When depressed, forces new lines and curves to precise horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction in edit/create mode. If used with Shapes, creates precise circle instead of ellipse and square instead of rectangle. CTRL key has other meaning in lettering mode
and also in User Pattern Editor
Zoom to selected object(s)
Zoom to selected object(s) and switch to the nodes editing mode.
Select all objects (in transformations mode)
Deselect (in transformations mode)
Create backward path to selected outline objects.
Copy selected objects into clipboard
Duplicates selected objects
Edit. Switch selected object(s) to the nodes editing mode.
Compile design and send it to the Embird Editor for further processing.
Generate stitches for selected objects.
Text (Embird Alphabets)
Paste objects from clipboard
Align beginning of object to end of previous object (in editing mode)
Align end of object to beginning of next object (in editing mode)
Align beginning of outline object to beginning of previous outline object (in editing mode)
Background Filters (Image colors)
"Bring to Center". Moves selected objects to center of the Work Area
Delete second edge parallel to first edge (in editing mode)
Display Edit Image window
Convert fill to outline
from Embird Font Engine. Inserts lettering converted from TrueType fonts to embroidery design.
Snap selected node to nearest node
Place beginning of object to end of previous object
Place second beginning point (for columns-type objects) to end of previous object
When creating outline object, pressing this key performs these three operations at once: 1. outline object is finished, 2. backward path is created to the outline object, 3. outline object and its backward path are joined into single object.
Add new line part to edge
Add new line part to second edge (for columns- type objects)
Add new curve part to edge
Add new curve part to second edge (for columns- type objects)
Changes first zigzag underlay angle of fill object in the creation/editing mode.
Changes second zigzag underlay angle of fill object in the creation/editing mode.
Changes cover stitches angle of fill object in the creation/editing mode.
Works like secondary mouse button. It is intended for use with tablet.
Finish object creation/editing, if possible
Cancel object creation/editing
Scrolls Work Area
Moves selected objects in transform mode and selected node in edit/create mode.
arrow keys +ALT+CTRL
To Front (order of objects)
SHIFT+ Page Up
To Back (order of objects)
SHIFT+ Page Down
Deletes selected objects (in transformations mode). Deletes an element that ends with selected square (in creation/editing mode).
Inserts a new element before selected square node in creation/editing mode.
Inserts a Segment End at selected square node in creation/editing mode.
Description of ALT key use in lettering
mode is available in Interactive Lettering chapter.
Hide / Show boundaries of objects
Snap node to nearest node (creation/editing mode)
Hide / Show fill objects
Hide / Show guide lines
Hide / Show columns
Hide / Show manual stitches
Hide / Show columns with pattern
Hide / Show outline objects
Hide / Show appliques
Hide / Show stitches
Hide / Show button bar
Hide / Show sfumato objects
Hide / Show carvings
Hide / Show one-way outline objects
Hide / Show connections
Hide / Show zoom window
Activate Transform tool
Activate Edit tool
Activate Zoom tool
Create Carving objects
Create Column with Pattern object
Create Manual Stitch object
Create Applique object
Create Hole for Applique object
Starts creation of new object without need to select any tool. The new object is of the same type as the previous object. This short-cut helps to create series of object of the same type faster.
Double click on Working Area
This action temporarily switches on the pan tool instead of actual working mode. When button is released, program returns to previous mode. This helps to scroll the work area quickly, without using any control (scroll bars).
Secondary mouse button depressed + dragging cursor over Work Area
If double clicked on object icon, stitches are generated for this object
Double click on Object Inspector window
In nodes creation/editing
mode - selects first node on the edge. Helps to locate first node on complex edge with many nodes.
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects last node on the edge. Helps to locate last node on complex edge with many nodes.
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects previous node.
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects next node.
In nodes creation/editing mode - activates Fast Node Insertion mode to allow insertion of new nodes after any selected node, not just the last one. Helps to speed-up nodes insertion and helps to avoid undesired selection of existing nodes.
a + left mouse click
When creating a new object, TAB key
on hardware keyboard can be used to quick adjustment of the curve elements. Create new curve element with TAB key instead of primary mouse button. Then move the mouse with TAB key depressed to adjust the curve. Then release the TAB key. Please note: to use the TAB key for curves adjustment, the edge mode must be set to 'curve'.