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In this tutorial I'm going to attempt to explain how to autodigitize images into embroidery files. There are many different software programs out there. Here is a link to some free software called Stitch Era: www.imprimeo.net/howget.htm
 
In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to digitize using PE Design Lite!

This software is best used in conjunction with an image editing program like Adobe Photoshop. I've found that PE Design Lite is quite finicky with colors so you need a high quality vector image of the design you want to digitize.

So the first thing you need to do is find or create your design. Once you have a good quality image open your software.
Note: PE Design Lite has only the most basic of functions. For more embroidery options you'll need to buy/download more advanced digitizing programs.

Step 1: Open software



Step 2: Import your image



This is the file I want to digitize:



Step 3: Click the autodigitize button and the color grid will pop up.



Your digitizing software detects the colors. Depending on the image, you will likely have to reduce the amount of colors so you won't end up with something ugly.

Step 4: I have all the colors I want, but I don't need to embroider the charcoal grey background color so I'm going to omit it. I just click on the color I want to omit and it's crosshatched out.



Afterwards, click finish.

Step 5: You will see your embroidery overtop of the image.



But we don't need to see the image anymore so go to the image tab – display image – display off.



Step 6: It's looking good but it's not finished! Now we need to set the pattern of the stitches and the density. We don't want the stitches going in random directions. That's just not pretty.

Go to the sew tab and then click the Sew Attributes setting. Its box will pop up on the right. Once open you will see 3 options. Understitching, density, and direction. You will likely want understitching for most of your projects.

You will need to do this for each portion of your design. I have six parts to this evil filly eye: the two eye whites, the lighter blue, the teal iris, the pupil, and the eyelashes. For each color I'm going to select to have understitching, 5.5 density, and a constant 45 degree direction. This will keep things consistent and pretty.



Also pay attention to what type of stitch you're using. There are two options: fill stitch and satin stitch. I prefer fill stitches for my designs so I change my stitch type to fill for each color/portion of my design.

We're almost finished!

Step 7: Now we need to set the order in which the design will be stitched. Click the sew tab and then the sewing order/color button.



Now we can see the order that was automatically generated. I don't want my design to be sewn in this order so I'm going to rearrange it. You can also switch your colors.



Now, let's check the simulation view. Click the display tab and then realistic preview.



Chrysalis filly? :]

Step 8: There's only a few things left to do! If you like how your design looks, then save it! Import the design to your embroidery machine and test it out. Hopefully you've got a nice looking embroidery design!

Now, keep in mind that I'm no pro at this. What works for me may not work for you so it's good to experiment with things.

Reminder! This is how to autodigitize using PE Design Lite. Every program is different but the principle is the same. Once you have a nice clean image you can import it, select your colors, create stitches, and proceed to edit your little heart out.

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FoxDenProductions Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, yay~ Thank you so much, Space! I had been really scared and uneasy because I thought I wouldn't be able to make any new embroidery since SEU is charging out the booty to use now. I really appreciate this tutorial! You saved me a LOT of hassle. <3
Frozen - HUG! 
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Sapphire-Stitch Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial~
Thanks~
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Scarlet-Songstress Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! Thank you for your help, I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong and you solved to for me :D My only question is, when it comes to resizing, do you have any tips to make your image the exact size you need? 
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I normally hold my pattern up to the screen to get the size. You can also embroider a test design and put your pattern overtop it to see if you need to resize.
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XNightMelody Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I recently started using PE Design (6 I believe) and I get to about step 4/5 and my embroidery comes out blocky and misshapen. Defiantly not like how yours turned out here. I'm wondering if I'm missing something if my vector is not correct? I made them High quality.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Please and Thank you :aww:
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Can you send me a pic of what your embroidery looks like?
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XxMoonDropsxX Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I am over a year late, but I am having a similar problem with my PE Design Plus. ^^; Except it comes out misshapen or out of line--I am not sure why, cause I made the vector high quality, and used stabilizers on my fabric. If you've found a solution, do you think you could share it, please..? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Do you have a picture of your embroidery? It sounds like it might be the pull compensation.
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XxMoonDropsxX Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um...I can take one, since it's the eyes on my first attempt at a Pinkie Pie plush. xD I'll try to send it via note though, cause I'm too shy to share on the comments... ^^;
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Kitamon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just wondering for the interfacing...a person at a fabric store told me to put it under and on top since fluff comes out in between the threads especially noticeable with the black. What do you do?
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Use water soluble interfacing for the top. It's clear and you can either tear it off or dissolve it in water.
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Kitamon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you and also how to make the machine cut the threads before going to another color?
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It should do that automatically.
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Kitamon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
for some reason it doesn't. I have to cut it by hand and I think I have the same sewing machine as you and I use pe-design for my embroidery. I have the HE-240
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PrinceOfRage Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just a note, SEU isn't being continued anymore.
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I saw that. It's pretty upsetting, especially since I've been using it a lot recently.
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PrinceOfRage Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very sad indeed. And SophieSew is still very buggy and apparently (at least for some of us) isn't exporting files at all so that's out now too. Im debating buckling under and investing in Embird. These free softwares just aren't cutting it anymore with all these issues :(
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know what you mean. How much does embird usually cost? I'm going to have to find something else to use. T^T
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PrinceOfRage Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If I'm not mistaken $350-$500.
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yikes. Looks like I'm going to have to save up.
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome tutorial, it's been very helpful! I do have a question though. I've got PE Design Plus, and have followed this tutorial, but whenever I test my patterns I get little gaps between some of my colours. I've heard that changing the pull compensation helps, but PE Design doesn't seem to allow that. I was just wondering how you manage to never have gaps between your colours?
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
A thicker interfacing helps a lot. :]
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll try that, thanks :)
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Akita48 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been dying to learn how to make my own embroidery files. When I found this post I was overflowing with happiness. xD Thanks for sharing! I'll look more into this. I hope the program is free... Some costs about $300 OTL
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Akita48 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh woah, looked into it. That's pricey. Haha
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SilkenCat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
ooohhhh... so that's why autodigitizing is balls for me. I don't have illustrator so I can't make vectors. ;_;
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kittyshootingstar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Inkscape is free and does the same thing as Illustrator.
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I just use an old version of Photoshop. You can probably find an old version for free online.
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SailorMiniMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very helpful! Thanks a lot :) I use PE Design so I was pretty happy to find this tidbit.
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furqanfk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Embroidery Digitizing is the method of converting artwork into digital data. We can see significant rise in this field of art.

