February '16

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2 0 1 6 F E B R U A R Y P R I N T W E A R || 29 Webbing: A realistic webbing effect gives dimension to the appro- priate areas. Stitch direction adds to the dimension within the objects. Legs: The legs each have their own independent satin stitches that follow the contour of the legs to add dimension to the legs. Body: A fill stitch could have very easily been used for both the legs and body, but notice how the use of a satin stitch was able to accomplish a textured effect that wraps around the body. Eyes: The eyes have a flat backround but raised pupils. This pro- vides the more realistic eye popping effect of a frog. Mouth: The mouth is a satin stitch that raises it off of the fill and also prevents two layers of identical stitch types from sinking into each other. Outline: The use of a run stitch outline keeps a soft and subtle outline to allow the texture and details of the frog's body to be the focal point of the design. As they say, there is more than one way to skin a cat, or in this case a frog. Don't be afraid to try different effects to see what looks best within a design. It is easy to create different layers of detail and then superimpose them onto a design to see what works best. In the example below, a combination of satin and run was created and then used as an overlay on the design to see what looks best. A thicker satin along with run stitch detail provides a nice look but draws more attention to the outline rather than to the detail within the design. Since digitizing is an artistic process, it is up to each digitizer to interpret the design and analyze the shapes to determine how each design should be constructed. There is no right or wrong way to approach adding dimension to a design. The key is to take the initiative to incorporate dimension rather than opting for the easy way out and creating a dull and lifeless design. Check out Sample Spotlights at Because there's always a story… Partnering To Help Your Business Grow To have your company or product featured, call Matt Wieber at 800.669.0424 x280

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