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When you first install Tajima Pulse version 14 you will notice the environment has been changed quite drastically from previous versions in this Blog we will take a look at the new tools and help you turn on some features that will make your life easier. New Start screen This start screen is the new landing page for the software, this cannot be turned off or by passed in any way. We will show you some areas that you can access or use. Tool Bars You will notice that some of the tools bars have changed and that you may be wondering what some of the tools are. We will show you the difference between the tools, Not all levels have all the tools. Please contact your distributor for clarification on your level. These blogs will illustrate the Maestro tool level. File Open Toolbar All the levels should have this toolbar, some icons have been removed or change to suit Tajima DGML by Pulse Version 14 View Toolbar Text Toolbar , these tools work the same on all the levels that support lettering. Edit Toolbar Depending on your level the tools allows you to edit, manipulate parts of the design, depending on the embroidery design. Stitch Select Tool , Is an old tool for editing the individual stitch points within a embroidery design. Artwork Toolbar , for working with , importing artwork, tracing artwork and using Draw Fusion Artwork Tools , In previous version Tajima embroidery software you had to right click to access these tools they were in the digitizing software now they just have icons to make them easier to access then using the right click. Transformation Toolbar, This toolbar is new but you formerly could access the tools via the mouse right click. Machine Output This option for those of you that have your Tajima machine hooked up via LAN or Serial can output embroidery designs from your software to the machine without floppies or flash drives, Please contact your distributor for information. Digitizing Tool bars Please note only Creator, Illustrator Extreme and Maestro levels will have some of these digitizing and editing tools, Some tools are optional for some levels contact your distributor for information on what level you have and features. Work Space Toolbar This toolbar is standard in all the levels in Tajima embroidery digiotzing software, Author: Frank Prokaror
Pathing or mapping out your embroidery design ? When a customer comes approaches you with a design or logo for you to digitize you first need to know the quality of the artwork, the clarity of the artwork will make your job easier to digitize it. I recommend that you get the file as artwork or as a clean bitmap file. See examples below HIGH QUALITY IMAGE POOR QUALITY IMAGE If I was digitizing these two images , I would charge the more for a poor quality image as I would need to clean it up or prep the art work either in Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator to prepare the artwork. Some people try to digitize these images but when you need to zoom in the file distorts so its hard to determine the details. Planning Compensations What material are you going to be sewing on, leather , cotton, What application are you using , hats, jackets, left chest etc Is there any special things to consider, applique, chenille etc What is the final size of the design Application considerations When digitizing a new embroidery design you want to remember that you want it to sew out smoothly and in a timely fashion, too many trims, colors or jumps will result in a design machine operators will dread. Plan for the design to be sew from the center out Plan to hide stitches to reduce the amount of trims Plan the layout to reduce the amount of jumps. Planning Stages Now you should be ready to plan your attack , selecting a recipe is a good base but knowing the material your sewing on is key, I like using some base underlay throughout the design as a good foundation. If the fabric is a stretch fabric I will use to layers one at a 90 degrees to the first , the I then will pick the first color, usually I pick the color with the most amount of components this way I can hide my run stitch with the following layers. Don't be afraid to use the run stitches, a run stitch can be used to keep the machine moving when digitizing a design so the head doesn't need to stop and trim or jump to the next segment in the design. The less amount of jumps, trims the more efficient your machine embroidery designs will sew out. Sew out directions First Color Second Color Third Color Fourth Color Fifth Color This design should sew out fast with only 3 trims throughout and only 5 color changes with no repeats is should be smooth , Now if I spent more time on the design I could clean it up and reduce the amount of jumps. Mind you will need to add some underlay and compensation but these steps can be applied to any design. Author: Frank Prokator
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. AUTO TRACE TOOL 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. DRAW FUSION TOOL 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.