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Thread: EQ6 - importing own fabric

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    Super Member Quilting Aggi's Avatar
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    Is there anyone out there that can help me out? I would love to know how to scan my fabrics into my EQ so I can start designing a quilt using my own fabrics?

    Appreciate all help and tips and advice!

    Cheers

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    I can't help you, sorry, :( but maybe pittsburgpam or bluechicken can! :D :wink:

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    I think the consensus here was that scanning did not work as well as taking pictures of your fabric. I think it had something to do with the scale of the designs/prints...

    Click on the Help tab
    Click on Index
    Click on Import Photos
    Excellent pictures and step by step instructions :wink:

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    Just scan your fabric and save at 72dpi as a jpg file. Inside of EQ6, go to the fabric library and look for the IMPORT button, click it and Browse for the place where you placed your jpg files and Import them.

    I've scanned nearly all of my fabrics, works great!



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    I just went and reviewed my fabric scans as I couldn't remember how big I made them. Most of mine are three inches square, 72 dpi (screen resolution).

    EQ6 does tile fabrics, so if possible I try to capture a repeat in the design. If it is really important, I'll save a much larger piece of fabric to the Library for a project, however if larger pieces of fabrics are used a lot, then the program can start to slow down as it gets too big.

    Also, remember to crop off any white areas in your saved scan or they will show up as part of your fabric.

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    Great question, great advice. I have often wondered how to do that. Thank you.

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    What I use a lot is the thumbnail pictures online of fabrics I purchase. Right click on the picture, Save As... and save it to a folder. I have a "Fabrics" folder and a sub-folder under that for each collection or grouping.

    When I have saved all the fabrics I go into EQ6, open up the Fabric Library, Import Fabrics, and select the folder and select all the fabrics (hold down the Shift key, click the first and the last fabric to select them all). Import them.

    I found at Connecting threads that they have a Download this fabric collection for Electric Quilt (version 6 & later) link on some of their collections! Like go to Audrey's Kitchen and the red and white EQ symbol is on the left.

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    Fabulous Fabulous advice!!! Thanks soooooooo much!!!

    Well I am off to give it a try. I also need to post to my blog tonight as I have been wanting to update it for almost a week now!!!

    Cheers and thanks again sooooooooooo much!

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    What I've been doing since I don't have a scanner is taking pictures. Then crop each to 1270x1270 pixels square then resize that to 200x200 pixels and resolution of 72 dpi. I instructions are on page 139 of the book. After playing around for months with the pics and importing to EQ6, so far this is coming out pretty good. It looks good as a block but as a whole quilt I'm still having trouble...

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    Everyone gave you wonderful advice. I love importing my fabric to my EQ and designing my quilt with the actual fabric. It's great.

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    It's definitely one of the huge advantages of EQ, importing your own fabrics.

    I have to admit though, it's taken me a LOOOOOOOOONG time to get the hang of it. And I still don't have it right. Mainly it's the scale that gets me. I might try taking photos of the fabric, or saving the thumbnails, they sound like excellent ideas.

    Even if the scale is off, it still helps get an idea of the finished quilt will look. It's awesome. :-)

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    I've heard about EQ, but never used it... have been thinking about it, though! If you use pictures that you find online, don't you run into a potential problem with the scale of the pictures not all being the same? Whereas, if you made all your own pictures (lotta work) they could/would all be to the same scale?

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    The scale is often off but I don't worry about it much. When you look at a quilt you see the overall color of a fabric, usually. Because a large quilt is reduced to a few inches on your screen you don't see the fabric pattern anyway unless you are zoomed in.

    This is a screen print of how a block looks in a quilt I am working on from full screen to zoomed in. The scale is pretty much correct and this is from thumbnail pictures of the fabric.

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    okay, ya'll are having waaay too much fun without me! I've gone back to work now and I think I see EQ6 in my near future. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    The scale is often off but I don't worry about it much. When you look at a quilt you see the overall color of a fabric, usually. Because a large quilt is reduced to a few inches on your screen you don't see the fabric pattern anyway unless you are zoomed in.

