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FlemingJ
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Date: 8/17/13 11:19 PM

I am looking for an affordable software that will allow me to scan an image so I can then embroider it.

I just bought a Viking Topaz 30 that came with 4D software that I do not know how to use yet, but I've been researching and find nothing that addresses this issue specifically in words that I understand.

Can anybody help?

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Date: 8/18/13 6:18 AM

You might try searching You Tube for tutorials on your Viking software. I am also a visual learner and lots of times will go there when the manual doesn't help.
As for software, I have never heard of any that does what you want, but I am not that into embroidery either.

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Date: 8/18/13 8:12 AM

I'm not familiar with the Viking software, but like Sandie said, look at some YouTube tutorials. Many of the programs have a feature that allows you to import images that you have scanned. Some will convert automatically (usually not to well, the technology to do this easily isn't quite there yet in inexpensive software), and some will require you to digitize the image yourself. Sometimes this is an add-on to the basic software.

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Date: 8/18/13 8:20 AM

I think you will need to scan into an image format (like jpg) and then import the image into your embroidery software. I don't know of any program that will scan directly into an embroidery file. I haven't used the Viking software, but I have Janome Digitizer MB. If the image is very simple, just one or two colors and very clear lines, the automatic digitizing (this is the word to describe converting an image to an embroidery file) works well. Otherwise you have to manually digitize, which means you have to go through and mouse click where all your lines, curves, colors etc are. A very tedious process that I have only bothered with a couple of times.

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Date: 8/18/13 10:00 AM

Digitizing software should let you scan and save as a jpg file, which then has to be digitized.

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Date: 8/18/13 10:03 AM

Have you seen this?

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Date: 8/18/13 2:14 PM

The 4D software that comes with the machine, is the 4D Organizer software, so it's just something to stick your existing embroidery designs into and kind of a cataloging program, and is not a manual digitizing program or any kind of autodigtizing program, so you can't make any embroidery designs with it.

If you got a scanner and know how to use it, and already familiar with it and graphic drawing programs and know how to scan images kind of high dpi, like 300-600 dpi, not too many colors and shapes and pick your images very careful, you could probably use this one on free trail for 30 days. And have some fun with it. Free is very reasonable. I have that one, I got new in a sale bin for maybe $60 once someplace. I don't know if I would want to pay $300 or $400 for it though. On vector clip art it works pretty good sometimes, but best way to use it, is just to send a whole lot of vector clip art through it, and just see what you get. some will come out nice and others not so much.

With autodigitizing it's all about your image and if not just right for autodigitzing something someplace, then it's all about using graphic drawing vector or bit map/raster kind of programs first to kind of alter and set up an image in the way that would even make it autodigitize best most times. with that one, you can bring your image back into windows paint in any computer and kind of re-tweek it there. If you got a windows computer, you probably even have windows paint already in it.

I like full manual digitizing programs a lot better than any autodigitizing ones, and have way more control there, but autodigtizing can be a lot of fun to just send a bunch of clip art through and kind of see what happens with it. And if you know graphics and your existing scanner you could use it there.

But you can use this Digitize-n-Stitch one free for 30 days, and you could get a lot of play and a lot of embroidery designs out of it for a whole month.

http://amazingdesigns.com/digitize-n-stitch-30-day-trial

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