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......32 Export ....43 ...........................................................................................................3 STRUCTURE OF THE GUIDE ............................. ....................................................................................................................................36 Location....................................33 Knitting Machine Interface Export.....................................17 FILE MENU ...34 Simulation Export ........ .....................36 Project Properties.......................................................... file type and name for export.3 TERMS AND CONVENTIONS .................................31 Save Project..................................................................................................................................................................................................................9 INSTALLATION ............................30 Save As...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................29 Close..........................................................................................................................................................................17 The ’Import’ button...............................................................19 The ’Wizard’ button...........................................7 INSTALLATION AND UNINSTALLATION ......................................................................................................................................................1 BEFORE YOU BEGIN ..................................................................................................................................................35 Symbol Card Export ..........................................13 MENUS .........................20 Working Visually with the Wizard.....................................12 THE MAIN WINDOW......................................4 BASIC WINDOWS CONCEPTS .........................................................................................................................................................................................................Easy Knit Contents INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW........17 New Project ...........................................................................................................5 HELP ...........26 Open Project.....38 The ’Project’ tab ......34 Technical Design (Pattern Draft) Export.........................................................................................9 UNINSTALLING THE SOFTWARE ...............................................................................39 The ’Pattern Draft’ tab ..........................................23 Providing Technical Data for the Wizard.................................................................

.................................... ..................................................... 66 Display Tools .......... 63 Paste motif ........................................................................... 53 The ’File Format’ tab........................................................................................................................................... 57 The ’Technical Design’ tab ...................................................................................................... 63 Clear ............................... 67 Options........................................................................................................................................... 62 Delete – Reinstate Last But One................................................................................................................. 65 Zoom In................................................ 61 Undo All........... 65 Zoom Out ...........................................................................................................................................................Contents The ’Simulation’ tab........................................................ 64 VIEW MENU ............................................................................................................................................................................. 60 EDIT MENU ..... 63 Stencil ................................................... 56 Page Setup............................................................... 61 Undo ................................ 53 The ’Image Parameters’ tab .................................................................................................. 66 Motif Tools............................................... 61 Redo All ..................................................... 47 The ’Set Options’ tab .......... 66 Palette ................................. 66 Edit Tools................................................................ 45 The ’Symbols’ tab .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 63 Cut motif .................. 62 Paste image............................................................................................................................................................................................. 60 Exit................................................................................................. 51 The ’Print to file’ option......................................................................................................................................................................... 62 Cut image.............................................................. ...................... 63 Copy motif............................................................... 66 Drawing Tools ................................................................................................................................. 49 Print.................................................. 67 ............................................................................................................................................. 55 Print Preview ................................................................................................................................... 58 The ’Simulation’ tab...... 59 The ’Symbol Card’ tab ............................... 57 The ’Title’ tab.............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 62 Copy image ....... 61 Redo ...........................................................................

.............97 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................76 Properties .....................................................................................72 Delete................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... .............. ...............................................94 Remove Strips..................90 Symmetry…............................................Easy Knit Image Tools ...........86 Change Gauge ............................................82 TOOLS MENU...............................................................................................................83 Change Size ......................................................................68 MOTIF MENU ..............91 Duplication........................73 Delete all ...............................92 Insert Strips................................................................................68 Standard Toolbar ..........................................................................................................................................................................68 Status Bar .....................................................................................96 Outlining....................................................................................81 Rotation 90° CW .................................................73 Motif Base..................72 Export .............................................................77 Transparency.......................................................................73 Using the Motif Base ..........................................................................................................................81 Rotation 180° .........................................................................................................................67 Zoom Tools ..67 Curve Tools ............................................83 Using the Change Size command without the wizard ................................................... ....................................................................................................87 Change Origin.......................................................88 Rotation ................................................80 Rotate .............77 Hot Spot ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................82 Rotation 90° CCW ................84 Using the Change Size command with the wizard ..76 Edit ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................72 Import.........................................................71 Browse....................................... ...........................................73 The ’Motif Base’ Pop-up Menu ......................81 Mirror ....................................79 Re-scale ........................................................................................................................................................81 Flip .............................68 Tracing Tools .............................................................................

....... 105 Knits....................................... 122 Tile Options….......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 127 New ................................................................................................................... 121 New Window ....................................................................................................................... 116 Motifs default transparent color… ................................. 127 Save............................................................................ 130 Straight Line Tool ..............................................................................................................................................................Contents Background Fill ................................................... 118 WINDOW MENU ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 113 Color display of old projects ................................................................................................................... 128 About Easy Knit ........................................................................................... 121 Tile Vertically ................................................................ 129 Overview ................................................................................. 128 Print Preview ................................................................................................................. 113 Numeric color index ..................................... 123 Fit to Image..... 127 Open........................................................................... 128 DRAWING TOOLBAR ...................... 129 Pencil Tool.......................... 127 Print ............................................................................................................................................................................... 114 Guidelines Option… ................................... ............................................................ 132 .................................................... 122 Close All.................. 123 Synchronize document views ...................................................... 109 PREFERENCES MENU ......................................................................... 124 HELP MENU ................................ 125 About Easy Knit................................................................................. 125 TOOLBARS............................................................................ 122 Cascade Windows ..................... 123 Arrange Icons ........ 121 Tile Horizontally................... 128 What’s this? ............................................................... 113 Select tracing parameters… ........................... 127 STANDARD TOOLBAR ...................................... 122 Automatic Tile................................................................................................................... 99 KNIT MENU............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 125 Help Topics.............................................................................................. 105 Symbols ...

.................................................................142 Remove Curve........................147 Freehand Selection.......................................144 IMAGE TOOLBAR .............................................................156 Repeat Count ....152 The ’Rotate’ tab ....................................................................................................................................................133 Square or Rectangle Tool.........................................................................142 Control Points ......138 Airbrush.......................................................149 Select Whole Image as Motif ...................................137 Fill With Color ......140 CURVE TOOLBAR ................................................................................................................................................................................................................147 Rectangle Selection ......................................................148 Mirror..........................134 Curve ..............155 Zoom Drop-down..........145 MOTIF TOOLBAR ........................................................144 Finalize Curve ....................................................152 The ’Change Size’ tab....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................140 Stripes and Checks ................................151 Edit Motif................................................................................................................................................................................................Easy Knit Circle or Ellipse Tool ............................................................................................................................................................................................147 Selection By Color....142 Modify Curve...........................................155 Zoom In................148 Local Motif Fill .........................................................................................................................138 Smudge ..................................................135 Curved Shape or Outline...........................................................151 The Motif Drawing Tool Options ..............................................................................................................................................154 ZOOM TOOLBAR .........................................................................................151 Show Motif Base....................................................................148 Rotate Motif..................148 Flip .................156 VIEW (DISPLAY) TOOLBAR .......................................................155 Zoom Slider .............................................................................................................................................................................................148 Re-scale Motif ............................147 Select Last Used Motif...................................................................................157 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................156 Zoom Out .....................................136 Freehand Shape.....................................................................................................................................................................................

Contents
Overview ................................................................................................ 157 Tile Horizontally.................................................................................... 159 Tile Vertically ........................................................................................ 159 Cascade Windows .................................................................................. 159 View Rulers............................................................................................ 159 Ruler Pop-up Menu ............................................................................ 159 Calibrate Rulers.............................................................................. 160 Guideline Options…....................................................................... 162 Working With Guidelines .................................................................. 163 Adding A Guideline ....................................................................... 164 Moving A Guideline....................................................................... 164 Delete A Guideline......................................................................... 165 Using Snap...................................................................................... 165 Show Repeat Boundaries ....................................................................... 167 Tape Measure ........................................................................................ 167 Drawing Tool Options ........................................................................... 167 Show or Hide the Palette ....................................................................... 167 Select Color ........................................................................................... 168 Designate Stencil ................................................................................... 168 Activate Stencil ...................................................................................... 169 Zoom Area ............................................................................................. 169 Color Atlas............................................................................................. 170 How are Color Atlases used? ............................................................. 170 Opening Color Atlases ....................................................................... 172 Modifying atlas colors individually ................................................... 172 Modifying several atlas colors at once............................................... 174 The 'Save Atlas' and 'Save Atlas As' Commands ............................... 177 Close Atlas ......................................................................................... 177 View Pattern Draft................................................................................. 177 View Simulation ..................................................................................... 178 View Symbol Card ................................................................................. 178 Embroidery Effect.................................................................................. 179 Tracing................................................................................................... 182 TRACING TOOLBAR ................................................................................... 183 EDIT TOOLBAR........................................................................................... 184 Cut Image............................................................................................... 184 Copy Image............................................................................................ 184

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Paste Image ............................................................................................184 Undo .......................................................................................................184 Redo........................................................................................................184 Undo All .................................................................................................185 Reinstate Last But One ...........................................................................185 Redo All ..................................................................................................185 THE PALETTE........................................................................................187 MODIFYING A COLOR – COLOR CHANNELS ...............................................189 The ’Color Channels’ pop-up menu........................................................190 HSV ....................................................................................................190 RGB ....................................................................................................191 CMY ...................................................................................................191 CMYK ................................................................................................192 hCL .....................................................................................................192 XYZ ....................................................................................................192 Lab ......................................................................................................193 CMYK% .............................................................................................194 Colored ...............................................................................................194 Enhanced Display ...............................................................................194 CHOOSING A NEW KNIT TYPE .....................................................................195 CHOOSING A NEW SYMBOL.........................................................................195 PALETTE PROPERTIES .................................................................................195 EMPTY STITCH............................................................................................198 BROWSING THUMBNAIL VIEWS.....................................................201 BROWSE POP-UP MENU ..............................................................................202 Directory ................................................................................................202 Sort By ....................................................................................................202 GLOSSARY..............................................................................................203 APPENDIX A: SUGGESTION SHEET FOR EASY KNIT................211 APPENDIX B: ANOMALY REPORT FOR EASY KNIT..................213 INDEX.......................................................................................................215

