1 - Run Embird and click "Editor" menu to switch to Editor window.
2 - Select "Insert -> Cross Stitch Design" menu to open Embird Cross Stitch window.
3 - In Embird Cross Stitch window select "Image -> Import" menu (Picture No.1).
Picture No. 1
4 - A dialog box will appear on the screen allowing you to choose the background image file. Browse to the folder with image, select it and click "Open" button (Picture No. 2).
Picture No. 2
5 - Image is imported to the background of Work Area in Cross Stitch window (Picture No. 3). Now it is possible to manually draw crosses on Work Area over the background image, or automatically digitize crosses from the background image.
Note: The auto-digitizing process will convert one pixel of image to one cross on Work Area. The size of cross can be adjusted from 1 mm to 10 mm. The image should be resized before auto-digitizing in order to fit design into the hoop area.
Example: If the hoop area is 140 x 200 mm and cross size is 2 mm, the image should have 70 pixels height (i.e. 140/2) and 100 pixels width (i.e. 200/2) to utilize the most area of hoop and don't exceed boundaries of hoop. If the cross size is adjusted to 3 mm, the image should have 46 pixels height (i.e. 140/3) and 66 pixels width (i.e. 200/3).
Picture No. 3
6 - Select "Image -> Set Size" command to adjust the size of background image (Picture No. 4). Use the calculation explained above to set the size of "sunflower" image. In this example, our design has to fit the standard hoop size 100 x 100 mm. If the cross size is 2 mm, image should be resized up to 50 x 50 pixels.
Picture No. 4
7 - Adjust image height (bigger size of image) to 50 pixels.Image width is set automatically to 49 pixels to keep the aspect ratio of width and height determined by original image size (Picture No. 5). Click "OK" button to continue.
Picture No. 5
8 - Image is resized to 49 x 50 pixels (Picture No. 6).
Picture No. 6
9 - Select "Image -> Auto-digitize Crosses from Image" menu to convert each pixel of the resized image into the cross on Work Area (Picture No.7).
Picture No. 7
10 - A dialog box will appear on the screen allowing you to adjust the width and height of cross. Adjust cross size to 2 mm (Picture No.8). Click "OK" button to continue.
Picture No. 8
11 - Another dialog box is informing you about the design size and number of crosses. Because we have already adjusted the image size in step 7 above, the design fits the hoop area 100 x 100 mm (Picture No.9). Click "OK" button to continue.
Picture No. 9
12 - You can reduce the number of colors to lower value (Picture No.10). The lower number of colors you choose, the lower number of jumps in final cross stitch design will be created.
Picture No. 10
13 - You can choose the transparent color (color of the background that will be skipped and not converted to crosses) or ignore this selection if you want to convert every pixel of image into cross (Picture No.11).
Picture No. 11
14 - Choose the transparent color in the dialog box which appears on the screen and confirm the selection by clicking "OK" button (Picture No.12).
Picture No. 12
15 - Confirm applying of noise filter that decreases the number of isolated points and therefore reduces the number of jumps in final cross stitch design (Picture No.13).
Picture No. 13
16 - Image is automatically converted to crosses on Work Area. Check the 3D preview of design by selecting "View -> 3D Preview" command from main menu, or by clicking the "3D Preview" button on the Main Toolbar (Picture No.14).
Picture No. 14
17 - The 3D Preview of design will be displayed on the screen (Picture No.15). Click "Close" button close this window.
Picture No. 15
18 - Click "File -> Save As" menu to save this cross stitch project into a file on your hard disk. Specify the file name and location in the dialog box which appears on the screen.
19 - Click "File -> Compile and Put into Embird Editor" menu to compile the cross stitch project into stitches and return back to Editor window.