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Double-click to Stitch in Editor

Embird Editor 2018 allows to quickly create a brand new design by several double-clicks on imported image. It can recognize the contours of solid color in underlying image and allows to fill in the contours. No other Embird plug-in registration is required for this operation.

Note: This feature does not replace Embird Studio, which offers true digitizing possibilities. It gives acceptable results only for certain type of images - preferably .BMP, .SVG, .WMX, .EMF, .CMX or others which use only lossless compression. The .JPG and .PNG are not suitable for this purpose. Also, the quality of automatically recognized contours and their fills might vary from image to image and their usability is not guaranteed.

1 - Run Embird and click "Editor" menu to switch to Editor window (Picture No. 1).

1. Switch to Editor window

Switch to Editor window

2 - Open the image by selecting "Image > Open" menu (Picture No. 2).

2. Open the image

Open the image

3 - Imported image will appear on work area. If necessary, change the image size using "Image > Set Size" menu (Picture No. 3). The size of design being created depends on the size of image.

3. Change image size

Change image size if necessary

4 - Double-click the color in image to recognize its contours (brown in this tutorial). Hold down the "Shift" key on keyboard to recognize contours of all areas which have the same color (Picture No. 4).

4. Double-click the chosen color

Double-click the chosen color

5 - Once the recognition of contours is finished, a dialog box inquiring about stitch length will appear (Picture No. 5). If you want to fill contours with stitches select "Cancel" button. This means that the contour will be as precise as possible, but you should delete it afterwards - this contour is not usable for sewing because of very small stitch length. If you want to use only contours (without fills) please specify the stitch length for contours and select "OK" button.

5. Stitch length of recognized contours

Specify stitch length of recognized contours

6 - Contours of double-clicked color will appear as a new selected object on work area with black rectangle around it (Picture No. 6). A dialog box inquiring about filling of contours will pop-up. Select "Yes" button.

6. Fill contours inquiry

Fill contours inquiry

7 - Choose fill type, e.g. Motif (Picture No. 7).

7. Motif fill type

Motif fill type

8 - Fill of double-clicked color will appear as a new object on work area Picture No. 8).

8. Fill of double-clicked color

Fill of double-clicked color

9 - Repeat the steps 4 to 7 for other colors in image. Depress "Shift" key on your keyboard and double-click the blue color (Picture No. 9).

9. Fill of second double-clicked color

Fill of second double-clicked color

10 - Select the contour objects (which were created only for purpose of filling their interior) and delete them (Picture No. 10).

10. Delete temporary contours

Delete temporary contours

11 - Remove the image from work area to see the new stitches. Select "Image > None" menu (Picture No. 11).

11. Remove image

Remove the image from work area

12 - Check the new design (Picture No. 12).

12. New design created with several double-clicks

New design created with several double-clicks

13 - Zoom in the work area (by selecting "View > Zoom > In" menu) to see the chosen fill pattern (Picture No. 13).

13. Check the fill pattern

Check the fill pattern

14 - It is possible to convert to contours the whole image at once. Use "Image > Convert to Contours" menu (Picture No. 14). If you decide to also fill these contours, you would be asked about fill pattern for whole design.

14. Convert whole image to contours

Convert whole image to contours at once

15 - Select "File > Save As" menu to save the new design to hard disk in chosen embroidery format.

Tip: See also Insert Effect and Fill Closed Contours tutorials to find out how to perform other various operations with recognized contours.

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