Software Saturday: Oh, the options are endless!

In today’s lesson in Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro, you’ll learn how to:

  • Convert True Type fonts built-in to your computer and convert to embroidery designs.
  • Change the fill type to decorative motifs.
  • Add a polished look to your embroidery design creations with a bean stitch outline.

Open Perfect Embroidery Pro.  Click on File / Import TT Text.

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In the text box, type the letter O.

Click on the ellipsis, (the button with the 3 dots) to select a different font.

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Scroll through the fonts until you locate Hobo.  You may also type the name Hobo in the box to search the fonts.

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Click Ok.

I like to view a hoop on my workspace.  This helps me stay on track to create a design that will fit within my hoop.

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Enlarge the design.  You can do this multiple ways.  Click on the Transform tab and type in the exact dimensions.  Or you can drag one of the corners of the O to enlarge the design.

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Note that the letter we are working with is currently just artwork – rather than stitches.  Later in this lesson we will convert the artwork to stitches.

Next, click on the Circle Template.

Software Saturday: Oh the options are endless!

Change the settings to 100 mm for the width and height.  Click Apply to preview the design layout.

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Once satisfied with the layout, click Ok.

My design was a little larger than the hoop I want to use.  I clicked on the Transform tab and reduced the size a little to fit in my designated hoop.  This is will depend on your hoop size and the project you are working with.

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On the keyboard, press Ctrl-a to make sure all the artwork is selected.  Then press Ctrl-c to copy.  Then Ctrl-v to paste.

Now right click on a different color at the bottom of your screen.  I chose Yellow.

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Now the first set of Os are blue and the second set are yellow as shown in the image above.

Each of the letter Os is an individual element.  We will combine them to make it easier to work with.  Click on the Yellow color sequence.  Right click. Then select Combine.

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The image below shows the individual Os.

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The image below shows how the individual Os have been combined.

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Right click on the Yellow color sequence.  Click on Convert to.  Select Complex Fill.

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Under Fill Type, Select Shape.

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In the Pattern Section, select the Circle.

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Change the density to 3.00.

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Click Apply to see what happens next!

Software Saturday: Oh the options are endless!

To give the design a polished look, we will now convert the first set of Os we created (in blue) to a bean stitch outline.

Click on the Blue thread color sequence.  Right click and select Combine.

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Right click and select Convert To / Run Stitch.

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In the Type box, select Bean stitch.  We want a heavy stitch for our outline.

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We want the decorative stitching to sew first—then the bean stitch outline to stitch last.  To do this, drag and drop the Blue thread color sequence so that it’s after the Yellow Thread color sequence.

 

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I always enjoy looking at the design in 3D mode.  Click on the 3D button on the left toolbar to preview the design.

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Here’s a look at the first test stitch-out.

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For fun, I opted to stitch the design in a variegated thread.  Oh, how I love the effect!

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1 Comment on Software Saturday: Oh, the options are endless!

  1. Karen Poole
    November 7, 2015 at 11:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Shouldn’t the color also have gone into the overlapping parts of the “O”? Would you have to do that as another stitch?

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