You can construct your own creative embroidery designs with Artistic Digitizer software and the fonts built into your font folder on your computer.  Not all text is letters.  You may have a font that is images or symbols rather than traditional letters.  These font images can create interesting embroidery designs with a simple click of the mouse.

To begin, open the Artistic Digitizer to a new design screen.  Click on the text tool text tool.jpgon the toolbar at the left side.  A text box will open at the top of the screen.  I have a font folder on my computer called ‘Wingdings 2’ which is a standard PC font folder on most  computers.  This folder is actually images applied to the text typed on your keyboard.  I typed the small letter ‘a’ on the keyboard for the text element from the Wingdings 2 font folder.  I also selected a larger font size of 60 so my image is larger when produced. You may choose to leave the settings at the default numbers if you choose.


The image associated with this font for the letter ‘a’ is automatically placed on my work space ready for editing.  Click on the selection tool slection tooland then click on the design to be able to change the stitch properties of the design.

wingding font a shape

Clicking on the design a second time will give me rotation handles.  I clicked on the corner rotation handle and dragged it so the design is now vertical.

rotated image

Click on the fill image fill colorat the lower left side of the screen and change the color of the image so it is easier to see against the background.

colored wingding

With the image still selected, click on the arrays tools arrays toolon the left side toolbar.  Choose the circular array circular arrayfrom the fly out menu.  You will now get an edit menu at the top of the screen to set angles and steps and number of units.  I chose to have 7 units rotated around in a circle.  Click on the apply button when you are happy with the layout of your design.

circle array edit options

circle layout confirmed

Each element can now be selected and edited to your choice.  Vary the colors for more individual interest to the pattern elements.

edited font circle array

A new embroidery design is created ready for stitching by using a font image rather than a traditional text letter.  This is a quick and easy way to create a decorative stitch file without having to draw the shape yourself.

Be sure to watch the built in videos in Artistic Digitizer to further explain the use of the Circle Array tool.  The videos are highly valuable when learning to use the specialty tools of the program


About ymenear

I have been sewing my entire life. I love sewing of all types but recently I have focused on quilting and machine embroidery. I am an educator for quilting and embroidery design software and I own and operate a machine embroidery club that teaches students how to use their machine effectively while creating their own unique projects. I love travel and getting to know people from different regions and seeing how they create projects with their machines.
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2 Responses to ARTISTIC DIGITIZER Part 2: Text Images

  1. MaryAnn Hindle says:

    What is the cost of the program? How do I know if my local Janome dealer has this product?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi MaryAnn,
      You will need to ask your local Jnaome dealer for a price as we do not quote pricing on this forum at all. Sorry. Ask your dealer if he has it. It was launched in Jan/Feb this year in North America so your local dealer should know about the software.



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