Designing Your Pathtag
Designing a Pathtag is fun and easy! The more you know about the tag process going in, the better your experience will be.
You're A Member Of Our Team!
You are more than just the customer! There are three members of our production team: You, our order management team, and the manufacturing facility. Your role is the most critical! In addition to being the creative genius, you are in charge of clearly communicating any changes needed and approving your work in a timely fashion. Understanding production constraints, ensuring your art is production ready before placing an order, and using non-subjective terms are all things you can do to help us get your design ready and done as fast as possible. This page introduces you to all these key concepts.
Probably the hardest part of tag design is coming up with an idea. Tags can be based on clip art, a forum avatar, or even a photo! Start with something personal or something you like. Go peruse the gallery to see what other people are doing. Drop by the Forums and check out the design forum. You can look around for free designs and/or ask for ideas from fellow taggers!
Still not coming to you? Our Design Partners often have Ready-Made tags for sale on their website. Find a design that you like and they'll add your name! Instant inspiration and gratification!
Understanding Tag Specs
Making a Pathtag should be a fun and exciting adventure! Seeing your design go from concept to physical product is very rewarding!
Designing a tag is both a creative and a physical process. Sometimes our imaginations exceed the physical capabilities of the production process. Your art, no matter how awesome, will always be converted to a "blueprint" which you get to review and which will show any changes needed for production.
Knowing some general guidelines can be helpful. These are guidelines only. Glitter and Glow require color spacing 2-3x larger than noted below due to fill method.
Note: Our ordering system only permits the upload of JPG images. If you have designed a tag in a vector format, please feel free to submit to our orders team at email@example.com after placing your order. Please reference your tag's ID number. If you are using Adobe Illustrator, please save your file as an AI version 10 file before sending.
Diameter 23mm Total Thickness 2mm Face Thickness (one side) 1mm Hole Dimension 3.5mm Hole Distance From Edge 1.2-1.4mm Hole Border Minimum Size (optional) .25mm Width of colored areas .3mm for images, 1mm for colored text Width (thickness) of raised metal features .5mm Spacing needed between raised metal features .5mm
Still not feeling adventurous or inspired? Hook up with one of our great Design Partners! These skilled freelance artists will create a design for a nominal fee that you pay directly to them.
If you need a tool to put yoru design together - check out our free Tag Editor Windows application. Tag Editor lets you import graphics, create "layers", add text, curve the text, choose a cool edge pattern, draw with your mouse, and simple graphics editing abilities. Click here to download! (login required for download)
Hot Tips For Great Tags
Tags are small! This is the #1 consideration for every great tag. Keep it simple for clarity and quality. Tags are roughly the size of a U.S. Quarter or a one Euro coin. Hold one when considering what you want on it.
Be specific - interpretation leads to iteration! Avoid using terms like "slightly" or "bigger". Make sure you show where the hole should go. Feel free to mark up your original art with comments to ensure your design can be clearly understood by the blueprinters.
You design the front, then pick the back. You can design (nearly) anything you want for your tag's front. On the back, we offer a library of Tag Backs you can choose from to further personalize your tag.
No gradient colors. Pathtags are colored using liquid enamel, not printing. Designs which rely on gradients (photos, clipart) will be converted during the blueprint process. If the conversion is icky, we suggest engaging a DP for best results.
Color is your best friend - and worst enemy. You can use up to 10 colors. We suggest using under 6 colors in your design for quality and clarity. Stick with a smaller set of bright eye catching colors for the best result.
We don't do 3D. You can do "multiple levels" of metal if you are an advanced designer but this is not a supported process and voids the warranty we offer on quality. You accept the risk when using advanced techniques like this.
Avoid fine colored detail. Colors are applied using enamel. The enamel is a liquid injected into tiny "canals" on your tag by hand with a syringe. Yes, a person puts color in those tiny recesses. Have mercy on this person! :) Designs with very fine detail may be simplified in blueprint preparation to address production challenges.
500x500 pixel JPGs at 72dpi is sufficient for uploading with your order. Higher resolution is accepted, but not needed. If you think we need a higher res image to see your detail - your design is definitely too detailed!
Design Partners & Other Resources
Need professional help? Design Partners are freelance pros who know the constraints and possibilities for a PATHTAG design and will create a design for you for a reasonable fee.
PATHTAGS.COM FORUMS:A great resource for design help is our online forums. Just sign up for an account to gain free access to the forums! Ask fellow taggers for their advice and input as you go through the design process.
You can also get free designs in the forums. Visit the free design forum!
OFFICIAL DESIGN PARTNERS:NOTE: Design partners are not employees of Pathtags.com. They're pretty good (or we wouldn't list them on our site!) but they are independent freelancers. Their work is not warrantied by us in any way. As they are freelancers, they are not always able to take new jobs or sometimes even respond to emails. If you are not getting replies, try contacting a different design partner or post a note requesting help in our forums. Design partner services typically cost $25-$35, which you will pay directly to the designer.
