Feature Details - Image Importing
The Image Importing feature of Pattern
Maker is used to convert a scanned photograph or other graphics
image into a new cross-stitch design.
This feature automatically
selects colors and uses full stitches to represent the scanned
photo or image. Once imported, the new design can
then be manually edited and enhanced as desired.
The source of
the graphics image used for importing can be:
existing graphics file stored on your computer in one of the
following formats: BMP,
JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PCX, WMF,
EMF, EPS (raster only), TGA, PNG, plus more.
When converting a graphics file into a
design, the program uses full cross stitches to represent
the design. No
other stitch types are used.
The program automatically selects the floss/thread colors
based upon the colors in the image.
image into a cross-stitch design is not an exact science.
The quality of the result depends upon:
The detail in the image.
A large amount of detail in the image requires a
large number of stitches.
Keep in mind that typical scans of photographs are in
the hundreds of DPI (dots per inch) where cross stitch
provides effectively 10 to 22 DPI.
It is simply impossible to maintain minute detail
unless an enormous design is created.
The color in the image.
Some colors convert to floss better than others.
In general, the palette of floss/thread colors is
very limited as compared to the range of colors available in
an image/photograph. In
addition, the floss colors stored in the program are
approximations to the actual colors.
The subject of the image.
Images containing people are often the hardest to
import since the eye is able to spot subtle irregularities
in facial tone and detail.
Inanimate objects and animals are usually less
The amount of refinement.
The best results are obtained when the user
experiments with the importing settings.
You should try different settings for the number of
stitches and/or stitch size to determine which settings
provide the optimum detail.
You should try different color settings to arrive at
the optimum palette of colors.
The Interactive Importing method (described below) is
designed to help you quickly arrive at the most optimum
The expectation of the user.
It must be understood that when converting to
cross-stitch, the result is no longer a photograph.
Instead, a completely different medium is used to
represent the image/photograph.
In many cases, a stitched cross-stitch design will
appear more pleasing when viewed from a distance since the
colors tend to blend to the eye.
Two methods are provided for importing.
These include the Importing
Wizard and Interactive
While both provide the same basic options, each provides
a slightly different way of presenting the options.
Wizard method is good for those wanting the program to
lead them thru a step-by-step procedure.
This is helpful when first learning the program.
Image Importing method makes available all importing
settings at one time. The
user can modify any setting in any order.
When a setting is changed, the user can then immediately
see the result of making that change.
An automatic feature can be enabled so that the imported
design is automatically updated after a setting is changed.
options/features are available when importing:
palette to be used by the program when selecting colors.
Several options are available:
floss/thread brand such as DMC or Anchor.
floss palette created by the user to only include a
specific set of colors.
palette of an existing design when importing into that
Maximum number of colors to
use. Up to 240 colors can be used in a single
Design size and stitch size. The
size can be specified in stitches or a physical size such as
inches or mm.
Method used to import. The
typical method is use convert the image into stitches.
However, an image can also be imported as a picture so that it
can be traced-over manually.
Image adjustments including
brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and cropping.
Background selection. One or
more areas can be selected using a 'magic wand' type of
tool. The areas selected are excluded when importing.
Foreground selection. One or
more areas can be selected. These areas are then given
more priority when selecting colors.
Grid alignment. The grid alignment feature can be used
to align the grid of a scanned chart with the grid of the new
design. This is generally used when importing an image
for use as a background for tracing.