Embird Studio is an additional plug-in for Embird, available in a separate installation file. It allows user to digitize her/his own, custom designs. Studio contains two parts: Sfumato Stitch and Digitizing Tools. Both Sfumato and Digitizing Tools parts are optional, which means that it is not necessary to purchase them both.
While basic Embird program works mostly with stitch files, Studio uses vector objects for easier creation of design. Therefore, Studio uses other tools than the basic Embird program. Stitch files are the end product of embroidery software, because stitch files are used by embroidery machines as a list of commands to produce embroidery. Stitch files contain coordinates of each stitch and some color and trim commands. However, creation of design with stitch-by-stitch method would be very tedious and time consuming process.
Vector object (left) filled with stitches (right).
Vector objects can be easily resized,
because stitches can be re-generated.
Fortunately, most objects in design can be filled with more or less uniform type of stitches. Therefore, it is sufficient to draw vector outlines of the object and fill it with stitches in a similar way as you fill object with color in a graphic program. Tools available in Studio are very similar to those used in vector graphic programs. There is a big difference between embroidery design and vector graphic, however, and this difference is that order of objects and their overlapping is much more important in embroidery than in graphics. Moreover, objects in embroidery design should be connected one to another so that there is as low number of trims as possible.
Vector files generated by Studio are kind of "source files". When compiled and send to basic Embird, they produc e stitch files ready for saving in appropriate file format compatible with your embroidery machine.