Design colors

You change colors for embroidery objects from the Design Palette.This is the simplest way to customize a design. Various techniques are available:

  • Recoloring object-by-object
  • Recoloring entire color blocks
  • Picking and applying colors from the design
  • Recycling colors within the existing design palette
  • Choosing new base colors and cycling the rest

In addition to the Design Palette, you use the My Threads docker to change thread charts and assign threads to the design.

Any changes you make to the Design Palette are saved with the actual design.

Use Design Palette > Current Color to view the current color selection.

Use Design Palette > Change Design Color to show or hide the My Threads docker to find threads from different charts and change design colors.

Change colors

The Design Palette has up to 128 color slots. The My Threads docker contains potentially thousands of thread colors - as many as are available within a given thread chart. When you open a new, blank design, it contains a palette of 30 'Hatch colors'. These don't correspond to actual threads but can be matched to the thread chart of your choice. You can change colors at will. See 'Customize your design palette' below.

If you open an existing design, colors will usually have been already assigned to actual threads - e.g. 'Isacord 40'. Used colors are tagged with a blue dot, as shown.

  • Hover the mouse pointer over a color to view its code, name, and chart in the tooltip.
  • To change colors, select an object in the design workspace or Resequence docker. Alternatively, use the Resequence docker to select an entire color block. The nearest matching color, based on the currently selected thread chart, is sorted to the top of the My Threads docker.
  • Scroll through the My Threads list and double-click the desired color. The object changes color, the Design Palette is updated, and the selected color becomes the 'Current Color'.
  • If you want to change the color of selected objects within an existing color block, the new color is added to the Design Palette, as shown. Note that the red color block in the Resequence list has been split in two by the new color. Colors added in this way may need resequencing for more efficient stitchout.

Use Design Palette > Pick Color to pick up a color from a design object and make it current.

Use Design Palette > Apply Current Color to apply the current color to selected embroidery objects.

Pick and apply existing colors

Pick colors from existing objects using the Pick Color tool. Click on a color in the design or click a color block in the Resequence docker as shown.

Selected colors are transferred to the Design Palette as the 'current color'. At the same time, the companion tool, 'Apply Current Color', is activated. Click selected objects in the design to apply the selected color as shown.

Use Customize Design > Change Design Color to show or hide the My Threads docker to find threads from different charts and change design colors.

Use Design Palette > Add Palette Color to add a color slot to the design palette.
Use Design Palette > Remove Palette Color to remove an unused color from the end of the design palette.

Use Design Palette > Hide Unused Colors to show or hide all unused colors in the design palette.

Use Design Palette > Remove Unused Colors to remove all unused colors from the design palette.

Customize your design palette

Often you will want to assign your own thread chart to a Design Palette. For instance:

  • If you open a design which uses colors from a thread chart you don’t have, you can match them to a preferred thread chart.
  • When you convert vector graphics in Graphics mode, colors are appended to the color palette as RGB values. These can be matched to an actual thread chart.
  • If you read a stitch file, color information will be appended to the Design Palette. Again, you can match these colors to an actual thread chart.

The software lets you manage thread colors for each design. Select from a wide range of commercial thread charts. Find and sort specific threads by color code. Replace colors with ones from a different thread chart. Add or remove color slots as required. To customize your design palette...

  • Use the + and - buttons to add or remove color slots from your palette. Click the Change Design Color button to open the My Threads docker.

  • Click My Thread Charts and use the dialog to select your current/preferred thread chart/s. Thread colors from the chart can be assigned manually or automatically to the Design Palette.
  • Select a color in Design Palette. The My Threads docker automatically locates the nearest matching thread in the selected thread chart. Double-click to transfer to the Design Palette.
  • If you know the exact code or name of the thread you are looking for, key it into the Find Code field. Optionally, sort the thread list by clicking the 'Code' column header. To view complete thread details, click the Show Thread Details button.
  • Once you have located the desired thread, double-click to transfer to the Design Palette. The selected color becomes the 'Current Color'.
  • Alternatively, click the Match All button in the My Threads docker. All threads in the current Design Palette will be substituted automatically by the nearest matching thread colors in the current thread chart.
  • Finally, to consolidate the Design Palette, use the Hide Unused or Remove Unused buttons as preferred. Hide Unused can be toggled on or off if you want to be able to access unused colors at a later stage. Used colors are tagged with blue dots, as shown.

Use Customize Design > Cycle Used Colors to cycle through combinations of used colors. Left- or right-click.

Use Customize Design > Color Wheel to test combinations of related colors.

Change color schemes

The Cycle Used Colors and Color Wheel tools allow you to change entire color schemes. Their main purpose is to create a new ‘colorway’ quickly and easily in order to ‘spice up’ old designs or place them on a different fabric. To change color schemes...

  • Use the Cycle Used Colors tool to try out different combinations of design colors.
  • Alternatively, use the Color Wheel. This allows you to cycle through many color combinations using preset color schemes including Analogous, Complementary, Harmonious, etc.
  • Click and drag the larger ‘base color’ node to try out different combinations within the same colorway. The base color nominally relates to the color of the target fabric and/or the dominant color scheme of the design.
  • Click and drag individual color nodes to fine-tune. Use the Brightness control further adjust selected colors.
  • To adjust the brightness of the entire design, select the base color node and adjust the Brightness control.
  • If you have sufficient colors already defined in the Design Palette, they will be automatically matched. Alternatively, use the Match All function in the My Threads dialog.