Embird Software Class #1: An Introduction to Embird Manager

Learn how to use Embird Embroidery Software. Looking at Embird Editor/Manager, the very first Embird module you need.
  • Lectures 10
  • Video 3 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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Embird: Machine-Independent Embroidery Software

More than 70 embroidery file formats and 20 home and industrial machine brands supported. Embroidery designs digitizing, editing, management, lettering and more!

Embird Manager

  • Embird Manager Snapshot
  • Converts designs among many embroidery and quilting file formats.
  • Supports many hoop types and sizes.
  • Processes designs in ZIP and RAR archives.
  • Displays designs in 1:1 scale and other scales.
  • Displays also images - digital photos (.JPG, .TIF, etc.) and allows to sort them.
  • Creates (displays, prints and saves into .BMP or .JPG file) various types of design documentation, including animated .GIFs and screen saver.
  • Provides photo-realistic 3D preview of designs in order to enable assigning of proper colors to needles and to check the design without actual embroidering.
  • Contains many threads catalogs and finds thread closest to chosen color.
  • Reads and writes designs stored on memory cards, floppy or hard disks in various embroidery formats.
  • Allows to organize designs by copying them to new folders.
  • Supports Amazon and Azure cloud storage.
  • Provides separate File Commander window for convenient file management.

Embird EditorEmbird Editor

  • Embird Editor Snapshot
  • Allows to insert and delete colors or trims in design.
  • Joins and splits designs. Interactive free-hand splitting and automatic splitting are supported.
  • Moves, resizes with density adjustment, centers, mirrors, rotates and skews designs or their parts.
  • Allows to edit individual stitches or parts of design.
  • Allows to change the stitch order of design parts.
  • Simulates sewing of design, even in 3D mode.
  • Allows to reduce the number of colors.
  • Sorts colors smartly.
  • Prints template in 1:1 scale on multiple sheets.
  • Inserts text in various pre-digitized fonts and layouts. More about lettering here
  • Inserts Font Engine text automatically converted from TrueType or OpenType fonts.
  • Imports designs from Embird Studio, Embird Cross Stitch and Sfumato Stitch programs to save them in appropriate file format.

Embird Studio ( Digitizing Tools )

About Embird Studio

Designs are created in a vector form using lines and curves. Vector format allows resizing of design without loss of quality. Raster 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.

Each object has adjustable creative and technical parameters such as stitch density, random broadening, fill pattern, color, type of underlay, etc., to allow user create special effects and adjust design for sewing on a particular fabric.

Advanced Features

Advanced features are included in the Studio work space. No need for separate download and/or purchase. Some features are useable for Digitizing Tools, some for Sfumato Stitch and some for both of them.

Trace tool allows to convert bitmap image (raster image) to vector design without redrawing the image manually. Trace tool works in a several steps: 1. selection of consistently colored 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 a different color to existing selection or select non-contiguous areas of the same color at once.

Import and conversion of vector graphic into embroidery. Studio allows user to import EMF, WMF and CMX vector graphic from Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Zoner Draw, Paint Shop Pro, Pre-Design and other graphic programs and convert it into embroidery design without redrawing it. This function is available only to owners of Font Engine plug-in.

Studio also allows to export embroidery design into .SVG file (Scalable Vector Graphic) for use in Corel Draw and other graphic programs.

Vector graphic imported from EMF file Vector graphic filled with stitches

Interactive 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 multi-line text and adjustable text baselines. Predefined baselines include circle, lines and spirals. All baselines can be transformed (moved, scaled, rotated and slanted) and/or 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.

Font Engine lettering on a curved baseline

Studio is capable to generate various lettering styles from the common font files: auto-column (satin stitch), plain and motif fill, center outline and outline. All these styles can be used with nearest-point connections to avoid thread trimming.

Redwork lettering

Automatic Outliner creates a double-layered thin outlines for a single object or multiple objects. Such outlines are often used for logos, lettering and cartoon-like characters. Objects may overlap or intersect one another and program creates outlines only for the visible parts.

