The answer is we use a lot of software to create patches from start to finish. Why is software important? Professional level software makes professional patches! Its that easy!
Many people think we use an .eps file to digitze the patches, or a similar vector based file format. That would really be easy - but that is not how it works. We have had to invest in a professional level embroidery digitizing program called Tajima DG/ML15 by Pulse to help create our embroidery files. Its really a difficult and detailed program to learn, but amazing once you get the hang of it. This program is priced for professional digitizing, not for the average home embroiderer or occasional user, thats for sure! With this embroidery digitizing software, we can create some amazing morale patches with a professional level of details - from different stitch types, to small stitches to the embroidery fonts.
If you want to check out the software for some reason, here is the link to the Pulse Microsystems website. We are using the top level of the software, Maestro Level: http://embroidery.pulsemicro.com/. Its cool to see what the software can do, especially now that there is a cloud system. We hope in the near future to be able to get drafts online for people to try the patches before buying them - you will be able to add lettering and an icon to a nametape or custom team patch (for example) and change the colors and change the fonts to make sure the custom morale patches look exactly how you want them to look. We are working on having that on our website, but it is a work in progress. We can't wait though - I think it will be a great benefit (and lots of fun) for everyone to be able to see the patches and take a hand in designing them too.
From Tajima DG/ML's website just to give you an idea of what the software does:
Creating an embroidery design that runs flawlessly on the machine is easy if you have the right tools to create the design. Embroidery software is the heart and brains of the business - the machine will sew what the software creates, so choosing the right software is just as important as purchasing the machine itself.
Tajima DG/ML by Pulse is the software chosen by Tajima, the world's largest embroidery machine manufacturer, and also by over 25,000 businesses worldwide.
With customers using the software in fourteen languages in over sixty countries, you can be assured that you are getting the world's most intelligent, innovative and interactive software that will let you create amazing embroidery quickly and easily."
At OMLpatches.com, we also create our own designs either in the digitizing software itself, or in Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. Both are awesome programs and they can work hand in hand with the embroidery digitizing programs to help make amazing custom embroidered patches from start to finish! You can check out Adobe's site for these awesome programs: http://www.adobe.com/, they are amazing professional level programs used by just about everyone. On their website, they have many tutorials and tons of help files to get you started.
All of the programs and software that we use at OMLpatches.com are at the professional level and all contribute to make the best professional level custom patches available around the world.
Go for the best - go for OMLpatches.com custom patches - we are the best of the best. Custom patches are made to order and made to last.
Now that you have seen inside the brains of OML, you can see that we have put lots of effort into creating our amazing custom morale patches, and we will continue to do so and keep upgrading our skills so we can keep up with the newest and best ideas for morale patches!