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Using the Rotational Feature to digitize designs (Embird 2007)

The design on the Home page was created using the Rotational feature of Studio. The following steps can be used to create any design that uses multiple pieces.

Step 1 – import the image that you want to digitize. In our example, the design illustrated to the left will be used to digitize this design.

Step 2 – Using the Fill Tool, digitize the top portion of the design, as in the illustration to the left.

Step 3 – Join all of the parts together by clicking on “Select All“ in the Edit Menu, followed by “Join”.

Step 4 – Click on the Transformations Icon  at the top of the screen to open the Transformation Window illustrated to the right. This window offers you two options for rotation the selected piece; by angle or by number per revolution.

 Step 5 – Click on the Copy Icon   followed by the Paste Icon  at the top of the screen.

Step 6 – Using the Angle option, you can set the angle change by placing your mouse pointer on the red line and dragging the line counter clockwise or clockwise until the correct angle is indicated. In this example, we will drag it CCW 90 degrees, as illustrated to the left.

After dragging it the correct degrees, clicking on the “APPLY” button will give you an identical piece, but rotated 90 degrees. The illustration below shows the results.





Step 7 – drag the new piece over to where it should go inn the design. The results are illustrated to the right.

Step 8 – Select the new piece, and click on the Save and Paste Icons again. The Transformational Window should be still open, and set for a 90 degree CCW rotation. Click on the “Apply“ button again, and drag the new piece to its correct position. The Key to this process is clicking Save and Paste on each new piece followed by the Apply button.

When you have four pieces created, digitize the center as one piece and you have your design.

The second option of the transformational Window is creating your duplicates by number of objects. If you use this option, the software calculates the angle for you. For example, in this case we would have set the number to 4, selected the piece to be duplicated and clicked on the Apply button.

This option is handy when you know how many pieces you want, but don’t want to figure out the angle required to produce them.

Another thing to keep in mind; when you use these options to create a design, you may want to use the Smart Color option in Editor to combine the same colors. In fact I also right click on any colors that I want to change positions, and use the “Swap Sewing Order with Previous Color” option (shown below) to move the colors around until I have the  least amount of color changes.



My wife Susan and I run the Quilted Oaks Quilt shop in Camdenton MO, at the Lake of the Ozarks. We offer quilting and digitizing lesson classes, as well sell and sevice the KenQuilt Long arm quilting machine.

Drop by my Yahoo Group for free lessons on Embird and Janome Customizer

Lanny Logan


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