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How To Send Your Logo Or Design

Sending your logo or design to Arizona Cap is easy. You can choose from several methods:

Important Note: We use Windows PC's. If you are mailing or e-mailing us a file it must be in a PC readable format. Sorry No Macs.

METHOD 1. E-Mail It - This is the fastest way for us to get started on your order. To e-mail your logo simply attach the file to an e-mail and send it to info@arizonacap.com If you need help attaching it please call us at (928) 636-7643 and we will walk you through the process. 

METHOD 2. Mail It - USPS, Fed-X, UPS; whatever you like. You may mail us the file on a USB drive or CD-ROM. You may also send us a printout or copy of the art if you do not have it on disk. Even if you do have it on disk this is a good idea.

Important Note: If you are mailing a paper copy or print out of your art, or a drawing, etc, please send us the largest copy that you have. Although we can work miracles with business cards it is much easier and much better if we don't have to. Anytime we must blow up your art there is a potential for image loss so give us the biggest that you have.

FILE FORMATS
SCREENPRINTING - Our prefered file format is .CDR
We also accept these vector file formats for screenprinting
.AI  .EPS  .PDF
If you do not have vector we can generally work with bitmap files like .JPG .TIFF and .PNG but these files will require our artist to redraw from them before making film and screens.
EMBROIDERY - All file formats are welcome (vector is still preferred) because your logo will be digitized by our artists.

 

Embroidery Design Tips
We have found that many people (professional artists included) are not familiar with the embroidery process and what makes the artwork used different from what we print on paper or shirts. If you are designing a new logo for embroidery here are some helpful tips:

The first and fundamental thing to consider when designing a logo for embroidery is that the logo is going to be sewn in thread. This presents considerable differences from designing for the web or print advertising. You have a limited color pallete (1-9) colors and minimum size for detail and fonts. With that in mind consider these tips:
 
1. TEXT
Embroidered lettering differs greatly from printed lettering. You are limited by thread in the detail of the font and the minimum size. For example a 12 pt font can be printed fine on a brochure, looks good as a web GIF but is impossible to reproduce with a needle and thread. Some general rules are: The more detailed the font the larger it needs to be. For the smallest writing use a simple font like Arial or Calibri. Generally speaking fonts below .25" or 20 pt arial do not sew legibly. Remember a thread is significantly larger than a computer pixel or drop of ink. Fonts below 24 pt generally lose the unique features of the font and must be sewn as simpler block style lettering. Fonts that are spaced tightly together may need to be expanded when sewn to prevent the letters from sewing on top of each other.
 
2. COLORS
Most embroidery machines allow the use of up to 9 thread colors. Most corporate logos only contain 1-4 colors so this is not a problem. However many of our customers today are using logos designed for the web, created in programs like PhotoShop. Instead of being solid colors these logos may  be rendered in hundreds or thousands of colors and need to be modified for embroidery. For example a logo featuring a small photographic image of a jet may produce that jet as a bitmap of 120 colors. This needs to be reduced to a small number of colors. This can be thought of as changing the logo from a photograph to an illustration. Tiny details below 2mm need to be eliminated or merged into larger items. Don't worry, embroidery is an art form and the although your logo may appear different it can still maintain it's brand integrity as well as look good on clothing.  Photo editing effects such as shadowing, color fading and bleeding, metallic filters and blurring are not generally compatible with the embroidery process. A PhotoShop rendered shadow may contain 32 shades of gray, imagine trying to do that in thread!
 
3. OUTLINES
Outlines of objects or text need to a be minimum size (approx 1.5mm) Outlining small text is not recommended as it will not produce the same visual affect in thread as it does in print. 
 
4. SIZE
Keep in mind the size that your logo will be when sewn on the garment. Left chest logos on shirts and sleeve logos on shirts are generally 2.5" to 4.5" wide.  A hat logo is usually limited to height of 2.25" For exact size requirements contact us for garment specifications.
 
  

 

 

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