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Auto Digitizing with Decorating

Instant Smart design

Instant Smart Design

If you have clean bitmaps with minor pixellation available then the Instant Smart design tool in the Auto digitizing toolbar can create an embroidered design in seconds which is ideal for quoting and in many cases an almost production ready file.

While Auto Digitizing does not replace a well digitized design it is certainly a great tool for estimating stitch counts and often will create the basics for a new digitizer to begin.

In this example the orange shield and lettering auto digitized well and only required a couple of adjustments.

These were performed automatically with the remove holes feature and the knife.

I decided to delete the borders to achieve better alignment of the start and finish points of the column, with the added benefit of creating the objects with the Column C tool, allowing me to adjust the column width if required. See the image below.

Remove holes from object

In this case removing the holes from the shape reduced the pull and push tension on the garment for better shape and less distortion and in this case actually reduced the stitch count.

In the images below the borders on the left have auto digitized as Column B’s making them more difficult to edit and keep a constant width.
The borders on the right have been auto created with the simple offsets tool and are Column C shapes which are easily edited.

Simple Outlines

Auto digitizing requires good art work and a good knowledge of how to edit a design.
It can be a great time saver if you have limited time and resources. 

3 thoughts on “Auto Digitizing with Decorating

  1. I have wilcom 3E my key is block cause my computer crash it doesnt want to accept . I need help.
    but i like this new digitalizing tell me more.

  2. Can you more fully explain what you mean by “While Auto Digitizing does not replace a well digitized design”?

    1. Hi Dennis, Auto digitizing is clever in that it can vectorize a raster file and create objects that are filled with stitches.
      The software will in most cases select the correct stitch type and adopt the color from the image and select the nearest match in the thread chart.
      The auto digitizing feature will create objects based on the exact shape and size of the image.
      Depending on the shape of an object and the type of material the design is to be stitched on to, it may be necessary to distort the shape to compensate for movement in the fabric caused by the stitching process, auto digitizing does not recognize this.
      I like to be able to decide the sequence of stitching in a design and in cases where the artwork is very fine it may be necessary to leave out fine detail. Auto digitizing sees everything and creates stitches for objects that may be better left out of the embroidery file.

      I would also like to comment and say Auto digitizing has and is improving dramatically with each release of the software.
      For many simple designs Auto digitizing is an excellent feature and a great time saver and often a good place to begin. Some editing may be required to perfect the stitch out.

      I regard Auto digitizing as another tool in the arsenal and not a total solution.


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