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INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Welcome to Easy Knit! Whether you are new to the field of knitting, or are already technically expert, Vision Easy Knit will make it simple for you to produce creative knits to the highest industrial standard. And not only this, you will finish projects in a fraction of the time required by traditional methods. As for showing your work, you will print simulations at the click of a button that look so good you have to touch to be sure they’re not real fabric. Vision Easy Knit has all the drawing tools you would expect from the best graphics packages, but because it also thinks in terms of stitches and repeat, it has all the tools you could want for these too. As the basis of your design, you can import an image in 256 colors created in almost any other graphics program. You can also use an image scanned from photographs or sketches and processed using the Vision application Color Reduction and Cleaning. You can then change the colors at will. You can import any number of motifs to a motif base, and add them to your design at will. What’s more, you can create and modify motifs within Easy Knit and then export them again. If terms such as ‘gauge’ and ‘course count’ are second nature to you, you can set the parameters for your project directly. If not, Easy Knit takes care of all the technicalities, allowing you to modify your knit visually, using a life-size simulation, to obtain precisely the form you want. To help you along, we’ve provided an index for ready reference. You will find a complete description of how to use Vision Easy Knit in the main section of this guide.

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2 .Introduction and Overview Just before you get designing. Installation and Uninstallation. you may also find it helpful to take a look at the preliminary sections of the guide. and Help. Basic Windows Concepts. on Terms and Conventions.

Easy Knit BEFORE YOU BEGIN Structure of the Guide You will find a complete description of how to use Vision Easy Knit in the main section of this guide. Help. and Toolbars. Menus. Basic Windows Concepts. and Installation and Uninstallation. 3 . we’ve provided an index and a glossary at the end for easy reference. To help you along. This begins with a description entitled The Main Window. to help you become familiar with the Easy Knit interface. We recommend reading the sections on Terms and Conventions.

and a sub-section about the All Undo command. the following terms and conventions have been used: • • Command names are printed in bold with the first letter of each word capitalized. or to the Index at the end. the Enter key is designated by ENTER. "press ALT. indicates that the keys should be pressed simultaneously. Sections of this guide are also indicated by bold text.Before You Begin Terms and Conventions For a description of the principal Windows terms and concepts needed for Easy Knit see Basic Windows Concepts. SPACE BAR" indicates that ALT is to be pressed and released. "press SHIFT + W" indicates that W is to be pressed while holding down SHIFT. A comma (. • 4 . and then the SPACE BAR is to be pressed and released. There is a sub-section for each command. For example. for example. • Symbols: This symbol indicates very important information This symbol is followed by remarks and advice for avoiding common problems and for saving time. the instruction ‘refer to the Standard Toolbar for the All Undo command’ shows that there is a section about the Standard Toolbar. For example. For example. Ÿ This symbol is followed by a reference to related information. For page numbers refer to the table of Contents at the beginning of this guide. Key names are printed in ordinary capitals. Combinations and sequences of keys: • A plus sign (+) inserted between key names.) inserted between key names indicates that the key names are to be pressed one after the other. For the purposes of writing this guide.

it may be possible to have several views of the same project open at the same time as separate windows. Double-click to double click an item means to click it rapidly two times. 5 . However. drag to a new position on the screen. you will need to be familiar with basic Windows concepts and functions. and to press and then release the left mouse button without moving the mouse. If this is not the case. This action is used in certain selection procedures and for launching certain functions. so that the item is moved to the new position. and also forms part of the action ‘drag and drop’. This action is used with certain tools to select an area of the screen. Equally. Some of the basic Windows concepts and functions referred to in this guide include: Click: to click an item means to place the mouse pointer or cursor over the item. we advise against having too many files open at the same time in order that all windows are at least partially visible. Drag and Drop: to drag and drop an item means to click the item. similarly drag and drop the edge of a toolbar to move it to a different location on the screen. please refer to the Windows documentation provided with your system. Thanks to the Windows interface. You click to choose or select an item. Right Click: to click the right mouse button when the cursor is over the area of the screen you are using. in which case several working windows will be displayed on the screen. it is possible to have several files open at once. Drag: to drag means to move the mouse while holding down the left button.Easy Knit Basic Windows Concepts As this software has been developed under the Windows environment. and then release the mouse button. Typically this is in order to obtain a popup menu (See Pop-Up menus). You can move whole windows with this technique by dragging and dropping the title bar. for some programs. or to operate a tool.

and de-activated by clicking the button again. The status bar at the bottom of the screen displays information about the use of individual toolbar buttons and menu commands. select Window Arrange Icons. You may prefer therefore just to minimize the view to a small icon at the bottom of the screen by clicking its minimize icon . so that the pointer changes into a double headed arrow . To tidy up the window icons. If you wish a view to fill the entire screen (covering the other views temporarily). The window icons are now lined up with each other along the bottom of the screen.Before You Begin The title bar of the main window displays the name of the program. Restore a view to its former size by clicking its restore icon . You can close a window or a particular view of your project by clicking on its close button . just click the desired window. icon To adjust the size of a view more precisely. in which case you will have to choose New Window from the Window menu to regenerate that view if you require it again later. click the down arrow to list the contents of the box. Note that certain functions can be activated by clicking a tool button. click its maximize . Now drag the border to enlarge or reduce the size of the view. To switch between the various open windows. To choose from a drop-down box. and then click one of the items in the list to choose it. The title bars of the different project views show the project file name. 6 . simply move the mouse pointer over the toolbar button or menu command concerned. For this information. The active window has a blue title bar. move the mouse pointer over a horizontal or vertical border of the view.

Double-click a heading to see the help topics it contains. After a moment’s pause. Double-click a topic to obtain access to it. then type in a value of your choice Finally we advise you to refer to the section of this guide on The Main Window. This operates as follows: • • To find information about a dialog box. To look up information choose Help Topics from the Help menu and then click on one of the tabs: ¾ The Contents tab to see the topic headings. then on any item for Move the mouse pointer over a toolbar button or menu command. ¾ The Search tab to search for a term not contained in the index. Help Vision Easy Knit may include an on-line help. to become familiar with the Easy Knit interface. click its Help button (if available). (if available).Easy Knit To change a value in a field with spin arrows. A more detailed ‘prompt’ appears on the Status Bar at the bottom of the screen for both toolbar buttons and menu commands. ¾ The Index tab to use the subject index. double-click the existing value. click the up or down arrow to increase or decrease the value. press DEL to delete it. Alternatively. a ‘tooltip’ appears next to the button. 7 . • Click the What’s this? button help on its use.

Installation and Uninstallation 8 .

Note that USB ports do NOT function on a computer running under Windows NT. simply add the new dongle to the end of it. which makes installation straightforward. if you have this information. however. The first step of the installation procedure is to find the dongle and the access code supplied with your software. 25 holes in all. or the first time you run an application. The parallel port comprises two rows of holes. we strongly recommend you to read the following general description of the installation procedure. the name of each application you have purchased. During the installation procedure.Easy Knit INSTALLATION AND UNINSTALLATION Installation A wizard is included on your installation CD. You can then connect your printer cable to the end of the dongle if you normally use a printer on that port. Be sure to type in the code exactly as given i. the STEP number associated with the applications. 9 . You will need to tell us the number written on your dongle. connect it to your free USB port. If there is already a parallel dongle connected to the parallel port. Preferably you should attach the dongle while your computer is turned off. and. If you are using an USB type of dongle. Before installation you must insert the dongle into the parallel port of your computer. where it will remain permanently. Before you begin.e. please contact us at the nearest NedGraphics address given on the cover of this guide. you will be asked to enter the access code. In case you do not have this code. The dongle is a hard lock key in the form of a plug which is essential for the software to work. using upper case and/or lower case in exactly the same way.

Should you encounter any difficulty. look for a file with a name similar to Winsetup. information and installation of your software. Double-click this to launch the CD. By default. When you get to the start-up screen. If you are using Windows NT4 or Windows 2000 the account you log on with must have administrator rights. to leave only those which you have purchased and which you wish to install. the printer must be switched on or the dongle will not allow your software to be used. please ask your system administrator to log on for you. Next. In this case it will be essential to de-select some of the applications by clicking on them. In case this is unsuccessful. To launch the CD in this case you will have to open your Windows Explorer. On some systems the installation CD may not launch automatically. a wizard will take you through a series of screens until you arrive at a dialog box containing a list of the available applications to install. If you choose to proceed with an installation. In case you should have any difficulty in printing. If you have any other applications running.Installation and Uninstallation If the other end of the printer cable is attached to your printer. you may need to use a second parallel port for your printer. you are strongly advised to close them before beginning installation. You will then have various alternatives: ƒ ƒ Right-click on the CD drive. Now insert your installation CD into the CD-ROM drive of your computer. After a few moments. Use the scroll bar at the side of 10 . start your computer under Windows.exe. these may all be selected. and choose AutoPlay from the pop-up menu that appears. a start-up screen should appear automatically. you may find a range of options that you can click on for demonstrations.

click the Start button of Windows.Easy Knit the dialog box to move through the list. To run one of the applications you have installed. Note that it may be appropriate to select one or more of the following elements. and there is not currently any other Vision software installed on your system. Then choose the name of your Vision software suite from the next menu. which will display a list of the installed applications such as the following: Click the application that you wish to run. or later. 11 . you will also need to install this. • At the end of the installation procedure. Tutorial files: These include sample image files that you can use with the applications you are about to install. Sentinel. and choose Programs from the menu which appears. and there is not currently any other Vision software installed on your system. It is advisable to reboot immediately to avoid any possible problems in running the installed applications later on. you will need to install this. if available : • • Basics: If this option is available. or another hard lock device driver : If this option is available. you will usually be asked if you wish to re-boot your computer immediately.

