What do you want to do? There are many locations on the Creative DRAWings® website that have information about How To work with your Creative DRAWings® embroidery software. In the FAQ’s below, find quick, straight forward answers to many of your questions. Please "Click" on each question to show-and-hide that individual answer.
The embroidery stitch files that are included with Creative DRAWings® are located on your installation disk. Because of the amount of space they require, they were not installed on your computer. To access the embroidery designs and use them in Creative DRAWings®:
Note: These files are Wings Systems’ files, as designated with the .ngs extension at the end of the file name. They include the fill and outline stitches so it is not necessary to use the Convert to curves command that is necessary when converting embroidery files to Artwork.
Yes, this is one of the great features of Creative DRAWings®. Here’s how it works:
With the file open you can adjust it for as many of the following possible changes to create a new embroidery design:
To use Convert to Curves:
Note: Converting may take only a few seconds or much longer, depending on the complexity of the stitch file is. Wait until the Circle
Timer (the small moving circle of dots) in the upper right corner of the workspace has stopped before you
continue working. For example, if your original file is Cats, save the new file as Cats2 or other name of your choice followed by the date if you wish
(Cats2_10.09.97). Use a name that will work for you and your filing system.
WARNING: Once you change an embroidery design with the Convert to curves command, all of the original stitch information will be gone and you cannot retrieve it, but you can completely change the stitches at this point and resave as a new design. However, it’s important to remember that if you are working with embroidery designs that you have purchased, the original copyright for that design still applies.
Yes you can.
Note: If you want to use your own scanning software instead of what’s built into Creative DRAWings, click on Advanced Scan in the lower right-hand corner. To access the step-by-step guide in the built-in help files under Quick Start, click on Help on the top tool bar. Click Help Topics or use the F1 key. Under the Content tab, right click on Creative DRAWings. Left click on Open All. You will see the chapter on Quick Start under Welcome to Creative DRAWings.
Yes! Here’s how:
Yes, it’s easy to change the size of any embroidery design and when you do this Creative DRAWings automatically recalculates all of the stitch parameters (stitch length, pull compensation, density and stitch underlays).
Note: To change only one dimension—length or width—locate the double arrow in the center of the line at the top or bottom of the design to lengthen or shorten it. Use the double arrows on one of the sides of the design to narrow or widen it.
If you watch the bottom information bar below the color bars at the bottom of the workspace, you can watch the stitch count increase or decrease
Note: If you select only one object (area) of the design to adjust, only the stitch count for that one object will show in the information bar as you adjust the size.
Note: The colors in the color strip are the colors available in the thread palette that was active when you chose your fabric during the Creative DRAWings process—unless you opted to change palette using the pulldown list on that page.
Click on the Color Wheel on the top tool bar. On the next page, titled "Select how many colors your design will have," click on the dropdown arrow under Palette and then click on the thread brand you want to use. Click on OK. If you change your mind, click Cancel.
Select View from the top menu bar to access the dropdown menu and click on Object Properties, or use the keyboard shortcut,Alt+Enter.
Creative DRAWings was not intended to be used as photo stitch program. However, you may be able to create a design with a photo, but it depends on the complexity of the photo. The best way to see if it will work with your photo is:
Yes. Locate it by clicking on Help on the top tool bar, then choose Help Topics or use the F1 key. Under the Content tab, right click on Creative DRAWings. Left click on Open All to see the contents of the manual.
Note: You can also click on the Index tab and type in the word that describes the help subject you want to locate. This will bring the subject you have chosen in the list into view.
For quick help on a specific tool on the toolbar, click on the question mark with arrow icon on the top toolbar. Your cursor will change to look like the icon. Move the cursor with question mark to the tool for which you want more information and a help screen will appear in the upper right corner. For example, if you need help with Fonts, click on the Text icon (A) at the bottom of the left toolbar and the manual will open automatically to show you how to use Fonts. You can use this Help technique on all of the toolbar icons. If you have the Help icon selected, you can also click on File, Edit, View, Tools and Help at the top of the screen and dropdown menus will appear. Then click on the topic with which you need help. This is a quick way to get help while you’re working.
Yes. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If it is not installed on your computer, go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/ to download the software. Then follow these steps:
Note: If you want to save the manual to a disk, USB stick or CD to take to a printer or to keep as a backup, click File>Save and save to the desired location.
Combining a Text object with the direction or shape of a line called a Path is fun and easy to do. It’s a great way to create a logo or a personalized design. Follow these easy steps:
Note: The Text object will now follow the line or shape, but it may not be positioned exactly where and how you want it on the Path. For complete instructions on how to use the Text Tool and adjust the position on the Path click on the Help Icon (arrow with question mark) on the top toolbar, and then click on the Text icon (A on the left toolbar).
Wingdings or Webdings are symbols (interesting shapes) that were made as True-Type Fonts. That means you can insert them on the workspace and transform them into interesting embroidery designs. You can use any Wingding font that is in the Fonts folder on your computer. To use Insert Symbol:
These are the available colors for fabric backgrounds. Choose the one that approximates the color of your project fabric so you can tell how your embroidery design will look when it is stitched out. Simply click on one to select the desired fabric color and it will appear on the workspace. You can change the fabric color any time while working on the design. Simply click on the Fabric icon (grid like icon to the left of the Color icon) on the top toolbar to access the colors.
