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PREMIER+™ Embroidery System

PREMIER+™ Software Newsletter - September 2017

Welcome to the PREMIER+™ Newsletter. This month we will look at the creative possibilities of PhotoStitch PhotoStitch, found in the PREMIER+™ ULTRA software package, and as an Express version in the Wizards tab in the PREMIER+™ Embroidery Extra module.

Inspired Icons

Inspired Icons

Icon Index

PhotoStitch PhotoStitch is found in the QuickLink toolbar at the bottom left of the PREMIER+™ embroidery window, or open the PhotoStitch Wizard. PhotoStitch has many icons for adjusting settings and defining parameters.

In the Choose Picture window, you can Load a Picture Load A Picture, Paste a Picture Paste a Picture (from the built-in picture editing software in PhotoStitch), or load From Scanner or Camera FromScannerorCamera.

The zooming toolbar in Rotate and Crop contains Zoom In Zoom In, Zoom Out Zoom Out, Zoom to Fit Zoom To Fit, and Real Size Real Size. Other icons in the same window are Rotate Rotation and Select All Select All.

In Remove Background, tools for removing the background include Flood Fill Flood Fill, Large Eraser Large Eraser, Medium Eraser Medium Eraser, and Small Eraser Small Eraser. If you make a mistake, click Undo Undo immediately, and it will undo the last step you made. If you want to undo all the steps and start over, click Reset.

In the Picture Options window, the Select Eye Remove Red Eye tool will help you filter out the red eyes sometimes found in photographs. Once you have finished editing, you can Save the Picture Save at its current revision so you can use it again without having to go through the editing process.

In Choose Thread Colors, use Color Selection ColorSelection to determine how many thread colors were used, and to increase or decrease the number of threads to preview how the design stitches. Make sure to Apply each time you change the number to update the Thread Color Preview picture.

The image used to illustrate the different PhotoStitch styles is Santorini, found in Documents \Premier+ \Samples \Sketch \Pics3 \PhotoLandscapes.

Module Mystique

Module Mystique

Module Mystique

Let's look at what the types of PhotoStitch and other features available in the PhotoStitch module in the PREMIER+™ ULTRA system, and the effects they produce, so you can quickly find the best Type for your photo or image!

Note: An Express version of PhotoStitch is found in the Wizards tab in the PREMIER+™ Embroidery Extra module.

When you select PhotoStitch PhotoStitch in the QuickLink toolbar in the Embroidery or other PREMIER+™ module, the PhotoStitch module will open to the PhotoStitch Wizard. Alternatively, open the PhotoStitch Wizard in PREMIER+™ Embroidery Extra.

In PhotoStitch PhotoStitch , the Wizard has six options. The preview image and the Information Info Icon paragraph change with each selection to help you know what each stitch type will do.

PhotoStitch Wizard Start

Let's explore some ways to get the most of the PhotoStitch options!

Color PhotoStitch Embroidery uses an all-over random stitch that simulates thread painting, and maps color in the image to threads in the thread database.

  • Color PhotoStitch is quite useful for color photos of people, landscapes, pets, and other detailed images.
  • Select an image with good contrast between the subject and the background, without shadows in critical areas (such as in the facial area), and without too many unnecessary details.
  • For example, you'll see more detail in a PhotoSitch from a close-up photo than from a fuzzy far-away subject shot against a large background.
Color PhotoStitch

Sepia PhotoStitch Embroidery maps Sepia tones to black-and-white photos or to color images to make a free-motion style stitch.

  • Sepia tones include creams, browns, tans, and other tints and shades of warm reddish brown.
  • Sepia PhotoStitch works well on black-and-white or sepia-toned photos to produce a vintage look in warm, earthy tones.
  • Sepia will often render finer detail in older or faded color photos.
Sepia PhotoStitch

Monochrome PhotoStitch Embroidery creates thread-paint style stitches in blacks, grays, whites and some other light neutrals.

  • Use for a nice result from black-and-white photos.
B/W PhotoStitch

Use Color Tile PhotoStitch Embroidery to generate stitches in small blocks or tiled shapes that suggest a hand-worked look like needlepoint.

Tile PhotoStitch

Linear PhotoStitch Embroidery is a novelty stitch, and can use either color or black-and-white images.

  • Images are translated into lines of stitches at variable angles, and stitch in a single color of thread.

If your photo or other image needs some clean-up to produce a nice quality thread painting, in PhotoStitch PhotoStitch select Load Picture for Editing and use the tools in the built-in image editing software.

Don't forget to visit the User and Resource guides for many how-to's, explanations, and step-by-step instructions for creating your PhotoStitch embroideries. Use the in-line Help System as well, for quick reference as you work through the creation process.

Linear PhotoStitch

Tips and Techniques

Tips and Techniques

Tips and Techniques

Linear PhotoStitch embroidery has several options that create some fabulous novelty techniques reminiscent of tapestry or vintage tintype photography. In Choose Embroidery Type, select Create Linear PhotoStitch Embroidery.


In the Next window, select Load a Picture Open Picture, and browse to Santorini, found in Documents \Premier+ \Samples \Sketch \Pics3 \PhotoLandscapes.

Click Next for the Rotate and Crop Picture window, and adjust the handles on the crop box to isolate the desired portion of the image.

Click Next, and no changes are necessary in Remove Background.

Click Next, and no change is needed in Picture Options.

Click Next, and change the Height to 200mm.


Click Next, and click OK to the pop up that informs you to wait while the stitches generate.

In the Thread Colors window, try a new thread color Color Selection in a medium brown or deep tan to evoke a desert feel.

Adjust Scan Depth to 1, to bring the lines of stitches a bit closer together for more detail.

Adjust Density to 3, to increase the distance between stitches and make the design a little more airy.

Select Finish to view and save your new PhotoStitch design!

Don't forget to try some of the other Artistic Effects on many different types of photos and clip art.
Sometimes you'll discover serendipity between a specialty effect and the image you use!

Fun Facts to Know and Tell

Did you know that you can select your own personalized MyThreads database when making PhotoStitch, so you know you'll be using threads from your stash for a perfect match?

Best wishes from PREMIER+

Watch out next month for the PREMIER+™ 2 newsletter for both Windows and Mac users.