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
StitchArtist comes in levels which suit different skill levels:
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 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 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, an Eyelet tool, Carving lines, graphical operators such as Cut, AND, Union, Flatten, Inflate/Deflate, Re-construct and Break. It also allows for the content within the product to be expanded by publishing Motifs and Embossed effects. Additional controls are available to work how you like. The properties for each stitch type are fully revealed, and operations for vector support, including export, are added; now you can draw .svg and cutting machine designs directly. There’s even a tool to automatically outline existing design stitches.
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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 to use Envelopes in Embrilliance
With the recent gold release of the 1.161 update, all Embrilliance Platform programs gained text-formatting superpowers! As part of this incredible update, users of all platform programs who update to version 1.161 now have the ability to use Envelopes. These specially-formatted shapes which can be created in any level of StitchArtist software can warp and arrange text to create incredible decorative effects.
Step 1. Install the Envelopes 1 Library
First, make sure that you are running the latest version (1.161+) by clicking About in the Help menu. Check for the version under the yellow needle icon in the resulting window.
*Note: If you running a version previous to the latest 1.161, Envelopes will not function.
Step 2: Select an Envelope Design
Once you have the library installed, create a new design page in your Embrilliance Platform program by clicking New Page under the File menu. With your new page created, click the Merge Design button on your toolbar to open your libraries. In the Catalog drop down menu at the upper left of the Library window, you will find a category titled Embrilliance: Envelopes. Select this category and the banners, ribbons, and shapes of Envelopes 1 will appear in the main library window as shown.
Embrilliance Embroidery Software library showing Text Envelope designs with satin stitch borders
Find and select your preferred envelope design. With the design highlighted, click the OK button at the upper right to merge the design into your new design page as shown.
Embrilliance Essentials with Word Art / Text Warping Envelope Design Merge
You'll see that there are several new objects in the Objects pane at the right side of the design area. The first in the sequence is our Envelope shape. In this Ribbon Up design, the Envelope shape is named Envelope 1. This is important to remember, as the number after its name is how we'll connect our lettering object to this envelope in the next step. Looking through the rest of the objects reveals the Satin Border elements that make up the banner design. These are not necessary for the Envelope to function, but they do make a lovely frame for the shaped text we are about to create.
Step 3: Add Lettering
Now that we have our Envelope shape in our design page, we are ready to add our lettering object. Where the lettering object is in the sequence of our design won't matter to the Envelope tool, just as long as it comes after (below) its Envelope in the object tree. Since the Envelope shape is first in our design, we can simply click the Create Letters tool on our toolbar to create a new Lettering object on top of our existing design. At first, nothing will change about our lettering object; for the software to know that we want to use a particular Envelope with a Lettering object, we need to add the number of our Envelope to the name of the Lettering object we want to shape.
To attach our lettering object to the Envelope, we'll double click on the name of the lettering object, allowing us to edit the object name. Once we can edit the name, we will simply add a number that corresponds to the number of the Envelope we want shape this particular lettering object. The number itself doesn't matter, all that matters is that the number matches that in the name of our Envelope. In this case, we'll change the lettering object's name to "Letters 1" and press the enter key to confirm. At this point, the lettering will not have changed shape.
Lettering Object added atop Envelope Shape in the Embrilliance Platform
To finish the process, select the Letters 1 object, and change the default "ABC" text to whatever you'd like to appear in your design. Press the enter key when finished, then click the design page away from the lettering object to deselect it. Like magic, your letters will now take the shape of the Envelope to which they are attached.
Embrilliance Embroidery Text in an Envelope Ribbon Design
Note: Your design page can contain multiple envelopes to create a template! To use a multi-envelope template like the Three Position Shield from the Envelopes 1 library, follow these same steps for each envelope shape, making sure to name each Lettering object with the number corresponding to the desired envelope.
If you want to change anything about your lettering, you can select the lettering object and make changes. This includes operations like changing the position of the letters manually, changing the slant or spacing of the letter, or changing the text itself. When the lettering object is selected, it will revert temporarily to the unshaped form as shown below, making it easy to see your changes.
Editing and Spacing Lettering in Embrilliance Embroidery Software
Once any alterations have been made, simply click the design page away from the lettering object to deselect it and the lettering will snap back into the attached Envelope shape. You'll see that the envelope shape is applied to the changed lettering object. In this example, the spacing between letters was increased dramatically which can be seen in wider spacing present in the final Enveloped lettering shape.
Note: You can also use Envelopes with Multi-Line text! Simply select the Multi-Line text tool in the Letters tab of the Properties pane and customize your text. Remember, however, that no matter what text you place in an envelope, your satin stitches must maintain the minimum size and spacing needed to stitch correctly.
Take time to Play!
Now that you know how to use envelopes, the best way to get results is to let yourself experiment. Take some time to play with these designs, try your favorite fonts to see how well they warp, and see where your muse takes you. The opportunities for creativity are endless!
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