The Add/Remove button will become active.Installation and Uninstallation Uninstalling the software If you decide to uninstall Easy Knit from your computer. Click it to start the uninstall procedure. 12 . In the next window that appears. A warning message box will ask again for your confirmation. select Control Panel from your Start/Settings menu of the Windows status bar. Click OK to continue the uninstallation. double-click the Add/Remove programs icon. As a result you will get the following dialog box: At the Install/Uninstall tab click to select Easy Knit from the list.

from which the other two view types depend. When you are ready to use one of the other views. only one view is created initially. The three alternative views of your current project can be displayed in the main window. and then change the new window to the view you require by clicking the toolbar button for the new view (shown below). the Pattern Draft view. first duplicate the Pattern Draft view using the New Window command (Window menu). or tiled 13 . either individually.Easy Knit THE MAIN WINDOW The following figure illustrates the different parts of the Easy Knit main window: On designing your project.

Change a view to make it the pattern draft view by clicking the View Simulation button on the toolbar. another toolbar is available. in colors that you can change at will via the palette. Note that by default the corresponding color for the pattern draft is automatically modified to be the same as the color for the knit type. but in the case of certain special yarns.The Main Window so that they all appear as in the above figure. you may select a color that is representational rather than identical. Typically you will choose colors identical to those of the yarns you wish to be used. These include the possibility of applying a grid to the pattern draft to assist in detailed design. such as mottled yarn. such as mottled yarn. 14 . For the colors in the simulation to be different from those in the pattern draft.e. which. Change a view to make it the pattern on the toolbar. typically using the colors of the yarns you wish to be used. Simulation: a true to life simulation of the knitted fabric representing the actual stitches used. They may be viewed at different zoom levels. draft view by clicking the View Pattern Draft button Ÿ Refer to the description of the ‘Pattern Draft Tab’ under Project Properties (File menu) for a description of the pattern draft options. the Tracing toolbar: The views are as follows: Pattern Draft: each square of the grid corresponds to a stitch. While in tracing mode. by default. you may select a color which is representational rather than identical). the option ‘Match colors’ should be unchecked in the Palette Properties dialog box (see Palette Properties under Palette). uses the same colors as the pattern draft (i. but in the case of certain special yarns.

Easy Knit Ÿ Refer to the description of the Simulation Tab under Project Properties (File menu) for a description of the simulation options. Leave the dialog box open while you work. or close it by clicking . These include the possibility of setting the size independently of the pattern draft and symbol card. knit type or symbol via the palette. You can design on any one of the three views – the others are automatically updated. For each drawing tool. or create your own. you select a color as well as a corresponding stitch and symbol. stitch or symbol. By clicking on the palette. Via the palette. images implemented as knitted fabric. open the Drawing Tool Options dialog box from the View menu. Modify a color. face or back (a symbol assigned for the face and one for the back of the knit). Ÿ Refer to the description of the Symbols Tab under Project Properties (File menu) for a description of the symbol card options. you can designate symbols from the atlas provided. on its close button 15 . Embroidery Effect: when in simulation view mode you can use the embroidery function to apply images on the knit simulation image. Symbol Card: each stitch is shown by a symbol representing its knit type. Ÿ For further information on the palette. as well as its orientation. as embroidery on the real knitted material. You can also use the Motif Base utilities to apply motif images over the design area. These include simulation effects such as directional or diffuse brushing. A whole range of specific commands related to working with motifs are located in the Motif menu. and then you can use the various drawing tools on the toolbars or menus to edit your project directly in color. Change another view to make it the pattern draft view by clicking the View Simulation button on the toolbar. please refer to Palette. in order to be able to adjust the way in which the tool works. knit types and symbols. including modification of colors.

For this information. On the extreme right of the status bar. Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ For a brief guide to moving. simply move the mouse pointer over the toolbar button or menu command concerned. For details about the various toolbars. organizing and changing the size of project views and windows. The units used for your project may be chosen from the Set Options tab of Project Properties (File menu). The title bars of the different project views show the project file name only. See Change Origin (Repeat Tools menu) for an explanation of origin.The Main Window Ÿ Ÿ For details about the various menus. The title bar of the main window displays the name of the program and the project file name. the current position of the cursor or mouse pointer in relation to the origin of the image is given in terms of horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) coordinates. as well as the total size of your project (in stitches). please refer to the Menus section. please refer to the Toolbars section. The status bar at the bottom of the screen displays information about the use of individual toolbar buttons and menu commands. 16 . please refer to Basic Windows Concepts.

Alternatively. use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+N. The Project Properties tabs appears on the screen. click on the New button on the Standard Toolbar or select New Project from the File menu.Easy Knit MENUS File Menu New Project To create a new project. as follows: 17 .

You can start with an empty project. Either click 18 . If you want to start a new project from an image already created with another application. Ÿ To adjust the various parameters and options for your project contained in the New Project dialog window tabs. and build your design image from within Easy Knit. To use this option just set up the parameters in all the tabs of the ‘New Project’ dialog window. and click OK. you have two methods available. using its drawing tools and loading and pasting motifs.Menus You can also bring this dialog box on your screen at any time with a middleclick. see Project Properties (File menu). anywhere in your project.

as follows: 19 . or click the Wizard button at the foot of the dialog box. gauge and course count on a preview before the project is created. To find the image file you wish to use click the Up One Level button to climb the folder tree or double-click a folder to show the folders it contains. define the list from which you must choose your file by selecting the specific file type you are looking for. It is therefore appropriate only if you have already decided the value of these parameters. Alternatively click the down arrow of the Look in field to show the folder tree and then click the part of the tree where you want to go to. The two methods function as follows: The ’Import’ button On clicking the Import button. From the File of type drop-down box. A large range of file types are available.Easy Knit the Import button near the top of the Project tab. the Import dialog box appears on the screen. as an Open type dialog window. The Import button is the quickest method for creating a new project but gives no opportunity to test the values entered for size.

To modify the colors. see Project Properties (File menu). If you click the Browse button in the Import dialog box. Note that you can easily change the parameters later on when you have finished using the Wizard – see Project Properties (File menu). If so click the OK button at the bottom of the Project Properties tabs. This is invaluable if you don’t know the file name of the image you are searching for. Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ To adjust the various parameters and options for your project contained in the Project Properties tabs. thumbnails of all the image files in the current folder are displayed.Menus Click the desired file name so that it appears in the File name field. After clicking the Open button in the Import dialog box you may wish to let loose your creativity immediately. To show the repeat boundaries. and then click the Open button. knits and knit symbols see Palette Toolbar. 20 . and to set appropriate parameters. For an explanation of the drawing tools. see Drawing Toolbar. see Show Repeat Boundaries (Display toolbar). The ’Wizard’ button The wizard is a guide which helps you to select the image on which you will base your project. Ÿ See Browsing Thumbnail Views for further information.

Click the desired file name so that it appears in the File name field. Alternatively click the down arrow of the Look in field to show the folder tree and then click the part of the tree where you want to go to. the following dialog box appears: If you know the file name and path of the image you wish to import. and then click the Open button. Otherwise click the Browse button. enter this information directly in the File path field.Easy Knit On clicking the Wizard button. • 21 . to climb the folder tree or Click the Up One Level button double-click a folder to show the folders it contains. • On clicking the Browse button the Open dialog box appears.

thumbnails of all the image files in the current folder are displayed. Now that you have selected your image file. This is invaluable if you don’t know the file name of the image you are searching for. The dialog box that appears is as follows: Click the Preview button if you wish to check the appearance of the image you have selected. Click Next to proceed. When you have made your choice. unless you already have a good idea of the size.Menus If you click the ‘Browse’ button in the ‘Open’ dialog box. Next. 22 . it’s name and path should be displayed in the File path field of the Pattern Draft (Technical Design) Wizard. gauge and course count appropriate for your project. click the Next button. choose your method for defining the parameters of the pattern draft by clicking either Work visually or Provide technical data. See Browsing Thumbnail Views for further information. You may find it easier to work visually.

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Working Visually with the Wizard
If you selected Work visually, the following dialog box appears:

In order to work with the image you have chosen, Easy Knit will have to make a conversion. Since your image is defined in terms of pixels, and you will want it defined in stitches, usually a re-scaling of the image will be required. This dialog box asks for your preference in case you need the operation to be done by protecting some colors in it. Selecting Yes will permit the Define button to be activated, and the protection and priorities dialog box to be opened.

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It looks like this: On the left column Easy Knit list all the colors found in the image. Using the horizontal arrows, you may select from them, and change your mind to switch them back, those colors you want protected through the re-scaling operation. The selected colors will be listed in the column at right. Using the vertical arrows, you may arrange the priority list of the selected colors to your preference. The Tolerance parameter on top will allow you to choose the percentage number that will be used to detect the presence of the color in the image. For example: if when deciding what color to choose to replace a number of pixels, it will choose the selected priority color only if this is present in the considered area in a percentage better then 30%, as chosen in the Tolerance field. When ready, click OK to go back to the previous dialog box, and click Next again to proceed to the next window as follows:

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In this dialog box you can set the gauge and course count as well as the size of the project. Note that the figures relate to the image considered as a single entity. You will choose later whether the image is to be used as a repeat, or if it will be used singly. You can enter your chosen settings directly in the Size group box, or change the values in the group box by dragging the sliders situated around the knit thumbnail view shown in red Jersey (in red Jersey naturally, because the view was inspired directly from the programmer’s socks!). The thumbnail view gives a life-like representation of the gauge and course count. After changing a value, click on the thumbnail if necessary for the view to be updated. If you have chosen too fine a knit to see with the naked eye, find a microscope!
If you click the padlock button at the bottom left of the thumbnail, the padlock closes and the relationship between height and width will be fixed e.g. if you double the height, the width will automatically double. Similarly, at the top right of the thumbnail for the click the padlock button relationship of the gauge and course count to be fixed.

