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Using the Parameter features in Studio

MJ, among others have wondered exactly what the parameter functions are in Studio, and so I have put this mini-lesson together to help in understanding what they are, and where they can be used.

Step 1 - Open Studio from either Manager or Editor by clicking on the Studio Icon.

Step 2 - Create a Fill Object, in this case a circle, right-click on it, and select and click on the parameter option to open the Parameters screen illustrated below.

In this lesson we will discuss specifically the options available in the Plain Fill portion (within the Red box) of the Parameter window to the left.

If your Parameter window doesn’t look like the one to the left, click on the Parameter Tab at the top left of the window and select “Show more parameters.

Underlay – there are three types of underlays available in Studio; Edge that helps to make sharp edges of fill designs, and two Zigzag underlays that stabilize the fabric with a grid of loose stitches before sewing the higher density cover stitches. These are usually turned on all the time, because Studio ignores them on small Fill objects.
When the Show More Parameters Option has been selected, The Zigzag Underlays parameters become adjustable so that you can define the densities of these underlays for specific designs. How you set these parameters depends primarily on the type of material that you are sewing your design on.  Figures A, B, & C below illustrate the three underlays. A illustrates the edge underlay; B a Zigzag with a density number of 8, and C a Zigzag with a 3 as the density number. To change the angle click on circular angle indicator and drag the hands to a different angle.

If the Show More Parameters option is not selected the angles of zig-zag underlay are adjusted automatically according to angle of cover stitches.

A   B   C

Gradient – this parameter affects the distance between rows of stitches within object. In the examples on the next page; A has a gradient of +20; B of 0, and C of -20.

The gradient is set by left-clicking on the word “Gradient” and selecting the

A   B   C

EFFECT – this parameter feature allows you to change the look of your fill to different preprogrammed patterns by clicking on the Effect’s dropdown window, and selecting a pattern. The possibilities are illustrated below.

Sets amplitude of wave

No Effect   Wave    
Square   Contour (CCW)    Circular (CW)
Barrel 1   Barrel 2   Square 2

Random Shift – This parameter is used to give your fill a rougher look, sometimes used to give the design the look of fur. The Sliding bar below is selected by left-clicking on the word “Random” in the parameter window.




The normal fill is illustrated on the left below, and a random shift of 5 on the illustration on the right.


Maximum Random Broadening – This parameter feature allows you to feather the left side (#1), the Right side (#2) or both sides (#1&2) of a fill. This is useful for shading or mixing different colors into each other. The side that the broadening takes place on is determined by the setting of the angle indicator illustrated below as well.

1   2   3

The best way to learn how to use these parameters is to play with them to see what effects you can get in your fills.


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