Creating original designs for trims such as patches is often available on customized patch websites. The user follows different steps to choose the patch fabric, embroidery thread and text. These website types are usually generic, opening a series of windows with specific prompts. Designers are opting to create original patch development programs by using online freeware and include features or tools that usually are not available by customized sites. The designer can incorporate favorite shapes, thread charts, fabrics, as well as fabric backings. They can customize the program according to the desired selections.
Things You'll Need
- Drawing paper
- Drafting pencils
- Colored pencils
- Patch fabric
- Patch backing
- Embroidery thread charts
- Software creation system
Developing the Patch Program
Sketch out the types of patches offered by the program on drawing paper with drafting pencils. Design programs generally include a library browser with a variety of options for users such as patch shapes, stitch types and text. For instance, include geometric shapes such as squares, ovals, circles, rectangles or triangles, as well as asymmetrical shapes.
Add plug-in windows for patch heights and widths as well as embroidery coverage, which is defined as the amount of embroidery stitches across the entire surface of the patch.
Add a library browser button that includes the types of fabric for the patch such as mesh, twill, denim or canvas. The library can offer options for the patch border such as rounded or sharp corners as well as Merrow-stitched edges. Another option is to include backing options such as Velcro, peel and stick or iron-on.
Add a library browser with fabric colors for the patch backs from Step 3. Use colored pencils to sketch out the colors and position the fabric placement. For example, if you are offering denim, include a light, medium and dark stonewash as options for the patch back, referred to as ground color.
Add a text or font letter type button. Patches usually include script, numbers or logos. By adding font letter type, the user can select a point type, which is the height of the letter as well as choose the bold or italicized text.
Add a library browser with thread color options. If your patch program offers users the option to produce the patch, embroidery thread charts allow the user to view the finished embroidered patch with fabric backing from Step 4. For example, embroidery threads from Madeira, Isacord or Robinson-Anton lists thread colors by numerical codes. The user can create the patch by plugging in the selected color to view the finished patch design. Another alternative is to include metallic threads as well.
Software Creation and Development
Choose a software creation system compatible to your personal computer’s operating system. Online software creation systems usually are available as freeware. A software developer creates the freeware program and offers it for free online, retaining the software copyright. Online freeware websites such asHyperNext Studio, Microsoft Visual Studio or Limnor offers freeware and program video tutorials.
Download the online freeware to your computer. Check the site’s connection speed recommendation to determine the download time.
Develop the interface buttons, often referred to as controls. Refer to the previous section to place the button in a specific layout pattern.
Develop separate windows or screens for each of the patch options. The main design window is generally the user-interactive window, accessing design features through the toolbar.
Write in the program code by following the freeware instructions or prompts to create the program feature or tool. Though these programs often include a script editor with prompts, certain freeware developers do not allow the user to rewrite or overwrite certain parts or features of the program. If the freeware allows you to click on the created button to test the feature application, test each button individually before writing the next program code.
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