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Digitizng tools: Artwork


Artwork Tools

The artwork tools are essential when digitizing, you need to know what types of files you can work with, the various methods of bringing them in, and some general terminology.

Pen Tool

This tool is a free hand draw tool , it can be used with various modes, Quick draw, Bezier which is similar to Corel or Arc mode.

Square and Circle Tools

These tools are straight forward they let you adjust the vector shape both in the horizontal and vertical dimensions. These tools are very handy for even and true shapes.

Import Artwork Tool

This tools allows you to import vector files, however there is a long list of rules for importing vector files. See conditions below.

Supported Artwork Formats

Adobe Illustrator (AI) File size is limited. Use files less than 2MB in size.

Encapsulated Post Script (EPS) Text is interpreted as "Saved as Curves".

No support for embedded clip art, gradient fillings,transparencies and compound path objects.Support Adobe Illustrator up to and including Version 8.0 files. However, some color information may be omitted in AI Version 8.0 files.There is no support for AI Version 9.0 files. Save files as Version 7.0 or Version 8.0 instead.

CorelDRAW (CDR) Corel Presentation Exchange (CMX) Support, CorelDRAW Version 5 files. When exporting files in AI format from CorelDRAW, turn off ’Simulate Complex Filled Curves’ for the file to output correctly. Export files as AI Version 7.0.

Enhanced Windows Metafile (EMF) Windows Meta file (WMF) There is currently no text support. However, converting text to curves is supported.

Hewlett-Packard (HPGL) Currently supports basic drawing (Pen Up / Down,Plot Absolute / Relative), text (Label - LB, Symbol - SM) and configuration commands (DF, IN, IP, SC). Please see any HPGL Reference Manual for details.

Auto Cad (DXF) Currently support the following DXF entities: point, line, poly-line, circle, arc, trace, curves, and solid.Text entries are not supported.

Importing Artwork Work Around

There are two alternate methods of bringing in artwork or vector files. You can use the Draw Fusion option of importing a vector file, I would recommend bring it in as artwork instead of the tools in Draw Fusion as its limiting for digitizing levels. The second options is the copy and paste method, while its not great for exact matches like applique, its faster and easier than all the other options.

Auto Trace Tool

This function allows you to bring in a image and convert it to a vector shape, please note , this tool will only work on high resolution images as it detects the edge of the shape, however its not perfect and use it with a grain of salt.


Load an image, click on the auto trace tool, select the mode you want, and the tolerance min-max then select the first color. This will trace the outline of the shape.


Press enter and equals to convert the segment into a stitch type, or right click to convert it to artwork.


NOTE: Depending on your level you may not have all these options. I have the Maestro level version 14 with the multi media pack.


NOTE: When you zoom in on the artwork you will notice that its not aligned, I would normally at this stage change the min max and try again. The better the artwork the easier its is to grab the edge. I like to draw it manually.

True Type Path Tool

This tool allows you to type in text and choose the true type font from your systems font list. Please note that when using this tool I recommend you convert it to art segment and slice it up and convert it to stitches.


The slice tool allows you to break letters up into sections to make the shape simplified. The nice thing about this tool as a vector you can easily edit the shape. Watch the videos on this tool, very powerful for matching true type fonts for logos.


When digitizing it is very important to be able to work with a wide variety of file types and you should have the ability to bring in vector files. Vector files if designed fore embroidery can cut your work down as all you generally need to do is convert the different segments into stitches. The outline area already made in the vector format. In version 14 all the levels have the ability to use the automation in the Draw Fusion but only Tajima Illustrator Extreme and higher gives you some advanced options which we will take a look at and why.. You should have either Tajima Version 14 and Tajima Illustrator Extreme or a level for punching with the Draw Fusion to get the most out of this sections. Version 14 works with Corel X4 or X5 ..(X6 is not supported) I am using version 14.1.15367 and Corel X5,

Step for creating a Draw Fusion Guide

1. Start your embroidery digitizing software

2. Start a new Blank Document

3. Click on the draw fusion Button


4. It will open a new tab in your software , Please note when your in Draw Fusion tab all the tools will change to those that are found in Corel , You can prep the artwork prior to switching it to Tajima Pulse.


5. Go to File ... Import high light your file and open it up


6. I choose the business card logo , on the right by double clicking. It will open in the Corel Draw Portion of the program, If you need to make any adjustments you can use the Corel Draw tools. Then you can go to the next step when all the edits are done.

7. Next you will need to un-group the design.


8. Then you will need to break it apart.. ( You always want the file in the simplest form for conversion)

9. Once its broken apart then you can switch it to Tajima Pulse Version 14. I like bringing it as artwork as with illustrator extreme you will have may more choices than using the draw fusion tools. The tools only give you three choices but in Tajima Illustrator Extreme or Maestro you will have 8-15 choices or more.

10. Go to File and choose Switch and set your options. In the screen below if you let draw fusion control the choices, you can see that you really only have 4 options. Convert fill shapes to Complex fill , Convert outlines to Run, Covert thick lines to Steil and then you can define what a thick line is .. Or .. at the top you can tell to convert everything to artwork.


11. Now you can see its brought the artwork into Tajima Pulse Version 14 Once converted you need to verify that the artwork is prepped for embroidery, Now you can modify it for embroidery, and convert each segment to which type of stitch you want. Very powerful tool used in this manner.


There are some additional artwork tools that also have short cuts to them. See image below of the definitions.


Combine CTRL L

Breakup CTRL K

Connect shapes SHIFT O

Mastering these short cuts will help you when your working with artwork and or digitizing. We also have a short cut reference sheet in the appendix. You may want to print it out have have it laminated.


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