are the best choice for anyone who wants to recreate a photograph or person’s likeness in their patch design. Unlike embroidered patches that have a threaded texture, photo patches have a smooth surface because the artwork is not stitched into the mesh. Instead, an image is heat transferred into the mesh backing to create a crisp, clean design.
Photo patches are the best options for anyone looking for a picture perfect design. The process works by taking a photograph and printing it on sheets of transfer paper, and then using heat and pressure to infuse the image on the transfer paper into a mesh backing. This process is called dye sublimation.
Heat transfer patches have the most crisp and clear designs. Instead of using thread to embroidered artwork onto a mesh backing, these patches have digital artwork heat transferred into the patch.
The colorful cowgirl and horse design would have been impossible to recreate using traditional embroidery. Choosing a photo patch design ensured that the artwork came out in beautiful detail.
Artwork with complex patterns and blended colors are best suited for heat transfer designs. The flower design has an incredible amount of detail that would have been impossible to recreate using any other method.
The eagle's wings on this patch design have a layered appearance, but the surface of the patch is actually smooth to the touch. Heat transfer patches don't need to embroider thread over the mesh backing to create a design. They use heat and pressure to transfer an ink design into the fabric, resulting in an even surface.
If you're looking to capture a person's face or a landscape of some kind, heat transfer patches are the best option for you. Being able to transfer a digital image into the fabric of a patch results in the clearest artwork possible.
The best advantage of a heat transfer patch is being able to capture a photo-realistic image. Not only is the text highly legible in this design, you can also make out the folds of the British flag as it ripples through the wind.
Personalized photo patches have rich colors and crisp detail. We offer different types of patches, each having a certain style and texture, but photo patches are the best option for anyone looking to create a design that’s as true to life as possible. Instead of weaving colored thread into a mesh backing, the design of a photo patch is heat transferred into the mesh so the colors can bond with the fabric.
This process is called dye sublimation, and it allows colors to blend together gradually, creating realistic shadows and lifelike detail in the artwork. Many of our customers use photo patches to recreate family photos, pictures of loved ones or simply to capture the most detailed image possible. Whether you need to capture the intricate facial features of a loved one or the complex structure of a soaring eagle’s wings in your design, photo patches are the best way to go.
Real-Life Images and Digital Designs on Photo Patches
Photo patches have the greatest potential for fine detailing. Whether your design calls for an image of a majestic lakeshore or a person’s face, our production team can make it happen. But not all of the custom photo patches show off an image taken by hand with a camera. Some are created with a company logo or digitally drawn image in mind.
If you’re planning to recreate something like an emblem or company logo, you might be wondering what makes a custom photo patch a more suitable option than something like our embroidered or woven patch options. The answer is one part personal preference and one part design related.
Embroidered patches have a classic look and feel that most people are familiar with, and they’re perfectly capable of creating a threaded emblem design or company logo. So, if you’re looking for a true classic that has the raised and recessed texture of the thread and mesh backing, embroidered patches are an excellent option. However, the advantage of a photo patch is the ability to blend colors seamlessly, resulting in crisp, unbroken designs, even on the smallest patches. This allows for a level of detail that’s impossible to recreate in any other style of patch.
So, if you’re hoping to recreate small details like shadows and carefully blended colors with clarity, custom photo patches are the best choice for you. And, of course, if you’re hoping for a patch family photo design or a design with a person’s face included in the artwork, a personalized photo patch is your best bet as well.
Our Signature Patches team has worked on scout patches with heat transfer images, patches created to honor the lives of loved ones, and all kinds of other portrait style designs. Landscapes, buildings and images of wildlife are just a few other options to consider when thinking about creating a custom photo patch design. No matter what style artwork you have in mind, all you need to get started is the image you want transferred into your patch.
Combining Photo Patch Designs With Embroidered Artwork
If you can’t decide between the realistic detail of a photo patch and the classic texture of an embroidered patch, there are ways to get the best of both worlds. Our production team doesn’t like to run heat transfer patches through a sewing machine after the photo has been infused with the mesh backing. However, it’s possible to embellish a photo patch design with embroidered rockers and text.
These types of patches offer the realistic details of a photo patch design and the classic look and feel of an embroidered patch design. Combining these two different types of patches is a great way to make the artwork of your patches stand out from the crowd. If you have your own ideas for combining embroidered and heat transfer designs, let us know! We’re happy to help bring your vision to life!
Creating Your Own Custom Patch From Photos
To get started on an order of custom patches, all you need to do is fill out a free quote form on our website. If you’re looking to design a custom patch from photos you have at home or you want to have a digital design photo printed into a set of custom patches, just let us know, and upload your images while filling out the quote form.
We offer a number of different attachment options for our law enforcement patches. Some of the simpler options include safety pins and tuxedo clips as a way to temporarily attach a patch to any piece of clothing. We also offer magnetic attachments for those uninterested in poking holes in their clothes, but these are all temporary options.
Sometimes there is a little confusion between what constitutes an iron on patch and a heat transfer patch. When we talk about iron on patches, we’re referring to the attachment option. A heat transfer patch (or photo patch) refers to the type of patch and its artwork. It’s entirely possible to order a heat transfer patch with an iron on backing, and there is no need to worry about damaging the design as you apply heat from an iron to secure the patch in place.
No matter what attachment option you choose, attaching your patch is easy once you look over our helpful guide. Once you upload your artwork, select the backing option you like best, and submit your quote, our art team will set to work and have your first free proof finished within 48 hours. From there, you can take advantage of our free unlimited revisions until you’re ready to finalize your order.
Every order comes with a 100% quality guarantee and free overnight shipping, so as soon as your patches clear quality control at our production facility, you can expect them on your doorstep the next day.
Personalized Photo Patches With Perfect Detail
One of the biggest advantages of a photo print patch is the ability to capture the sharpest details in even the smallest patches. When it comes to an embroidered patch or even a woven patch with an extra fine weave pattern, as the patch gets smaller, the details become more indiscernible. This isn’t an issue with photo patches.
Whether it’s a massive 4” family photo patch or a small 1.5” patch, choosing to heat transfer your artwork onto a custom patch design will result in the most crisp, clean image available.
Here at Signature Patches, we’ve been in the business of creating custom patches since the year 2000. We have all the experience and knowledge needed to help you find the perfect design, and getting started with us is as easy as filling out a free quote form. Give us a call today, and see what makes Signature Patches the best photo patch company online.