Creating Your Own Appliqué Designs

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If decorators are looking to create their own appliqué graphics for cheer or team sports uniforms, it's a great idea to take a graphic design course. Even if it's a beginner Photoshop or Illustrator class, the efforts can be worth your time, money, and efforts.

If you don't have enough time to sit down and create while you learn a graphics suite, Laura Estle-Jewell, owner of Victory Cheer Uniforms, shares some of the free tools that also get the job done:—Ideal for fitting in sections with textured patterns, like twill

•—Utilize the color replacement tool

•—Offers user-friendly transparency and glitter tools

•—Best for school lettering (Send it straight to Vector Cut)

Microsoft Paint and snipping tool—Presents easy-to-use and effective editing