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Welcome to StitchArtist!
StitchArtist is a program to create machine embroidery designs from scratch. You start using existing artwork or by ‘drawing with stitches.’ You control the shapes, set the stitch type and properties, and StitchArtist generates stitches for you. When you want to create stitches, that’s what it does.

StitchArtist is a journey many years in the making, and has been designed for ease-of-use and digitizing education. The process of design creation, commonly called ‘digitizing’, requires a skilled person using a specialized tool. StitchArtist is that tool, but it is designed to take the difficulty out of the software, leaving the user to concentrate on their designs.

In a radical departure from the typical digitizing interface, StitchArtist uses a single mode to draw, set stitches, size, edit, rotate, sequence and set properties of design objects. It is easy and intuitive once you know the very basics, which are described in detail in the user guide.

StitchArtist comes in levels which suit different skill levels:

Level 1

Level 1 is designed for a hobby embroiderer who needs to be able to create stitches without going into debt or spending much computer time. Level 1 offers a limited set of stitch types and, more importantly, properties for those stitches, so that the user can simply ‘create’ without needing to learn many steps. Typical projects for Level 1 are applique designs, running stitch designs and simple filled shapes, backgrounds or unifying elements for design compositions etc.

Level 2

Level 2 includes Level 1 and is designed for production and skills training for those who would like to create more sophisticated designs (logos), as well as a more complete set of tools. It will allow the user to learn a wide cross-section of stitch types and properties, and have enough freedom to create virtually any design. If you are looking to use satins to their fullest extent, this is where you need to look. You can also import .SVG art and some cutting file formats (.FCM and .studio) for cross-purpose use.

Level 3 (coming soon)

Level 3 includes Level 1 and Level 2 and is designed for someone who either loves to create designs or works commercially in the embroidery field. This level includes advanced items such as Styles, QuickStyles, graphical operators such as Cut, AND, Union and Break. It also allows for the content within the product to be expanded by publishing Motifs and Embossed effects. The properties for each stitch type are further revealed, and operations for vector support are added.

Tell me more…

StitchArtist is not a photo-to-stitch tool, nor is it an autodigitizing program. The results of those are very subjective, and there are plenty of tools to do those in the market. When we find a process that is good enough for us, we’ll produce it. Meantime, straightforward design creation is the focus of this product. If you want to make designs for hobby, cottage industry or professional use, this is for you. If you really want to learn to digitize, this program has been designed for simplicity and instruction from the ground-up.

It is not a customizing tool (used to manipulate existing designs.) It does not contain Essentials or Enthusiast, although it does run within the Embrilliance Platform so the user interface is consistent. You can purchase StitchArtist by itself if desired; it does not rely on any other purchased product, nor is it an upgrade of any other product.

How do you use StitchArtist?

Most users will begin by importing a background image – some artwork that they want to embroider. Then you create ‘objects,’ which are shapes that will be stitched, over the artwork. You decide the shapes, their order and their stitch properties. Those who are familiar with any modern drawing tool will feel comfortable with StitchArtist as it uses a Bezier model of shaping.

When assigning stitches to shapes, you have freedom to change your mind at any time; any shape can be made into any type of stitch as easily as clicking a button.

Easy to work with

Editing outlines is a frequent task when creating designs. StitchArtist is very helpful in this task:

Stitch generation is instant and automatic.

There are no mode changes for selection, editing, coloring, moving, sizing, rotating or adjusting properties.
You can work in any number of display options. No need for a specific one to be used during any process.
Users unfamiliar with Bezier can use a simulated spline system which is easier to teach, and can be helpful in the early instruction process.

We're always working on new features and functions for our programs. Many of us have a collection of SVG files from the wonderful world of scrap booking and paper crafts. WELL, these can not be opened directly into StitchArtist Level 2 as objects! YES, just like bringing in True Type Fonts as artwork objects, you can even modify these shapes to work for your embroidery designs!

Level 2

This is for those who want to ease into the process of design creation, and aren’t afraid to learn something. Design creation is a skill – not as difficult as painting – but it takes time to learn the craft, as well as the use of the tools. When you are an artist who wants to ease into embroidery, Level 2 is for you. And once you master this, you’ll quickly want to move up to level 3. Level 2 will be priced as an upgrade at about the same price as level 1, or as a single serial number.

How is it different?
Well it is and it isn’t. Let’s just start there. Runs, columns and fills all need to exist — that’s how embroidery works. But how you interact with the tool had a lot of room for improvement. The typical program out there has more buttons than the Space Shuttle cockpit. You’d have to be using your software all day, everyday to get to know what’s what. Not that we can do this without buttons – but we’ve streamlined it as much as we can. Here are ALL of the buttons in Level 3 as it sits on my workbench. This may or not look like the final product:

The Brilliant Embrilliance Facebook group has over 11,000 members and chat about all the Embrilliance programs - what they are doing with the software and creating at the machine!

The StitchArtist Addicts Group is all about digitizing in StitchArtist and with almost 3,000 members it is amazing to see the successful projects created by both new and experienced digitizers.
Specifications
Some Background
The term, “digitizing” comes from the ancient CAD/CAM drafting boards that were used in the 70’s and 80’s. It has never fitted our industry that well, so we are dropping it from our vocabulary, any time we’re able.

