Oops – glitch after glitch…

At the moment my focus has been on my new Studio tutorial and yesterday I think I spoke too soon when I said that the new beta was looking good! I was wrong! Mine certainly doesn’t look that good after playing with it for a bit.

It can be extremely frustrating when you find an error in the program as you are never quite sure if it is something that you have done or it is a genuine error. Sometimes it can be a conflict with other software or even your computer – or even operator error. When I find a glitch I tend to close the program and start it again – and then try and replicate what I did just to be certain that it’s not me that has made a mistake.

Fortunately for the beta testers we do have a Yahoo group where you can report anything you find and then ask any of the other testers if they will check it on their computers as well. The errors that I have found (so far) I have reported to the group and these errors have also been discovered by some of the testers as well. In a way, that’s good news as it’s not just me.

But don’t hang your hat on a quick release of this program just yet! Not being a programmer I am not sure how long these problems will take to rectify.

Now – just for a change – on a Sfumato note – remember that the better quality and the clearer the image the better the result will be in Sfumato.Images and photos can be tweaked in programs such as iPhoto (for Mac users) and Picasso (Microsoft) or Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

When using photos or images in Sfumato you should not make your design (Hoop size setting) in Sfumato either too large or too small. Too small and the details in a design are hard for Sfumato to interpret and too large and Sfumato will take an age to generate the stitches.

I probably prefer a design size around 5×7 inches.

Interestingly enough I had a lady write to me the other day and ask my advice as to which photo embroidery program to use and the differences between them. She had seen some beautiful photo embroideries on a web-site and wanted to know which program had been used to create them. I looked at the web-site and saw that both PE Design Photo-Stitch had been used as well as Sfumato. To show this lady the difference between the two programs I did a very quick design in both programs (I teach for both programs) so that she could compare. Its not perfect, remember, as I just did it quickly…….

Here are the results.

This is the result from PE Design Photo-Stitch.

Photo-Stitch was quite quick and user-friendly as it semi guided you through the process. There is a choice of density, colors, color charts and more.The design generated the stitches very quickly. Photo-Stitch creates a scribbled typed effect to the stitching.

This is the result from Sfumato.

Sfumato was slower to use if you are not familiar with the program – but if you are familiar then there are far more choices as far as density, pattern and angle of fills are concerned. You can increase or decrease the density in a variety of areas and in the colors. Lots of choices and with knowledge of the program you can create fantastic designs. However if the design is on the large side then Sfumato is a little slow to generate the stitches. But as a plus for Sfumato the program gives you a far greater choice of the colors that are used in the design due to their masking command.

Here is the original photo that I took with my camera. The color differences between the two designs are just those that I chose when working on the image in each program and is not to be seen as a difference in the two programs. It was purely my color selections.

In the end I think it’s a personal choice as to which program you use – if you have them both or are considering any of them. It depends on the look that you wish to achieve.

I was equally happy with both programs for this image. What do you think?