This tutorial explains how to fill empty area with Mesh fill pattern. It is also possible to fill color areas of converted background image.
Note: See also Double-click to Fill Empty Area in Editor, Quilt Fill, Fractal Fill, Create Emoji Design and Surprise Me! - Create a new design with only a few clicks.
1 - Run Embird and click "Editor" menu to switch to Editor window.
2 - Open some design using "File > Open" menu, for example open free design "squirrel".
3 - Double click an empty area to fill it with stitches (Picture No. 1).
1. Double click an empty area to fill it with stitches
4 - Select the "Mesh" type of filling (Picture No. 2).
2. Select Mesh fill type
5 - A dialog with "Mesh" fill settings will appear (Picture No. 3). Select pattern, change parameters and click "OK" button to fill clicked empty area.
3. Mesh fill settings
There are various parameters available, allowing you to create a lot of combinations:
Tip: Change some parameter and after a short while watch the Preview box to see how it affects the final result. In some cases these previews are interactive - they allow to change the focus of applied fill pattern modification with click in Preview box to move the red focus cross - e.g. for "Fish Eye" transformation. In other cases (e.g. for "Star") there are four direction arrows shown around hoop in Preview box allowing to move the pattern.
Type - Choose mesh fill pattern. Switch ON the Two colors checkbox and specify the rotation angle of this optional second color. Click ... button to select fill pattern from grid, allowing also to search by name.
Offset - Specify the offset from outside boundary (i.e. offset from hoop edges in this example) which is not filled. Switch ON the small checkbox at the right side to include the boundary curve to fill.
Bounce - Specify the bounce from cavities (i.e. offset from "squirrel" in this example, because this is cavity in filled area). Switch ON the small checkbox at the right side to include the cavity curve to fill.
Distance - Specify the distance between mesh elements.
Angle - Specify angle of fill pattern rotation, 360 deg means random angle.
Deflection - Specify deflection for waves fill pattern, or a parameter which modifies current pattern in some way (if enabled, check impact in Preview).
Period - Specify period of waves fill pattern, or a parameter which modifies current pattern in some way (if enabled, check impact in Preview).
Stitch Length - Specify the stitch length.
Layers - Specify the layers (strands of thread) for stitching.
Star, Effect, Inlay, Gradient - Variuous effects, transformations and modifications are available for many types of fill, mostly for "tiles".
Decoration - Apply chosen decoration element.
Transform - Apply chosen transformation (Scale, Fish Eye, Skew, 3D).
Check pictures below showing various fills:
4. Mesh fill pattern "Contours Outwards", bounce 1 mm
5. Mesh fill pattern "Waves 1", bounce 8 mm
6. Mesh fill pattern "Hexagons 1", bounce 8 mm
7. Mesh fill pattern "Plant 1", distance 12 mm
8. Mesh fill pattern "Tiles 4.8.8e", distance 6 mm, Star applied
9. Mesh fill pattern "Random 30", distance 6 mm, Inlay "heart" applied
10. Mesh fill pattern "Labyrinth 1", distance 5 mm
11. Mesh fill pattern "Random 1", distance 2 mm, period 2
12. Mesh fill pattern "Tetrominoes 1", distance 4 mm
13. Mesh fill pattern "Floral 1", distance 12 mm
14. Mesh fill pattern "Leaves 1", distance 12 mm
15. Mesh fill pattern "(Star 5) and (Heart 2)", distance 2 mm, Packing ON, Plus ON
6 - It is possible to add custom patterns for filling (valid per one session) either from Cross Stitch patterns, from Font Engine or load from .SVG file. Click button no. 1 in Picture No. 16.
16. Custom patterns are available
7 - Select fill pattern from patterns available in Cross Stitch plug-in (Picture No. 17). It is possible to create brand new fill patterns in Cross Stitch plug-in.
17. Select fill pattern from patterns available in Cross Stitch plug-in
18. Mesh fill pattern based on Cross Stitch fill pattern
8 - It is possible to convert color areas in background image to stitches and fill them with Mesh patterns (Picture No. 19, 20 and 21).
Note: See also Surprise Me! - Create a new design with only a few clicks.
19. Convert background image to stitches
20. Image converted to stitches, filled with Mesh "Contours Inwards" (offset and bounce is 0 mm)
21. Image converted to stitches, filled with Mesh "Waves 1" (offset and bounce is 0 mm)
22. Emoji image converted to stitches, filled with Mesh "Labyrinth 1"
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