August 31, 2011
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It has been a while since I posted here at the AnnTheGran site. Earlier this
year we have released a new version of Pre-Design Studio, named "Pre-Design
Studio III". We have added many functions that make it even easier to quickly
create your own artwork for embroidery digitizing software or for longarm quilt
systems, or to send redwork/quilt patterns directly to your embroidery
One of those new functions in Pre-Design Studio III is the Magic
Square. In just one step it will copy, paste and mirror a selection, then copy
and paste both, flip those and put them under the original. The 4 together form
a block. Let me show this on the basis of a photo of a wooden floor in a museum,
opened via the Background menu in Pre-Design Studio III.
Step 1 - Start Pre-Design Studio III and choose menu Background to open a
background image. Take the Curve tool and trace the part that you want to use in
your embroidery or quilt pattern. Click from point to point, right-click to
Step 2 - Edit the pattern: perfect the lines with the Select tool and move the
points where needed (I only drew half of it, then copied, pasted and mirrored
it). Rotate 45 degrees left, select it and click on the Magic Square button.
Step 3 - Save the pattern to use as a quilt pattern.
Then you can use it
as a quilt pattern for your embroidery machine: choose menu File > Convert to
Stitches. Save on a USB stick and insert into your embroidery machine.
can use it as a quilt pattern in a computerized longarm system: choose menu File
> Export DXF and other quilt formats. Save on a USB stick and insert into
your longarm machine
Step 4 - Save and export the pattern to use in your embroidery digitizing
Fill the pattern with color (menu View > Color Filled), choose a
color in the palette nd click in the design parts. Then choose menu File >
Export Color Bitmap. Open the BMP in your embroidery digitizing software and let
the AutoPunch / Autodigitizing part fill it with stitches.
The above is just showing one "toy" of our Pre-Design Studio software. There's
so much more, that makes the program very user friendly. It really is a huge
time saver. You can find lots of movies showing more of the program here: http://www.annthegran.com/Product.aspx?t=1&i=41961
the trial version and start playing. The full User Guide can be opened in the
trial version via menu Help > user Guide,
Loes van der