Learn How to Digitize a Logo?
Digitize a logo is a complex and technical process and needs highly trained individuals known as Digitizers and Punchers to do this progression effectively and resulting in the best embroidery quality. Every digital embroidery design is created with care and focus to make sure the embroidery process runs smoothly as well. Although every digitizer has his/her own way of doing this process but more or less, every digitizer follows the method stated below for digitizing the source design, be it an artwork, image or even a monogram.
Digitizing a logo is same as every other digitizing process but because of it applicability on many different items of clothing, it has some issues that have to be dealt and considered before and during the embroidery digitizing process.
First and foremost, the main thing is the logo. Ideally, a vector of the logo will render itself easiest and smoothest for the transformation process but a normal jpeg or any other photo will work as well. The first step is to resize the image within the dimensions the embroidery is to be. If it needs some angle change and any other revision, to the design of the logo of course, it is to be done before it is imported into the digitizing software.
Digitizing for each fabric is different as the toughness, thread count, weave of the fabric and the actual garment it will be embroidered on is considered before even digitizing is started. If it’s a cap, the embroidery will have to be center out and start from the bottom, if it was on other apparel, it will depend on the design, the first thing to be embroidered will be the heaviest of the design detail.
After the logo’s image is prepared for the process of digitize a logo, it is imported into the digitizing software. The first thing a digitizer does is create the outline of the heaviest design element within the logo design. Although the outline is made first, it is the last thing that is being done by the embroidery machine. Once the outline is complete, it’s filled in using different type of stitches. If it’s a large area, it’s filled with tatami fill while for small and minor detailing, running stitches can be used. For more definition and thicker outlines, Satin stitches are and can be utilized.
If the logo has lettering, which most usually have and is separate from the overall design, the heavier section is worked on first which mostly isn’t the lettering section. It is done to make sure that the fabric does not pucker or tighten which can distort the earlier embroidered part of the design, if lighter design section is embroidered first. Lettering is done later if it’s the lighter embroidered section and just like the other design sections, it is done with outlining first and then adding the fill if required, if the text is large enough to require otherwise a satin or running stitch might be enough. Outline is not always required by an embroidery design and can be forgone by making the parameters and adding the fill right away.
All the while, during the process of digitize a logo, compensation has to be considered. For heaver fabrics like pique, compensation variables, push and pull, have to be increased to make sure they do not pull in resulting in poor embroidery quality. Especially with lettering, these factors become more important as with straight lines, like for a alphabet ‘I’, stitches are pulled in while for curved spaces, they are pushed out as it will come out fine just then otherwise there might be issues with it once embroidered like gap spacing and over embroidery out of the outlines which would ruin the whole design.
As previously stated, the process of digitize a logo is not easy at all, and gets increasingly complex when performing logo embroidery digitizing as logos are a bit more complex because of the lettering involved and moreover has to be made in accordance with the garment it is to be embroidered on.