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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.


Use Digitize > Carving Stamp to show Carving Stamp docker. Use to create needle penetrations with a 'carving stamp' as template.

Carving Stamp docker

The Carving Stamp docker contains four tabs:

TabPurpose
Use PatternSelect and apply pre-defined stamp patterns to selected objects.
Use ObjectSelect object outlines in the design workspace for use as a temporary stamp.
DigitizeDigitize custom splits ‘on the fly’.
AppearanceSoften 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 category – 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.

Use Digitize > Carving Stamp to show Carving Stamp docker. Use to create needle penetrations with a 'carving stamp' as template.

Use objects as carving stamps

The Use Object tab allows you to select object outlines from the design workspace 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.
  • Open the docker 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 workspace.
  • Click the 'Use Stamp' button to apply the selection as a carving stamp.
  • Optionally, click the 'Create Stamp' button to add the selection to the library for future use. See below for details.

Notes

  • CorelDRAW® comes with a complete suit of clipart libraries. Many of these can be used as input to the Carving Stamp feature. If you have it installed, 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.

Use Digitize > Carving Stamp to show Carving Stamp docker. Use to create needle penetrations with a 'carving stamp' as template.

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 workspace. To digitize custom splits...

  • Open the docker and select the 'Digitize' tab.
  • Optionally, select embroidery objects. If pre-selected, stamps will apply only to these objects.
  • Click the 'Start Digitizing' button. You are prompted to enter a starting point.
  • Digitize split lines. Press <Enter> once to complete a boundary. Press <BkSp> to correct mistakes.
  • Press <Enter> again to finish. Alternatively, press <Esc> to cancel the operation and start again.
  • Click the 'Stamp' button to apply the stamp to selected or applicable objects.
  • 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 'Create Stamp' button to add the selection to the library for future use. See below for details.

Use Digitize > Carving Stamp to show Carving Stamp docker. Use to create needle penetrations with a 'carving stamp' as template.

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. Alternatively, digitize a stamp from scratch.
  • Click the 'Create Stamp' button. This dialog opens.
  • Select a category from the droplist or click 'New' to create one.
  • Enter a name for the stamp and click OK.
  • 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 Pattern 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 reshape an object shape, edit stitch angles, adjust entry and exit points, or customize envelopes.

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.