Can’t draw? Neither can I! So I frequently use shape tools built into the Artistic Digitizer program to create designs for embroidery. These shapes can stay as they are or can be edited/skewed to create a new shape. This is the easiest way to create my own shapes that are specific to what I require for an embroidery.
Open your Artistitc Digitizer program and create a new workspace. On the left side of the screen you will see the shapes tool. Move the cursor over the shapes tool to see the fly out menu to see all the different shapes. All of these can be easily edited to create unique designs.
Start by selecting the trapezoid shape tool. Move the cursor to the workspace and click/hold/drag/release the mouse to place the shape on the worktable.
With the selection tool, click on the shape to select it. Use the paint fill tool and the outline edge tool to color your design.
Use this simple shape and repeat it several times to make a stylized tree design. While the design is selected, click on the word ‘duplicate’ in the properties box at the top of the screen.
Duplicate this several times and move each segment to a new position to create the overall shape of a tree. Color each of the elements any color you wish to use.
Click on the edit nodes tool on the left side of the screen. Click on each shape of the trapezoid to select it with the edit tool and then drag the nodes to a new position to create a different shape.
Click on any shape with the selection tool and then set the fill and edge stitch properties in the properties box at the right. Experiment with the various stitch types in the drop down menu.
Be as creative as you can by applying different properties and editing the shapes until you are happy with the results.
Be sure to watch the built in videos in the Artistic Digitizer program on the opening screen to see how each of the shape tools can be edited for your use in creating free form designs.
ARTISTIC DIGITIZER MAKES CREATING UNIQUE DESIGNS FUN FOR EVERYONE. EVEN A CHILD COULD CREATE THIS SIMPLE DESIGN. PLAY WITH SHAPES AND HAVE FUN.
I’m loving this site. Thanks for all the great tips and advice. I’m really hoping someone will post about opening images and digitising them. I’m struggling with the quality. Has anyone else found when you digitise an image, it may look good in the display, but if you use slow stitch (which is fairly accurate display of what will stitch out as) it’s very a very rough rendering? Perhaps its a trick in the settings? I’m very frustrated. Thanks for any advice
Thank you for your kind words. We are happy you like our blog. We will consider offering a post on opening an image and digitizing it in the coming months. However, a blog format merely offers snippets of information. This format does not allow for comprehensive training. You probably require in-depth training on the how to of digitizing and this should be obtained from your local authorized Janome Dealer who would support your purchase. It sounds like you are frustrated as you have not had enough training on how to digitize. Have you watched all the video’s embedded in the Artistic Digitizer program? Have you attended classes where you purchased the software?
I also ask if you have actually stitched out the digitizing or are you just looking at it in the software? That make make a difference as you can see the actual stitches and then be able to compare what you see on the screen with what is embroidered in the hoop. There are invariably “tweakings” we do to our digitizing before we are 100% satisfied. And the beauty of this software program is that you can allow the software to do it all automatically for you or you can edit or start from scratch and digitize manually. This software has it all.