Getting Started with a New Design
In design and pretty much everything in life, it is always imperative to have a good foundation. So let us begin with the basics.
- 300 DPI
- Max width 5"
- Max height 2.25"
- Max 4 Thread Colors
Now that you have your canvas setup, it's on to the easy part... create your design! We'll leave that up to you.
Continue reading for some helpful pointers and tips and even more knowledge awesomeness before you embark on your design!
Don't forget that resolution depends on which platform you are using. If you are designing in vector (Illustrator), then resolution does not apply. Just make sure to expand your strokes and text!
Dad Hat Embroidery Area
*For dad hats we recommend using smaller art because the hat itself is smaller, although the area available for embroidery is still the same as a snapback.
Snapback Embroidery Area
Thread Color Limitations
Embroidery machines are only set up with a certain number of colors, this limits certain colors you will be able to use in your design. Below are the 20 colors available, there is a FOUR color limit per design.
Do's and Don'ts
To get the best result out of embroidery there are a few things to keep in mind when designing your piece.
When designing keep in mind the level of detail you are putting into your design, detailed designs DO NOT work for embroidery for the thread only 0.05" thick. Photos also do not work for embroidery due to their level of detail. Over complicated typefaces like blackletters, western inspired, or anything with small counterspaces are also not recommended.
DO use large thick letters or simple logos, these work best for embroidery. For more examples of what to do, check out all of our hats currently live on the site.
Optimizing Your Art
There are ways to update or fix your existing art to optimize it for embroidery. Eliminating small strokes and unavailable colors are a great way to opitimize your art for embroidery. Below is an example.