Format Acronym Format Description Extension BMP Windows (and OS/2) Bitmap .bmp JPEG Industry Standard Compressed Format .jpg PCX PC Paintbrush Format (ZSOFT) .pcx TIFF Tagged Information File Format .tif EMF Enhanced Metafile .emf WMF (read-only; can only open--not save-- files of this type) Windows Metafile .wmf CDR up to version 9 (read-only; can only open--not save-- files of this type) Corel Draw .cdr EPS (read-only; can only open--not save-- files of this type) Encapsulated Postscript .eps DXF (read-only; can only open--not save-- files of this type) Drawing Exchange File .dxf
Please note that you need DesignShop or higher to open graphic files in DesignShop (the DesignShop product level can only open bmp files; vector files can only be opened in DesignShop Pro+).
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6.1. General Editing
6.1.1. I am sewing a stock design, and it seems like it is packed full of stitches. Is there a way to get rid of some of these stitches?
Make sure you don't have any part of the design selected, and then select Edit->Scale Factors. By adding 10% to these numbers you can increase stitch length and density. This takes out stitches globally so you shouldnt see much change in the look of your design, but sewing quality may improve.
6.1.2. I have clicked an input method (such as complex fill) but I don't want to digitize right now. What do I do?
You are in digitizing mode. (This explains why your workspace moves as you move your mouse). To return to edit mode, press the ESC key twice. Pressing the ESC key once erases any points you have digitized, and pressing it again returns you to edit mode.)
6.2. Color Properties
No. You will need to set up the desired colors on your embroidery machine.
When you open a design in DesignShop, the default color palette will be used as the design colors. You can, however, change these colors and save your changes.
Right-click any color in the color palette and select Properties from the pop-up menu (you can do this from the Color Palette toolbar or from the Palette tab in the Project View). Once you are in the Color Properties dialog, you can change all of the colors in your design. The box next to displays the number of the color on the palette that you are currently changing. You can use the up and down arrows to move to the desired color on the palette. This is very useful because it allows you to change all of the colors at one time instead of having to double-click on each one to change them. The current color is displayed in the color box below. The name of the currently applied color and its graphical representation display on the top half of the box. If you choose another color, it will be displayed on the bottom of the color box (until applied, then it is the current choice on top).
If you save a design as an ofm with any Color Palette changes, the Color Palette changes will be saved with the design.
If you would like to have one color displayed at a time in the View Window, to show the order of sewing for example, you can use the Step Through Colors tool (displayed in the second box of the Color Palette) to step through the colors in the design. This tool only steps through hidden colors. Therefore, if you want to walk through all the colors in the design, hide all the colors in the design, then repeatedly click the Step Through Colors tool to display the colors one at a time.
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To add lettering, click the Lettering toolbar button (or select Insert->Lettering). Then left-click anywhere in the View Window to display the Lettering properties page.
When doing small lettering, Underlay (centerwalk) must be positioned accurately down the middle of the columns. Walk stitches that are too long can cause stitches to show. The default stitch length (affects underlay) for lettering in the DesignShop software is 25 points, and for lettering under 1/4" this is too long. For lettering under 1/4", use a setting between 15 and 20 points for the stitch length. Walk stitches that do not have enough pull compensation can also cause stitches to show. Decreasing the letter width does affect the pull compensation and reduces the amount of open space inside letters like A and e. If you are using EDS IV or DesignShop, see the Alphabet Code Sheets in the HTML Help files for the particular alphabet being used. There is an explanation on the use of the keyboard lettering at the beginning that should be read. To access the code sheets, select Help->Help Topics in the Help pull down menu, or press F1 while in any Melco embroidery software product. Then click on the Alphabets button to access the code sheets. Each code sheet provides a 3D view of the characters and a chart of all the European or extended characters available in each alphabet.