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When you have chosen values that seem correct, click the preview button to see how the knit will be applied to the image. If the image is now too big to fit in the dialog box, scroll bars will be provided to enable you to view all parts, as shown in the example above. When you are happy with the results, click OK. Properties tabs re-appear. The Project

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See Project Properties (File menu) to adjust other parameters and options for your project.

If you wish to let loose your creativity immediately, click the OK button at the bottom of the Project Properties tabs.

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To modify the colors, knits and knit symbols see Palette Toolbar. For an explanation of the drawing tools, see Drawing Toolbar. To show the repeat boundaries, see Show Repeat Boundaries (Display toolbar).

Providing Technical Data for the Wizard
If you chose Provide technical data in the Pattern Draft (Technical Design) Wizard, the Change Size dialog box appears when you click the OK button:

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at least one of the others must be changed. The default method of recalculation is as follows: 27 .Easy Knit You can change the parameters for your project directly in the Pattern Draft group. Therefore if one of these three values is changed. But no need to go searching for your calculator! When you change one value Easy Knit deals with things for you by fixing one of the other values. or if it will be used singly. and recalculating the third automatically. The figures relate to the image considered as a single entity. Note that the number of courses is a product of the height multiplied by the course count. You will choose later whether the image is to be used as a repeat.

therefore. It’s a similar story for the number of needles. you can select out of three reduction methods: 28 . this represents a reduction in size. If you change the number of needles. This time: • • If you change the width or the gauge. the course count is recalculated for you. Typically more than one pixel in the original image will correspond to a single stitch in the final image. and creates a new image defined in terms of stitches. In terms of data. If you change the number of courses. which is a product of the gauge and the width.Menus • • If you change the height or the course count. Easy Knit takes the original image. Only two of these parameters (height. the number of needles is re-calculated for you (the gauge or width remaining fixed). see the Set Options tab in Project Properties (File menu). In the Reduction group of parameters. composed of pixels. course count/mm and number of courses) are independent. the number of courses is re-calculated for you. the gauge is re-calculated for you (the width remaining fixed) To change which values are fixed by Easy Knit during a change in size.

click the OK button at the bottom of the Project Properties tabs. click the Open button on the Standard toolbar. see Drawing Toolbar.Easy Knit Normal. see Show Repeat Boundaries (Display toolbar). When you are happy with the results.. knits and knit symbols see Palette Toolbar. with no priority or preference. through the use of the Options button. to set up priorities in the colors so that they will be treated differently. click OK. Open Project. Ÿ See Project Properties (File menu) to adjust other parameters and options for your project. You can open a file you’ve worked on recently by selecting it from the bottom of the File menu. Dominant colors will automatically give priority to the dominant color in your image (see the Working Visually with the Wizard method.. To open a file. 29 . Priority colors will allow you. The Project Properties tabs re-appear. also Tools Menu. If you wish to let loose your creativity immediately. Use this command to open the file of a project you’ve previously worked on with Easy Knit. Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ To modify the colors. select Open Project on the File menu or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+O. For an explanation of the drawing tools. will treat the pixels in your image equally. To show the repeat boundaries. Using the Change Size command without the wizard for more information).

Alternatively click the down arrow of the Look in field to show the folder tree and then click the part of the tree where you want to go to. thumbnails of all the image files in the current folder are displayed. Click the desired file name so that it appears in the File name field. If you do not know the file name and path of the image you wish to open click the Browse button. Now that you have selected your image file. You will be given the opportunity to save the project before it closes. Click the Up One Level button to climb the folder tree or doubleclick a folder to show the folders it contains. it should be displayed in the Image file field of the Open dialog box.Menus The Open dialog box appears on the screen. This is invaluable if you don’t know the file name of the file you are searching for. Close To close the file you are working on select Close (File menu) or at the upper right corner of each open click the Close button window of your project. 30 . Ÿ See Browsing Thumbnail Views for further information. If you click the Browse button in the Open dialog box. and then click the Open button.

To save a project for the first time. you must first double-click the folder in which the new folder is to be located. Type the name of your choice directly on the keyboard. The folder appears in the Save in field at the top of the dialog box. click Save As in the File menu. It appears with a default name ‘New Folder’ highlighted in blue. If you wish to create a new folder in which to save your project. replacing the default name.. The Save As dialog box appears as follows: • To move to the folder where you wish to save your work click to climb the folder tree or doublethe Up One Level button click a folder to show the folders it contains. • 31 . or to save an existing project with a new name. Now click the Create New Folder button to create the new folder..Easy Knit Save As. Alternatively click the down arrow of the Save in field to show the folder tree and then click the part of the tree where you want to go to.

or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+S.Menus • Now double-click the folder in which you wish to save your project. Next type the name that you wish to use for your project in the File name field. so that its name appears in the Save in field.EKP . Finally click Save to save your work. select Save Project in the File menu. 32 . It is not necessary to add a file type extension to the end of the name. By default. click the Save button on the Standard toolbar. Easy Knit projects are saved with the extension *. • Save Project To save a project you are working on.

Technical Design (Pattern Draft). Standard resolutions used for printing include 150 DPI and 300 DPI (option not available for Knitting machine interface). • 33 . select Export from the File menu. Next click on the type of project view you wish to export (Knitting Machine Interface. The Export dialog box appears: • Go to the Export Data group and choose a suitable resolution.Easy Knit Export If you wish to save one of the views of your project separately as a bitmap. or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+E. Simulation or Symbol Card).

set the width and height of the repeat. from the Export Data group. Click OK to return to the Export dialog box when you have made your choices. Each pixel (dot) of this image has a unique correspondence to a stitch of your work file.Menus Knitting Machine Interface Export Choosing the Knitting machine interface option from the Export Data group. will lead to obtaining an image file. so an alternative way to set the Global Size is by setting the Point Size. then Dimension. You can set the file type to any of the usual options: TGA. TIFF. No other settings are required. the following dialog box appears: Note that a single repeat only is exported. 34 .e. Technical Design (Pattern Draft) Export If you chose Technical Design (Pattern Draft). HR2. These fields are directly linked to the adjacent fields for Point Size (i. BMP (DIB). which knitting machines are able to use as an input to produce the exact image you have created. In the Global Size fields of the dialog box. width and length of stitch).

35 . Click OK to return to the Export dialog box when you have made your choices. Not selecting this option will export/save the project image without the embroidery within. which means that the number of needles per centimeter and courses per centimeter will be as shown in the Pattern draft tab of Project Properties (File menu). the following dialog box appears: By default the zoom factor is set at 100% for both width and height. Embroidery option: this option is only available when in Simulation export mode. Changing the number of repeats changes the values in the Size fields. as does changing the zoom factor. then Dimensions…. Note that the values number of repeats entered for width and height do not have to be whole numbers. and allows you to export your design image with the embroidery images (if you created any) in your project.Easy Knit Simulation Export If you chose Simulation from the Export Data group. Change the zoom factor if desired.

or indirectly by entering values in the Symbol Size fields. 36 . then Dimensions…. file type and name for export Now choose the location. You can set its size either directly in the Global Size fields. Click OK to return to the Export dialog box when you have made your choices. the following dialog box appears: Note that only a single repeat is exported. Ÿ To change the number of needles and courses which make up a single repeat please refer to Change Size (Repeat Tools menu).Menus Symbol Card Export If you chose Symbol Card from the Export Data group. in which case the Global Size will be changed automatically. Location. file type and name of the file you are going to export: To move to the folder where you wish to save a view either click the to climb the folder tree or double-click a Up One Level button folder to show the folders it contains.

Easy Coloring (Pro). so that its name appears in the Save in field.Easy Knit If you wish to create a new folder in which to save the view. The folder appears in the Save in field at the top of the dialog box. like Simulating Printed Fabric. Design & Repeat (Pro). Choose an appropriate file type from the Save as type drop-down box. and use them to modify your current color 37 . Type the name of your choice directly on the keyboard. you must first double-click the folder in which the new folder is to be located. Ÿ For choices of color range and compression type click the ‘Options’ button. Next type the name that you wish to use for your project in the File name field. Now click the Create New Folder button to create the new folder. This file will be very useful if you intend to use the same colors for a new project. It appears with a default name ‘New Folder’ highlighted in blue. in other NedGraphics applications. if you want to save your color palette in a separate file. Now double-click the folder in which you wish to save your project. replacing the default name. You will be able to load the saved palette colors as an atlas. The following dialog window will appear: Select Export color palette along with the file.

In particular. Choose Project Properties from the File menu any time you wish to adjust various key parameters and options of your project. You can also access Project Properties at any time by clicking on any view of your project with your middle mouse button (or mouse wheel. the various tabs of the Project Properties dialog box enable you to set the type of repeat. the gauge and course count. 38 . Project Properties. the form of the pattern draft (technical design). Ÿ You can start a new project from the Project Properties dialog box by clicking the ‘Import’ button near the top of the ‘Project’ tab... the size of the repeat (which can be defined in a variety of ways – e. Click a tab of the Project Properties dialog box to access it. simulation and symbol card .Menus palette. Click Save when you have made your choices for the export to be made. This version of Easy Knit cannot load a separate color palette file. or by clicking the Wizard button at the foot of the dialog box. if available). in cm or in terms of numbers of needles and courses). See Print to file under Print (File menu) for a description of the other options.g. Refer to the New command (File menu) for further details.

