Carving stamps

The Carving Stamp feature allows you to define a pattern of needle penetrations using a ‘carving stamp’ as a template. A carving stamp can be any vector or embroidery shape.

The Carving Stamp feature can only use vector or embroidery objects as a basis for stamps. If you want to use a bitmap image, you can convert to vector format in CorelDRAW Graphics using the Bitmaps > Outline Trace command set.

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Use Advanced Digitize > Carving Stamp to apply a pattern of needle penetrations using a ‘carving stamp’ as a template. Toggles Carving Stamp docker on / off.

Carving Stamp docker

The Carving Stamp docker contains four tabs: Use Pattern, Use Object, Digitize, and Appearance.

  • The Use Pattern tab lets you select and apply pre-defined stamp patterns to selected objects.
  • The Use Object tab allows you to select object outlines in the design window for use as a temporary stamp. Selectable objects can include vector graphics.
  • The Digitize tab allows you to digitize custom splits ‘on the fly’.
  • The Appearance tab allows you to soften or intensify the effect.

Apply pre-defined patterns

The Use Pattern tab lets you select and apply pre-defined stamp patterns. You can start with or without embroidery objects selected. If one or more objects is selected, stamps are only applied to selected objects. If no object is pre-selected, stamps can be applied to any objects. To apply pre-defined patterns...

  • Select Carving Stamp with or without embroidery objects pre-selected. If pre-selected, stamps will apply only to these objects.
  • Select a pattern set from the Set list – e.g. ‘Carving Stamps’. The droplist contains pre-defined as well as custom sets.
  • Select a pattern and click the Use Stamp button.
  • Move the mouse pointer over the target object/s. Right-click to mirror the stamp. Press Shift to prevent Auto Scroll.
  • Click to set the anchor point and swivel the pattern to the desired orientation.
  • Optionally, with the <Shift> key pressed, resize the stamp while moving the mouse pointer. Click the mouse button.
    • If you have pre-selected an object or objects, the stamp pattern is applied only to those objects.
    • With no objects pre-selected, the stamp pattern is applied to all underlying objects.
  • Press <Esc> to exit.

 

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Use objects as carving stamps

The Use Object tab allows you to select object outlines from the design window and apply them directly as stamps or save them to a library for future reference. You can use vector or embroidery objects as a basis for stamps. To use an object as a carving stamp...

  • Choose an embroidery object or vector object to serve as your stamp.
  • Click the Carving Stamp icon and select the Use Object tab.
  • Click the Start Selecting button and click to select or drag a selection marquee.
  • Hover the mouse over any target object in the design window.
  • Click the Use Stamp button to apply the selection as a carving stamp.
  • Optionally, click the Add to Library button to add the selection to the library for future reference.

Notes

  • CorelDRAW®, which is part of your software installation, comes with a complete suit of clipart libraries. Many of these can be used as input to the Carving Stamp feature. See your CorelDRAW® documentation for details.
  • If you want to use a bitmap image, you can convert to vector format in CorelDRAW Graphics using the Bitmaps > Outline Trace command set.
  • You can also use lettering, embroidery or TrueType, as an input to stamp creation.

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Digitize custom splits

The Digitize tab allows you to digitize split lines and directly apply in situ or to any applicable objects in the design window. To digitize custom splits...

  • Select Carving Stamp with or without embroidery objects pre-selected. If pre-selected, stamps will apply only to these objects.
  • Select the Digitize tab and click the Start Digitizing button. You are prompted to enter a starting point for the stamp outline.
  • Digitize split lines. Press <Enter> once to complete a boundary. Press <Enter> again to finish.
  • Click the Stamp button to apply the stamp to selected applicable objects only. Alternatively, use Stamp to apply the stamp to applicable objects with no object/s selected.
  • Click the Use Stamp button to position the stamp. You are prompted to enter an anchor point as with pre-defined patterns.
  • Optionally, click the Add to Library button to add the selection to the library for future reference.

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Add stamps to a library

This procedure starts when you click the enabled Create Stamp button either on the Use Object tab or Digitize tab in the Carving Stamp docker. To add a stamp to a library...

  • Select the Use Object tab.
  • Click Start Selecting and select the target object.
  • Click the Create Stamp button. The dialog opens.
  • Select a set from the droplist or click the Create button to create a new one.
  • Enter a name for the new stamp and click OK. You are prompted to digitize the first reference point.
  • Digitize two points as prompted. These will be used during stamp placement. Alternatively press <Enter> to accept the defaults.
  • Click OK. The newly created stamp is displayed in the stamp list when the Use Pattern tab is selected.
  • The Rename and Delete buttons are enabled in the Use Patterns tab whenever a custom stamp is selected.

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Carving stamp appearance

The Appearance tab of the Carving Stamp docker provides settings which will soften or intensify the effect. Click the Clear Stamps button to remove all existing stamps from selected objects.

Use Select > Reshape to adjust object outlines, stitch angles, start and end points, curved lines, etc.

Carving stamps can be moved, rotated, scaled, reshaped, and deleted individually in Reshape mode. As you transform carving stamps, needle penetrations in the underlying object are automatically updated. To reshape a carving stamp, select an embroidery object in Reshape mode with carving stamps applied. Selection handles appear. Use these to scale, rotate, or stretch the stamp. Click the stamp outline again to display control points. Use these to reshape the stamp.