READY-MADE DESIGNS:NOTE: The entities listed here are not employees of Pathtags.com. You will pay them directly for their design(s). We make no warranty as to suitability of use. Your purchase does not include any licensing or rights as may be needed should the design include copyrighted content.
PATHTAG CLUBS:The Pathtag Club
The first and largest club, PTC was started in 2007 by Tank Hounds. In May 2011, the club was transitioned and integrated to Pathtags.com.
Designs are submitted by members and selected by a member committee which votes on the monthly submissions.
NOTE: This club is not owned or operated by Pathtags.com or Geocoin Club, LLC.The Aussie Pathtag Club
Although this club showcases designs that are distinctly Aussie in nature anyone in the world is welcome to join and enjoy cool new tags shipped to you from Australia each month.
Designs may be pictures of our country, our flora, fauna or of relevance to Australia.
You can use the template below as a start for your design. You can right click and save to your hard drive.
- Four plating are available. Shiny Silver, Black Nickel, Shiny Gold, and Shiny Copper. Silver is our
standard color and is available for no additional fee. The other platings are available for $.10 per tag
- Soft enamel colors as per your submitted artwork.
- 1 translucent color per tag at $.10 per tag additional. Use available translucent colors for things like water, or to make a jeweled effect.
- Tag backs allow further personalization of your tag. Choose from a variety of available back side designs. Select a "Give Back" and the extra you pay in your order goes to that organization or charity.
- Vanity codes let you choose any 7 character serial for your tag for a $20 one-time fee. 7 digit random serial numbers are provided at no additional charge.
In addition to uploading your own custom front side design, you can further customize your tag by selecting a back from our library of back sides. Some of these are free but some cost a bit extra per tag. Pricing is listed with each tag for your reference. Give Backs cost a little extra, but that extra money goes to the organization or charity featured on that back. It's a great way to show your style and support your favorite group or cause.
Standard Tag Backs
10¢ ea.CITO10¢ ea.10 Years!10¢ ea.Pirates! Arr!10¢ ea.United States10¢ ea.Australia Kangaroo10¢ ea.Canada10¢ ea.Portugal10¢ ea.Spain10¢ ea.Old Continent10¢ ea.French10¢ ea.Scotland10¢ ea.Union Jack0¢ ea.Standard0¢ ea.Hearts0¢ ea.Happy New Year!0¢ ea.OpenCaching.com0¢ ea.Version 20¢ ea.Yours To Keep0¢ ea.Crossed Paths0¢ ea.Play With Sats0¢ ea.Halloween0¢ ea.Holiday0¢ ea.Podcacher0¢ ea.GxPROXY0¢ ea.Geotours0¢ ea.Happy Caching!0¢ ea.Geosurvival Gear0¢ ea.Looking0¢ ea.Garmin0¢ ea.Hatfield McCoy House0¢ ea.8 Years0¢ ea.World Friends0¢ ea.Japanese Manhole0¢ ea.Keep Calm0¢ ea.Bon Voyage0¢ ea.GeoGearHeads
10¢ ea.Arkansas Geocachers10¢ ea.GWXIII10¢ ea.HAT GEO10¢ ea.Cacheapalooza10¢ ea.Dog Scouts10¢ ea.QLD Mega10¢ ea.Florida Finders Fest 1010¢ ea.Geocaching Colorado10¢ ea.BC Geocaching10¢ ea.NNJC10¢ ea.Geocaching Hampton Roads10¢ ea.Arizona Trail Assoc.10¢ ea.Hatfield McCoy10¢ ea.South Australia10¢ ea.Peoria Area Cachers10¢ ea.WSGA10¢ ea.SCGA10¢ ea.GPS.ORG.NZ10¢ ea.Geocaching NSW10¢ ea.GONIL10¢ ea.Geocacher Enough10¢ ea.Lousiana10¢ ea.Space Coast Geocachers10¢ ea.ASP Geobash10¢ ea.Maryland10¢ ea.Wisconsin10¢ ea.Iowa Geocachers10¢ ea.SLAGA10¢ ea.Geocaching Australia10¢ ea.Alaska10¢ ea.GGA10¢ ea.Texas Geocaching10¢ ea.MiGO
Translucent Color ChartTranlucent enamels offer a semi-transparent look for your tag. Translucent colors are available all the time at a price of $.10 per tag for one color. If you select a Translucent color and a special is running for glow or glitter, you can also select one of these colors to achieve two special enamels on one Pathtag.
There are 10 available translucent colors. These photos are provided as a guide only. Many factors can change the final appearance of translucent enamels including lighting, thickness of metal areas, level of detail etc. Actual appearance may differ from what is shown here.
Glitter Color ChartGlitter is available during special offers only. Select one glitter color from the chart below. If you do not select the glitter color from the chart, the closest matching color will be substituted in your blueprint.
Glow Color ChartThese enamel colors are only available during special offers. To learn if a special offer is running, log into your Pathtags.com account. If you see a message about a special, you can take advantage of the special to make tags with the special features listed during a limited time.
The graphic below is animated and shows both the colors in light and glowing. Wait for the graphic to fully load to see the colors animate.