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Gallery Connection Sept ’09 – Editing Basics

I thought it would be useful to cover the basics of editing designs, merging them together, sizing them, etc. It’s one of the most requested and used features of our software, so much so in fact, that you can do some editing in virtually any of the programs. Let’s take a visual tour of what’s available…

Home Sweet Home

Combining designs is the most basic form of editing. Often, you will want to add lettering. This can be done with designs that have letters in them, or with a program that generates lettering, such as in the case above. Notice the black, square ‘handles’?  And there is a round blue one too. These ‘handles’ let you control the size and rotation of a design or designs. Depending on the program you’re using, there may be even more handles to control other things, such as letter arcing. The way handles work is that you drag them with your mouse. Typically, the handles at the corners will scale, or re-size, the design you have selected. Some editors have a special key, such as ‘shift’ which lets you drag the handles to resize the design proportionately; that is to say that the design won’t get squished or squashed as you size it.

                If you resize something that is created by the program, such as lettering, it is likely that you can resize it a lot. But, if you resize an existing embroidery design, there are some limitations that may exist. First, if the program cannot recalculate the stitches in your design, it will probably limit you to 10%+/-. This is because the design will destroy your project if its size is changed too much without having the stitches recalculated.

                If your program lets you resize the design, then it is recalculating the stitches. Now, there are different ways that this is done, so I’ll explain.

 Embroidery designs can be resized in different programs, each with different results.

The design above was reduced in size by 50%. The program on the left, we’ll leave that un-named, did a terrible job of keeping the pattern. The program on the right is SizeWorks, and it kept the pattern reasonably intact. There are differences, which is why we have SizeWorks and it works in conjunction with our editing.

                Another feature of many programs is their ability to zoom and pan. These operations move the screen around so you can better see your designs, how they align, etc. One feature typically found is a magnifying glass. If you click on it, then left click in the screen, it will zoom you in. If you right click, it will zoom you out. If you drag a rectangle around something, it should zoom you in to that area. In some programs, the zoom is just a meaningless percentage, but in others, it is an actual percent that the design is being shown, when compared with real life. Meaning you could take a ruler and hold it up to your screen, or a shirt, etc. and you will be able to see the design size in real scale.

                Selecting stitches is a useful tool. Moving, adding and deleting them is even better. When you get a gap or a trouble area in a design, you can edit the stitches to make it correct as we’ll do in the CustomWorks example.

 Editing a Gap

                In some cases you can turn on a mode that lets you insert stitches by clicking points. As a guide, make your additional points separated by a space similar to the spacing of the stitches that are already there. That way you’ll have a similar density. In the example below, I’ve compensated the density a little bit with an extra stitch – hopefully this would push the satin stitches together at the close of the circle, without needing a false overlap.

 The Gap Is No More

                Well those are some of the basics. Naturally there’s more advanced things you can do, and we’ll probably cover those at a later date. But for now, Merging, Sizing and Editing are good things to know about and worth practicing.

Happy Editing!


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