Use the drop-down box in this area to choose the type of repeats you desire.Easy Knit The ’Project’ tab The Project tab appears as follows: Ÿ Clicking the Import button is one of the methods for starting a new project. The Repeats group box enables you to determine how your image will be used as a repeat. 39 . See the New command (File menu) for further details.

Choosing to mirror or flip your repeats. Use the View repeats… button if you want to have a visual representation of the repeats type. Select Vertical stepped or Horizontal stepped if you want an offset (regular miss-alignment) to your repeats. in a more intuitive way. Select Straight if you want your repeats to be aligned. Choose one of the symmetry types offered for your repeats. 40 .Menus Select None if you want your image to be used singly. may also be done here. or both.

the repeats are symbolized by an apostrophe. Mirrored Straight Repeat. with the orientation of successive apostrophes in the icon illustrating the repeat type. Flipped and Mirrored 41 . Flipped Straight Repeat.Easy Knit In the icons. The repeat types may be described as follows: Straight Repeat Straight Repeat.

for example. or 0. 42 . When you have made your choices as desired in each of the Project Properties tabs. These three fields are alternative ways to change the step or offset used for stepped repeat types. you have chosen a vertically stepped repeat. If. or 25 in the % field. Flipped and Mirrored Wr…‡vphyy’ T‡rƒƒrqÃSrƒrh‡ W r … ‡ v p h y y ’ T‡rƒƒrqÃSrƒrh‡ Ayvƒƒrq W r … ‡ v p h y y ’ T‡rƒƒrqÃSrƒrh‡ Hv……‚…rq W r … ‡ v p h y y ’ T‡rƒƒrqà Srƒrh‡ Ayvƒƒrqà hq Hv……‚…rq If you select one of the eight stepped repeat types.25 in the Centimeter field.Menus C‚…v“‚‡hyy’ T‡rƒƒrqÃSrƒrh‡ C‚…v“‚‡hyy’ T‡ rƒƒrqà Sr ƒrh‡ Ayvƒƒrq C‚…v“‚‡hyy’ T‡rƒƒrqà Srƒrh‡ Hv……‚…rq Horizontally Stepped Repeat. the Step. click OK to put the choices into effect and close the tabs. then enter 1 /4 in the Step field. or click Cancel to close the tabs without registering any of the changes made. Centimeter and % fields become active and can be changed. If one of the three fields is changed the others are automatically updated. and wish adjacent columns of repeats to be offset by a quarter of the height of a repeat.

The figures relate to the image considered as a single entity.Easy Knit The ’Pattern Draft’ tab The Pattern Draft (Technical Design) tab appears as follows: Set the parameters for size. or if it will be used singly. 43 . needles and courses in the Parameters group box. Ÿ Go the ‘Project’ tab to choose whether the image is to be used as a repeat. and are identical to the figures in the Parameters group box of the Simulation tab.

If you want a thicker line every ten stitches. which is a product of the number of needles per centimeter and the width. counting horizontally. The graph paper presentation is not visible. In graph paper presentation given by the View Grid option. at low magnification levels. click OK to put the choices into effect and close the tabs. and enter the number 10 in the adjacent field. But no need to go searching for your calculator! When you change one value Easy Knit deals with things for you by fixing one of the other values. and recalculating the third automatically. You can choose to have some of the gridlines thicker: for example. It’s a similar story for the number of needles. When you have made your choices as desired in each of the Project Properties tabs. check View Grid if you wish the pattern draft to have a graph paper presentation. at least one of the others must be changed. 44 . check Thick horizontal gridlines every. Therefore if one of these three values is changed. each square represents a single stitch. Ÿ Go to the ‘Set Options’ tab to choose which of the values remain fixed and which are re-calculated. In the Options group box. if you want a thicker line every five courses. and enter the number 5 in the adjacent field.Menus Note that the number of courses is a product of the height multiplied by the number of courses per centimeter. however. or click Cancel to close the tabs without registering any of the changes made. This option is therefore of great assistance when you wish to design details stitch by stitch. which are more appropriate for global viewing rather than detailed design work. check Thick vertical gridlines every.

or if it will be used singly. needles and courses in the Parameters group box. 45 . Ÿ Go the ‘Project’ tab to choose whether the image is to be used as a repeat.Easy Knit The ’Simulation’ tab The Simulation tab appears as follows : Set the parameters for size. The figures relate to the image considered as a single entity. and are identical to the figures in the Parameters group box of the Pattern Draft tab.

Therefore if one of these three values is changed. You can choose none. It’s a similar story for the width. Click the Select button in the Colors area to open the Color Channels tool and modify the Background color. But no need to go searching for your calculator! When you change one value Easy Knit deals with things for you by fixing one of the other values. you can make the color darker or lighter by changing the figure in the Contrast field. 46 . which is a product of the gauge and the number of needles. and recalculating the third automatically. the default value being 50. or click Cancel to close the tabs without registering any of the changes made.Menus Note that the number of courses is a product of the height multiplied by the course count. Move the sliders for Intensity and Dispersion to change the quality of brushing. at least one of the others must be changed. Ÿ See the Color Channels section for more information about how to modify a color. click OK to put the choices into effect and close the tabs. Ÿ Go to the ‘Set Options’ tab to choose which of the values remain fixed and which are re-calculated. When you have made your choices as desired in each of the Project Properties tabs. Choose the type of finishing you require from the Type drop-down in the Finishing group box (if available in your version of the software).e. the color which you see through the stitches of your knit in the simulation – just as if you were to view a real knitted textile which had been laid on a colored surfaces. The Colors group box enables you to choose the background color for the simulation i. When you have chosen a suitable background color. so you may like to experiment with different background colors. You can enter a whole number from 1 to 100. This can have an appreciable effect on the presentation of your simulation. diffuse brushing or directional brushing.

Easy Knit The ’Symbols’ tab The Symbols tab appears as follows: In the Size group. Otherwise click Custom Size and then enter a suitable symbol width and height in the adjacent fields. click Adjust to the size of the Pattern Draft (or Technical Design) if you require the simulation to be the same size as the pattern draft. Ÿ The units used for the symbol width and height are those chosen for the project in the ‘Preferences’ group of the ‘Set Options’ tab. 47 .

the associated color chip of the Colors area will be updated to the new color. click the right hand symbol button For colored symbols. • Ÿ After selecting a new color. or to have the symbols represented in black and white only. When you have made your choices as desired in each of the Project Properties tabs. • • For black and white symbols. the white part of the symbol will be filled by the background color. See the Color Channels section for more information about how to modify a color. If you are using colored symbols. For these. 48 . Use the Options group of this dialog box to define a grid to be displayed on the Symbols representation of your image. click OK to put the choices into effect and close the tabs. Ÿ The units used for the grid horizontal and vertical spacing are those chosen for the project in the ‘Preferences’ group of the ‘Set Options’ tab.Menus The Colors group enables you to choose the background color for the symbol card from the color palette. click the left-hand symbol button (symbols on the symbol card will be represented in the form of a photographic negative) or the center symbol button (photographic positive). or click Cancel to close the tabs without registering any of the changes made. click the Select button in the Colors area to open the Color Channels tool and modify the Background color.

49 .Easy Knit The ’Set Options’ tab The Set Options tab enables you to control various parameters relating to the size and proportion of the three project views (pattern draft/technical design. The Set Options tab appears as follows: In the Preferences group. simulation and symbol card). make your choices as follows: • Choose the unit for size measurement for the three views from the Units drop-down.

In the Simulation group. Enter the ratio you require in the Ratio field. select this option here. Select Other units and then select the desired unit. The units for the No. Check Use wizard for size changes if you want a wizard to assist you on using the Change Size command (Tools menu). The choices you make in the Size Change group enable you to decide which of the parameters will remain fixed. When one of the six size parameters is changed. Also. if you prefer another. Recalculating in this way has the advantage of preserving maximum detail in the final result but has the disadvantage of abandoning any editing already made. one other remains fixed and a third must be re-calculated. The wizard gives you the option of having changes in size (as well as in gauge and course count) recalculated from the original image if desired. needles/Mm and No. if you mostly prefer having the same parameters for the Simulation. • • Choose the unit of measurement for resolution from the Resolution drop down. check Proportional gauge and length of stitch if you require the ratio between these two parameters to remain fixed in any size change. Select Current unit if you want the same units as for the size of your work (height and width). In the Size Change group you control the way the parameters are recalculated when changing size (either directly via the Pattern Draft or Simulation tabs or via the Change Size or Change Gauge commands). In the Gauge unit group you have the option to select the measurement unit for the gauge of your equipment (also defined in the Pattern Draft and Simulation tabs). as for the Pattern Draft (Technical Design).Menus The Unit selection will be ‘remembered’ the next time your start your Vision Easy Knit. courses/Mm in both Pattern Draft and Simulation tabs will automatically be updated. 50 .

To print the project you are working on.. select Print from the File menu or click the Print button.Easy Knit The choices made in the ‘Size Change’ group are used by the wizard of the New Project command (File menu). The corresponding keyboard shortcut is CTRL + P. click OK to put the choices into effect and close the tabs. The following dialog box appears on the screen: 51 . When you have made your choices as desired in each of the Project Properties tabs. or click Cancel to close the tabs without registering any of the changes made. Print..