- Nice Small Font: Micro Block
- Pull Comp (Width) 110%
- Density 4.8 - 6.0
- Primary Underlay: None (already has enough digitized in the letters)
- Letter Width:100% (This "stretches" or "shrinks" the letter horizontally)
- Short Stitches Off
7.3. I'm trying to use a 2 (or 3) color alphabet, but there are too many colors in my lettering. How do I make this alphabet look right?
With this type of font you may want to adjust your color wrap. Right-click one of the colors on the Color Palette and select Properties. Then click the Options tab. The color wrap is set at 50. This needs to be changed to a 2 or 3. This will limit the number of colors on your palette and make your font look just how you want it.
Please note that if you set your color wrap to 2 (or 3) to fix your lettering, and then insert a design, that design will only be 2 (or 3) colors.
All you need to do is right-click the lettering and select Properties from the pop-up menu (or double-click the lettering). Then choose the last button under Letter Stitch Order. Your text will now sew center out.
Using Auto-Density with script fonts is recommended. This allows the density to increase when the letters become thinner, reducing the number of thread breaks. Try using a center-walk underlay instead of an edge walk. Because of the varying thickness of the letters, an edge walk will tend to show. Try increasing the column width of your lettering; this will help your letters fill out a bit.
Use a topping, such as SoluFab. Try using a zig-zag underlay. This will mat down the nap and make the top stitches look more clean.
7.7. I am sewing a name on a knit Polo Shirt. The edges of the letters seem to sink into the fabric. What can I do to make the edges look more crisp?
Try using an edge-walk underlay. This will help hold the stitches up around the edges, making the letters look more crisp (please note that this may not work for thin lettering, as the edge-walk may stick out on the sides of the columns).
Click the Fit Window zoom tool . Your letters should automatically fit back in your screen.
7.9. I'm using 3 inch letters in one of the standard Melco alphabets. When I sew it out, the satin stitches are loose. I think the stitches are too big, but when I try to make them shorter by changing the width, it makes the letters narrower instead of the stitches. How can I fix my lettering?
Go to the column tab in the lettering properties box, and change your stitch type to a column fill by selecting Fill in the Stitch Type pull-down menu. Then set your density, stitch length, and partitions to achieve the look you want. (Please note that this will increase your stitch count). Hint: Use the 3D button to help you preview the effect of these settings.
By the way, the Width (Pull Compensation) setting for satin stitches is designed to change the width of the columns that make up your letters, so when you change it, you should see the individual letters change. If you set it to more than 100%, the letters will be wider; set it to less than 100% for narrower letters.
7.10. When I try to open the Alphabet Code Sheets in the Design Shop Help File, nothing happens or they do not open. How do I open them?
- Using Windows Explorer go to the C:\Program Files\Melco Embroidery Systems\Design Shop\Help folder. There should be a file in the folder called alphabets.pdf. Double click on it and it should open. If the License Agreement for the Adobe Reader software opens, accept the agreement and let it open the Alphabets.pdf file. If this works, then try it again from Design Shop Help System.
- If Outlook Express or Outlook is opened before Design Shop, the operation to open Adobe Reader and display the Alphabet.pdf file can be inhibited. Ensure Outlook or Outlook Express is not open when trying to view the Alphabets from the Design Shop Help.
- Make sure you have run all new available Microsoft Critical Updates. To do this, go to www.microsoft.com. Click the Windows link under Product Families, then click the Updates link.
8. Cap Designs
When selecting a design to sew on a cap, keep in mind that the embroidery field size of the cap limits the design size you should use. The maximum height of the embroidery field is 2.75 inches (70 mm) on the largest available cap. If the design you are sewing contains lettering (lettering underneath a design), make sure that lettering elements are sewn first, then other design elements (that is, try to sew from the bottom up). For designs to be sewn on six panel caps, set up the design to sew from the center out. On six panel caps, set up the design so that you complete as you sew (complete one design element at a time). (Movement from one side of the cap to the other may cause registration to suffer.)
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