Learn how to create an Embird Sfumato Portrait Design

Digitize an embroidery design in Sfumato stitch with Embird. Embird Sfumato Tutorials, David Kruiper Portrait Study
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  • Lectures 15
  • Contents Video: 2.5 hours
    Other: 1 min
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Up to Date as at: October 2015.

Embird Sfumato Tutorials

In this Course "Learn how to create an Embird Sfumato Portrait Study" we will create a Sfumato design for machine embroidery with Embird Embroidery Digitizing Software. Digitize an embroidery design in Sfumato stitch with Embird. Embird Sfumato Tutorials, David Kruiper Portrait Study

  • Embird Sfumato allows easy and fast creation of multicolored portraits, landscapes, still lives and other designs from photos.
  • Student imports photo into the background of the working area and then draws Sfumato objects on top of the photo.
  • Sfumato objects have vector boundaries that are automatically filled with stitches. Photo-realistic effect is achieved with variable density of the thread flow.
  • Objects are filled with stitches so that thread forms looser or heavier meanders to create shading effects while fabric shows through the stitches. In general, the loose meanders are used on low density areas.
  • Special controls and paramaters are available to tune density and colors of Sfumato object.
  • Additional features like openings, carvings and color mask can be applied to achieve required stitch layout and texture.
  • Each Sfumato object can have 1-5 shades of its 'basic color' or user-defined shades. Chosing proper number of separate objects and proper number of shades within each object allows to achieve various coloring effects.
  • We will use a photo of David Kruiper a well know Komani-San (Khalahari Bushman) which you can download in lecture 1 to play along on your pc

This course is for Embird Embroidery Digitizing Software Digitizers who has a fair to good knowledge of their Embird Embroidery Digitizing Software.

  • We will only focus on working with Embird Sfumato
  • how to apply parameters to get the best results from your design
  • we teaches the use of different color
  • the use of parameters inside Sfumato Stitch
  • How to achieve an end result that will be a joy to stitch

We have included our case study designs at the end of the course in 5 stitch formats.

The complete Course consist of over 130 minutes of video material broken down in 10 classes of 13 + minutes each to learn and apply to your Sfumato designs.

What are the requirements?

  • Students need to Have Embird 2010 or Later installed
  • Student Need to have Digitizing Studio installed
  • Student must want to learn Sfumato Digitizing techniques

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use Embird Sfumato tools
  • Create a Sfumato Portrait study from any photo
  • Know how to transfer a Sfumato design to Editor for fine tuning
  • Know how to add back ground section to a Sfumato design for better coverage
  • Utilize the Parameter settings for Embird Sfumato designs

What is the target audience?

  • This course if forEmbird Embroidery Software owners
  • Who have Embird Dititizing Studio plugin
  • Who have or want to add Embird Sfumato Plugin
  • Who want to learn how to use Embird Sfumato digitizing
  • This Course is not for any other Embroidery Software owners, as Embird Sfumato is unique to Embird Embroidery Software

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Select your Images
Select Photo to use.
Photo selection and preparation plus background settings
Step by Step, starting with the sky
Setting Parameters when working on back ground areas.
Rating and Discussions on Udemy, Feedback to Instructors
Starting with the Face
Working on the neck and adding a Fill behind the Face
Working on the hair and darker areas
Creating clothing and change background of the hoop to see stitches
Applying Wave effect to the Sky to enhance picture
Taking the Designs over to Editor for final thoughts
Ungroup, change colors and regroup final layers
Samples and Stitch out files in Formats
Section 2: Bonus Section
Whats next
Bonus Lecture: Coupon Codes for Embird by Philip Viljoen

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Instructor Biography

Philip Viljoen, Author, Coach & Software Instructor

I have been an Internet entrepreneur for the last 20 years, with my partner and wife, Jacqui.. My main focus is on Self Improvement, YouTube Video Marketing and the Embroidery Software Training.

Things I do and enjoy

  1. involved in PHP programming and web development
  2. providing training in the embroidery software and digitizing industry
  3. develop sport membership sites ( more Hunting and shooting 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

My passion is sharing what I know with others and helping them to succeed as well.

I started earning a monthly income on Udemy in December of 2014

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