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Outlines & offsets

The embroidery software provides tools for quickly generating outlines based on existing boundaries. Use the Outlines & Offsets tool to highlight details – e.g. small satin objects – or create seamless borders. Auto-outline designs in backstitch, stemstitch, pattern run, as well as sculpture stitch and zigzag. Any closed shape can be used.

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Use Create Layouts > Create Outlines & Offsets to create outlines and offsets for selected closed embroidery object(s).

Create outlines

The Outlines & Offsets feature allows you to quickly create outline stitching around selected objects or entire designs with a variety of outline styles.

  • Select the source object or objects.
  • Click the Outlines & Offsets icon. The Outlines & Offsets dialog opens. This dialog allows you to add outlines and offsets in a single process.

  • Tick 'Object outlines'.

  • Choose your outline type. The Type droplist includes the full range – Single Run, Triple Run, etc.

  • Choose your outline color. The Color droplist defaults to the current color in the design palette.

  • Choose an overlap option:

    Outline typeNotes

    Individual

    All generated outlines are full outlines.

    Common

    Intersecting outlines are combined into a single outline.

    Trimmed

    Overlapped portions are trimmed by overlapping objects.

  • Click OK to apply. The software generates an outline around the source object/s and inserts them immediately afterwards in the stitching sequence.
  • Generated outlines are independent objects and can be further modified as desired.

Use Create Layouts > Create Outlines & Offsets to create outlines and offsets for selected closed embroidery object(s).

Create offsets

  • Select the source object/s if not already selected.
  • Tick 'Offset outlines'. 

  • Select color and stitch type as for object outlines.
  • In the Offset Count field, enter the number of offset objects required, and enter an offset in millimeters. When you set multiple borders, the offset you specify is calculated from the previous border. The offset determines spacing between all borders.

  • Choose an offset option:

    Offset typeNotes
    IndividualAll generated offsets are full outlines.
    CommonIntersecting offsets are combined into a single outline.
  • Click OK to apply. The software generates offset objects and adds them to the end of the stitching sequence.

  • Generated offsets are independent objects and can be further modified as desired.
  • Include holes as preferred.

  • Note that you can use the Outlines & Offsets tool with open objects to create closed offsets as shown. Select rounded or squared corners as preferred.