Design a new Coats of Arms.
Many people are now choosing to create their own coats of arms, for their personal or business use or for societies, clubs or other groups with which they are involved. Our graphic artist can help greatly this regard. In commisioning a new coat of arms, you have choices. If you are good with graphics, whether by hand or computer you can do this yourself. Otherwise you will need help. Such help is available at many levels. At the high end you can pay up to 10,000 (dollars, euros, pounds, does the currency really matter?). Our fee is as little as €50 for a digital design. Either way you are effectively paying for the artist's time and the longer it takes then the more it will cost. How can we do it so cheaply? It's straightforward, we just keep it simple. We have standard templates and a huge clipart collection, so we can put together your design in hours, by computer (CorelDraw), rather than days or weeks. Sure, it's not high art, but it will still look great and will not break the bank. There are limitations of course. We cannot stray beyond the clipart we have available, so there is point in sending us a picture of your dog and expect us to spend hours redrawing it. We already have dog artwork, and if we have some that is similar to yours then happy days! If not, then sorry, at our prices it is just not worth it. For your €50 you will get up to three drafts (we will happily do further minor tweaks if necessary). Also we required up-front payment. It's not that we don't trust you, it is just good business sense. The fee also gets you full ownership of the final design. It is your to do with as you please. You can even take it to another artist to hand paint it if you wish. The final version will include high resolution (300 dpi) bitmap graphics for screen display and printing at about 8 x 10 inches. And if you need them bigger or smaller - no problem. If you want prints, or plaques or any other physical items we offer, then you will have to pay for them.  The graphic will include the shield, mantling and helmet as well as crest and motto (if your require these). It does NOT include supporters. If for some reason you really want supporters these will cost extra. Note that supporters are generally considered the preserve of nobility and will tend to change the overall shape of your design from 2:3 (width:height) to roughly square.


So how do you go about designing your arms? Well you have choices.
Remember that simplicity is the essence of heraldry, especially the shield. Don't try to over complicate you design.  Your shield should be recognisable in an instant and from a distance. The following guidelines, known as the ten commandments of good heraldry, though not inviolable, should be kept in mind.
1. Only heraldic tinctures are used. These are the metals, gold (Or) and silver (Argent); and the colors, red (Gules), blue (Azure), black (Sable) and green (Vert). Other colors such as purple (Purpure), orange (Tenné) and maroon (Sanguine) have been used, but are generally best avoided in the absence of a compelling reason. In heraldic drawings yellow is usually used in place of gold and white or very light grey in place of silver. Heraldic colours are always obvious, bright and clean. Tones of the colours are picked from center of the scale.
2. The use of only two tinctures, of which one is a metal, is ideal. The use of a third tincture is permissable, but a fourth is approaching bad heraldry. Exceptions may be used if the extent of the additional coloring is minor such as in the case of the claws of an animal, leaves and seeds of a flower, or a sword proper (Argent blade with Or pommell and hilt), for example.
3. According to the tincture rule, one must not place colour on or next to colour or metal on or next to metal, unless the line of contact is very short.
4. Letters, numbers or texts do not belong on a heraldic emblem.
5. Figures (charges) must be as big as possible and fill the space intended for them as completely as possible.
6. In figures natural presentation is not important, but characteristic is (e.g. the ferocity of the lion, majesty of the eagle, gracefulness of the deer).
7. In principle the charges should be two dimensional. At a minimum they must be recognisable even when presented as coloured flat surfaces, without shading or extra borderlines.
8. A heraldic emblem must be easy to remember. It should not be crowded with too many symbols, only the essential. The ideal is only one charge.
9. It is forbidden to be repetitive in heraldry: one idea should not be symbolized with two or more charges. On the other hand, if one charge suffices to symbolize two or more ideas, it only strengthens the symbolism of the charge, and therefore the whole emblem.
10. The charges and the whole emblem must be such that they can be redrawn according to a written description (blazon) of the coat of arms or flag without a model. This means that the charge must be a general presentation of its kind. For example, a castle cannot be a specific castle, but only a stylized heraldic castle (although it can be explained as referring to, say, Malahide Castle). In other words, the description of the charge should not require the use of a proper noun. 

So are we any good? Well here are a few of many designs we have done - you be the judge. I realise than some of these actually breach the guidelines above, but that was the wish of the  customer who was made fully aware of the breaches.
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We will gladly vest any copyright or trademark ownership in the customer.
For more examples of coats of arms we have designed please see the Roll of Arms.
We do not register coats of arms with heraldic authorities, but we do offer advice as to how to do so.
And finally, if you are ready to start designing now, click here.
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