February '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 8 F E B R U A R Y P R I N T W E A R || 57 Top: These shapes show each individual piece of the design. Above: Although this design may look complex, breaking it down and coming up with a plan of action before digitizing makes it a very manageable graphic. direction is one of those subtle aspects that can end up having a strong effect on a de- sign element. After doing the top of the arrow, the main part of the arrow can now be done. The top part was done first as that is in the back- ground compared to the main part. Layers also help show texture and perspective. In this case, it is not possible to connect the separated shapes with a run stitch, so we must use a trim. The border of the arrow will now tie all this together. Once again, a trim will be needed to transition from one section of the design to another. The remaining part of the design is the text. Digitizing the text is also just a mat- ter of tracing the shapes and assigning stitch type and stitch direction. The above process took us through the thought process of the digitizing. This helps ensure that we did our sequence and travel path in the most efficient manner and took the necessary steps to end up with a beauti- ful design. An initial look at the design might make it seem too complicated to tackle, however, one of the best kept secrets in the digitiz- ing world is to break up every design into nothing more than a series of small shapes. Even the most complex design can be bro- ken down into simple shapes that can take a major part of the intimidation factor away from a design. The object at the top left of this page are all the objects that are part of the heart de- sign. If you look at each shape as an indi- vidual piece, not a single shape looks overly complicated, and without knowing what the result already looks like, you would nev- er associate the shapes with any completed design. Once you can do this, you can then visualize much better how to tackle designs of different complexity. Taking control of a portion of your digi- tizing can be a tremendous asset to your business. Taking the time to learn the skills needed will enable you to provide better service, faster turnaround, and assist with editing of other digitizer's designs. Learn- ing these skills takes a little time, but once learned, these skills will last forever.

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