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Digitizing a Horse using Generations 1.5 software

NOTE: The program is set on the default settings.

Follow my easy step-by-step instructions to create this horse design, and you will discover how easy it is to use the radial fill with feathering.

1. Open Generations Version 1.5 to begin a new design. Select the Import Image Icon. (Remember you must always Import an Image you cannot Open an Image only a .gen file).

2. From the Select Graphic Menu navigate to the folder in which you stored the horse image. Select the Horse.wmf image and click OK. The image is multi coloured to help you auto digitise faster. No outline has been used.

3. From the Image Processing Menu select the following options:

4. Click OK.

5. On the Resize menu change the Y value to 98 and if you hit the TAB key on your keyboard the X value will change in proportion. (Placing a tick in the Maintain aspect ratio box will make this happen automatically).

6. Hold down your Control key and right click in the white areas around the horse. The areas will turn grey.

7. Whilst still holding down the control key hit the delete key to remove those areas.

8. Now use the Generate Icon or your F9 key to generate the design.

9. By not using an outline and instead using multi colours for the image, it will speed up the editing process on the design.

10. We could, if we wanted too, just use a complex fill, change the colours check the stitch directions, move the eye parts to the bottom of the stitch sequence window and take this to the machine and it would stitch out fine.

11. I think he needs a bit more character so we will use the generations Radial fill with feathering to help us achieve this.

12. First let’s tidy him up a bit. Select the blue colour square along side the stitch sequence menu.

13. All the parts of the design that are blue will be selected on the Stitch Sequence menu and will turn grey. You will also notice that the blue areas of the design have a blue flashing line around them.

14. Select Complex Fill from the Stitch Type dropdown menu.

15. Change the Colour of the blue areas to dark brown using a left click on the colour square.

16. Generate to make the changes.

17. Select the horses body and the 2 other legs on the stitch sequence menu. You can do this easily by holding down the control key and left clicking on the parts. Change them to a paler brown colour.

18. Change the Stitch Type to Complex Fill.

19. To add a more realistic look to the horse we will use a Random fill. Hit the spacebar on your keyboard to open the Area Object Stitch Properties menu. Select the Complex Tab. Change the Maximum Step to 7.0, the Minimum Step to 1.5, the Density to 0.40 and leave the direction.

Select the Use Random Sitch Length and the Use Smooth Edges.

20. Click Apply and OK. Generate to make sure the changes are applied.

21. Change his nostrils to complex fill and the colour to black. Generate.

22. Change the yellow part of the eye to white, red part to black and the blue dot to white. Change them to Complex fill as well.

23. We are now left with the green parts i.e. The horses tail and horses mane.

24. Lets work on the Tail. Select it on the Stitch Sequence Menu. Select the Radial Fill from the Stitch Type dropdown menu. You will notice a pink spot has appeared near the horses tail. This pink spot is the centre of the radial circle. It can be moved to give different effects.

25. Hit your spacebar. The Area Object Stitch Properties menu opens with the Basic Tab showing. Left click in the box next to Use Feather Stitch. Click on the Edit button.

26. The Enable Feathered Edge menu opens.

27. Select Enable Feathering On Side A, Enable Pattern and select 23.jpt. Click OK, Apply and OK.

28. Generate.

29. Move the pink spot by dragging it with your left mouse click so that it is on the edge of the horses rump.

30. Do the same for the horses mane. You will notice that the pink spots are in the centre of the mane areas. This if left will cause a hole to appear so we need to move the pink spots.

31. Select both manes on the stitch sequence menu and drag the pink spot to just under the eye.

32. Generate to make the changes. Change the colour to a cream.

33. The Horse has a lot more character now.

34. Lets ask Generations to Optimize the Stitching order by going to Accessories – OptimizeStitching Order on the top menu.Wait whilst it does it.

35. It did a fairly good job except I would like my horses manes and tail to stitch first. To change this just select the parts on the stitch sequence menu and then right click and select Move to Top. Generate.

36. If you want to watch it stitch out just use the Stitch Player Icon.

37. You can make any changes to the stitch directions of the other areas if you want too.

38. Finally we can add detail to the legs using the Emboss Feature.

39. Click on the Emboss Icon.

40. Using the Create Freehand Line Tool. Right click to create the embossing. Hit Enter when you have made the line.

41. Turn off the Embossing Icon and generate the changes.

42. Changing the direction of the complex fill will make the embossing more visable.

Well I hope you enjoyed this lesson and finished with a horse similar to mine.

1. Remember to save as you go.
2. Try using other Feathering patterns to see the different effects you can get.
3. Moving the pink spot will also give you different effects. The further you move it the more the wind blows !!!!!

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Not to be copied or distributed within permission from Vanessa Page

Born in England, I developed a love for sewing at a very early age and recall using her mothers old Singer handle machine to make clothes for myself.

Arriving in Sydney Australia at the age of 16, I was keen to start work so I could save part of my wages to purchase a sewing machine. “I was absolutely thrilled with my Bernina 740 machine and I still make good use of it today”.

I was introduced to the world of computerised machine embroidery by a friend 10 years ago, which opened up a whole new and exciting pathway to explore. Although persuading my husband Greg that I needed an embroidery machine, software and computer was a different kind of challenge. After a shopping expedition a new computer, PE100 Embroidery machine and PE Design Version 1 were duly purchased.

Proceeding to teach myself I discovered that screen capturing the computer screen enabled me to learn from my mistake. It also allowed me to pass on the knowledge I gained to other people needing help and so the Ayeone Website was formed.

Running two websites, allows people access to information and helpful advice. I am a busy digitiser creating my own embroidery design collections as well as useful tutorials which are readily available on CD and download from my website.

10 years on I still find Machine Embroidery a great hobby and love catching up with people from all over the world.

Vanessa Page

Ayeone World

If you want to learn more about the great world of digitizing you can find many fantastic tutorials at Vanessa's websites.

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