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Studio allows access to multiple settings that help user to customize work space and tools. These settings are pinned to the common Settings panel that can be invoked via main menu > Options > Settings .

Settings Panel
Category List . Settings are organized to categories. This list allows to select required category.
Content Tabs . Settings belonging to selected category are displayed in these tabs.
Splitter . Move splitter to left or to the right to set proportion of list and content as desired.
Buttons . Buttons change according to selected settings category. Some categories provide additional actions accessible with these buttons. Common action for all categories is Reset , which sets default value to all settings in selected category.

Setting Categories

Note: controls marked with this icon are duplicate. They are accessible via other panels or menus too. They are listed in the common Settings Panel for the sake of completness.



Units . Metric and imperial system is currently available.


Settings in this category are organized into several tabs:

3D Mode

Settings for 3D rendering of design in the work area.

Show Fabric . If disabled, the hoop will be shown beneath the design. Same setting is accessible via main menu > View .

Fabric Texture . Choose from pre-defined fabrics.

Fabric Color .

Shadow Intensity . Shadow adds depth to 3D rendering, but may look not good on Sfumato Stitch objects with loose stitches. If you work on a Sfumato Stitch design and use 3D preview, we suggest to set Shadow Intensity to 0 (zero).


Short Stitches Color . X-ray mode allows to spot stitches that are too short and may not sew well. Short stitches in X-ray are rendered in this color.

Short Stitches Max. Length . Length threshold for stitches that are considered to be too short.

Long Stitches Color . X-ray mode allows to spot stitches that are too long and may not sew well. Long stitches in X-ray are rendered in this color.

Long Stitches Min. Length . Length threshold for stitches that are considered to be too long.

Stitch Color Saturation . X-ray mode is almost grayscale, but little amount of color helps to distinguish objects one from the other. Set amount of color with this control.

Sew Simulator

Mode . Sew simulator allows to choose how stitches are rendered (3D, flat, etc.).

All Modes

Show Jump Stitches . Same setting is accessible via main menu > View .

Jump Stitches Color .

Jump Stitches Highlight Color . Color of glow around the jump stitches for better visibility on a colored background. This glow appears only when design is zoomed in sufficiently. It is not used when design is zoomed out.

Tie-up Stitches Color . This settings allows to distinguish tie-up stitches from other types of stitches. It works only when Show Jumps is turned ON. It has no effect in Density Map display mode.

Thread Rendering Thickness . This value is used for rendering stitches in 3D, flat, X-ray and Density Map display modes .

Lettering Preferences

All lettering settings are also accessible in main control panel in the lettering mode .


Default Font . This setting affects TrueType and OpenType fonts.

Default Alphabet . This setting affects pre-digitized Embird Alphabets.

Alignment .

Styles . Font settings like Bold, Italic, Vertical lettering, Unicode character set (not applicable to Alphabets).


These settings are for TrueType and OpenType fonts. They are not applicable to Alphabets.

Paths to folders with additional TrueType and OpenType fonts, which are not installed in the operating system. Set these paths if you want to include these fonts to lettering system of Studio. Appy Find Fonts function in lettering mode to let Studio include these fonts.

Scan Archive Files too . If this option is turned ON, Studio searches for TrueType and OpenType fonts also inside of .zip archive files.


Fill . The way how letters are filled width stitches. Available options are plain fill, autocolumn and center line. Plain fill and Autocolumn may also be outlined.

Order . Sewing order of letters and/or words. Sewing from center to sides may reduce push effect when sewing on a soft fabric.

Connections . Choose if there will be connection stitches or trims between the letters and also between the letter parts like dots.


Edit Mode

Lines Thickness Use thicker lines to make stitches, vector edges, selection box etc. better visible if you have high resolution display. The same parameter is also accessible in pop-up menu of Work Area .

Column Mode Preferred mode for creation of column objects. Mode A is separate left and right side of column. Mode B is alternate left and right side. Mode C is creation of both sides at the same time.

Column Width Width used for column mode C.

Colors Colors of nodes, lines, cursors, lettering controls, etc.


If Auto Save option is ON, design is automatically saved to disc every 5 minutes.

Back-up Files control allows to turn on/off automatic creation of back-up copy when saving file. Back-up copy is stored in the same folder as design file.


If Highlight Selected Objects is checked, objects that are selected are outlined with chosen color . This helps to locate selected objects visually in the work area more easily, especially in case of thin outlines.

Work Space

Project Switches

These settings are used when starting a new design digitizing in Studio and are stored with this design in its file. Therefore, loading an existing design overrides these settings with values from the design file.


Snap function works so that when moving object or node close enough to a target, the object or node being moved is aligned precisely to the target. Target may be other object, node, grid line, etc. Following switches allow to turn ON or OFF respective snap options.

Snap Objects to Guide Lines

Snap Objects to Grid

Snap Nodes to Guide Lines

Snap Nodes to Grid

Snap Nodes to Nodes

Snap Nodes to Object Edges

Snap Nodes to Edges of Work Area

Show Objects

Show Fills

Show Sfumato Stitch Objects

Show Carvings

Show Columns

Show Columns with Pattern

Show Appliques

Show Outlines

Show Connections

Show Manual Stitches


Edge Mode . Straight line or curve elements. This applies to node editing, creating a new element on the edge.

Node Order when Creating New Edge . Normal or midpoint first. This applies to node editing, creating a new element on the edge.

Object Rotation Mode . Angle or number per revolution. This setting is for Transformations Window .

Object Selection Mode . New selection, add to selection or select subset.

Show Rulers

Show Grid

Show Object Boundaries

Show Object Stitches

Show Single-Pass Outlines as Thick . Outlines are often digitized as double-layered (forward and backward pass). This option helps to find parts of outlines, that have only one layer, visualy in the Work Area.

Show Guide Lines


Lock Guide Lines . Enable or disable editing of guide lines in the Work Area.

Edit All Nodes . Applies to node editing. When turned OFF, only nodes on the last element of the edge can be edited. This option is usefull when editing very complex object.


Hoop size determines the size of working space in the Work Area . Choose from pre-defined hoops or set your own custom hoop size.

Predefined Hoop

Brand . Select brand of hoop and then hoop size from the list.

Orientation . Default (in most cases vertical) or rotated.

Custom Hoop



Recent Files

Recent Files contains list of design files recently used in Studio. This panel allows to reopen recent file or to clear the file list.

Predefined Styles

These settings allow to accomodate embroidery design for various kinds of fabric taking into account fabric ellasticity, thickness, strength, etc..

Thread Weight . Studio can calculate many style settings from the thread weight. Set the thread weight you are using and click Apply Thread button to recalculate respective settings.

Style . Select the kind of fabric on which design is going to be embroidered.

List of settings . This list allows to change all settings manually.

Apply Thread . Click this button to recalculate settings related to thread weight automatically. This will replace current values of these settings.

Use Style . Click this button to apply changed settings and generate stitches for selected objects.

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