Have fun Printing with Fonts – Fonts – Fonts!!
We have pre-loaded hundreds of great fonts in our online design tool. When you click the ADD TEXT button, check out the Categories for *Always Popular, *Customer Requested and *Team Uniforms.
We can use almost any font you have on your own computer system, or from any number of free font websites. The most popular website for Free fonts is www.Dafont.com there are also many websites that sell very high quality designer fonts.
Just send us an email with name of the font you want to use. If the font is a licensed, then you will have to purchase that first, and email us the TTF font file. Any fonts you request will be uploaded and listed under the Font Category of *Customer Requested.
We can use fonts from Microsoft Word or many other sources. We provide you with the most options to customize your business logo or design.
We will use this information to provide a free preview of what the final product will look like, along with Free Estimates. Once we receive your email, we typically respond within one hour on business days. Our E-mail Address is: Service@123Shirt.com
UPLOADING FONTS FOR EMBROIDERY
Special Considerations for Embroidered Fonts
For the best possible custom embroidery results, we enforce certain text and lettering guidelines. Small letters and certain font styles do not embroider well. For example, the Serif typeface fonts have thin lines at the end of its letters, and while it looks great on printed material, they do not embroider very well.
Choosing Your Font & Submission Guidelines
Here are a few rules to keep in mind when submitting your logo and artwork:
- Avoid small lettering using Serif fonts such as: TIMES ROMAN, BODONI, BOOK ANTIQUA or COOPERPLATE.
- Avoid excessive outlining of letters, especially on small letters. Thin, narrow fonts like Times Roman, brush scripts, and handwriting should not have outlines, unless the letters are at least 1/2″ high.
- TEXT letter sizes must be at least 1/4″ high or a FONT SIZE of 24 as a MINIMUM at the final embroidered size.
- We carry all fonts supported by Microsoft word. In your order, let us know the font, size, and color. As mentioned previously, some fonts will not work well. Additionally, avoid fonts with graphic embellishments, built-in outlines, intense internal details or objects.
- If you don’t like Microsoft Word fonts, try the FREE website www.Dafont.com for thousands of free fonts and versatile choices.
Understanding Your Font File
There are two primary types of format for your logo: Bitmap and Vector Art. While we prefer Vector files, we can work with both, provided all guidelines are followed.
Bitmaps are images are comprised of little squares. This makes outlines and edges jagged, rather than smooth. Bitmap files include BMP, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, and many more. All paintshop programs and digital cameras use bitmaps only.
Bitmaps cannot be scaled very well, due to inherent sizing. If you send us a bitmap file, it should be as large as possible. We require a resolution of least 300 dpi or higher. Copying images from the internet will result in low resolution of 72 DPI images.
Vector Art is an image comprised of points and lines. A mathematical formula defines the shape, and each line has a start, finish, length, and direction. Resizing vector art is so simple because the mathematical formula is built-in, and always controls proportions. This means that no matter how small or how large you want your logo to be, it will always be the exact same proportion, and you don’t lose quality in the process.
Vector art works best for embroidery. Almost all corporate logos developed by professional graphic design firms are in Vector Art formats. Vectors are the standard in graphic design, printing and publishing. Vector file formats include: Ai, EPS, CDR, certain PDF, and several others.
Formatting Your Font
You may have a custom logo or font that is unique to your business. If properly formatted, we can still work with these.
Vector formats work best for custom embroidery, is our preferred method of receiving files. When sending a Vector Art File (Ai, EPS, PS, PDF, CDR or CMX), convert the text to CURVES, PATHS or OUTLINES to reduce the possibility of font conflicts. Alternatively, send us your custom TTF font file to allow us to edit and recreate the font as accurately as possible.
If you are working in Corel, click on the text to be converted, select ARRANGE, then select CONVERT TO CURVES. The text will become a design object and is no longer text.
To convert text to outlines, select SELECT/SELECT ALL. It doesn’t matter if other graphic elements are selected. then select TYPE/CREATE OUTLINES. The text will become outlined and cannot be edited as text.
Locating Your Fonts
Fonts can be found in the folder “WINDOWS”, and subfolder “FONTS.” Simply attach the font to your e-mail for download. If you have trouble attaching a font directly from the font folder, you can create a copy of the font by opening your font file folder in a small window, and dragging that font to your desktop for easy email attachment. We can only use font files with a file extension of TTF or OTF.
Apple – MAC
If your font is MAC based, find your FontBook and send us the DFONT file. You can use your Finder to locate the Font Book in your Applications folder. View your collections, or click “All Fonts” for a full list of installed fonts.