Embird Studio, making an SVG in Inkscape and instant embroidery

I’ve been playing around a little in the latest Embird 2018 and fiddling about with some of the new features – and they are fun! I think some could do with a wee bit of improvement too – but all things take time. One of the features I have been playing with is the ability to turn an SVG file into an embroidery design in Embird Studio.

Now it is very easy to purchase your own SVG file on the Internet and especially from one of the Etsy stores but sometimes you just want to make your own SVG image to use or perhaps have a photo that you would like to create an SVG outline from. I am going to show you quickly how to make your own. Then you’ll need to let your imagination do the rest.

First you’ll need Inkscape. It’s a free program available from Inkscape.  There may be other programs available that are as good or you may already have your own graphics program  – and feel free to use them – but for this small lesson I have used Inkscape. My apologies in advance if you’re already a whizz at Inkscape – I’m not – I just used it to create my own design and I must confess that I am not at all familiar with it. My knowledge of the program leaves a lot to be desired so please don’t ask me any technical questions about Inkscape or you’ll be met with a blank stare!!  Anyway – onwards and upwards –

Open Inkscape and then go to File/Open and open a JPG file that you wish to use. For this lesson I actually took a shortcut and downloaded a free one from Open Clipart . I found it under the heading Most Loved Clipart. Its a Hibiscus flower. If you don’t want to go to the website then just use your Snipping Tool under Windows Accessories in Windows and snip this one.

Save the image in the Snipping Tool Program as  JPEG. And then open it in Inkscape. Click OK on the pop up screen that appears.Select the Image in Inkscape.

With the design selected go to Edit/Make Bitmap copy.

The Bitmap copy will be sitting on top of the original image ( you won’t see any difference until you move the top copy) and will be selected.

Move the Bitmap aside and Delete the original image.

The highlighted image is the original image which is to be deleted

Once you have deleted the original image move the new Bitmap back onto the Design Page. Resize if you wish.

With the image back on the Design Page and still selected go to View/Display Mode/Outline

Your design will now have a Red Cross mark covering it.

Your design should be still selected so go to Path/Trace Bitmap.

In the next screen that appears ( as above) click Update and then OK. Close that screen.

You do not need the red cross on the Design Page any longer. Select the red cross and Delete it.

And there is your SVG image created as shown above

Go to File/Save As/Save as an SVG file in your preferred folder.

Now Open Embird Studio.

Go to Design/Import Vector File and select the SVG file you’ve just saved. The design will now appear on the Studio Design Page.

Check on the right hand side column and you’ll see that Studio has already converted the vector image to stitches. You just have to select them all now and Generate the Stitches.

It looks pretty boring, doesn’t it. However now you need to use your Studio skills and change the design to your preferred preferences. There are a number of things you can do from here.

Select individual objects and change the Colour, Fill direction, Start and End Points, Sewing order, Pattern Fill, Density etc etc. You can even add outlines if you wish. If you do not know how to do these things I have covered them all in my Embird Studio Tutorial on the Tutorials Page at Secrets of Embroidery.

Check out my finished design after I have played with the Parameters.

In this design I now only changed all the Parameters such as angle of fill and density but I added curved fill and then used the Auto Outliner feature to add an outline around each object.

Not all images will convert quite as easily as this one and, as with any image, you need to be a wee bit choosy about what you are selecting. But remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained and again that age old saying – Practice makes perfect (well almost!)

And that, my friends, is that. A very quick and easy design in Studio.  I hope you’re enjoying these little insights and lessons into the programs.

Don’t forget to Save the design and then Compile and Place it Editor.

Now use your imagination and try the same with another image.

Bye for now. Carolyn