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Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Menu Bar is located at the top of the screen (Picture No. 1).

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Embird Tutorial - Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Embird Tutorial - Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Use commands in File menu to open, save, print and compile Cross Stitch designs:

Compile and Put into Embird Editor ... Compile Cross Stitch file into stitches and put the result into Embird Editor.

New ... Create a new document. Use this command to clear the work area.

Open ... Open an existing Cross Stitch project file.

Merge ... Merge design into an open Cross Stitch project.

Save ... Save Cross Stitch project file with its existing name.

Save As ... Save Cross Stitch project file with a new name.

Print Template ... Prints active document.

Print Template without Texts ... Print active document without texts to save the space on the vellum sheet.

Print Preview ... Displays active file on the screen as it would appear printed.

Print Setup ... Selects a printer and printer connection.

Design Name ... Give a name to your cross stitch design (or some comment, e.g. the magazine and the issue number which was used for creating the design).

Exit ... Exit Embird Cross Stitch and return to Embird Editor.

History List ... Lists last nine documents you closed.

Embird Tutorial - Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Use commands in Image menu to import and manage the background image.

Import ... Import background image. The .BMP and .JPG images are supported.

Delete Image ... Delete background image.

Rotate or Mirror ... Rotate or mirror background image.

Set Size ... Set size of background image.

Dim Image ... Dim background image to make it less vivid.

Autodigitize Crosses from Image ... Autodigitize crosses from the background image. This command will show a dialog box on the screen allowing you to specify the size of cross stitch design and to reduce the number of colors. The point in bottom left corner of the image defines the background (transparent) color.

History List ... Lists last nine images you imported.

Embird Tutorial - Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Use commands in Chart menu to import the chart as the background image.

Import ... Import chart into the background. The .BMP and .JPG images are supported. Choose the image file containing the chart. The dialog box will appear on the screen, allowing to align the ten square grid with chart grid lines. There are three red marks in the top left corner of the chart. Position mark no. 1 to upper left corner of the ten square grid, position mark no. 2 to upper right corner of the ten square grid and position mark no. 3 to bottom right corner of the ten square grid. Then click Align Grid button and check the results of alignment. In case the red grid follows the chart grid, click OK button to insert the chart into the work area. Otherwise click Undo Alignment button to revise the position of red marks.

Delete Chart ... Delete chart in the background.

Dim Chart ... Dim chart in the background to make it less vivid.

History List ... Lists last nine charts you imported.

Embird Tutorial - Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

The Edit menu provides commands to undo, redo, cut, copy, paste, delete, and select areas of crosses.

Undo ... Undo the most recent action.

Redo ... Reverse the effect of the most recent Undo command.

Cut ... Put the selected area of crosses on the Clipboard.

Copy ... Copy the selected area of crosses to the Clipboard.

Paste ... Insert the crosses from Clipboard to the work area.

Select All ... Select the entire work area.

Deselect ... Cancel the selection.

Inverse ... Inverse selection.

Delete ... Delete the selected area of crosses.

Duplicate ... Duplicate the selected area of crosses.

Auto Repeat ... Repeat selection.

Corner ... Place selected objects in each of the 3 other hoop corners.

Mirror ... Mirror the selected area of crosses either vertically or horizontally.

Rotate ... Rotate the selected area of crosses.

Smooth ... Smooth edges in selected area by adding 3/4 stitches.

Clear Isolated Points ... Clear isolated points in selected area.

Clear Thin Lines ... Clear thin lines in selected area.

Clear Hidden Back Stitch Lines ... Clear back stitch lines lying under other back stitch lines in selected area.

Set Size ... Set size of selected area of crosses.

Change Color ... Change the color of selected area of crosses.

Set Cross Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for regular crosses in selection.

Set Mini Cross Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for mini crosses in selection.

Set Horizontal Cross Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for horizontal crosses in selection.

Set Vertical Cross Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for vertical crosses in selection.

Set Back Stitch Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for back stitch lines in selection.

Set French Knot Diameter ... Set diameter of French knots in selection.

Set French Knot Thickness ... Set thickness of French knots in selection.

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The commands on the Text menu choose how the text in your image is displayed.

Left Align ... Aligns text to the left, cursor moves right as you type.

Center Align ... Aligns text to the center, cursor stays stationary as you type.

Right Align ... Aligns text to the right, cursor moves left as you type.

Font ... Chooses the font from the list of TrueType™ and OpenType™ fonts installed on your PC..

Embird Tutorial - Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Use the View menu to zoom in/out the work area, to hide the background image or crosses, and to check the design in Sew Simulator.

Zoom In ... Increase the zoom factor.

Zoom Out ... Decrease the zoom factor.

Actual Size ... Return the view to its natural size.

Crosses as Squares ... Draw crosses as squares.

Crosses as Crosses ... Draw crosses as crosses.

Ten Square Grid ... Show/hide the ten square grid.

Image or Chart ... Show/hide the background image.

Crosses ... Show/hide the crosses.

Back Stitch Lines and French Knots ... Show/hide the back stitch lines and French knots.

Rulers ... Show/hide the rulers.

Main Toolbar ... Show/hide the main toolbar.

Design Toolbar ... Show/hide the design toolbar.

Status Bar ... Show/hide the status bar.

Color Palette Bar ... Show/hide the color palette bar.

Sew Simulator ... Simulate sewing of design at chosen speed (max. 1000 stitches per second).

Sew Simulator - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to simulate sewing of selection.

3D Preview Show ... 3D photo-realistic preview of design.

3D Preview - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to display the 3D photo-realistic preview of selection.

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Use commands in Insert menu to insert outlines for cross stitch design into Cross Stitch editor.

Insert Outline ... Insert outline around design boundary.

Insert Outline - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to insert outlines around the boundary of selection.

Insert Outline Around Each Color (1 Color) ... Insert outline around each color in the design using Outline color.

Insert Outline Around Each Color (1 Color) - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to insert outlines around each color in selection using Outline color.

Insert Outline Around Each Color (Multi-Color) ... Insert outline around each color in the design using the color of area.

Insert Outline Around Each Color (Multi-Color) - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to insert outlines around each color in selection using color of area.

Font Engine Text ... Create lettering using TrueType and OpenType fonts installed in Windows.

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Use commands in the Options menu to specify the unit measurements.

Measure in millimeters ... If ON, the distances are measured in millimeters.

Measure in inches ... If ON, the distances are measured in inches.

Design Properties ... Change cross stitch design properties - cross width and height, number of thread layers, add outlines, add trimming codes, add tie on/off stitches.

Preferences ... Change preferences, e.g. size of work area.

Embird Tutorial - Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Use commands in Tools menu to choose the editing tool. All tools are explained in Design Toolbar tutorial.

Embird Tutorial - Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Use commands in Help menu to find out how to use Embird, answers to Frequently Asked Questions and how to register Embird Software.

Contents ... Show Help contents.

What's New? ... What's new in this version of Embird?

Tip of the Day ... Display the Tip of the Day.

How to Use Help ... Describe how to use the Help system.

Frequently Asked Questions ... Show answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Tasks - How do I... ? ... Show how to perform the most common tasks.

Tutorial ... Guides you to Embird Tutorial.

About ... Show information about Embird, such as Version number.

Order ... Order Embird and its plug-ins on Internet.

Internet ... Show dialog box with important links to Embird web site http://www.embird.net.

Installed Plug-ins ... Show list of installed Embird plug-ins, whether they are registered and the registration numbers.

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