    This is a screen print of how a block looks in a quilt I am working on from full screen to zoomed in. The scale is pretty much correct and this is from thumbnail pictures of the fabric.
    You have this aspect of EQ6 down pat!!! I bow down to your greatness!!! 8) 8) 8)

    I will have to try using thumbnails, next time 8) 8) 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    okay, ya'll are having waaay too much fun without me! I've gone back to work now and I think I see EQ6 in my near future. :wink:
    The way we talk/praise EQ....you'd think we own stock in the company as well as thinking it is an awesome program to own :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    The scale is often off but I don't worry about it much. When you look at a quilt you see the overall color of a fabric, usually. Because a large quilt is reduced to a few inches on your screen you don't see the fabric pattern anyway unless you are zoomed in.

    This is a screen print of how a block looks in a quilt I am working on from full screen to zoomed in. The scale is pretty much correct and this is from thumbnail pictures of the fabric.
    This is true... but when you get it REALLY wrong (like I regularly do ;-) it can change things dramatically. I scanned a fabric in when I started that had random coloured spots on it. By the time I finished, instead of about 10 dots per inch, EQ had it displaying as one large dot every inch. And because the dots were different colours, instead of green fabric with various colours, the overall effect was the colour of the dot. So it changed the look quite dramatically.

    I'm getting better at it now, but depending on the print or pattern it is still possible to completely change the look of the fabric by stuffing it up. ;-)

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    I don't know if you're already aware of this or not, and since nobody mentioned it yet I thought I would. Moda also has downloads of all their fabric lines available on their website. They have their current ones and also archived ones.

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    Pam that block looks Fabulous!! one of these days I'll figure it out! Thanks so much for sharing that with me!

    I'm also going to check out the moda website to download their thumbnails too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by minstrel
    I don't know if you're already aware of this or not, and since nobody mentioned it yet I thought I would. Moda also has downloads of all their fabric lines available on their website. They have their current ones and also archived ones.

    I think I did see that once and now I can't find it. Is it on the United Notions web site?

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    I think a lot of the actual manufacturers are starting to put them up on their websites, too :wink:

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    I tried to work on my EQ design last night and found out that some of the files were missing and it wouldn't open. Seems I had to reinstall the software again.. grrrr.... so by the time I had it all installed, I was just too tired to start. I still have to figure out what fabrics I want to use in this sampler before I can scan them. Perhaps by the weekend i might try it again! Hmm actually I have my sewing group tonight, so perhaps I can do it then.

    It seems I never can get a few minutes to sit down to this software and teach myself how to use it. I really need to make a more conserted effort to do this and to do all the tutorials from the book I have! One I get it to work I'll post photos. hee hee so then I'll have to learn how to post EQ designs onto this board!! LOL

    Cheers

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    It WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm insanely happy especially now that I got my own fabrics scanned and imported! I was amazed how easy it was too!!! I can see me doing sooooooo much more with this software now! I spent a good 3 1/2 hours tonight playing and tweaking it!!!

    Once I finish making this design I then need to figure out how to show it here on this board!

    Thanks again sooooooooooooo much for all your help!!!! It means so much!

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    Woo Hoo... no stopping you now! To show us your design you can do a File... Export Image... when you have the quilt on the screen. Give it a name and save it as a JPEG file, then it will come up with a box to set the image size, dpi, quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    Woo Hoo... no stopping you now! To show us your design you can do a File... Export Image... when you have the quilt on the screen. Give it a name and save it as a JPEG file, then it will come up with a box to set the image size, dpi, quality.
    Thanks.. I'll give it a try later!!! Tonight I have my sewing group and might play with EQ6 then. The weekend we are heading out of the city to do some camping. I am going to work through lunch so I can leave work earlier so we can get on the road a bit faster!! woo hooo can't wait to get the tent set up and camping!! This year we have the dog to take with us so it should be fun!!!


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