What’s more special than a personalized gift: a (guest) towel, a pillow, enhancing a pocket of a shirt… making it all with V8. The option ‘Monogramming’ is fun to work with –
What is a Monogram?
A special design (a symbol) made by overlapping/combining one or more letters or graphics, which are the initials of a person or company, for whom the design is made: like a logo, it should be very recognizable. Such a monogram can be used for identification – f.i. knowing which towel is yours. The easiest way to make a Monogram in V8 is by using the available shapes and styles, with borders and ornaments. By clicking on ‘Monogramming’, using the tab ‘Designs’, they will appear.
At first you will think there are just a couple of ready-made Monograms with the docker ‘Monogramming’, but if you click and drag the side of this docker, far to the left, you will find there is a lot more! And even then, you can scroll down, to see more designs.
On top with ‘Categories’ you will find a couple of files, : the main file is ‘Monogram Designs’, in with the files ‘Border and Ornaments’, ‘Borders’ and ‘Simple’ are present. The Main file is opened, with the ‘Designs’ box below filled with so many examples. If you want to just open ‘Borders’ for example, click on that file, and the Designs will appear with only borders.
Below ‘Font’, you can find ‘Height’: with this option you can change the height of the letters/characters at that time.
With ‘Font’, below ‘Style’, you can choose from the available fonts in V8, or your own added fonts. Use the down-arrow to the right to find more fonts. But remember: not all fonts you have downloaded and added to V8 are suitable for embroidery. Try them first, before actually making a Monogram.
As soon as you have typed something in the ‘Letters’ box, the ‘Properties’ bar with ‘Advanced’, is activated. Click on that bar, a dialog box ‘Object Properties’ pops up, with the Tab Lettering activated. This is the same dialog box which you get when right-clicking on ‘Lettering’ in ‘Digitize’. You can change Type, Group, Font, Height, Width, Italic, Letter spacing, check ‘Auto kerning’, or use another option with this box.
By clicking on one of the predefined placements (with Placement), V8 placed a simple Monogram with a standard setting, using the ornament placement of your selection (that box is yellow in the docker). The ornaments are now placed outside the monogram borders, but you can also choose one with the ornaments inside, or halfway.
Using the ‘Advance’ option below placement, you can change the Positions, Layout Style and Anchor Ornament = how your ornament is shown: width, height, rotate by, mirror or margin can all be adjusted.
With Positions, the boxes that are checked are the current position of the ornaments. By clicking on another box, or boxes, you are changing these position(s).
With the Tab ‘Borders’ your can add, delete, change borders, offset them, choose outline type, fill type and use the ‘Advanced’ option to change more properties. I’ve used ‘add’ to multiply the number of borders, by keep clicking on that option: four borders are placed now. I can click on each border to change color, or other properties.
If I want to change – for example – the fourth border = selected blue, and use ‘Change’, a variety of shapes appears: in the first option ‘Borders’ there are 29 options, but when clicking on the down-arrow next to ‘Borders’ you can choose from 15 different ‘Diamond Borders’ too!
Do you want to see the dialog box ‘Select Border’ as large as mine? Just pull on a corner and drag it to a larger position. You can change that back to smaller, by pushing a corner to the center again.
There are so many possibilities to make your own Monogram: I really would like to see yours! Place your picture(s) in the Community of this BERNINA Blog, so we all can enjoy them!
Next time another technique, see you then!
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