In March 2017 we taught a class entitled "Embroidery Editing Essentials" at the Everything Embroidery Market. Knowing that our audience would be a mix of experience levels (from those who have never used Embrilliance to those who own and use the entire platform) we structured our class to focus on our favorite features of the Essentials program. This is not intended to be an exhaustive tutorial, there is far more to Essentials than can be covered in an hour!
We start at the very beginning explaining how the Embrilliance platform is sold, give a tour of the buttons and menu options, show how to do something basic like personalize an applique design by adding a lettering object, then end with a custom merged project borrowing elements from three different designs to create something new. By walking through a couple projects, we touch on the features we use most in a conversational way.
We uploaded this content to YouTube in four parts for easier viewing, but it is intended to be watched in order from start to finish, at least for your initial viewing. Below is a play-by-play with timestamps in case you want to return to a particular point in one of the videos at a later date. We also include a few disclaimers at the end of this post.
If after watching these videos you decide to purchase Essentials or any of the other Embrilliance products, we would greatly appreciate if you would use our affiliate link to do so. Thank you!
Part 1: What is Embrilliance?
A brief discussion explaining how the Embrilliance Platform is designed to function as a cohesive program though it is sold as smaller individual programs.
Part 2: A Tour of the Embrilliance Platform
0:55 open a design
1:53 Zoom settings, calibrating screen so 1:1 computer monitor displays at actual size
2:45 View menu > Manage Views (object, properties, status, and how to reset)
3:38 View menu > Draw Stitches in 3D, how to examine underlay
4:48 View menu > Draw Hoop and Draw Grid (plus keyboard short cuts)
5:28 Explaining what information Status Bar displays
5:47 Changing dimensions view between mm and inches
6:04 Expanding an object in the Object Panel
6:32 View menu > Ghost mode explained, how to change intensity of Ghost Mode
8:08 Stitch Simulator
9:37 Printing a design template and documentation
Part 3: Personalizing an Applique Design
0:17 Opening a design on a new tab
0:43 Alert that design is too big for current hoop
1:08 Changing hoop size
1:43 Editing names of hoops
2:56 Rotating and flipping a design
3:42 Rotating Hoop orientation
4:19 Personalizing by adding a lettering object
5:18 Selecting a new font from the built in fonts
5:31 Resizing a built in font
8:40 Selecting a third-party font installed by BX files
9:28 Changing a thread color (selecting thread catalog or using palette of current page)
10:21 Align and Distribute features
11:48 Visually centering text under a design
13:16 Saving a merged design as both a stitch file and working file
14:26 Discussion about designs automatically saving to the center of hoop, printing a template to help with design placement on object
15:14 Use a basting stitch to keep an off-centered design positioned in the hoop where you want
Part 4: Creating a Custom Merged Design
1:14 Deleting color stops
1:56 Merge stitch file
2:41 Copy/Paste parts of a design
4:12 Discussion on the difference between well digitized design and a merge job
5:31 Using compass to zoom in to a particular area of the hoop.
5:56 Visual design placement by zooming in and using free rotate
6:40 Remove Hidden Stitches from overlapped appliqué designs
10:43 Rearrange stitch order by right-click options
10:55 Grouping objects to move as one
11:46 Copy/Paste from one page to another
12:56 Delete part of a color using stitch simulator
14:29 Rearrange stitch order by dragging one object and inserting it in between elements of another object.
14:48 Personalize by adding a lettering object
15:36 Discussion on how to decide whether to increase a smaller size of a font or reduce a larger size
17:36 Curve text in lettering object
18:24 Stitch order and recoloring
20:11 Color sort (how to do it, the difference between working file and newly saved color sorted stitch file, double-check placement and tack down steps after color sort)
23:51 Using stitch simulator to do a final double check of changes
25:02 Why save the working file?
A few disclaimers:
Assume the TOU for the original designs allow you to sell finished embroidered products, then you could do something like take an apple from one digitizer's design, borrow a smile from a second design, pluck some sunglasses off of a third design and add "School is Cool" using a font to make a custom design to stitch on a shirt for your child or for a customer. But you CANNOT share with or sell to another embroiderer the merged digital design file. You did not digitize any part of that merged design, and therefore do not have the rights to distribute the design to anyone else. If a friend a couple states away wants to make one as well... she would have to buy all the designs and merge it herself.
And finally, as soon as you open a design in software to resize, rearrange stitch order, delete elements, add elements, adjust pull compensation or change density... you have basically voided the warranty so to speak. A digitizer cannot guarantee a proper stitch out once you have modified the original file. So edit at your own risk!! We highly recommend that you test your first merge jobs on scraps before putting it on a valuable blank until you are comfortable with your abilities to use the software and know its limitations.