Formats Used For Embroidery Services

I have read an article lately on companies who offer embroidery services and a lot of them all have the same things in common: quality of materials, excellent service and fast turnaround. The question here is, if a company is good is supplying the best embroidery service, what is the most important qualification these companies should have?

A priority would be the kind of format they use to produce them. If you are unsure of what to check, the following formats should be used for embroidery services:


    All versions up to X4 supported
    File Formats .cdr
    All fonts should be converted to curves


    All versions up to CS3
    File Formats .ai or .eps file.
    Embed or include all linked images
    All Fonts should be converted to outlines.

Adobe Photoshop

    All versions up to CS3.
    File Formats .psd or .tif file.
    CMYK (Four Colour Process) - 300dpi at 100% print size.

Embroidery File Types

    Vector File formats: .eps, .ai, .crd
    Bitmap File formats: .jpeg, .bmp, .tif, .psd, .png.

Based on recent studies, all bitmap images must be over 300dpi. With the embroidery, your company should have to redraw the complete logo regardless of the art provided. If a bitmap, please make sure it is a reasonable size 300 dpi file. PMS colours are best to match to as computer monitors are all different.

Transfer - Digital File Types

    Vector File formats: .eps, .ai, .crd
    Bitmap File formats: .jpeg, .bmp, .tif, .psd, .png.

All bitmap images must be over 300dpi. Digital transfers are a CMYK process and therefore we can accept bitmaps. Please size 1:1 and make sure that the image is at lease 300DPI. The printer can achieve 720dpi so the bigger file the better the print will be.

Based on the formats above, this is where embroidery and digital printing differs. If you have a large picture or logo for your brand or design, digital printing may be less expensive than embroidery. You can also embroider small logo's and digital print larger ones on the same garment. (photo taken from the web)

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