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Step by Step Guide in Images
This is the preferred method of converting photographs
to cross-stitch designs by Layden With Stitches. This is not the only way
to do it, but you may also find success with these techniques.
For the Original Pumpkin Photo I used my digital camera. ( You don't have to have a digital camera. You can find helpful information about about aquiring images in the Tools Area). The settings were on auto. I find that I have more success using only a portion of the photo rather than a complete one. It reduces the number of pixels per inch (ppi) that have to be converted into a cross-stitch program.
In an image editing program the picture was cropped (unnecessary portions cut away) and the background was removed by simply painting it black.
** Scroll to the bottom of the page for image-editing program information and cross-stitch programs software information.
While still in the image editing program, the light glare on the face of the pumpkin was removed by using a Smudge Tool and the lighting fixture inside the pumpkin was wiped out also using a smudge tool. An artistic filter to create the look of a painting was applied (this helps to reduce colours in the image).
Once transferred to your cross-stitch program,
( if you don't have a cross-stitch program, would like to try a free one, or try designing without software, there are alternatives listed on the Cross-Stitch Software Programs page
the image can be resized, the fabric type and size choosen and the number of colours used choosen.
In this design the size is 80w x 70h in stitches or 5.71"w x 5" h.
13 colours have been choosen for this design.
The black background stitches were removed as the design is to be stitched on Black 14ct. aida cloth. You can use any fabric colour or type you wish.
The rogue or confetti stitches were removed. There will always be some as the original picture began with thousands of pixels and was reduced to compliment a design of 14 pixels (squares/stitches) per inch. The software programs do a fabulous job but it will still require a bit of a human eye touch-ups.
Black outline/Backstitching was applied to bring out the features. Backstitching is optional. A personal choice.
Save and print out your Design
Once your design is complete print it or save it and you are ready to stitch your own original cross-stitch design.
** If you don't already have a preferred image editing program you can download one of the several programs listed on the Tool and/or Resource Page.
** The Cross-Stitch Software Program Page offers a number of programs you can download for trial. There is one link (highlighted in red) , that is a full version and available for download at no cost.