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Embird Digitizing Tutorial Part One by sugarstitch Embird Digitizing Tutorial Part One by sugarstitch
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:bulletblue:PART ONE: You are here!
:bulletblue:PART TWO: fav.me/d74wb06
:bulletblue:PART THREE: fav.me/d750zuj
:bulletblue:PART FOUR: fav.me/d751bt8
:bulletblue:PART FIVE: fav.me/d754mo7

So, I use Embird Studio for my digitizing. As far as I can tell, Embird is one of the best programs you can get in it's price range, and though I've never used Stitch Era I've heard it's very similar. With Embird you download the program as a trial, and if you like it you can then purchase the registration key which will allow you full access. I'm pretty sure the only thing you can't do with the trial version is save designs. I'm not sure about international dealers, but I'll put a link at the bottom for the site I got the registration key for Australian users. One thing with Embird though is that the basic program does not allow you to create designs. You need to purchase the basic program, and then the Studio plugin. Just the basic program by itself only lets you edit designs you already have, and even then you can only do basic things, or edit each individual stitch (which is ridiculously time consuming).

When I first got Embird, I was disappointed to find that there aren't really any tutorials for it. There are some on their website, but most of them are very basic and I don't know if I'm just a derp but a lot of the ones I needed made no sense to me, and I had to figure out a lot by myself which was very frustrating at times. So, I've decided to make a walkthrough type tutorial to help anyone in the position I was in.

This is part one of my Embird digitizing tutorial. Sorry it's so huge, but if I made it any smaller you wouldn't be able to read much of the screenshots. I should have the rest of the parts up in the next few days - I might even have the next part up later today. Also, sorry in advance if I sound at all condescending. I've done this in a way that even absolute beginners should be able to follow it.

Rarity Eye vector is by :icondatnaro: and can be found here: Rarity Eye 2 by datNaro

Embird website: www.embird.net/
Registration Key for Australians: www.ggcreations.com.au/althea/…
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:iconorgin8:
Orgin8 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
how can you make original digital embroidery on the program?
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure I understand what you mean sorry
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you have a tutorial on making a plush-friendly vector/image for commissions? So the commissioner doesn't have problems with resizing, and whatnot?
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't sorry, but there's quite a few vector tutorials here on dA
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you have any examples?
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kaijumama Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You have no idea how much I love you right now! Thank you so much for this tutorial. :glomp:
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, no problem at all :aww:
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Zareidy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Have you used sofie sew? How does that compare to embird?
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have to admit, I only played around with it a tiny bit. I know it's prone to crashing, but with me it literally did it every few nodes, and I got really frustrated and gave up haha. I haven't used it enough to really compare it, but :iconadamlhumphreys: has a tutorial for it here: fav.me/d5dc5ef
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
:iconponyhugplz:
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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Zareidy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I am really looking forward to trying this! I have an embroiderer but I haven't been able to properly digitize something. Which Studio plug-in do you recommend?
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad this is helpful :aww:

Oh whoops, I'd forgotten that studio has the two plugins ^^; You want Digitizing Tools, but on the site I got mine from when you go to the download page it's just "Embird Studio" and you get either 64 bit or 32 bit. The Sfumato Stitch plugin is really only used on turning photos into embroidery files.
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foofythepickletroll Featured By Owner Edited Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am so glad you posted this tutorial-- my method of creating designs has been drawing them out stitch by stitch on Inkscape and then running them through several converters, and then my designs always look like crap.

I am confused about the Embird downloads, however.

Do I have to buy the main program and then the plug-in? Or just the plug-in? I know I should try to find the answers on the site, but honestly it's a tangled mess of advertising and techno-jargon that I can't wrap my feeble marshmallow mind around.
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad you find it helpful :aww: I can't say I've heard of that method before, but it sounds time consuming haha.