Embroidery Digitizing
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furqanfk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Embroidery Digitizing is the method of converting artwork into digital data. We can see significant rise in this field of art.
Embroidery Digitizing
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silveebmb Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Awesome content I really like the details, ) really for idiots.. Anyway, this is an useful publish and I experienced studying it.Embroidery Digitizing



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greepix Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Is there a good embroidery software program like this for mac??? I cannot find one~
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure about mac. :[
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greepix Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Alrighty~I've been looking everywhere, all night, but I can't seem to find one~
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SiamchuchusPlushies Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I recently bought my first embroidery machine with the PE basic software.Sooo expensive and learned that I have to digitize my images before I'll be able to embroider them.I tried stitch era but It's difficult.I sat for hours behind the computer figuring it out but without result.Can anyone tell me what Software I can buy to digitize my images?
PLEASE HEEELLP
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The PE basic should have an autodigitizing option. I know stitch era does. I'm not super familiar with it but I think Munchforlunch made a tutorial on how to use it.
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SiamchuchusPlushies Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for your help.
How convinient or easy is the PE-Design Lite to use?
I don't have the PE you're talking about.I have PED Basic. YYa
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love PE Design lite. It's super easy and quick to use. It's best to use it in conjunction with an image editing program like Adobe Photoshop.
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SiamchuchusPlushies Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think the PE Design should be an awesome product , since it does such an awesome work on your ponies. But this thing is EXPENSIVE!!!
I could digitize and embroider the eye but,I have to change bobbins with my machine, so the colours of the thread scooted a little bit.but i'll try again.
Thanks
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BunnyStark Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'm new to this an just trying to make a save file to send to someone an i cant understand any of this TT ^ TT i'm just tryin to make 2 embroidery files from these jpg. and i cant do that right any tips i have the trial version of that software but it looks nothing like your screen shots i even got the free software and i cant make heads or tails of that.
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm not really sure what's going on. I should allow you to save, unless the trial version prevents that.
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BunnyStark Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i might just wind up paying 60$ to get'em made by someone. i cant figure this program out XD
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Are you using Stitch Era or PE Design?
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BunnyStark Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i tryed using both of them. but the PE one i have is way diffrent then yours. i might look around youtube for a tut on how to use stitch era.
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furqan02 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Ebroidery digitizing is the area of art perform that is used to make and providing the excellent and eye-catching look to your outfits.Creating exclusive and eye-catching embroidery styles is what we mainly concentrate at. So, if you want to get such solutions then contact us these days.
Embroidery Digitizing
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Chibi-Katie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
the download on the link was i guess a new updated ver and its nothing like the pics on the journal im so confused and lost *cries*
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PlanetPlush Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
My tutorial is for PE Design Lite, not Stitch Era. I just provided the link for it since it is free.
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Chibi-Katie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
ohhh sorry bout that ^^;
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RainbowMagicArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything worked fine until I put it on my machine then everything was the wrong colors :( Do you know what happened?
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