It is true that minor details do not make or destroy a piece entirely while digitizing for embroidery designs. With that said, these seemingly minor details also distinguish great embroidery digitizing from the ordinary. Since today, we are talking about mastering the skill, these minor things will definitely come up in our discussion.
It is no secret that if you want great quality for embroidered products, embroidery digitising has to be top-notch, along with supplies during the production process. A stitch file is the brain of the embroidery machine and until and unless it is not right there, it is difficult to get great results. In the coming sections, we will plunge into three techniques that are often ignored by the digitizers.
If you are already familiar with the machine embroidery industry, you would know that getting exquisite quality digitized designs is not easy. Therefore, there are slim chances that you will see ordinary digitizers caring for these minor details. Run of the mill digitizing for embroidery designs serves for most commercial purposes. But if you are someone who cares for creativity, long for innovation and has regard for great quality in general, following tips are a must to learn and follow:
Layering In Embroidery Designs:
Layering is a technique that adds depth to the embroidered designs. An embroidered design is at its epitome when it best utilizes the depth of the thread and introduces a new dimension to it. In fact, embroidery is the only method in apparel decoration that has this innate ability to aptly induce the third dimension.
To an onlooker, it immediately catches the eye and is considered to be different from an average design. Though other methods like screen printing and Direct to Garment printing, can create this 3-D effect, it is merely an illusion and can be easily spotted. Nothing can replace the natural third dimension that embroidery has to offer.
Since the effect is unique, it is naive to let the opportunity go. A wise and experienced digitizer will, therefore, always tap on to this opportunity, where possible.
For layering, always digitize for the elements that go into or are in the background of the plane. This will help you in layering the front details afterward and creating a holistic 3-D design. This will also allow the front and backward elements to overlap. This overlapping conveniently imparts 3-D look to the design.
It is not that layering is the only way for introducing third dimension to the design. While digitizing for embroidery, there are numerous ways to fabricate it but nothing beats the layering technique. Apart from the quality, layering is the most convenient technique to introduce third dimension in embroidery digitizing. Unlike shading or drawing the effects artificially, layering saves time and effort.
Optimizing Stitch Density:
Stitch density is one parameter that is dealt rather carelessly by digitizers. Mostly digitizers don’t care much for it and often default values are inserted in the digitizing software. Interestingly, this ignored parameter, directly affects various other things, including wearer’s comfort and use of the stabilizer.
Ideally, for a design to be perfect, the stitch count should not be more or less than what is required. The sense for optimized stitch count will not come overnight. For different fabrics, adjustments have to be made differently. To anybody who is reading this, our advice is to be more considerate towards stitch count while digitizing for embroidery designs. This way, you will develop an understanding of what works best in which circumstances.
The fact is that minor differences in stitch count do not affect the overall looks of the design. It is hard to distinguish between two designs, one having optimized while the other having more stitches than actually required. The thing is that quality of digitizing for embroidery design is not solely gauged by the way it looks. The quality of the digitizing is also determined by the production efficiency and comfort of the wearer.
Mostly, digitized designs have to be worn. If the stitch density is way too high, it provides the wearer an unpleasant experience. To support heavier stitching, more amount of stabilizer is required. Not only lighter stitching renders a comfortable wearing experience, it also improves the durability of the design. Such a design will not easily wither or distort.
Handling Text While Digitizing Embroidery Designs:
There is nothing more important than a clear and clean lettering in digitizing. To an average customer, it matters much more than any other element of the design. Even a minor glitch in lettering is gravely magnified and that is why it is so important to get the lettering tight and crisp.
This is so because lettering in a design has loads of personalized value for the end customer. An embroidered business name matters much more to the customer than any other element of the design. An average digitizer fails to realize this. Consequently, they treat text in the same way as any other graphic element of the logo or design. The key here is to realize and understand the importance of personalizing.
To put this into practice, there is not much effort required. If an embroidery digitizer has this in back of the mind, while digitizing embroidery designs, minor fixes would make up for what constitutes great lettering. Even if pre-digitized letters are used, stop by to make the necessary fixes. Clean up the curves and kerns.
To conclude things, it should be admitted that these little and ignored things, do not have much value in today’s highly commercial and competitive scenario. Consequently, the efforts of a digitizer who actually cares for it, often go unrewarded.
Nevertheless, if not directly, great quality does get rewarded in one way or another. Moreover, as you can see, none of the above-mentioned tips are too hard. In fact, they often make the job easier for the digitizer.
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