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General Discussion / Re: How to exclude back ground colour
« Last post by mollykitti on February 20, 2017, 05:08:06 AM »
Well, for starters, crop as close to the object as you can without cutting anything off.  If there's no white in your object, just ignore the white skeins it's telling you to buy and stitch everything else.  If there is white in your object (i.e. some white you actually do want to stitch), change your background color to something that doesn't exist in your object, like a neon green or neon orange (don't know what your object is, so I'm not sure what color won't be in there), then ignore those skeins.
General Discussion / flexibility
« Last post by mollykitti on February 19, 2017, 11:44:51 AM »
I'm making a commissioned piece (aka my sister is offering to pay for my next craft supply shopping spree, if I make her this cross-stitch).  My sister wants it how she wants it, namely 36"x24" on 18-ct.  That isn't in option in your program, so I thought I'd try it on my own.  At first it wasn't too hard, I got as far as creating the pattern, but when it came to finding thread colors I got stuck.  There's a website that converts RGB to DMC floss colors, but it seems to be mapping most of my colors to only a few thread colors.  I go from 85 colors to about 8.  When I ran the pic through your software, it seems to come up with 75 distinct colors just fine.  Is there somewhere I can just use the color selector portion of your software?  If I chop my picture into pieces and create separate patterns for each piece, is there any way to get the same symbol to represent the same color on both halves?
General Discussion / How to exclude back ground colour
« Last post by Moomin on February 18, 2017, 03:36:52 PM »

Urgent help needed!

I am trying to create a pattern as a birthday gift (got to make a start asap!) but do not require a background colour. I have removed background colour from my picture and saved as a PNG but unfortunately the program registers a white background in the pattern and includes it in the pattern and in the number of skeins (big amount!). Is there anyway around this? I just need the pattern for the object without any background. Does this even make sense?! :-\

Thank you  :)
General Discussion / Re: How to sort the pages?
« Last post by lammert on January 15, 2017, 02:40:00 PM »
Hi Paula,

 I hope you enjoy using the service. Users have proposed a number of enhancements based on practical use of the patterns. This includes a marker for the center of the pattern and also information about the size. I am currently rewriting the software to add this information to the generated pattern, making it easier to use for all of you  :D
General Discussion / Re: select number of threads in design?
« Last post by lammert on January 15, 2017, 02:36:34 PM »
You can reduce the number of colors (and thereby threads) by selecting another picture in step 3 of the process. The default picture which is shown in step 3 uses the highest number of colors, but if you scroll down other pictures are present which were generated for a lower number of colors. Just scroll down and select the picture which still matches the amount of color detail you need, but uses less colors. Clicking on the picture will generate the PDF file for that specific color count.
General Discussion / Re: Pattern Size
« Last post by lammert on January 15, 2017, 02:32:48 PM »
The maximum size is currently restricted by the capacity of the computer server where the Pic2Pat program is running on. It is not easy for me to increase that without investing in other more expensive computer equipment or completely rewrite the software which does the conversion. You can generate a pattern with the maximum available size in the following way:
  • Upload your image in a high resolution version
  • Select the highest value of stitches per inch, which is 18 per inch, or 7.1 stitches per cm
  • Select the largest size which is probably 24 inch / 60 cm
  • Generate the pattern

The pattern you will generate in this way will have approximately 432 stitches in the largest row/column. With a square sized pattern, this will equal to 186000 stitches overall. Pattern generation for this size may take 30 seconds or more, so please be patient. In this way you may also run into other limits though, like the current 75 colors limit which may be too low for some high definition patterns.

Hope this helps,

General Discussion / Pattern Size
« Last post by ploughgirl on January 15, 2017, 05:32:04 AM »
Hi.  I wanted a bigger final pattern than was offered in the drop down boxes....  why us it limited and how do I get the size I want? 
General Discussion / select number of threads in design?
« Last post by justsewsherry on January 14, 2017, 05:04:27 PM »
Is there a way to select/limit the number of threads in a design?

I've tried changing stitch/per/inch, but still come up with a large number (like 75 different colors)

Pic2Pat is great!  thanks for putting this out her for us to use.
General Discussion / Re: How to sort the pages?
« Last post by Paula on January 05, 2017, 05:10:46 AM »
Hi everyone
Great to stumble across this site.  I have paid for this exact same service in the past - eager to see how well this pattern will work.
Yep my main question was 'how to sort the pages' - look forward to starting.
Have to work out how much 'fabric' to buy now???  Hope to find that in the forum too.
Thanks so much.
Paula ;D
General Discussion / Re: Previous Patterns
« Last post by DrW on January 03, 2017, 05:31:24 AM »
I am new, but wanted to share some thoughts about the problems with privacy and security. Your idea of a secondary code, unique to each pattern, is great. I do understand and agree that putting it ON the pattern would create privacy as well as illegal access to others. Could an email be generated with this additional code or password? Would you then be able to use that code/password as a tag in the pattern file?

Just thinking out loud!

Thanks for entertaining my ideas!

With a smile,
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