CAN I TURN MY PHOTOGRAPHS INTO EMBROIDERIES? I get asked this question quite frequently. There is a lot to be said for capturing memories and special people in mediums other than a jpeg photograph – which, of course, is lovely…..But those of us who have ELNA embroidery machines also like to know if we can actually EMBROIDER our photo’s too. I am happy to tell you that YES, you can.
Now in order to be able to embroider something, the embroidery stitches first have to be created – this process is called digitizing. Our JANOME DIGITIZER MBX software gives you the ability to do this digitizing. It is our latest software version 4. This software package includes a tool called PHOTO CLICK which is the tool we would recommend for turning your precious jpeg pics into embroideries. Some previous versions of JANOME DIGITIZER also contain the PHOTO CLICK tool. I know version 3 does. Maybe version 2 – not sure as I can’t remember back that far! If you have the little camera icon, you too can digitize your pics!
Another point: here in Canada we supply JANOME EMBROIDERY SOFTWARE to our Elna dealers & customers. It is the same software as both Janome & Elna use the jef format so it is quite interchangable. If you have an older Elna embroidery machine that does not recognize jef format, you may need to first check with your local ELNA dealer if the format your machine requires is available on our JANOME DIGITIZING software. Probably is but worth checking this detail.
This post is not a lesson in how to use PHOTO CLICK. Lessons on how to use your ELNA/JANOME DIGITIZING SOFTWARE can be obtained from the following places:
- Your local ELNA dealer who sold you the software package – they are your first go to place for help and software lessons.
- Trevor Conquergood of Saskatoon, SK has ongoing webinars and software workshops as well as DVD’s etc. Please consult his website : http://www.sunsetstitches.com/Home.html
- The Instruction Manual and/or DVD that came with your software is a great place to start. I know we don’t like reading manuals but seriously, they are there for a reason!
What I rather wanted to do here was show you that turning your pics into embroideries IS a do-able project. Please do not think that the embroidery will be an EXACT replica of Great Aunt Milly. If you try to digitize a jpeg photograph using regular digitizing tools, it will not be very successful. This is because the Digitizing software tries to analyse each & every different pixel of colour in the jpeg and what results is this complex mish-mash of tiny embroidery sections that, quite frankly, look like a dog’s breakfast! HOWEVER, if you use the PHOTO CLICK tool instead, it has the capability to analyse the jpeg photograph differently and render it into a close copy of the photo though NOT capturing every minute detail in the pic. Let’s look at some embroideries that were digitized using PHOTO CLICK.