5. THEN save the tweaked scan
in a format that the final destination program can use. (See
Part 2 below for details on tweaking the scanned fabrics or other images.)
In order to use the tweaked scan that you have saved. Import it to
the the final destination program. Final destination programs
would be quilting software, e-mail, desktop publishing programs like Word, Word
Perfect, Word Star, and Publisher and others. NOTE: Each program manual
and the online help files will have instructions on how to import a file. To find
the instructions, go to the Table of Contents, Index or Online Help Files and
2: What you need to do to get an Optimum Fabric Scan for Quilting Software
On scanner settings, each is unique
but here are some generalization that cut across the scanner world.
The more manipulation you can complete at the time of the scan the closer
you will get to a quality fabric file for your quilting software without color
and contrast distortion. If possible, select the Scanner Color Setting and Size
option that matches the quilt software fabric library requirement (listed below
and refer above.) REMEMBER: Doing a radical resizing of
the scanned fabric image can and often does create distortions in color and contrast.
Sometimes having to reduce the colors in the scan can do the same things. So I
shot for the closest setting that match the requirements listed below.
are the quilting software file requirements for fabric libraries.
In Electric Quilt, if the size is to large, you will get an error message of not
found. In other programs if the file size is too large you only get a tiny section
of the scanned fabric to show.
Setup to use for scanner interface program:
the color options: If the options are not apparent on the main screen, look
under advanced options. Not all scanners allow this type of selection. If your
scanner has options, you MAY see something like the following. NOTE: If the
color requirement listed for quilting software is NOT listed as one of your
Scanner Color Options (look under advanced), you will need to make the color change
in the first destination graphic program!
Select one of the following:
- TruColor CYM
- 256 Colors (required by Electric Quilt
4, Quilt-Pro 2 & 3, and Creative Impulse 2000, see NOTE above)
- 16 Million Colors
not scan too large of a size of fabric, resizing later can create color and
contrast distortion problems. Remember, your finished imported scan will eventually
be resized down to 100-200 pixels* max, so the smaller the section of fabric you
can scan the better. (See above.)
scan. This allows you to scan a large piece of fabric and select the repeat
section for the final scan in the preview window.
NOTE: If your finished
fabric file is larger than 100-200 pixel recommendation,
you may get a "not found error" in Electric Quilt. In other quilting
software, you may not be able to see the fabric because the patch shows only a
tiny portion of the fabric file.
the fabric repeat section is larger than the pixel size listed in 2 (and it often
is in large scale prints), then if possible, use the reduction options in the
scanner, 10% - 50% depending on your scanner. Shot for the closest reduction
% that will give you the optimum 100-200 pixel recommendation. Remember reducing
the size in the original scan gives you a more realistic scan that requires less
tweaking later. (See above.)
Select your DPI choice. Dots per inch refers to the number of dots used when doing
a printout. I have found that using 150-300 DPI for the original scan gives
me more detail and less loss when reducing down to the final size to the optimum
- Some quilt software manual recommend using
72 DPI. Remember DPI refers to the dots per inch used when doing a printout. On
a computer monitor, 72 DPI looks good but VERY bad on a printer, so you may want
to consider using the 150-300 DPI for printing purposes. The problem with the
larger numbers is it makes for a larger file size on the scan and this can
create slow downs when painting the fabrics in a patch.
The speed of your paint tools (computer graphics) are dependent on RAM,
speed of the computer processor and the quality of your graphic card. If you are
having slow downs then shot for smaller file sizes with 72 DPI and smaller pixels
sizes. A fabric that is less than 100 pixels works well also (good for small repeats
like a solid with texture over the top.)
Now that you know the do's and don'ts for scanning fabric, do the following:
Go to first destination graphic program
(referred to in Part 1), and scan in your fabric and then tweak your fabric scan
with the graphic program as needed to meet the requirements listed above.
Then import your finished fabric file into your quilting
software of choice. Each program manual and the online help files have instructions
on how to import a fabric file. To find the instructions, go to the Table of Contents,
Index or Online Help Files and use Search.
Other Scanning Information
Resources found in Computer Quilting BYTES:
is IrfanView 32?
View your downloaded/scanned
Convert and resize multiple fabric images
at the same time to 256 colors or less bitmaps.
a dark fabric image.
Tweak coloring of fabric
More Ideas on how to use the program.
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