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Tool Tip Tuesday

Quick Tip Tuesday! One Patch Quilts

Posted 08-09-2016 by | Posted in: Tool Tip Tuesday

To start a One Patch quilt, click QUILT > New Quilt >One Patch Quilt One Patch layouts are made up of a single patch that repeats throughout the quilt. Remember that these are patches and not blocks. Each patch can be colored individually with prints or solids. Pieced blocks cannot be set into the patches. Use the arrows to set the number of patches horizontally and vertically. It’s important to remember that the shape of the patch plays a significant role in determining how the patches are counted. There are 14 patch styles to choose from including two custom styles. Click the down arrow to view the list of styles. Click on the style name to select it. A small sample patch will appear in the palette with the length of each side of the patch indicated. The overall size of the patches can be adjusted using the slider bar.

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Export Marquee Selection Tool

Posted 11-17-2015 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday Tool Tip Tuesday

Export Marquee Selection Use this tool to select and export all or part of the quilt, block or image currently on the worktable as a full-color image. Using the Export Marquee Selection command is possible from the Quilt worktable or the Block worktable. Click FILE > Export Marquee Selection. OR click on the Export Selection   tool on the Project toolbar. If the  Export Selection  tool button is not visible, right-click on the toolbar and choose Add/Remove Buttons or click on the Customize Toolbar  button > Add/Remove Buttons >Export Selection. The cursor will change to a small crosshair inside a magnifying glass . Select the portion of the computer screen that you want to export by dragging a marquee box around the area. When you release the mouse, the snapshot has been taken. An Export Selection dialog appears with options for saving, copying or printing the snapshot. For the Windows version: Save

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Undo Tool

Posted 11-10-2015 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday Tool Tip Tuesday

The Undo Tool Use the Undo tool to reverse the last editing action. If the  Undo   tool button is not visible on the project toolbar, right-click on the toolbar and choose Add/Remove Buttons or click on the Customize Toolbar  button > Add/Remove Buttons >Undo. This tool will reverse the last  action, however, not all actions can be undone. If the button is disabled , Undo is not available. The action can only be undone on the Layer you created it. For example, you cannot undo an action that you made on Layer 2 if you are currently on Layer 1 of the Quilt worktable. Adding to Sketchbook will clear the undo list. Tip: Before using Undo, you can read a description of the action that will be undone by clicking Edit on the main menu and reading the text next to the Undo command. PC keyboard shortcut: CTRL+Z Mac

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Export Metafile of Block Tool

Posted 11-03-2015 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday Tool Tip Tuesday

The Export Metafile of Block Tool What is a Metafile? This type of file displays an image using lines, arcs, rectangles, ovals, etc. Metafiles are actually a series of drawing commands, not pixel data. Metafiles are resolution independent, so they can be resized without loss of quality. In EQ7, you can export a metafile for a block, but not a quilt. The file created consists of the line drawing and solid fill color if you’ve chosen to export both line and fill. When you place the metafile in another application, you can manipulate the block by pulling it apart one patch at a time. Windows metafile format is understood effectively by many graphic, illustration and word processing programs although some applications may be happier manipulating the image as a single unit than as individual patches. Exporting a Windows metafile is possible from the Block worktable only. Click FILE > Export Metafile

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Compress File Size Tool

Posted 10-27-2015 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday Tool Tip Tuesday

Compress Project File Size Project files that include unused blocks, fabrics, pictures, embellishments, and thread tend to become large, it’s a good idea to condense project files before sending them by e-mail. EQ will look at the quilts in your project file and remove designs not used in the quilts. It is strongly suggested that you use Create Copy Project to make a copy (or backup) of your project before using this command. Compress Project File Size button is not visible by default. To add it to your toolbar list, right-click on the toolbar and choose Add/Remove Buttons or click on the Customize Toolbar  button. Or, click FILE from the main menu, then choose Compress Project File Size. The Compress Project File Size dialog box will display. You can choose to delete unused blocks, fabrics, embellishments, pictures and thread or just delete unused fabrics. Make your selection, then click OK.

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Twist Tool

Posted 10-20-2015 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday Tool Tip Tuesday

The Twist Tool The Twist Tool is only available on the Image Worktable. You also must have an image imported for it to be available. The Twist tool loads the Precision Bar with buttons for flipping, rotating and shearing. Be sure your Precision Bar is turned on (VIEW > Precision Bar). Note: Whenever you use one of the tools on this Precision Bar, the image is required to display 1-to-1. This means that your image may become larger than the screen. You’ll need to use the Zoom tool  to adjust the display so it fits the screen. Rotate 90 degrees clockwise: Rotate the image right with each click. Rotate 90 degrees counter-clockwise: Rotate the image left with each click. Flip left and right: Click to mirror the image horizontally. Flip top and bottom: Click to mirror the image vertically.   Rotate by degrees: Enter a number for degrees in the

Tool Tip Tuesday! The Import Image Tool

Posted 10-13-2015 by | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday Tool Tip Tuesday

The Import Image Tool 1. Click the Import button on the toolbar. Or, choose BLOCK > Import Image for Tracing (or STITCHING > Import Image for Tracing if importing on the Stitching worktable) The Import Image dialog box will display. 2. Browse to find the file you wish to import. By default, the filter for Files of type is set to display all image files. If you would like to filter which file formats display (only jpegs for example), click the down arrow next to Files of type and select the file format you would like. Choose the file from the folder, then click Open. The Crop Image dialog will appear. Using the Crop Dialog This dialog lets you crop the image very precisely before placing it on the worktable. Cropping and resizing can also be done once the image is placed on the worktable. Crop using the mouse The

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