Turn a graphic into an embroidery pattern with free SewArt Image Wizard

by lazyembroidery

There are two ways to get an embroidery pattern from an image:

Lazy way: You can pay someone over $100 to turn your logo or graphic into an embroidery pattern,

Smart way:  Use SewArt to automatically transform an image into an embroidery design!

How to Turn a Graphic into an Embroidery Pattern (free!)

1. Download SewArt for Windows 32 bit / Windows 64 bit

2. Drag your source image (.jpg, .png, etc) into SewArt

3. Click the Image Wizard tool

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4. Image Wizard screen 1: Reduce the number of colors (choose the number of colors you can without distorting your image)

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5. Image Wizard screen 2: Reduce the number of colors again, this time with merge colors (again, choose the smallest number of colors you can get away with)

6. Image Wizard screen 3: Reduce the speckles, going down the list until you reach the lowest % option that still looks good

7. Image Wizard screen 4: Merge remaining “small percentage” colors. Start at the largest values and work your way down.

8. I do freehand cleanup with the paintbrush / eyedropper tool here. 

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9. We’re almost done. Click “Stitch Image” button (sewing machine icon).

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Leave “Auto-sew Color” checked. Click “Auto-sew Image” and choose “Sew all colors” from the dropdown menu that appears.

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10. Remove white background from your design: left-click the white color square(s) in the Stitch Mode list on the right and choose “Delete” for each one.

Your design now looks like this.

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11. Go to File > Save and save your design as a .bmp (first Save As dialog) and .pes or whichever filetype is appropriate for your embroidery machine (second Save As dialog)

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12. You can adjust the actual size your design will stitch out at in the save-as dialog.

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The steps for digitizing an embroidery design are demonstrated here by MrJayBush in his excellent video tutorial:

 

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