Font Engine has three main usage modes:
Please note: Font Engine does not include any font or clipart. It is a conversion program.
1. Embroidery Lettering from TrueType and OpenType Fonts
2. Lettering Tool for Ready-Made Alphabets
One of the most popular ways to create embroidery lettering is to buy ready-made embroidery font (alphabet) and compose your lettering from characters in the font. This may be a tedious job if you want to align lettering on a circle or create a longer text. Ready-made fonts are delivered in stitch files, usually one letter per file. The user has to import the stitch files one-by-one and put them together to create the text label.
Ready-Made Alphabets mode of Font Engine allows the use of a convenient lettering tool with 3rd party or custom letters. It is no longer necessary to assemble such lettering manually. Simply import all letter files at once, index letters and use them in the same way as common Windows fonts. Work with text and especially the lettering layout process becomes much easier.
Custom letters are not limited to a single color or style. You can use any number of colors, cross-stitch patterns or anything that stitch file supports and Embird can import.
Some features like nearest-point connections or outlines are not applicable to the ready-made alphabets. Resizing is available, but not recommended as stitch file quality may decrease when the size changes.
3. Vector Graphics
Font Engine functionality goes beyond the fonts. It can convert EMF, WMF and CMX vector graphics to an embroidery file. This function allows the user to import designs from drawing programs like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. It is typically used for logos and clipart designs.
The embroidery process imposes additional requirements on the design, especially proper object order, connections, overlays and layers. Therefore, some editing of vector designs in Embird Studio is usually needed to produce good embroidery from these files.
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