It's not overly clear is it haha. You need to get the basic program and the Studio plug-in. The basic program by itself can only edit pre-existing designs whereas the Studio plug-in is what you use to make designs from scratch. I really wish you could get the plug-in by itself, since for me at least Embird basic is completely useless haha. Unfortunately you do need it to run the plug-in, but for it's price I would definitely say Embird is worth it. There are other programs that cost $3000!
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foofythepickletroll Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OK, thank you so much! It's so difficult to find an artist who actually responds to questions.
I am definitely going to get Embird, then.
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not a problem :aww: I try to make sure I respond to everyone haha
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Zareidy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Great, thanks! :)
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Lasiral Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Wonderful! This looks so much easier then what other tutorials make it out to be. Now i can't wait to try it once you've completed all the tutorials!! Thanks so much for sharing this :D
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww, I'm glad you like it! Yeah, the tutorials on the Embird website are pretty useless haha. I'm so happy this is helpful for you :aww:
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Scarlet-Songstress Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are a genius
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, thanks :D
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist

Kind of relieving to see I'm not the only one that does manual design. :iconraritylaplz:

Also cool to see some screenshots of Embird even though I'll probably never use it. Thank you! :)

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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had an autodigitizing program to begin with and I hated it. It is tedious doing it manually, but the result is much better.

Not a problem :aww:
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
I certainly believe that. :nod:
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deeed Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Sorry if this has been asked before, but what brand of embroidering machine is Embird's designs compatible with? (or just what kind do you use?)
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, you're a few steps ahead of me ;p

Once you've finished your design and save it in Editor it'll let you select what format you want it saved in. I'm not sure it has every format, but it's got a lot. The screenshot will be in the last part of the tutorial, and I have a Brother machine so I save my files as .PES
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deeed Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Whoops! Sorry, should have been patient! But that's great to know. Thanks so much for making this tutorial!
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, it's all good :D

And no problem - I just wish I had a tutorial when I first got Embird :XD:
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Philaharmonicai Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
This is amazing! I can attest as a beginner that you definitely do *not* sound condescending! This is more helpful than words can say! I love the way that you word things - making everything very easy to grasp. Though I am still attempting to perfect a pattern, I have been saving for the necessary bits for embroidering and this definitely helps me understand the steps clearly. Embird is sounding more and more appealing - especially at that price and with your advice!

There are so few tutorials on such things, which is incredibly understandable since, as you said, many plushie makers have had to learn on their own. So I cannot express enough appreciation for you sharing such a valuable tool! I really like how you addressed every issue - and you can tell that you did! - and are just so generally helpful and sweet. I cannot wait to see the next part and learn more! Thank you so much for creating this and sharing your knowledge. I will certainly be using this! +favlove 
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww, thank you so much :aww:

And it's not a problem, I'm happy to help. If you ever need help with anything, feel free to ask.
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theamazingwrabbit Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm~ i havent gotten an embroidery machine yet, but i'll keep this in mind for when i do! Thanks for the tutorial!
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not problem, I'm happy to help :aww:
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PheiPlushies Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Yay Embird! :iconbrohoofplz:

Tip: I always stitch a really big and tight underlay under all colors before doing any cover stitches. That way your fabric won't stretch away. 
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay! Haha, no one seems else seems to use it :(

Ohh, thanks! I'll give it a try :)
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Right now I'm still using stitch era, but I'll definitely add this to my list of tutorials for potential future use :) Stitch Era has an auto digitizing feature, but I don't usually use it so perhaps switching to Embird really wouldn't be as much of a change as I thought.
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was too late when I tried to get Stitch Era - they'd just started charging for it and after going through the pros and cons I decided to go for Embird. I find it pretty easy to use, there's just a few things the site doesn't explain too well.

I'm not that big a fan of auto digitizing. The first program I bought was PE Design Lite, which only let you auto digitize and change things like the density and angles of stitches. Every single thing I embroidered had gaps between the colours somewhere, and I couldn't edit the design at all to fix it.

I'm glad this will be useful for you :aww:
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