Ÿ See Page Setup (File menu) for an explanation of the choices available. click OK to commence printing. click the Print Preview button. Various print parameters for your selected printer. or just a range of pages. and to choose bibliographic details that can be printed with the views. Simulation or Symbol card. you may wish to click Collate for the different copies to be grouped separately. according to your printing objective: Pattern Draft (or Technical Design). 52 . make your choices as follows: Click the arrow of the Name drop-down to select another printer. When Collate has been selected. the pages icon to the left of the check box changes to show how the pages will be organized. please refer to your documentation for the printer concerned. choose whether you wish to print everything. If several pages are to be printed a number of times. In the Print range area. For an explanation of the choices available. In the Copies area. The Print area: Select from the available options. choose the number of copies you wish to print. If you do not wish to Print to file. To see how the chosen view of your project will appear when printed. can be chosen from the dialog box that appears when you click the Properties button.Menus Printer area: In the Printer group at the top of the dialog box. Click the Page Setup button to change the way in which the different views of your project will be printed. such as paper size and orientation.

The Options button is now active and no longer grayed. color range. Depending on the file type you chose in the File type field. CMYK and Lab. check Print to file. The following dialog box appears: The ’File Format’ tab From the File Format tab choose an appropriate file type. some options will be available in the File Format tab. a file must be created specifically for the purposes of printing. TGA and BMP. If you are using this type of printer. if appropriate. 53 . the compression type according to availability. and. print resolution and paper settings. Colors: select the desired color type from the available options.DIB file types: True Colors (RGB). Click the options button to choose an appropriate file format. Available Color modes: For the Postscript Level 2.Easy Knit The ’Print to file’ option For certain kinds of printer. For a TIF file type: True Colors RGB.

Compression: select a compression mode from the available choices. 256 colors (LUT) and True colors (CMYK): None. The availability of the compression modes depends on the type of file you chose earlier and/or the selections you make in the Colors area. color range and compression type are related. 54 .e. Having made your choice of file path and file name in this dialog box. Type the appropriate file path and file name in the File name field. Ÿ Refer to Save As (File menu) for guidance on the ‘Save As’ dialog box. the Save As dialog box appears. True Colors (RGB) and True Colors (Lab): None and LZW. Note. You may wish to try selecting different combinations of options in the dialog box to see which are possible. that your choice of file type. BMP files: no compression mode is available.Menus Available Compression types: TGA: None and RLE. For TGA files:None and RLE. RLE. For TIF files: • • Monochrome. To reduce the file size you may find it convenient to use one of the available forms of compression. click Save to return to the File Format tab. or choose the file name and file path by clicking the Browse button . On clicking the Browse button. however. and LZW. RLE and LZW Some printers require true colors (i. BMP: None TIF: None and LZW Postscript Level 2: None. 16 million colors) but this will naturally cause your file size to be much bigger than if you choose to use the standard 256 color range or monochrome.

Page Margins: two options are offered here to set the page margins.Easy Knit Negative colors: if you selected Monochrome from the Colors area you will also have this option available. millimeter. Page Size: Select a standard page size or input your custom choices. you can input the desired values using either the Pixels boxes (in pixel units). centimeter. or the Dimension boxes (units are the ones selected earlier in the Page Units area). 1/10 mm. The ’Image Parameters’ tab Click the Image Parameters tab to choose an appropriate resolution and paper setting for your printer. It appears as follows: In the Page Units area. or select Printer defaults to adopt the values set for the printer in the Printer Properties dialog window. 55 . Right. You can either manually input the values for the margins (Left. Top and Bottom). Select it to invert your colors to negative complementary colors (if available in your software version). select the units for the image size (inch. thou). If you will decide for Custom.

Finally. each representing a part of your design as it fits on the page format you chose.Menus If you select a page size smaller than the real size of your design. then input the desired values in the appropriate boxes (for the horizontal and vertical resolution). Ÿ To change the way in which the different views of your project will be printed. When you have made your choices from the File Format and Image Parameters tabs. Typical resolutions both horizontally and vertically include 150 DPI and 300 DPI. Click OK again in this window to run the Print to file function. In the Orientation area select the desired position of the page (portrait or landscape). in the Resolution area. 56 . the saved print file will be divided in a number of files. Print Preview To see how one of the views of your project will appear when printed. click the corresponding button in the Standard toolbar. and then select Print Preview from the File menu. it is essential that the values you select from the Resolution section correspond to the resolution available from your printer. click OK to return to the Print dialog window. To avoid distortion of your printed image. click the view to make it active. select the resolution unit. please refer to Project Properties (File menu). Alternatively. select Page Setup from the File menu. Ÿ For information on size settings for the project itself.

57 .Easy Knit Page Setup.. Choose the font size with which they will be printed by clicking Fixed Height (in which case enter the height in centimeters that you require for the font in the adjacent field) or by clicking Proportional Height (in which case choose the height as a percentage of the paper height). To change the way in which the different views of your project will be printed.. which can be printed with the views. and to choose bibliographic details. select Page Setup from the File menu. The following dialog box appears: The ’Title’ tab From the Title tab choose any bibliographic details that you wish to be printed with the project views.

set the width and height of the repeat. These fields are directly linked to the adjacent fields for Point Size (i. width and length of stitch). The ’Technical Design’ tab The Technical Design (Pattern Draft) tab appears as follows: Note that a single repeat only is printed.e. click the ‘Properties’ button in the dialog box obtained with the Print command (File menu).Menus Ÿ To choose paper size. In the Global Size fields of the dialog box. so an alternative way to set the Global Size is by setting the Point Size. 58 .

as does changing the zoom factor. Embroidery: select this option to also print the embroidery image you may have inserted over your knitted simulation design image. Change the Zoom factor if desired. 59 . Note that the values number of repeats entered for width and height do not have to be whole numbers. De-select to only print the knitted design.Easy Knit The ’Simulation’ tab The Simulation tab appears as follows: By default the zoom factor is set at 100% for both width and height. which means that the number of needles per centimeter and courses per centimeter will be as shown in the Pattern draft tab of Project Properties (File menu). Changing the number of repeats changes the values in the Size fields.

Exit To close Easy Knit. Ÿ To change the number of needles and courses which make up a single repeat please refer to Change Size (Tools menu). a dialog box appears giving the opportunity to save them. Click on the OK button to close the Page Setup dialog box and to save any changes made. Click the Cancel button to close the dialog box without saving changes. choose Exit from the File menu. 60 . in which case the Global Size will be changed automatically.Menus The ’Symbol Card’ tab The Symbol Card tab appears as follows: You can set the size of the basic repeat either directly in the Global Size fields. If any open projects have not been saved. or indirectly by entering values in the Symbol Size fields.

Easy Knit Edit Menu Undo To cancel the last modification made to the design during the current session. Redo To cancel the effect of the Undo command. select Undo from the Edit menu. The keyboard shortcut for this is CTRL + Z. select Redo from the Edit menu. or click the Undo button on the Edit toolbar. click the All Undo button. Undo All To undo a series of actions. 61 . or click the Redo button on the Edit toolbar.

The keyboard shortcut for this is CTRL + X. Copy image Click the Copy button on the toolbar or select Copy Image from the Edit menu to copy the design in the active window to the clipboard. A message appears asking you to confirm the operation. or click the All Redo button on the Edit toolbar.Menus Redo All To redo all the actions you have just undone using the Undo command. 62 . Cut image Click the Cut button on the toolbar or select Cut Image from the Edit menu to remove the image of the active window and copy it to the clipboard. or by clicking the corresponding button on the Edit toolbar. Delete – Reinstate Last But One After performing a series of Undo commands or Undo and Redo commands. The keyboard shortcut for this is CTRL + C. you can reinstate the penultimate action by choosing Reinstate Last But One from the Edit menu. select Redo All from the Edit menu.

Paste motif Choose Paste Motif from the Edit menu to add the contents of the clipboard to the motif base. but does not delete the contents of the Motif Base. Cut motif Choose Cut Motif from the Edit menu to remove the active motif from the Motif Base and put it on the clipboard. simulation and symbol card). A message box appears asking you to confirm the operation.Easy Knit Paste image Click the Paste button on the toolbar or select Paste Image from the Edit menu to paste the contents of the clipboard into the active window. Clear This command deletes the entire image of each main view (pattern draft. Copy motif Choose Copy Motif from the Edit menu to copy the active motif to the clipboard. The deletion is performed by replacing each knit of your design with the default knit (the first knit of the palette). The keyboard shortcut for this is CTRL + V. 63 .

so you cannot Undo this command. You can. If you no longer want those areas to be protected. Ÿ See Designate Stencil your stencil colors.Menus The images are not saved automatically before deletion. by closing the project as it is now without saving it. however. deactivate the stencil by selecting the command again. and then re-opening. A tick appears next to the Stencil command in the Edit menu when the stencil has been activated. Stencil Choose Stencil from the Edit menu or click the Activate Stencil button on the toolbar so that areas of your design composed of the stencil colors (and the associated knits type and symbols) cannot be drawn over. (Display toolbar) for instructions on choosing 64 . recuperate lost images in the same state as when you last saved your project.

use the + key on the numeric keypad for the same effect. Items that are already displayed are shown with a tick in front of their names. To show an item. click its name in the View menu.Easy Knit View Menu The View menu enables you to show or hide various parts of the screen. Click the item name again to hide the item. For example 9Palette indicates that the palette is already displayed. 65 . or click the corresponding button in the Zoom toolbar to enlarge the view of the active window by one level of zoom. Alternatively. Zoom In Use this function in the View menu. Ÿ The items listed in the View menu are described briefly or illustrated below. please refer to the separate sections of this guide devoted to these. For further information on the toolbars and the palette. such as toolbars and the palette.

or click the corresponding button in the Zoom toolbar. use the – key on the numeric keypad for the same effect.Menus Zoom Out Use this function in the View menu. to reduce the view of the active window by one level of zoom. Alternatively. Drawing Tools (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) Edit Tools (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) Motif Tools (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) Display Tools (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) 66 .

