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« on: May 13, 2012 07:31:43 PM »

Hi!! I have Photoshop and the complete Adobe suite (CS5) but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to take a picture and turn it into a line drawing that looks good enough for me to stitch.  Please help me!! If anyone knows a of a good tutorial out there or has one I will love you forever!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2012 09:01:37 AM »

Hmmmm...I don't. I hope someone does or you figured it out cause it would be great info to have.

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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2012 10:18:07 PM »

If you are talking about cross stitch:
You can use some of those conversion programs that people have mentioned in other threads for photos too. 

I think KG-Chart is free for anyone.  There are a couple of free online pattern creators too. 
The Sprite Stitch forums have some good tutorials on this in the following threads:
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For using KG Chart.

They are written for video game characters ie-sprites, but it is a good run down that will get you started with a real photo too.  Smiley

Hope that helps!  There are a couple of other threads around this topic with a whole list of programs for pattern creation, but I don't have them bookmarked on this computer.  For some reason I had the sprite stitch pages but not craftster. 

If you need something for embroidery, you might have to decrease the number of colors in your photo to get it line-able in photoshop.  I know that is possible somewhere in the color choices...  Sometimes converting the image to gray scale or black and white helps with definition to give you a better outline type pattern.   

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2012 03:40:45 PM »

Thank you! Yeah I was talking about embroidery so I will try changing it grayscale first....i just havent been able to make it look good enough so that it is worthy of stitching yet
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2012 10:14:16 AM »

Once you change your image to gray scale or desaturate with image adjustments, go to Filter > Stylize > Fine Edges to get a line effect. You will probably need to adjust the Brightness/Contrast (Image > Adjustments) and sharpen with an unsharp mask (Filter > Sharpen).

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