Try to make your design simple, because the embroidery doesn’t like too complex designs. The more straightforward your design, the better it’ll look when stitched.

Here are some examples of simplified design.

Example 1

                   Original design                                   Embroidery design

  • Background image with small details and extra text was removed;
  • “est. 1985” was enlarged and pulled out of the logo;
  • All colors were adjusted to match our 16 embroidery thread colors.

Example 2

             Original design                                   Embroidery design

  • Gradients were replaced with clean lines. See the following tip for more information on avoiding gradients;
  • Small areas of negative space were filled in with a background color so that the final embroidery is clear. Larger areas of negative space were left untouched;
  • All colors were adjusted to match our 16 embroidery thread colors.


Use Solid Shapes and Colors, avoid gradients, photos or any blend effects. A design with a few strong, basic elements can be much more powerful than one with a thousand small details, color gradients and other effects. Any blend effects or gradients will be embroidered using standard 16 thread colors. Photographs, in particular, will be rejected from production. Here is an example of embroidered photo. 

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