The most frequently used functions can be accessed with short-cut keys. Below list contains all
short-cuts available in Studio.
When depressed, forces new
lines and curves to precise horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction in edit/create mode. If used with Shapes,
creates precise circle instead of ellipse and square instead of rectangle.
CTRL key has other meaning in lettering mode.
Zoom to selected object(s)
Zoom to selected object(s) and switch to the nodes editing mode.
Select all objects (in transformations mode)
Deselect (in transformations mode)
Create backward path to selected outline objects.
Copy selected objects into clipboard
Duplicates selected objects
Edit. Switch selected object(s) to the nodes editing mode.
Compile design and send it to the Embird Editor for further processing.
Generate stitches for selected objects.
Display parameters window
Text (Embird Alphabets)
Paste objects from clipboard
Create connection to previous object
Align beginning of object to end of previous object (in editing mode)
Align end of object to beginning of next object (in editing mode)
Align beginning of outline object to beginning of previous outline object (in editing mode)
Background Filters (Image colors)
"Bring to Center". Moves selected objects to center of the Work Area.
Delete second edge parallel to first edge (in editing mode)
Display Edit Image window
Convert fill to outline
Display Transformations window
Insert text from Embird Font Engine. Inserts lettering converted from TrueType fonts to embroidery design.
Snap selected node to nearest node
Place beginning of object to end of previous object
Place second beginning point (for columns-type objects) to end of previous object
When creating outline object, pressing this key performs these three operations at once: 1. outline
object is finished, 2. backward path is created to the outline object, 3. outline object and its backward path are
joined into single object.
Add new line part to edge
Add new line part to second edge (for columns- type objects)
Add new curve part to edge
Add new curve part to second edge (for columns- type objects)
Changes first zigzag underlay angle of fill object in the edit/create mode.
Changes second zigzag underlay angle of fill object in the edit/create mode.
Changes cover stitches angle of fill object in the edit/create mode.
Works like right mouse button. It is intended for use with tablet.
Finish object creation/editing, if possible
Cancel object creation/editing
Scrolls Working Area
arrow keys +ALT+CTRL
Moves selected objects in transform mode and selected node in edit/create mode.
To Front (order of objects)
To Back (order of objects)
Deletes selected objects (in transformations mode). Deletes an element that ends with selected square
(in edit/create mode).
Inserts a new element before selected square node in edit/create mode.
Inserts a Segment End at selected square node in edit/create mode.
ALT + mouse cursor move
Pan work area without having to switch tools. Cursor must move near edges of the work area.
Hide / Show boundaries of objects
Snap node to nearest node (editing mode)
Hide / Show fill objects
Hide / Show guide lines
Hide / Show columns
Hide / Show manual stitches
Hide / Show columns with pattern
Hide / Show outline objects
Hide / Show appliqués
Hide / Show stitches
Hide / Show button bar
Hide / Show sfumato objects
Hide / Show carvings
Hide / Show one-way outline objects
Hide / Show connections
Hide / Show zoom window
Activate Transform tool
Activate Edit tool
Activate Zoom tool
Create Carving objects
Create Column with Pattern object
Create Manual Stitch object
Create Connection object
Create Appliqué object
Create Appliqué Opening object
Double click on Working Area
Starts creation of new object without need to select any tool. The new object is of the same type as
the previous object. This short-cut helps to create series of object of the same type faster.
Right mouse button depressed + dragging cursor over Work Area
This action temporarily switches on the pan tool instead of actual working mode. When button is
released, program returns to previous mode. This helps to scroll the work area quickly, without using any control
(scroll bars) or tool (Pan Tool button)
Double click on Object Inspector window
If double clicked on object icon, stitches are generated for this object
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects first node on the edge. Helps to locate first node on complex edge with
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects last node on the edge. Helps to locate last node on complex edge with many
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects previous node.
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects next node.
a + left mouse click
In nodes creation/editing mode - activates Fast Node Insertion mode
insertion of new nodes after any selected node, not just the last one. Helps to speed-up nodes insertion and helps to
avoid undesired selection of existing nodes.
When creating new object, TAB key can be used to quick adjustment of the curve elements. Create
new curve element with TAB key instead of left mouse button. Then move the mouse with TAB key depressed to adjust the
curve. Then release the TAB key.
Please note: to use the TAB key for curves adjustment, the edge mode must be set to 'curve'.