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I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH MONOGRAMS! Yes. Its true. Wilcom Hatch has the most amazing add on for monograms, and I absolutely LOVE IT.
I have always found monograms a bit difficult to do. Mainly to be inspired – anyone can add 3 letters and call it a monogram, but good monograms take some style. Amazing monograms have a cool shaped border, different swirls and swashes and decorations and different set ups for the letters. Traditionally, there are 3 letters in a monogram, and they are set up in different ways. For example OML – the letter M will be bigger and the O and the L will be smaller, and usually set up a bit from the bottom mark of the M. Thats a regular traditional style monogram. Bleh. We need more than that!
With the Wilcom Hatch monogram add on, you can have tons of ideas right there in front of you. MONOGRAM INSPIRATION AND STYLE to say the least. There are different borders in many different shapes, different set ups for the lettering – consisting of different layouts, and a whole set of decorations, too. Instead of working on any kind of set up issues, you add your lettering and click on some of the different options. Yes, it really is that easy!! Of course you also have the choice of any of the 60 built in fonts and any of the TTF fonts that you have on your computer. With a few clicks, you are sure to find the perfect monogram with added style!
Here is the description from Wilcom.com/hatch website:
“Create and Re-Shape Lettering
Lettering doesn’t need to be basic! Do it your way with Hatch Monogrammer. Using a built-in “Embroidery Library”, Monogrammer makes it simple to add custom lettering to your designs. Select from the 60 included fonts or convert your own TrueType or OpenType fonts. Adjust your lettering width to make it bolder, or slant them to give an italicized look. Spread your letters apart with the spacing tool.
Edit your lettering using the “Select and Re-Shape Object” tool. Manipulate your lettering in multiple ways right on screen including: adjusting spacing, scaling lettering, and reshaping your letters to create your own personalized design.
Choose your own Layouts with multiple Baselines
Go one step further and choose your layouts with multiple baselines. Lettering shapes and layouts are what give your lettering unique shapes and structures. Choose from a variety of placements – Free or fixed, circle or arched, upright and even free form are just the start of baselines you’ll find yourself using.
Customize your lettering further by adding ‘lettering art’ styles which will distort your lettering by making it arch, compress, stretch or bulge- giving you the ability to manipulate your designs to your liking.
Lettering doesn’t stop at one line. When dealing with multi-line lettering, Hatch Monogrammer provides up to four alignment and layout options. You can even customize each line accordingly to achieve the personalized alignments and baselines you envision.”
If you wanted to know the different borders/lay, here is a great picture of the library of styles that Wilcom Hatch has built in: