Here's the Key to Picking the Right Font and Achieving High Quality Text
One of the hardest part of designing high quality embroidery, is making sure your fonts will be legible.
Make sure you consider how a specific font will translate into stitches. Best to consider the height and width of the text or font you wish to use. Sometimes spacing out the letters (even if you don't make them taller) can really help with better clarity and legibility. Also, make sure that the font being used is thick enough at the size and scale you want.
You can see example of fonts at 0.25" tall and 0.50" tall below. We generally recommend bigger fonts, as they'll be more clear and clean for embroidery. We do not recommend going smaller than 0.25" tall (that's something like 36pt for common fonts, but can vary based on the specific font).
Keep in mind that sometimes a simple cursive font can also look clean too because all the letters are connected and smooth. Less trims (or thread cuts) between each letter will reduce misalignment in your fonts.
You're awesome, and so are you embroidery designs, especially after following these tips and tricks!
Avoid this Common Pitfall To Create Amazing Embroidery
You'll notice the smaller the font, the more simple it should be to achieve high quality embroidery. Too much detail at a small area can cause loops, gaps, bunching, holes and misalignments. Avoid small fonts for consistently great embroidery!
(Remember, in some cases the best option might be to print your design if you need small, legible fonts.)
Check out the stitch details and corresponding height of the font in each example below.
You can see above that even at 1/4 inch this simple font can look too cramped and tight. In some cases, we'll recommend running stitch instead of satin stitch to best suit your small details.
Devils in The Details
Drop the Serifs and Move into the Modern 21st Century
We recommend simple sans-serif fonts like Helvetic, Century Gothic, and Arial. These are fonts that don't have tails at the tops, bottoms, or edges of the letters, which can often make embroidery look messy, instead of clean and high quality.
It's always best to consider these stitch types and font tricks while designing your artwork to produce embroidery of the highest caliber that you'll love.
No Worries, Be Happy
We're Here to Help You on Your Embroidery Journey
Help us, help you by following these guidelines for great embroidery right from the get-go while you create your artwork. But don't stress, the good news is that when your Apliiq Artist reviews your artwork files for embroidery, we keep all of these details in mind for you and will help guide you to creating the best quality embroidery possible!
Happy embroidery designing and stitching :)