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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > How to convert a jpg to dst? ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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How to convert a jpg to dst?
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Date: 4/11/13 11:44 AM

I have a friend who wants to get some logo t-shirts done at an embroidery shop but they are asking for a DST file. How should he go about converting his design if the shop won't do it?

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Date: 4/11/13 11:58 AM

.jpg file needs to be digitized. This can be a big job.

.dst is a machine embroidery format. One of several that can be saved in many other machine embroidery formats will little effort.

Many professional embroidery shops will do the digitizing, if it is possible, for a sizable fee. Some designs/photos are complicated, need to be separated into layers and some details eliminated.

He can try this with machine embroidery digitizing software. Again, it can be complicated and time consuming for someone who has never digitized clip art or photos.

He may want to try another embroidery shop instead of investing in the software.

Please wish him the best of luck in this adventure.

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Date: 4/11/13 7:38 PM

Or just go download the free trial of some not very expensive and pretty easy to use autodigitizing program maybe. One that might work might be the Amazing Designs temporary one here:

http://amazingdesigns.com/free-downloads/free-trials

Pick the Digitize and Stitch one there, load it into a computer, and then just send your .jpg into it, and try different settings on the little wizard helper controls in there and just see what happens. Nothing tried nothing gained. It would not be the same as having someone painstakenly manual digitize something, but some times a .jpg graphic might even turn out amazing well, considering everything, and just how picky you might be.

I have for real the much older version of that program, (as in paid for it) and if running a bunch of clip art though it, sometimes I have been surprised at how nice "somethings" might turn out. Even just autodigitizied with some wizard helpers in there. Graphics with no lettering, simple shapes and not a whole bunch of colors work better than otherwise though.

For best chances on that on your .jpg file though, scan high resolution at least 300 to 600 dpi on it, or create it in some bit map program in high dpi, to even get the .jpg in the first place. the less lossy compression the better and no progressive compression. No autodigitizing program can do much of anything with a .jpg file more suited for the internet instead though, with like only 72 dpi or 90 dpi or anything like that. What makes some .jpg load up fast on a web page, (low dpi) is the opposite of what you want, if feeding it into some embroidery autodigitizing program instead.

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Date: 4/12/13 0:25 AM

There are many online digitizers who do a good job and don't charge an arm and a leg. Although I have digitizing software, it takes a lot of practice to become really good at digitizing. I would rather pay someone who does this for a living, so for my customers' logos, I use www.digitizingservice.com - reasonable pricing and very fast turnaround. Pricing is generally based on stitch count.

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Date: 4/12/13 7:40 AM

A .jpg is a picture, which you can view on your computer. A .dst is a commercial embroidery file, which can be created using a .jpg picture for a pattern. The digitizer will place "stitches" over areas of the picture that are really a series of commands that tell the embroidery machine to sink the needle, trim threads and change colors.

Most home embroidery machines will also read a .dst file, the difference you will see is that it does not retain thread colors, yet it does retain color stops.

A commercial embroiderer will put a design into the machine and tell it which needle numbers to sew first , second, etc.(the screen will not show thread colors, only numbers) A home embroiderer will look at the screen and see which color is supposed to be placed on the machine and when it stops, the screen shows what color is next.

An embroidery file cannot be viewed on a computer unless embroidery software is installed. All embroidery formats work this way, whether for a home or commercial machine. Home formats will retain thread color information. You cannot "convert" a .jpg to an embroidery file like you could convert a .jpg to another graphic format such as a .bmp The file must be digitized for embroidery.

There are auto-digitizer functions in many embroidery softwares that do better and better jobs of creating the embroidery for you, as technology advances, but you must know enough to be able to look at what is created and change what did not come out as you like.

The best part of an autodigitizer program is that it will place all the points around an object, saving time. You can change the stitch, stitch direction, start and stop points, pull compensation and underlay if you understand a little of what you want it to do.

If you do not really understand it, and have an auto-digitizer program, try it, stitch it out on a scrap fabric to test. If it won't sew as you like, and you don't know how to fix, then don't drive yourself crazy, send that design out and have it professionally digitized. A digitizer has spent the time to learn how to create a file that will sew out well on a commercial machine, so it may be worth spending the money, especially if the design is complicated.

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Date: 4/16/13 1:06 PM

Thank you everyone for your posts. I forwarded them to my friend who is very thankful to all of you.

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Date: 5/6/13 4:19 AM

Photoshop is the one simple way to convert jpg to dst.
check out this lens on squidoo "Image Conversion" .
In this lens the procedure of image conversion using Photoshop is properly explained. I hope this will help you.
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Date: 5/6/13 10:21 AM

.dst is an digitized embroidery file you can't convert it in photo shop. You need digitizing software.
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Date: 5/7/13 8:49 AM

Quote: JonZimmer
Photoshop is the one simple way to convert jpg to dst.

check out this lens on squidoo "Image Conversion" .

In this lens the procedure of image conversion using Photoshop is properly explained. I hope this will help you.
-- Edited on 5/6/13 4:20 AM --

There is no image to convert in an embroidery file. a .dst is a series of machine commands and photoshop has nothing to do with that. It will not read a .dst

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