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Sfumato Stitch Presentation

Sfumato Stitch is an optional part of Embird Studio. It allows easy and fast creation of multicolored portraits and other designs from photos.

Sfumato objects can be combined with other objects like lettering, satin outlines, etc., but their digitizing requires registration of respective plug-ins like Font Engine or Digitizing Tools.


User imports a photo into the background of the working area and then draws Sfumato objects on top of the photo. Just like other objects in the Studio, Sfumato objects have vector boundaries that are automatically filled with stitches. A photo-realistic effect is achieved with variable density of the thread flow.

Node-by-node digitizing of vector outlines. Mouth detail.Face and mouth outlines filled with stitches

Objects are filled with stitches so that the thread forms looser or heavier meanders to create shading effects while fabric shows through the stitches. In general, the loose meanders are used on low density areas.

Thread meanders, 3 colors, white fabric

The face on the boy's portrait is a single Sfumato object with 5 shades of skin color and a hole.


Special controls and paramaters are available to tune density and colors of the Sfumato object. Additional features like openings, carvings and color mask can be applied to achieve required stitch layout and texture.


Each Sfumato object can have 1-5 shades of its basic color or user-defined shades. Chosing the proper number of separate objects and the proper number of shades within each object allowsthe user to achieve various coloring effects.

Single color Sfumato design

Single Sfumato object with just 1 shade

Portrait in sepia colors, 5 shades, white fabric

Single Sfumato object with 5 shades of sepia color

Sfumato portrait with user-defined shades

Single Sfumato object with 5 user-defined shades

Vector objects, each to be filled with several shadesComplete portrait in stitches

Multicolored Sfumato design

The boy's portrait on the above example contains multiple Sfumato objects: the cap, face, mouth, shoulder and breast. Each of these objects has its own color scale.



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