web images have a maximum low resolution of
76-96 dpi and can become too pixelated when resized for an
- Business card - Often the resolution of a scanned business
card is poor and business cards usually have too much information
for a left chest design. Items can be eliminated but usually that
negatively effects the design. Often its best to redesign the logo
for embroidered shirts.
- Image in the body of an email - email software limits the
resolution of images in the body of the email. These images
may be fine to obtain a quote but artwork must be sent as an
attachment to maintain the file's resolution.