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Date: 12/31/12 10:24 AM

I am new to embroidery and haven't bought any software yet. I was considering embrilliance because it seems so user friendly and the price point is certainly appealing. I would like to create my own design and then transfer it to embroidery or at least copy something and then transfer it over. Is there something out there that will let me scan a picture or design into my computer and then transfer it to embroidery? What kind of software do I need?

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Date: 12/31/12 10:38 AM

There are a number of programs that will do this. However, there is a bit of a learning curve for digitizing embroidery designs and it's not as simple as scanning in the picture and transferring it to embroidery. There are programs that claim to do this, but the results are poor.

Embird has a basic program and a digitizing add on called studio.

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Date: 12/31/12 11:29 AM

Thanks, mastdenman. So If I understand correctly....it looks like I need something that will "digitize"? I've heard of digitizing, but didn't know what that meant.
Have you used Embrid and if so, what are your thoughts on it?

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Date: 12/31/12 1:43 PM

If you just want to scan something, and have some artificial intelligence in a computer program attempt to turn it into an embroidery design, and let it make all the choices, and you live with them, then the term you should be checking out, is autodigitizing. If you want to be able to create an embroidery design from scratch and have total choices on how that happens, then the term you should be checking out is manual digitizing.

If you want to change something small about someone else's pre-made up, embroidery design, then maybe the term is editing software.

It's sort of like even getting a sewing machine, lots of stuff out there, but if you just get one, and it ends up not doing what you think it will, or not the best tool for a particular purpose, then you could get a lot of different programs all in a row,(free, cheap or expensive) and still even be searching for the right or best tool, as you sort of go through all of them, one by one and looking for what you need or like best.

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Date: 12/31/12 1:53 PM

You will need a digitizing software program for machine embroidery, and not just a digitizing program.

The artwork needs to be simple if you choose to do auto-digitizing.

Then there are two types of files than can be digitized; jpg or bitmap.

Search for free trails to see which brand is the easiest for you. All machine embroidery software is Windows supported with a few that are compatible with Mac.

You need not use the same software brand as the embroidery machine.

When first working with the software, use very simple shapes. Some software will include clip art for digitizing.

It does take a bit of quiet, uninterrupted time to learn the program.

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Date: 12/31/12 2:59 PM

Embrilliance does not have a digitizing module, it is an editing program only. Brian has been planning to add digitizing capabilities but it hasn't happened yet.

Embird is an editing program and has separate modules you can purchase and add on to the basic program for digitizing, font engine, photo stitch, plus separate alphabets you can buy also.

Embird is Windows only, but I can run it on my Intel Mac through Parallels or VMware. Embrilliance is a native Mac program and I believe it also comes in a Windows version.

There's also of course the brand specific software your dealer sells or the Floriani software but these are much more expensive.

I've used Embird for years and have been very happy with it. I don't do much digitizing.

Lastly making your own designs is not as easy you might think. There's a huge learning curve to using any program and it takes time.

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Date: 12/31/12 3:21 PM

Thanks for the information. I'm not planning on doing a lot of digitizing.....I was just thinking it might be nice to create my own logo. I might have to re-think that. I actually downloaded the free trials of both Embrid and Embrilliance. I saw a lot of tutorials for embrilliance which made it look like a super easy program. But the embrid didn't have much information on how to use it....or maybe I missed it somewhere? And I couldn't figure out the embrilliance. I'm assuming that there are no "Guide books" that go along with any of these software programs? I think I need something pretty simple to start out with and maybe later I can grow into something more elaborate. Perhaps I should hold off on digitizing until I figure out the actual embroidery process! You know....learn to walk before you run!
Is it possible to combine designs in either of these programs?

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Date: 12/31/12 3:43 PM

Embird has pretty extensive help files plus and on their web site are text tutorials for various functions. Embird tells you how to do things but not why or when this would be good.

There are free tutorials out there on the web you can try also before you buy that may help you figure out the programs better. Over the years I've purchased several tutorials from Kathy Jones and Carolyn Keber that have helped me learn when to use the various Embird functions. Either way it's going to take time and trial and error though to learn whichever program you pick.

Despite the learning curve having an editing program is helpful. You can move things around, split and rearrange parts of a design, merge designs, print templates etc. All good things for basic embroidery.

I don't think Embrilliance has as many third party step by step tutorials out there like Embird does.
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Date: 12/31/12 6:07 PM

Thank you SOOO much! You have beenvery helpful!!
Happy New Year.

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Date: 12/31/12 6:10 PM

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Over the years I've purchased several tutorials from Kathy Jones and Carolyn Keber that have helped me learn when to use the various Embird functions.

BTW...where would I find these tutorials?

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