The dialog box changes according to the drawing tool selected. described in the section of this guide on the Drawing Toolbar. please refer to Palette (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars). Options The Drawing Tool Options dialog box allows you to control the mode of operation of the currently selected drawing tool. Ÿ For further details about drawing tool options. please refer to the drawing tool you wish to use. Image Tools (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) Zoom Tools (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) 67 .Easy Knit Palette Ÿ For an explanation of the palette.

this field will be permanently updated with the color currently under your mouse pointer. In a Color field. if you move the mouse pointer over a toolbar button a ‘tooltip’ appears next to the button after a moment’s pause. the Status bar displays the color under the cursor. 68 . For example. When moving your mouse cursor over the design.Menus Curve Tools (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) Tracing Tools (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) (see also the Display toolbar) Standard Toolbar (described in the section of this guide on the Toolbars) Status Bar When displayed. and a more detailed ‘prompt’ appears on the status bar. the status bar is situated across the bottom of the screen and provides a variety of ancillary information.

showing the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) dimensions. The far right side of this toolbar displays your design size in pixels (stitches). 69 . which by default is situated at the extreme top-left of the image.Easy Knit Also displayed is the position in pixels (stitches) of the mouse pointer measured horizontally (X coordinate) and vertically (Y coordinate) from the origin.

Menus 70 .

Easy Knit Motif Menu The Motif Menu groups functions related to the usage of motifs. and use to paste or to fill areas of you project image. Ÿ See the Motif Base function below for more information about the Motif Base function. See below all the functions of this menu explained in detail. Most of the motif-related operations are done using the Motif Base specific dialog window and tool. 71 . as needed. Motifs are images that you can select out of your current design. or import from outside your current design.

Rotation 90° CW. its image is added to the Motif Base window as the active motif. Choose Import from the Motif menu to load an existing image as a motif. Ÿ See Browsing Thumbnail Views for further information. and then select Export from the Motif menu. Finally click the Save button. please refer to Save As (File menu). which appears. double-click it. Export If you wish to save one of the motifs in the Motif Base window separately from your project.. Browse. Transparency. as they are also accessible through this tool. Choose Browse from the Motif menu to preview an image file before importing to the Motif Base. 72 . Refer to the Open command in the File menu for guidance on how to use the Open dialog box that appears. Ÿ For a detailed description of how to use a ‘Save As’ dialog box. Re-scale. click the motif to make it the active motif.Menus Note that the following functions in the Motif menu: Edit.. On opening your selected file.. Rotation 90° CCW. Mirror. Rotation 180°. In the File Name field of the Save As dialog box. are described in the Motif Base Pop-up menu section. Choose or create a folder in which to save the motif. enter a name for the export file. Rotate. To import an image from the Browse window. and choose a suitable file type from the File type drop-down box. Flip. Import. Properties..

Alternatively. Motif Base Choose Motif Base from the Motif menu or click the corresponding in the Motif toolbar. Use the selection tools in the Motif to add motifs to toolbar your Motif Base. will delete all the motifs in your Motif base. or the corresponding button in the Motif base toolbar. to display all the motifs currently button available for the active project. click the motif to make it the active motif. and then select Delete from the Motif menu. Click again to deselect. use the corresponding button in the Motif base toolbar. a checkmark √ will appear in front of the function. Each selection will add a new motif.Easy Knit Delete If you wish to delete one of the motifs from the Motif Base window. A confirmation will be asked before proceeding with the deletion. The first time you open the Motif Base it will display an empty motif window. Delete all The Delete all function in the Motif menu. Upon selection. Using the Motif Base Click the Motif Base button to open the motif base. 73 . and the checkmark will disappear.

press and hold the CTRL button on your keyboard. Click a motif to select it as the current motif.Menus Use the Motif Base toolbar to work with your motifs. and click the rest of the motifs you want to eliminate. All the selected motifs will be marked with a blue border. It appears in the motif base with a blue border. Ÿ See Motif base Pop-up menu below for more information about this menu. Many of these commands can also be obtained from a pop-up menu which appears on right-clicking a motif in the motif base. save delete. After selecting/loading some motifs. set transparency parameters . If you want to delete more patterns in one single step. your Motif Base may look similar to this: Motifs you create using the buttons on the Motif Toolbar are added to the motif base for future use. 74 . open. you can select all the motifs you want to delete: select the first motif. and can now be used or modified by means of the functions of the Motif Menu or Motif Toolbar. Ÿ See more information about all these tools below. Click Delete Motif button from the Motif Base toolbar to delete them all.

To add a further copy of the selected motif to the motif base click . 75 . so that you can add them to the click the Open Motif button motif base. where you wish it to appear. Ÿ See Motif default transparent color in the Preferences Menu. the Duplicate Motif button To delete the currently selected motif click the Delete Motif button . If you wish to save any motif for use in a future session. or places. To delete all the motifs in the motif base. click the Save Motif button before you save your project and exit from it. button To use motifs in your project that you created and saved previously. click the Reset all motifs transparency button to apply the changes to your motifs. Not using this function will only apply the new settings to all your new motifs. If you used the Motif default transparent color in the Preferences menu. Menus section of this guide for more information about this function. click the Delete All Motifs .Easy Knit You can paste the currently selected motif directly into your design by clicking the place.

click on it in the Motif Base). Use any of the applications tools to modify the motif. 76 .Menus The ’Motif Base’ Pop-up Menu The motif base pop-up may be obtained by right clicking in the Motif Base. the original version being unaffected. The commands included permit various operations to be performed on the currently selected motif. modified version of the currently selected motif. The commands are as follows: Edit To create a new. (To make a motif the currently selected motif. On closing the window. once it contains at least one motif. click this command. A separate window opens displaying the motif to be edited. the new version of the motif is added to the Motif Base. and then close the window by clicking on its Close button .

e. also the measurement unit and the resolution unit. invisible when the motif is pasted into your project. On clicking Transparency the following dialog box appears: 77 .Easy Knit Properties This command will allow you to change the properties of the selected motif. also the Repeat properties that will determine how the selected motif will fill up an area of your project (see File Menu. Transparency This command enables one of the colors of the motif to be considered as transparent – i. the Resolution. Project Properties for information on how to set Repeat parameters). You can change the Size.

click Custom and then move the mouse pointer over the preview area where it turns into an eyedropper as shown. 78 .Menus In the selection group choose the color of the motif that will be transparent. Click on OK to put the changes made into effect. Use Transparency is checked by default. Click the color you want to be transparent. By default the background color is selected. To select another color. which then appears in the Transparent Color chip. When Use Transparency is checked the color in the Transparent Color chip will be invisible if the motif is pasted into your project.

the motif will be inserted so as its hot spot will be located in the insertion (clicked) point. When inserting motifs in your design by clicking a point of the design with your mouse pointer. The Hot Spot function allows you to redefine (reposition) the origin of your selected motif. Upon selecting this option in the Motif Base Pop-up menu.Easy Knit Hot Spot The Hot Spot can be defined as the origin of your motif. the following dialog window opens: 79 .

Menus The central area will display your motif image. Note the Horizontal and Vertical coordinates in the Coordinates area update to show the current hot spot coordinates. release the mouse button to set the change. When you are happy with the form of the motif. or Cancel to abandon all changes. The cross-hair shape will jump to display the new location. in the position you want your hot spot relocated. to change the size of the currently selected motif. After clicking Re-scale. with the current hot spot marked by a small cross-hair shape. or the corresponding button in the Motif toolbar. Re-scale Use this command in the Motif menu. Default: click this button to move the hot spot to its default position (motif image center). or to stretch or squash it. Visual mode: just right-click in the motif image in the dialog window. Select OK to accept the changes and exit this dialog window. Then. and stretched or compressed horizontally by dragging left and right. You are offered two ways to redefine the hot spot position: Use the Coordinates area: click in the fields for the Horizontal or/and Vertical coordinates and input the new coordinates from the keyboard. Alternatively press the SHIFT key while you drag. in which case the motif can be stretched or compressed vertically by dragging up or down. click the Preview button to see the actual new position of your motif hot spot. in pixels. 80 . drag towards or away from the motif to enlarge it or reduce its size.

or the corresponding button in the Motif toolbar. if you open the motif base (Motif menu). The tool replaces the currently selected motif with its mirror image reflected using a horizontal axis. or click the corresponding Motif toolbar button. Mirror Choose this command from the Motif menu. choose Rotation 180° from the Motif menu. As you drag a rectangular frame rotates around the motif to indicate the changing orientation. then drag around the motif. or click the corresponding button in the Motif toolbar. The tool replaces the currently selected motif with its mirror image reflected using a vertical axis. Release the mouse button to set the change Flip Choose this command from the Motif menu. click Rotate Motif in the Motif menu. The resulting motif becomes the new currently selected motif. you will see that a copy of the original motif has been conserved in case you should need it. 81 . Rotation 180° To rotate the currently selected motif through 180°. and.Easy Knit Rotate To rotate the motif.

82 . The resulting motif becomes the new currently selected motif.Menus Rotation 90° CW To rotate the currently selected motif clockwise through 90°. and. you will see that a copy of the original motif has been conserved in case you should need it. and. choose Rotation 90° CW from the Motif menu. choose Rotation 90° CCW from the Motif menu. The resulting motif becomes the new currently selected motif. Rotation 90° CCW To rotate the currently selected motif anti-clockwise (counterclockwise) through 90°. if you open the motif base (Motif menu). you will see that a copy of the original motif has been conserved in case you should need it. if you open the motif base (Motif menu).

