Have a Crafty Halloween!

 

Cochenille would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween! We hope that you were able to use our software to create some spooktacular projects!

If you would like to share any of your Halloween projects that you made using our software, please feel free to submit them to info@cochenille.com to be featured on our Creative With Cochenille blog!

This Halloween I will be looking forward to sewing up a Harry Potter robe pattern I made using Garment Designer as I await trick-or-treaters!For our digital “treat” please feel free to download the Stitch Painter file or .pdf of Frankenstein’s monster made using the Full Color Import module!

Frankie Stitch Painter File

Frankie PDF

As for “tricks”, here is how I made the Stitch Painter file….

I took the image into photoshop and viewed the file size information so that I would know how to setup my document in Stitch Painter. My image was 9″ x 9″, so I knew when I went into Stitch Painter I could use a 100 x 100 unit sized document and the proportions wouldn’t be skewed since the ratios were the same.

I then changed some of my contrast settings and colorized the image in Photoshop:

Then it was as simple as selecting the image in Photoshop and copying it to my clipboard (Keyboard shortcut on mac: Cmd + C)

I then opened a new 100×100 Unit document in Stitch Painter and made sure my grid size was an even proportion (I chose 9 x 9)

Using the Full Color Import Module, I selected my entire document (100x100units) and pasted the image (Keyboard shortcut on Mac: Cmd + V)

Then I clicked and held over the live selection and chose how many colors I wanted to reduce it to. I tried various selections and reduction algorithms to see which one I liked best. 

The great thing about the Full Color Import module, is that I can clean up my palette to make it easier to start reducing my colors even more.

A useful Stitch Painter trick for reducing colors is to find where a color is used in a document by clicking on it in the Palette panel to select it, and then pressing and holding the ʻfʼ key on the keyboard. The chosen color will flash on the screen as long as the ʻfʼ key is held down(picture below). One can then find colors near the value of the previously flashing palette swatch by using the eyedropper tool.

To combine the two colors click on the first color, then press and hold down the Cmd Key (Mac) or Ctrl key (Windows) while you drag the first color over the second color in the palette. The First color selected will then become the second color.

Stitch Painter also allows the combination of two color selections to create a new averaged color. Simply click on the first color, press and hold down the Cmd + Opt key (Mac) or the Ctrl + Alt (Windows) as you drag the first color over the second color in the palette.

I reduced the colors in my image to a more manageable amount of colors. If I didn’t like how a combination turned out, I just undid my previous action and tried a new color combination (Cmd + Z on Mac or Edit > Undo)

Thank you for Trick or Treating with us today! We look forward to seeing your Halloween projects!

 

 

 

Have Happy 4th of July! Free Captain America Shield Gridded Design

We at Cochenille Design Studio hope that everyone is enjoying their 4th of July! Please feel free 😉 to download the Captain America Shield Cross-Stitch Pattern made using Cochenille Design Studio’s Stitch Painter software with the FCI Plug-in.

.PDF files are at the end of the post. Here is a quick overview of how I made it:

I found the logo using a google image search from http://www.logospike.com/captain-america-logo-284/

Then I opened it up in Preview and copied it into my clipboard

Opened up a new Stitch Painter Document and set my document size as 100 x 100 (file > Set Document Size).

Set my Grid Size to 10 x 10 (Layout > Grid)

Used my Marquee Tool and selected 80×80

Then pasted my image (cmd+v on mac) into Stitch Painter, Clicked and held down on the image until my Full Color Import options showed ( I chose 4 colors)

I then combined a few stray colors and cleaned up my palette.

If you want Color 1 to become Color 2, you will click on the first color, then press and hold down the Cmd Key (Mac) or Ctrl key (Windows) while you drag the first color over the second color in the palette.

Then I had the gridded design that I will be using for a Cross-Stitch pattern.

No grid view option:I saved a few .pdf versions and included them below. Have a Happy 4th of July!

Captain America Shield – Color

Captain America Shield Full Size

Captain America Shield-Symbols

Stitch Painter file:

Captain America Shield.stch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cochenille Design Studio Stitch Painter is all Uni-d

 

For my heart design project I wanted to make a cross stitch pattern using Stitch Painter. I chose something that makes my heart happy which would be…Unicorns! I found my prized pony in the land of Fantasia.

Then I made a vector using Adobe Illustrator and saved it as a PNG file. I wanted to use an 8″ loom to frame my cross stitch so I made an 8″ x 8″ box and centered and enlarged my image to the size I wanted.

Then I hit Ctrl + C and copied it into my clipboard.

I’m using 16 count Aida cloth so…

8″ x 16″ = 128

8″ x 16″ = 128

On Stitch Painter I set my document size as 128 x 128 and used an 8×8 grid.

I have the Full Color Import plug-in so I just selected the entire 128 x 128 grid using my Marquee tool and hit Ctrl + V to paste my PNG into Stitch painter.

I clicked and held the image to use the FCI plugin which resulted with this:

My palette had more colors than I wanted to work with so I started whittling down my colors.

I started combing the different swatches by clicking on colors in the Palette panel, and then pressing the ʻfʼ key (f for find) on the keyboard to see where they were and then

To see where a color swatch is used in the document, I clicked on the color in the Palette panel and then pressed the ʻfʼ key which would highlight them.

I combined the colors that were near each other in the document by clicking on the first color, then pressing and holding down the Command Key (Right Mouse button on Win).

I changed a few colors and then used the Clean Up Palette option from the Plug-ins menu.

To see how often I used a color I generated a key from the Plugins menu.

I added a blue major grid line by clicking on a blue color then selecting major grid from the Palette menu.

and now I have my pattern! I can print this off with my stitches and rows numbered on the printout by pressing the Opt key (or Alt key for Windows) when I select the print command in the File menu.

Happy hearts create happy art! Good luck with your own design challenge and be sure to share it with us by emailing us at info@cochenille.com

Cochenille Software Resources

Cochenille Software Resources

Cochenille Software Resources

Cochenille Software Resources can assist in helping you know your software.

With your software purchase you will receive a digital PDF of the manual. This is located in your Garment Designer or Stitch Painter folder.

The folder contains help sheets, online links and tutorials.

View short videos found on our website or Youtube channel, “CochenilleSoftware

You may also want to sign up to Cochenille’s “DesignerSchool”. This is a Yahoo Group forum for Cochenille customers. There are several people on this site who have used our software for years and have helpful tips and information to assist you with most any question.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DesignerSchool/info

For direct questions, our regular office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm PST.

Please view the following video to learn more about Cochenille Software Resources…

Garment Designer, Stitch Painter Software Down Under

Garment Designer, Stitch Painter Software Down Under

Regards from the land of down under!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of women in Christchurch, New Zealand and walking through the paces with both Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software programs. We covered a lot in our four hours together including the functions of both programs as well as measuring one’s body measuring ready-to-wear to learn about the clothing we like, and general design.

Shona Shofield hosted the event (shona@feltandfibre.co.nz). You can see her in the center back row.

New Zealand Garment Designer and Stitch Painter software presentation
New Zealand ladies at the Cochenille Design Studio software presentation in Christchurch.
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