Thread Color Selection
Color selection is the fun and artistic part of the embroidery process. The average corporate logo uses between 1-5 colors, however we offer up to 15 different colors in one design. We will help you determine the thread colors that best interpret your logo colors.
Most companies request the established colors on letterhead or business cards. Thread colors can be matched to PMS colors, if required, for strict compliance of corporate logo reproduction.
Quick fact: PMS is Pantone Matching System. It is a Color Chart used to standardize colors for consistency.
Or, if there are no restrictions, we can compliment the garment color with matching, tone on tone, contrasting or reversed color to achieve the desired effect.
- Matching color selection uses a thread color that matches some
color of the garment. This is normally used when the garment has a different
colored collar from the shirt color.
- Tone on tone color selection is achieved by using a thread color
in the same family as the garment but making the tone slightly darker or
lighter than the fabric color. It is a very subtle and elegant look. See
the embroidery gallery for examples.
- Contrasting color selection is simply choosing the thread color
that stands out from the garment color. A color that really “pops”
off the garment for maximum visibility.
- Reversed color (or opposite) is using the “negative” of the original color. For example, if white thread is normally used, it wouldn’t stand out on a white garment. In this case, Black thread (opposite) would be used.
Thread colors are abundant. So if you’re not restricted to PMS requirements be prepared to spend some time on this process to select the desired combination. The outcome will be worth the time!