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Some basics of digitizing

Its time I post some digitizing information.

How many of you have tried to digitize a design & found it too complicated at start?
That’s many of us. Complications do come at start, which are always overcome by practice, knowledge and experience. When I first started digitizing, I really never thought I would go so far. Professionally digitizing numerous designs a day?? I couldn’t even think of it.

It all comes day by day after struggles, mistakes and improvements. I would to share a few of my basics to start digitizing.

1) Software
Selecting the right software is a major concern. Features in a software can really make sour through the winds in no time OR keep your self dragging till you give-up.
I would suggest using software that has manual digitizing. Never start learning or working with automatic digitizing software. Automated digitizing is never a good choice as it can’t do what a
Digitizer can. Final stitched results are worse than a design digitized manually by a newbie.

2) Right Artwork
You must have a right artwork - clear, sharp, medium to large sized. Preferably one exported from a vector based image. I would suggest you stick with good sized JPEG's as they are the best option in regards to file size and detail.

3) Rule of the thumb
Take a good look at your artwork; visualize it as a 3d image. You should be able to differentiate what parts of the design are the furthest and what are the nearest.
Start digitizing the furthest things first, then gradually digitizing you way up to the nearest.
You might even consider digitizing bottom-up and center out if you digitizing a design for caps.
Sew outs help a lot to know what you are doing & how well you are going.

4) Settings
Underlay, Density, pull compensation, and other various features that are added to software’s like smart corners and fractional spacing, allow you to adjust the stitches so that they look nice after a stitch out. Make the habit of using good underlay – not too much and not too less. These settings are based on fabric type, stitch type and various other aspects which come after a lot of practice.

5) Practice makes a man perfect
This applies to women as well. The more you practice the more you will start knowing about things. Everyone is in a learning process and the process continues. It’s best to ask some helpful seniors & that’s why we have started these forums. Feel free to post your questions and answer others if you can.
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