Automatic double-layer outlines

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. This tool can be used with any vector object in Studio, including lettering.

Envelope Tool

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.

Multiple motifs within single fill

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 disappear.

Sew simulator - progress bar

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.

Unlike the other Studio tools, which are based on the precise node-by-node digitizing, Freehand tool allows to draw most of Studio objects with a free hand.

Corner function duplicates and rotates selected objects in corner of the hoop to create symmetrical ornaments in the other three corners of the hoop.

Auto-Repeat tool allows to duplicate sample along chosen baseline (line, circle, rectangle, etc.). It is possible to mirror each copy of the sample and to set distance (gap) between the samples.

Basic Features

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.

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.

Thread catalog with thousands of thread colors from leading manufacturers. Thread list can be sorted according to the thread name, number or similarity with chosen color. For easier work with catalog it is possible to select particular thread manufacturer and mark threads that you actually have. Then the search can be limited to the marked threads only.

Predefined Styles Table allows to set many object parameters (like density, pull compensation, underlay, minimum and maximum stitch) at once, for sewing on a specific materials like jeans, towels or fleece. Each of them requires special combination of above parameters for optimum embroidering.

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.

Underlay stitches

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.

Studio includes many predefined fill patterns, envelopes, borders, fill motifs and outline samples. A built-in editor allows user to create her/his own fill patterns, outline samples, border samples and fill motifs.

3D Preview Tabs with 3D preview of embroidery designs are included in all Embird modules: basic Embird, Studio, Cross Stitch and Sew Simulator. Studio provides also an X-ray and Density Map view modes to analyze the stitches density layout. These view modes help to identify areas of critical density and to increase quality of the design.

What are the requirements?

  • Student need to have Registered Embird Embroidery Software, plus Registered Studio and Font Engine modules.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 10 lectures and 2 hours of content!
  • Understand the 3 main modules of Embird Embroidery Software
  • Setup their Embird Embroidery Software
  • Open a Embroidery Design in Embird Embroidery Software
  • Merge 2 or more embroidery designs
  • Write text and convert it to embroidery
  • Import a vector art file and convert it to embroidery design
  • import a basic JPG file and digitize to embroidery file

What is the target audience?

  • This course is mainly for Embird Software users
  • The content applies to 80% of all embroidery software programs
  • This course is not for anybody that is not interested in Machine Embroidery

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee

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Lifetime access

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Section 1: Learn how to use Editor Manager Module of Embird Embroidery Software
Ongoing FREE Help and How to Contact Me
Thank You
Top Right hand Panel in Embird Manager
Bottom Right hand Panel in Embird Manager
Embird Manager Middle Panel Bottom
Embird Manager Middle Panel Bottom, What does X-Ray and Density Map Do
Embird Manager Middle Panel Top
Embird Manager and Editor
Full audio File of this Embird Class
Section 2: Conclusion
Which one of the Embird Module is a Must have for any User?
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Instructor Biography

Philip Viljoen , Published Author, Coach, Speaker and Software Instructor

After spending 19 years in the corporate boardrooms I started my own company on 27 June 1997 with my partner and wife, Jacqui. I have been an entrepreneur for the last 17 years. My main focus is on PHP web development, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Youtube Video Marketing and the Embroidery Industry.

My Students

With more than 5250 students in just less than 245 days, my courses promise to be informative and inspiring.

From My CV:

  1. I have been involved in PHP programming and web development since June 1997
  2. I have been training software in the embroidery and digitizing industry since 2001, with more than 244, 60 minute and longer video available.
  3. I have developed property maintenance as well as budget systems and sport membership sites.

Outside of work I am a published author on Amazon Kindle and Createspace.

I enjoy my bush trips at least twice per year to clear my head.

I am also co-hosting some course with my partner and wife Jacqui Viljoen who is the instructor on the Bernina Software Series

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    • Denise Lewis

    Great Intro Video

    I learned a lot from this video lesson...good explanation of the myriad of icons available in Embird Manager.

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