heinäkuu 17th, 2013
So today I’m gonna tell you something about thinkin outside the box while standing still inside it. What’s that? How to manipulate a design you’ve bought. There are many ways to do so, and the Urban Threads blog StitchPunk has covered the usual suspects: embroidering multiple designs over each other and changing threads etc “smaller stuff“. But what I’m talking about requires a good embroidery software: one that you can pick stitches out of. The program I’m using for this is Husqvarna’s 4d Embroidery software.
You know how sometimes you like a smaller detail of a design, but don’t want to embroider the whole design, since it’s huge? This has happened to me recently and I’d like to share. You see, I’m very into UT’s designs, and in this post I’m using the designs Clockwork Skulls and Mariposas. I’ll have to tell you this from the beginning: I’m not that into the Mariposas-style. Just enjoy the butterflies in the design!
First I open the design in my program.
Then I go to the “Edit”-tab and pic the selection tool, it’s a lasso-tool, just like in Photoshop.
Then I circle the area I want to select, in this case the part that I want to keep. Sometimes, when the design needs it, i pick the area I don’t want to keep, then when it’s selected I delete it. In this case I do the opposite.
I copy the selected area (ctrl+c) and it goes onto my clipboard. Now I can go away from the Edit-tab, to the “Design”-tab, and paste (ctrl+v) the part of the design there.
And now the other design. I do the same thing with the butterfly as I did with the skull. I just open another window on my program so I can mock with this design without it accidentally doing some harm to my precious skull!
Then I paste the butterfly in the window where I was working with the skull. Now I can tilt the butterfly, make two of them, resize it… Do what I please, essentially.
What I really want to do is change the coloring scheme of the whole design. I have two reasons for this: I’m SO LAZY that I usually don’t go for desings that have more than 6 colors, because that would mean I’d have to re-thread my machine. What a bother! And secondly, my embroidery program always reads the colors on designs incorrectly so I want to play with the colors and get a little preview of what I’m going to get.
And there you have it. A hacked piece of a design. Stitch on!