Digitizing Tools

Digitizing Tools is an optional part of Embird Studio. It allows the user to digitize scalable embroidery designs up to 200×200 centimeters (78.8×78.8″) large.

A design is digitized so that the user creates outline (vector) objects either on a blank background or on an image (template) in the work area. When finished, the design is compiled into stitches and put into Embird Editor for final adjustment and saved in the desired embroidery format.

About

Designs are created in a vector form using lines and curves. Vector format allows resizing of designs without loss of quality. A raster picture can be imported as a template into the background of the working area. To store designs, Studio uses its own file format with all objects, parameters, stitches and background images stored in a single file (*.eof).

Objects such as Fill, Sfumato, Carving, Column, Column with pattern, Outline, Connection, Appliqué and Manual Stitches are available. Fill and Sfumato objects can have openings. Carving objects can be used to add unique texture to fills and columns. Objects can be moved, rotated, skewed and scaled.

Each object has adjustable creative and technical parameters such as stitch density, random broadening, fill pattern, color, type of underlay, etc., to allow the user to create special effects and adjust thte design for sewing on a particular fabric.

Advanced Features

Advanced features are included in the Studio work space. Some features are useable for Digitizing Tools, some for Sfumato Stitch and some for both of them.

Trace Tool allows the user to convert a bitmap image (raster image) to a vector design without redrawing the image manualy.

Trace tool works in a several steps:
1. Selection of consistently coloured area (pixels of raster image) with magic wand.
2. Turnig of selected raster areas into vector objects
3. Filling vector objects with stitches.

It is possible to create outline, column, fill, sfumato and carving objects. Selection options allow the user to change the way the Trace tool behaves with each selection. It is possible to define whether to make a new selection and discard any existing selection or add objects of a different color to the existing selection or select non-continuous areas of the same color at once.

Import and conversion of vector graphic into embroidery.

Studio allows the user to import EMF, WMF and CMX vector graphic from Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Zoner Draw, Paint Shop Pro, Pre-Design and other graphic programs and convert it into embroidery design without redrawing it. This function is available only to owners of the Font Engine plug-in.

Studio also allows the user to export embroidery designs into .SVG files (Scalable Vector Graphic) for use in Corel Draw and other graphic programs.

Automatic vectorization (digitizing) of raster image.

Interactive lettering

This allows the user to insert and edit text directly in the work area of Studio. Text can be created with Font Engine (True Type and Open Type fonts) or with pre-digitized Alphabets. Lettering supports multiline text and adjustable text baselines. Predefined baselines include circle, lines and spirals. All baselines can be transformed (moved, scaled, rotated and slanted) and/or as edited node-by-node. Whole text or individual characters can be moved, scaled, rotated and slanted as well. Additional controls allow the user to adjust spacing of characters, words and lines and overall size of the text.

Studio is able to generate various lettering styles from the common font files: auto-column (satin stitch), plain and motif fill, center outline and outline. All these styles can be used with nearest-point connections to avoid thread trimming.

Automatic Outliner

This creates a double-layered thin outline for a single object or multiple objects. Such outlines are often used for logos, lettering and cartoon-like characters. Objects may overlap or intersect one another and the program creates outlines only for the visible parts.

Envelope Tool

This allows the user to deform selected object(s) in the work area of Studio with the use of an adjustable boundary.

Options like predefined shapes, the type of horizontal and vertical edges and symmetry options are available from the panel at the right side of the screen.

Fills with multiple motifs

Studio allows the user to use several motifs within a single fill. Setting of desired number of rows and columns defines a grid of motifs that will be used to fill the object.

Multiple motifs can be combined with all options available for single motif like scale, shift, fill angle, wave and gradient.

Integrated Sew Simulator

This part of Studio allows the user to simulate sewing of a whole design or just a selection in a normal, 3D or flat view mode. The color bar at top of the screen helps to ‘rewind’ simulation forward and backward. It is possible to set a negative speed for simulation, which means that stitches gradually disappear.

Freehand tool

This allows the user to create realistic fur or shading effects as well as sketch drawings with a mouse or digitizing tablet within a few minutes. It works like a painting tool. The result, however, is an embroidery design that can include various embroidery styles like fills, columns, sfumato objects, carvings and outlines as well as some new stitch styles like pressure-sensitive columns.

Corner function

This duplicates and rotates selected objects in the corner of the hoop to create symmetrical ornaments in the other three corners of the hoop.

Auto-Repeat

This tool allows the user to duplicate a sample along the chosen baseline (line, circle, rectangle, etc.). It is possible to mirror each copy of the sample and to set the distance (gap) between the samples.

Basic Features

To make digitized objects and stitches more visible on the background, the user can adjust brightness, contrast, gamma correction, color balance and saturation of the background image. There are also tools for rotation, cropping and resizing of the background image.

Object Inspector

This window is available for fast and easy management of objects. The user can change the color of an object or its order by simple drag-and-drop operation. Objects can be grouped to make manipulations easier. Icons in Object Inspector indicate color changes, trims, object type and visibility.

Thread catalog

This has thousands of thread colors from leading manufacturers. A thread list can be sorted according to the thread name, number or similarity with a chosen color. For easier work with the catalog it is possible to select a particular thread manufacturer and mark threads that you actually have. Then the search can be limited to the marked threads only.

Predefined Styles Table

This allows the user to set many object parameters (like density, pull compensation, underlay, minimum and mazimum stitch) at once, for sewing on specific materials like jeans, towels or fleece. Each of them requires a special combination of the above parameters for optimum embroidering.

Digitizing Tools

creates not only cover stitches for each object, but also various types of underlay: center walk, edge walk, and zig-zag underlay to stabilize embroidered objects.

This performs many editing operations automatically. Connection paths are rearranged when the user moves objects, sharp corners of columns are automatically split or folded when converted to stitches, fill overlays are adjusted according to size of object.

Studio includes many predefined fill patterns, envelopes, borders, fill motifs and outline samples. A built in editor allows the user to create your own fill patterns, outline samples, border samples and fill motifs.

3D Preview Tabs

with 3D preview of embroidery designs are included in all Embird modules – basic Embird, Studio, Cross Stitch and Sew Simulator. Studio also provides X-ray and Density Map view modes to analyze the stitche density layout. These view modes help to identify areas of critical density and to increase the quality of the design.