The first design creation program I wrote was started in 2001 and it’s purpose was to help me create the designs that eventually became the Designer’s Gallery Interactives. It was a world’s-first in a lot of ways, including freestanding lace, sashiko stitching, fringe and a bunch of other items. But we didn’t sell it. Rather, we used it to create things. It was also a raw tool that really couldn’t be sold – it wasn’t designed for that.

We released Convert It, Mac in April, 2008, and doing so, we brought Mac back to the embroidery scene. At that time, we planned to bring Mac the entire world of embroidery, mostly because nobody else was doing it, and we knew we could. Naturally we knew that would eventually mean design creation. So we started designing a platform that would be capable of Mac and Windows UI with fast C++ code under the hood doing the heavy lifting. But the only way for us to afford writing for Mac was to be a serious Windows software player too.

In the meantime we had been developing a whole technology to make embroidery easy, intuitive and fun. Many thousands of you have used our Designer’s Gallery products since 2000 and can understand. Our mission is to be the software that anyone can USE, not to have every feature imagined whether useful or not. The numbers are startling – our products get used by their owners everyday. This means our mission is much more difficult than others. What do I mean? Take a look at the shelf in your sewing room. You probably have a bunch of stuff you’ve bought but don’t know how to use, or it is simply a letdown. But you actually use Embrilliance – and that means no sleeping on the job for us!

The Embrilliance Platform had as its earliest design goals to be able to host design creation. Some of the things people might wonder about in the Embrilliance interface will make sense when they see StitchArtist. The first product, Essentials, 4 years old this Christmas, was built on the platform with this design in mind. Now, you may be wondering, why is it taking so long?” The answer is that it isn’t easy. Plus we don’t have the revenue of those large machine brands so we can’t just hire a programming team to come in and help. If we did, we’d have to price the program in the thousands of dollars range like everyone else. And think about that — $2,000 doesn’t cut it, they really need $4,000 to give you ‘the works.’ And that’s only a half-baked program, which maybe 10% of the users use 10% of the features. The commercial folks pay $8,000, $10,000 or even more with everything.

Well, we’re Embrilliance and we don’t do it that way. So what are we doing? Our little team has been working for years to get something better. And to build-up the brand enough to be able to support it. At long last, we’re able to tell you about StitchArtist.

A quick look at the StitchArtist(tm) levels.
The product exists in levels. The levels are upgradable. The same license terms you are used to with Embrilliance will be the same for this. You will be licensed to use your serial number on as many machines as you own, and you can mix and match Mac and Windows computers. There are no dongles.

Level 1

Level 1 is designed for people who need to make simple things. Applique shapes, runs, fills – when you just wish you could add some stitches, with no learning curve, without going into debt, this is it. You’ll be able to create designs for under $200.

Level 2

This is for those who want to ease into the process of design creation, and aren’t afraid to learn something. Design creation is a skill – not as difficult as painting – but it takes time to learn the craft, as well as the use of the tools. When you are an artist who wants to ease into embroidery, Level 2 is for you. And once you master this, you’ll quickly want to move up to level 3. Level 2 will be priced as an upgrade at about the same price as level 1, or as a single serial number.

Level 3

This is a product that people with some skills can use to create designs. It is reasonably comparable to the higher-end products in the market today. Level 3 will be priced as an upgrade at about the same price as a full version level 2, or as a single serial number. If you’re trying to do the math that means around and possibly under $800. For anyone who needs to do commercial work, like logos etc, this is your level. Also the more artistic stitches will be in here for those that really like to push their software.

Level 4 and up?

Sometime next year, we’ll stretch further into the commercial space features, plus we have some things still hidden up our sleeves.

How to Create an Embroidery Design from Scratch in Minutes with Stitch Artist. In this intro to Embrilliance Stitch Artist, I'll show you how to create a design in just minutes using built in shapes and features even if you've never digitized a design before.

Other Images

icon Create Your Own Beautiful Embroidery Designs. Mac and Windows versions both included.

icon There are a large number of stitch types available

icon Editing outlines is a frequent task when creating designs. StitchArtist is very helpful in this task: Stitch generation is instant and automatic. There are no mode changes for selection, editing, coloring, moving, sizing, rotating or adjusting properties. You can work in any number of display options. No need for a specific one to be used during any process. Users unfamiliar with Bezier can use a simulated spline system which is easier to teach, and can be helpful in the early instruction process.

icon Freestanding background

icon Applique

icon Run Stitch Styles: Single Double Bean (up to 9 passes) Chain Backstitch (up to 5 passes) Stemstitch (adjustable width, angle) Sashiko

icon BX font and design from The Itch 2 Stitch

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Brian at BritonLeap.com, how can we get technical support to our Embrilliance customer below who is having problems loading the software on her computer?
First, any customer can come in through our support system at embrilliance.com and when your team needs help, invite the customer to do so. The customer would be best served by downloading the current version from the Downloads page at embrilliance.com. All discs are verified here before shipping. So there could be a hardware issue on the customer's CD drive, or security program, or maybe the disc has damage. The list is impossible to shorten, and any way it goes, the best solution is to download it. Cheers,
Brian
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