This tutorial explains how to use the Set Envelope command in Editor. This command allows you to change the envelope of selected objects. For example, you can create the "bridge" effect on a ready-made lettering design which you have downloaded from Internet.
Note: If you create a new lettering in Embird, it is the best to create the envelope effect at the same time as you create the lettering - please see tutorial Lettering 3 (Envelope). The "Set Envelope" command is based on automatic outline recognition algorithm, which recognizes outlines from the stitches in finished design, and it will not always give you ideal results. This is similar to resizing with density adjustment.
Follow these steps:
1 - Run Embird and click "Editor" menu to switch to Editor window.
2 - Select "File -> Open" menu to open the design which you want to edit (Picture No. 1).
Picture No. 1
3 - Select objects envelope of which you want to change (e.g. by running "Edit -> Select All" command).
4 - Click "Edit -> Set Envelope" menu (Picture No.2).
Picture No. 2
5 - The "Set Envelope" dialog box will appear on the screen, and the design is displayed on its "Layout" tab (Picture No.3). You can change the "baseline" in the box below the Layout area. You can "place the text on the other side" of baseline, create bridge effect by choosing an "Envelope" style, etc. There are several color points shown on the layout area, allowing you the following:.
A. Use red points to move the object along the baseline.
Depress CTRL key to move only selected object; otherwise, all objects placed after selected object will move.
B. Use green points to rotate the object.
Depress CTRL key to change the angle by 15 degrees.
Depress ALT key to set the angle to 0 degrees.
C. Use teal points to resize the object, either horizontally or vertically.
Depress CTRL key to change the size in larger steps.
Depress ALT key to maintain the aspect ratio of width and height.
D. Use purple points to skew or mirror the object, either horizontally or vertically.
Depress CTRL key to skew in larger steps.
Depress ALT key to mirror the selected letter.
Depress SHIFT key while moving the point to apply the operation to all objects.
Please note that undo/redo/reset operations are available for changes in Layout; use the buttons located below layout area.
Picture No. 3
6 - In this example, we have chosen one of the pre-defined envelopes (Picture No.4).
Picture No. 4
7 - After selecting "OK" button the modified design is inserted into Editor (Picture No. 5). Compare this text with the one shown above in Picture No. 1.
Picture No. 5
8 - When you are finished with editing, select "File -> Save" menu to save the changes to the file on your disk.