|They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Well, to give you a picture of what it would be like having BuzzEdit in your selection of
embroidery tools, Here is a small demonstration of what you can do with BuzzEdit. In less
than 3 minutes, I managed to give this island design a complete makeover. In the
Right-hand panel, you will see the original design as it was when I opened it. In the
left-hand panel, I have begun by selecting the "Lasso Tool" and sweeping my
mouse pointer around the leaves of the palm tree to select them so I can work with them. I
have to tell you, as a professional digitizer with 15 years experience - this software
made it easy!
|Next, I have selected the Rotation tool, so I
can rotate the palms on the lonely tree of this island to an angle that is more of my
liking. I don't know about you, but I have always found that some element of almost any
design is just not at the correct angle. BuzzEdit made the rotation in real time, and let
me watch as I rotated the palms to exactly the perfect angle. Some professional digitizing
software packages can't do that!
Have you ever
wanted to make a design consisting of many of the same element - like a butterfly - with
each one at a different angle. With BuzzEdit, it's easy to create that kind of design.
|Now I have my palms on the tree looking just
the way I want them. However, part of the green stitches in this design were actually
hidden under the trunk of the tree. A good digitizer will normally perform his color
changes as close to the center of the design as possible, preferably where they will be
completely burried later. That is exactly what the creator of this design did. Rotating
the palms made a few of those stitches visible to the left side of the trunk, so I took
the lasso tool and with a few seconds work, put the leading stitches back under
the trunk where they belong.
|Now that the tree is exactly what I want, I am
going to take my lasso tool once more, and select the entire palm tree. It was
easy - I just clicked on the tool, and ran my mouse pointer around the tree. That is one
way to do it, I also discovered the nifty "Stitch Timeline" window (those little
color-bars at the bottom of the screen in the first picture) at the bottom of the screen.
It allowed me to select the entirety of the two color groups at once, with no
I was really impressed. I did all this
within 15 minutes of the time I installed the program. I skimmed a few lines of the
on-line manual, and just started to play. OK, You might not be a veteran professional
digitizer like I am. I had an advantage. I still bet you could learn enough about BuzzEdit
to do this much in under an hour.
|With the palm tree selected, I
clicked on the "copy" button, then clicked on the "Paste" button. I
grabbed the tree with my mouse pointer, and found I was moving a second copy of the tree
itself to a new location. Much better. That tree looked so lonely. I could have re-sized
the new tree within 20% of it's original size too without a second thought, giving an
illusion of depth. (BuzzEdit cannot change the number of stitches in the object when
re-sizing, hence you should not go much more than 20%. Resizing and creating new stitches
requires what professional digitizers call a "Condensed" file. The home
embroidery market is only beginning to create such files for your use.)
|With BuzzEdit, I took a design I had, and
created the design I wanted in a matter of minutes. This is only the most rudimentary
example of the great things you can do with BuzzEdit. I could have easily rearranged some
stitches in the water, to make the seas look rougher. I could have made one tree face the
opposite direction using the Flip Tool. I could have stretched to entire design to
make it wider. If I had a sunbather design, I could have placed a sunbather on the
beach! There is a lot you can do with BuzzEdit!
you have a collection of designs, you can effectively double the number of designs
available to yourself, just by using BuzzEdit to trade elements of different designs among
each other to create new designs.BuzzEdit won't do the kind of things I can do with my
favorite $10,000 - $25,000 professional digitizing software, but at $189.95, I'd say it
packs a significant punch, and does it all on a budget!
Scott M. Ritter
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256 or more display colors
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