Yes. Follow these steps:
Working with the hoop on your workspace ensures that your finished design will fit when you are ready to stitch it out. To place the hoop on your workspace:
First click on Tools>Change Hoop (or Ctrl+H) and then click on Add new. Then you will have several decisions to make.
Type the Hoop Name – Description. This will appear in the Select Hoop dropdown menu. If you forget to fill in this field, you will be asked to do so by the software.
From the Type dropdown menu, select the shape of the hoop you want to add—Rectangle or Oval. You check how the hoop will look in the Preview area at the bottom of the screen. Even if you select the Rectangle option, the Corner curviness option will become editable, allowing you to round the corners of the hoop shape if you wish.
Many hoops have the shape of a rectangle with rounded corners and that’s why the Corner curviness option exists. Corner curviness can only be changed if you have selected the Rectangle option from the Type dropdown menu. This option works with a track-bar and value field. By dragging the track-bar to the right, the corners of the rectangle shown in the Preview area start to become rounded and their roundness increases as long as you continue to drag the bar. The value field shows the percentage of roundness. The 0 value means that the rectangle has normal corners and the 90 value means that it has rounded corners to their full extent. By moving the track-bar you can create the rounded hoop you want.
In the Width value field you can insert the width of the hoop you want to use. The default value is 100 mm or the respective value in inches. Change the value of the Width field by deleting the current value and inserting a new one. Any width value change is automatically visible in the Preview area. Check the manufacturer’s dimensions to be sure that you are entering the correct ones. The Width value sets the width of the sewing area that it is shown with a dashed line inside the hoop.
In the Height value field you can insert the height of the hoop you want to use. The default value is 100 mm or the respective value in inches. Change the value of the Height field by deleting the current value and inserting a new one. Any Height value change is automatically visible in the Preview area at the bottom of the screen. Check the manufacturer’s dimensions to be sure that you are entering the correct ones. The Height value sets the height of the sewing area that is indicated with a dashed line inside the hoop.
From the Unit dropdown menu you can select the measuring unit you want to use--millimeters (mm) or inches (inch). The selected Unit is automatically applied on the Width and Height values.
Hoop Bracing arms
At the Hoop bracing arms (brackets) area, you can set where the bracing arms are located on the hoop you are adding. To do that, check the boxes (Left, Right, Up, Down), where the bracing arms are located. For example, if the Hoop has one bracing arm at the Right and one at the Left, the Right and Left checkboxes must be checked. You can see the hoop with bracing units you’ve selected in the Preview area at the bottom of the screen.
After adjusting the hoop options, Save the hoop by pressing the Add button. This adds the new hoop to the Select hoop dropdown menu. After pressing the Add button a confirmation dialog will appear that will inform you that your hoop was saved successfully. Click OK to continue. Hoops that you add will always be listed at the bottom of the Select Hoop list.
When you are happy with your completed embroidery design and want to stitch it out:
When you make an appliqué, Creative DRAWings® will automatically calculate the placement, tack-down, and final stitch runs for you. You can also add embroidery stitches on top of your completed appliqué for extra embellishment.
Note: For a Redwork design with a few fill areas, select the areas you want filled, one by one and click on a color.
Yes, using your designs can also be used to make stationery, invitations, envelopes, jar labels, and more. Let your imagination go and have fun! If you want your design to look like embroidery, make sure the View> Stitches and 3D are checked. If you uncheck both, your design will look like a graphic (artwork without stitches.)
Note: You can open the jpeg file from any program, including the paint program that comes in Windows. If you want to make stickers, print on peel-and-stick paper.
Use the shortcut commands.
Note: You can continue to work back and forth between CorelDRAW and Creative DRAWings® in this manner.
You can do this in either of the following two ways:
You can remove an outline with any one of the following three actions.
Note: You can only change colors if you are in the Create tab.
can make a cross-stitch design using bitmap (raster) type files.
Yes. If you want your design to look like embroidery, make sure the View> Stitches and 3D are checked. If you uncheck both, your design will look like a graphic instead of stitches.
Note: If you use a basic pre-made shape but want to make changes to it, such as pull in the side of a circle to make a smile, you must first select the shape and then right click on it, followed by a left click to Convert to Curves. Use the Node Edit tool (second icon on the left-hand toolbar) to make the changes you want. You can also import other designs or parts of designs to add to what you are drawing.
Note: If you cannot change an object, right click on it, and then left click to Convert to Curves.
Yes, you can change the direction of the stitches. Note: Moving the direction stitches sew out will completely change the look of whatever fill pattern you are using.
To remove the red direction line, click on the red X in the center of the line, or use the Undo icon on the top toolbar.
Choose from one of the following two options:
Use the shortcut method, which takes a little practice but is actually faster when you’re working on a design.
Note: In Creative DRAWings®, Ctrl+D is the shortcut for the Direction tool and will not duplicate.
Go to Tools>Options. On the first General Tab change to the system you want to use under Measurement System.
You can use any version of Adobe Illustrator, but your design must be saved to Version 5 or lower.
The design can now be edited and changed as needed.
Follow these three easy steps:
First, make a circle, and then select the font you want to use and type your text. Then follow these steps: