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Studio 5.0
Sfumato Stitch (photos to embroidery) Prices
Digitizing Tools (digitizing, lettering, auto-tracing, freehand, conversion of vector files into embroidery) Prices

Studio is an optional plug-in program for Embird. It must be downloaded as a separate file and installed (not just copied) into Embird - Unless you have installed the Complete Installation file (which automatically installs Studio) Embird 2008 is required for Studio trial and/or purchase. Upgrade from previous versions of Studio to version 5.0  is free of charge

Sfumato Stitch  
allows fast and easy creation of multicolored portraits and other designs from photos. 

User imports photo into the background of the working area and then draws Sfumato objects on top of the photo. Just like other objects in Studio, Sfumato objects have vector boundaries that are automatically filled with stitches. Each Sfumato object can have 1-5 shades of its 'basic color'. Sfumato objects can have openings and carvings, just like the fill objects in Studio. Objects are filled with stitches so that thread forms looser or heavier meanders to create shading effects while fabric shows through stitches.

New Sfumato is integrated into Studio (no separate download needed). Because of its vector-based approach, it enables user to create Sfumato portraits and designs several times faster than with the previous version.

Cuttent Sfumato Stitch registration fee is listed on the download page. .

This price does NOT include Digitizing Tools registration fee. Upgrade from previous versions of Sfumato is free of charge. Both versions of Sfumato can be used on the same computer. It is not necessary to purchase Digitizing Tools.

 Sfumato Stitch

  • Converts photos into embroidery

  • Combine Sfumato and Studio objects

  • Tutorials and videos included 


Lettering from Font Engine and Embird Alphabets can be inserted directly into Studio in an outline form and saved as part of design. 


Digitizing Tools
allow user to digitize scalable embroidery designs up to 60 x 60 centimeters (23.6 x 23.6") large.Design is digitized so that user creates outline (vector) objects either on a blank background or on an image (template). When finished, design is compiled into stitches and put into Embird Editor for final adjustment and save in desired embroidery format. 

Digitizing Tools registration fee is listed on the download page.
This fee does NOT include Sfumato Stitch plug-in.

Designs are created in a vector form using lines and curves. Picture can be imported as a template into background of working area. To store designs, Studio uses its own file format with all objects, parameters, stitches and background image stored in a single file (*.eof).
Objects such as Fill, Sfumato*, Carving, Column, Column with pattern, Outline, Connection, Appliqué and Manual Stitches are available. Fill and Sfumato objects can have openings. Carving objects can be used to add unique texture to fills and columns. Objects can be moved, rotated, skewed  and scaled without loss of quality.

* Sfumato 4.0 is an optional part of Studio. It must be purchased separately.
Trace tool
allows to convert bitmap image (raster image) to vector design without redrawing the image manualy. Trace tool works in several steps: 1. selection of consistently coloured area (pixels of raster image) with magic wand, 2. turning of selected raster areas into vector objects, 3. filling vector objects with stitches. It is possible to create outline, column, fill, sfumato and carving objects. Selection options allow to change the way of how the Trace tool behaves by each selection. It is possible to define whether to make new selection and discard any existing selection or add objects of different color to selection, select non-contiguous areas of the same color at once, subtract object from selection or intersect the object from selection.


Intercative lettering
allows to insert and edit text directly in the work area of Studio. Text can be created with Font Engine (True Type and Open Type fonts) or with pre-digitized Alphabets. Lettering supports multiline text and adjustable text baselines. Predefined baselines include circle, lines and spirals. All baselines can be transformed (moved, scaled, rotated and slanted) and/or as edited node-by-node. Whole text or individual characters can be moved, scaled, rotated and slanted as well. Additional controls allow to adjust spacing of characters, words and lines and overall size of the text.

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Envelope Tool
allows to deform selected object(s) in the work area of Studio with use of adjustable boundary. Options like predefined shape, type of horizontal and vertical edges and symmetry options are available from panel at the right side of the screen.
Fills with multiple motifs.
Studio allows to use several motifs within a single fill. Setting of desired number of rows and columns defines a grid of motifs that will be used to fill the object. Multiple motifs can be combined with all options available for single motif like scale, shift, fill angle, wave and gradient.
Integrated Sew Simulator
in Studio allows to simulate sewing of whole design or just selection in a normal, 3D or flat view mode. Color bar at top of the screen helps to 'rewind' simulation forward and backward. It is possible to set negative speed for simulation, which means that stitches gradually disapear.
Freehand tool allows to create realistic fur or shading effects as well as sketch drawings with mouse or digitizing tablet within a few minutes. It works like a painting tool. Result, however, is an embroidery design that can include various embroidery styles like fills, columns, sfumato objects, carvings and outlines as well as some new stitch styles like pressure-sensitive columns.
Object Inspector window is available for fast and easy management of objects. User can change the color of object or its order by simple drag-and-drop operation. Objects can be grouped to make manipulations easier. Icons in Object Inspector indicate color changes, trims, object type and visibility.
To make digitized objects and stitches more visible on the background, user can adjust brightness, contrast, gamma correction, colors balance and saturation of the background image. There are also tools for rotation, cropping and resizing of the background image.
Digitizing Tools create not only cover stitches for each object, but also various types of underlay: center walk, edge walk, and zig-zag underlay to stabilize embroidered objects.
Digitizing Tools perform many editing operations automatically. Connection paths are rearranged when user moves objects, sharp corners of columns are automatically split or folded when converted to stitches, fill overlays are adjusted according to size of object.

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