This is Part 3c of a multi-part series. This episode shows the use of an Open Source (free) program called Inkscape to convert raster (bitmap) images into vector images. Download the program at https://inkscape.org/en/
NOTE: I will post the images used in this episode in the Platinum & Gold Members group Files section, to allow everyone to download them to use as you follow the video instructions. However, please use ANY image of your choosing to do this exercise. It will be worth your time investment!
Part 3c: Converting images from raster format to a vector format allows the use of the SVG file format in the Draw window of the embroidery program, and makes digitizing embroidery designs easier while avoiding the use of the ExpressDesign Wizard. In many instances the ExpressDesign Wizard produces embroidery designs of very good quality. However, using a vector image gives us unparalleled flexibility.
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The following is the font imported into the Font Gallery during a recent webinar.
I was told by a friend that fonts with puffy foam in the design must be digitized using special techniques, to allow for several things:
- No underlay. This makes sense, as the foam itself will provide local stability.
- Proper “pinching” at the corners, to prevent the foam from being seen at the edges.
- The font itself, plus the stitches on the puffy foam, will work best if a dense satin colum is used.
- Funky stitching, to “cut” the edges of the foam once secured.
- Some sort of border line, to fully hide the foam, once it is cut off from the design.
The photo above shows everything that is wrong when the font is not digitized for puffy foam. However, I think it is pretty cool that I was able to use the foam to get a 3D effect. I will be able to use this in some appliqué designs!
A member of my Facebook group asked:
I bought some foam to play with. Could puffy foam be stitched over to bring the snow out?
The answer is a resounding YES! However, it must be done in the Create module of Premier+ 2 (or Premier+)