Both PE Design Lite and PE Design Next have libraries of ready-to-embroider borders, motifs and font types that can be combined to produce ‘custom’ designs for output to any Brother machine. 2D Design drawings in bitmap format, most types of clip art, a scanned image or even a photograph can be added to this mix so - one way or the other - just about anything is possible.
PE Design Lite and PE Design Next both analyse the image and convert it into blocks of colour. You can change how many blocks are used, which blocks to omit, and the conversion sensitivity.
Each colour block used will be embroidered and you can assign stitch type, stitch density and stitch angle to each area of the block. At any stage you can display a realistic preview of how it will look when embroidered, and go back as often as you like to get just the right effect.
PE Design Lite is very simple to use and default settings will usually give perfectly good results for simple designs.
Only satin and fill stitch patterns can be assigned, but when you begin to explore the embroidery settings, a surprising amount of creativity becomes possible. The settings are few but individually quite powerful, so this makes PE Design Lite ideal for education - particularly for younger students. If original designs are created in 2D Design V2, and they fit a maximum hoop size of 180 x 130mm, then PE Design Lite is probably all you need. Conventional motifs, with or without text, will similarly be well within the capabilities of this simple intuitive package.
PE Design Next will do everything that Lite will do – and a lot more besides. The in-built library of ready-to-sew fonts and motifs is vast, and there are tools to allow you to create and save your own stitch patterns and design elements. The software has additional tools to allow any conceivable design to be created and previewed.
It is the ideal package for older students who need to work with specialist embroidery design software, and want unlimited opportunities to configure every detail of the embroidered effect. Files can be output to any Brother machine. PE Design Next creates designs for up to 360 x 360mm hoop sizes so will be needed to exploit the full potential of the larger Innov-is machines, PR-650 and PR-1000.
The completed design can be saved on the computer as a .pes file for future use, and/or sent direct to the machine via USB or memory card. If using a USB connection, the card reader will need to remain connected since it also acts as the activation device for the software.
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