There’s no doubt people love customization, details and personal touches on designs. Monograms are one of those universal design ideas that are popular and sell pretty well. With a few steps and a creative imagination, it’s easy to take a basic monogram and make it stand out.
Adding patterns to standard vectors is a great way to quickly and easily customize designs. You can easily use our Magic Patterns, or create your own with cool effects and store them in your library for use on tons of monogram designs.
This can also work well beyond just monograms. It can easily be a creative way to do a knockout design with a pattern inside the image. There’s a webinar and video that goes through the steps, and I show how to make these patterns for any method – from vinyl to screen print – for decals to apparel.
To begin, find a simple vector or series of simple images that you would like to combine to create your pattern. Keep in mind, if you’re weeding these in vinyl, try not to choose anything with extremely fine lines. In one of the designs, I used a flamingo silhouette and a pineapple. After resizing and tracing the images, copy and duplicate them as many times as you want to fill your shape or workspace. Weld them all together and simplify them through your monogram design.
Next, type out the letter of your monogram. Stretch it to make it large enough for the pattern, and add a contour to the outside. The contour helps to make a more complete look once you add the pattern. I always prefer to have smooth, solid lines on the outside to make the monogram look cleaner.
In another design, I used a pretty basic pattern that reminded me of wallpaper or netting. These two designs work well because there’s no worry of copyright. If you find a pattern or design you want to incorporate, but worry it may be a copyright image or you only like a part of the design, you can create your own to mimic it by tracing parts and using CorelDRAW to change the look of the design.
In the paisley design, I used part of the tear shape and then added my own effects, then copied and rotated certain parts to make a pattern. Weld them together and, again, simplify them through your letter, but not the offset.
Once you are done designing the letter, you can add the full name of your customer (or yourself!) to finish off the design.