How to save time on embroidery lettering. Tip 1: Update Kerning Values
The low-down on lettering
Dean Roscoe demonstrates three often overlooked features in Wilcom Embroidery Studio that will cut your lettering set-up time in half…
Today’s embroidery design software is more powerful than ever, giving embroiderers a level of creative control that would previously have been unthinkable. However, keeping up with all the different advances and new features that the software companies introduce can, at times, feel a bit overwhelming, especially when there is the more pressing day-to-day concern of getting jobs out of the door. But failing to stay abreast of your software’s capabilities could mean that you miss out on some genuine productivity boosting features.
I would, therefore, strongly suggest that you put aside the time you need to thoroughly understand the full capabilities of your embroidery software, and also to learn about any new and updated features as they are introduced. This investment could make a real difference to the efficiency of your workflow and the profitability of your business.
In this short article I will focus on just three of the clever, productivity enhancing lettering features found in Wilcom Embroidery Studio…
Time saver 1: Update Kerning Values
Typing words will often throw up uneven, unsightly spacing between letters, as illustrated in Figure 1. You can fix the problem by manually moving the letters to adjust the spacing between them until the text looks correct – a process called ‘kerning’.
There is a downside to manual kerning, however – it’s time-consuming, especially as you have to repeat the process every time you enter the same arrangement of letters. Clearly, design software that was capable of automating the process would be a huge time saver.
The good news is that Wilcom Embroidery Studio does just that – the software has a powerful learning feature so you never have to repeat the same kerning again. Simply kern the letters to look the way you want, select them, and click ‘Update Kerning Values’ (see Figure 2). The software remembers how you spaced the letters and will do it that way from now on.
Next two time savers coming soon…
About Dean Roscoe:
Dean Roscoe is an award winning digitiser and trainer, specialising in Wilcom and DecoNetwork software.
01297 34567 www.wilcomsoftware.co.uk
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