The advantage of using the wizard is that changes can be recalculated from the original image in certain cases. select Change Size from the Tools menu. assuring that maximum detail is preserved in the final result. The choices are as follows: • Check "Use wizard for size changes" if you want a wizard to assist you on using the Change Size command. we suggest that you do so before using the Change Size command.Easy Knit Tools Menu This menu groups functions that will affect the whole image. Change Size To change the gauge. course count and other size settings for the pattern draft and simulation. If you have not made these choices yet. The choices you make in the ‘Size Change’ group enable you to decide which of the parameters will remain fixed. A number of important choices relating to changes in size must be made from the Set Options tab in Project Properties (File menu). • In the ‘Size Change’ group you control the way the parameters are recalculated when changing size. 83 . one other remains fixed and a third must be re-calculated. or click the change size button on the toolbar. When one of the six size parameters is changed.

The figures relate to the image considered as a single repeat. Using the Change Size command without the wizard If you chose not to use the wizard in the Set Options tab. check “Proportional gauge and length of stitch” if you require the ratio between these two parameters to remain fixed in any size change. the following dialog box appears on using the Change Size command: Change the parameters for your design directly in the Pattern Draft group. 84 . Enter the ratio you require in the Ratio field.Menus • In the ‘Simulation’ group.

Parts of the image containing these colors will be protected as much as possible from alterations that can occur with a change of size (see the Working Visually with the Wizard method). The methods are as follows: • Normal: for most images. with no priority or preference. Dominant colors: this method defines automatically the dominant color for each reduced pixel. the reduction in size vertically (or. treating the pixels in your image equally. the increase in size vertically) is given by the Reduction Y value. • • In the Reduction group box. more rarely. Easy Knit can use one of three methods which you choose from the Reduction drop-down box.e. the change from pixels to stitches). the method will give to each pixel of the reduced design the dominant color of the corresponding 10 by 10 square in the original design). If you change the number of courses. Priority colors: will allow you. the number of stitches 85 . this method insures that the image given in the knitted article is as similar as possible to the original. then dominant colors are given priority. Parts of the image containing the dominant colors will therefore be protected as much as possible from alterations that can occur with a change of size (for example when reducing a 100 by 100 design to a 10 by 10. through the use of the Options button.Easy Knit In making the change of size (i. to set up priorities in the colors so that they will be treated differently.

If you change the number of needles.Menus vertically must change. the wizard takes you directly to the main size change dialog box. the increase in size horizontally) is given by the Reduction X value. since the width remains fixed. and so Easy Knit automatically changes the Reduction X value. the wizard asks you if you want to base the size change on the pattern draft or on the original image. in addition. in addition. any editing you have made being preserved. click OK for the change in size to be made. If you choose the pattern draft. click the preview button to see how the knit will be applied to the image. First of all you are asked if you have already edited the pattern draft (e. and you will see that Easy Knit changes the number of needles and. change the Reduction Y value. scroll bars will be provided to enable you to view all parts of the image When you are happy with the results. updates the gauge value. and so Easy Knit automatically changes the Reduction Y value. The reduction in size horizontally (or. When you have chosen values that seem correct. guidance on which is given under Using the Change Size command without the wizard.g. Warning ! If you choose the original image. but the definition of the resulting image will be slightly better. the number of stitches horizontally must change. If you wish. 86 . any editing of the image you have made in Easy Knit will be lost. made changes in color or design). and you will see that Easy Knit then changes the number of courses (and. change the Reduction X value. size changes will be re-calculated from this. more rarely. If you reply that you have edited the pattern draft (or technical design). If you wish. Using the Change Size command with the wizard The wizard asks you a number of questions to optimize the method of size change. If the image is now too big to fit in the dialog box. since the height remains fixed). If not. updates the course count.

find a microscope! If you have a simulation view of the project open. guidance on which is given under Using the Change Size command without the wizard. The preview gives a life-like representation of the gauge and course count. If you have chosen too fine a knit to see with the naked eye.Easy Knit After having made your choice. After changing a value. this will change too. The Change Gauge command gives you the following dialog box: Change the gauge by dragging the slider situated above the knit preview. If you click the padlock button at the top right of the preview. the wizard will take you to the main size change dialog box. To use figures and technical data. Change the course count by dragging the slider to the right of the knit preview. click on the preview if necessary for the view to be updated. or click the Change Gauge button on the Image toolbar. Change Gauge If you wish to change the gauge and course count of your project working purely visually use choose Change Gauge from the Tools menu. the padlock closes and the relationship between gauge and course count will be 87 . see Change Size (Tools menu).

Change Origin You may wish to define a new origin for the image. according to the choices made in the Set Options tab in Project Properties (File menu). The following dialog box appears : 88 . otherwise click the close button in the top right corner of the dialog box. or the number of needles and courses. you can leave the dialog box open if you expect to make further modifications.Menus fixed e. When you change the gauge and course count. Easy Knit will automatically change the width and height of the repeat. if you double the gauge. choose Change Origin from the Tools menu or click the Change Origin button on the toolbar. After making changes. To do this. the course count will automatically double. for example in order to change the way in which the repeats match up.g.

89 . The OK button closes the dialog box without changing the origin but saves the new settings. The Process button closes the dialog box and changes the origin using the values defined in the dialog box. The Cancel button closes the dialog box without saving changes. You can also change the origin by entering new values directly in the Horizontal and Vertical position fields and then clicking the preview area to see the result.Easy Knit Drag the dialog box to one side if necessary. and then click directly in one of the project views at the point where you wish to define the new origin. and courses vertically). The preview area and the Horizontal and Vertical origin position fields in the dialog box are automatically updated with the position of the new origin measured in stitches (equally you can consider this in terms of needles horizontally.

The Process button closes the dialog box and proceeds with the values defined in the dialog box. Click the Backcolor chip to define the color of the background that will appear around the original repeat: the color palette appears.Menus Rotation This command allows you to rotate the image forming the repeat. Click in the preview area to see how the changes will look. making the resulting image the new repeat. Click a new background color in the palette. The following dialog box appears: Fill the Angle field with a positive or a negative value in degrees. 90 . The new repeat will inevitably have a different size to that of the original repeat: the Original size and Final size groups show the difference in size that will arise in terms of needles horizontally. the Backcolor chip in the dialog box is automatically changed. and courses vertically The OK button closes the dialog box without proceeding but saves the changes. Choose Rotation from the Tools menu or click the Rotation button.

(mirrored about a horizontal or a vertical axis). the result will be equivalent to a 180° rotation. If both check boxes are enabled. Symmetry… To replace the repeats with their mirror images. Since this command can’t be undone. you may wish to save a version of your project before use. The following dialog box appears: If the Horizontal check box is enabled. If the Vertical check box is enabled. The preview area is automatically updated when modifying one of the check boxes. the repeats will be mirrored about a horizontal axis. 91 . Select Symmetry… from the Tools menu. the repeats will be mirrored about a vertical axis.Easy Knit The Cancel button closes the dialog box without saving changes.

or else you can click the OK button. The area extends from the current repeat origin along the X axis by the number of repeats entered in the Horizontal field. and along the Y axis by the number of repeats entered in the Vertical field.Menus When you are happy with the result click Process.. This command replaces the existing repeat with a repeat that consists of an area taken from the existing design.. Duplication. which closes the dialog box without proceeding but records the changes for possible future use. To change the size of the design by duplicating the single repeat select Duplication from the Tools menu or click the Duplicate button. The following dialog box appears: 92 .

Click this button for a symmetry using a horizontal axis. Select both buttons for both a horizontal and vertical symmetry. if your original step is ¼ . You cannot. Click the image in the dialog window for a preview. which does not use repeats (for example Photoshop). You can also choose to duplicate your project. the repeat will be multiplied four times). Consequently. If for example you enter 1 ½ in both the Horizontal and Vertical fields.Easy Knit This function offers different duplication alternatives: • You can first determine the number of repeats. Click the icon in the lower right corner then. Use either one or the other method. at the same time. 93 . in the Repeat duplication area. you may choose to have a Straight repeat duplication. or the size of the final duplicated project repeat (entering the Width and Height values in the units specified in Image Properties). or the size of the duplicated project. • • Finally. Click the Straight repeat button to obtain a straight repeat duplication. select this button for a symmetry using a vertical axis. enter the desired values. Selecting values for one will result in automatic update of the other. your project will contain four times the basic repeat. You can select to input the number of duplicated repeats (horizontally or vertically). To have a preview of the result. These two sets of values (Horizontal/Vertical and Width/Height) are dependant of each other. and 1 ½ of the original repeats high. use the symmetry options and manually determine the size of your duplicated repeat. click the image in the dialog window. This option may prove useful when your initial repeat type is straight (horizontal or vertical). the new repeat will be 1 ½ of the original repeats wide. This function will be especially useful when you want to export your project into another application. using a vertical or horizontal symmetry. The number of duplicated repeats will depend on the original repeat step (for example.

Since this command can’t be undone. you may wish to save a version of your project before use. check Horizontal strip if this is what you require. or else you can click the OK button. Insert Strips. Next.. drag the 94 . which closes the dialog window without proceeding. but saves the changes. otherwise a vertical strip will be produced. The following dialog box appears: In the Parameters group. To add a horizontal or vertical strip to enlarge the repeat choose Insert Strips… from the Tools menu or click the corresponding toolbar button.Menus When you are happy with the result click Process..

95 . Since this command can’t be undone. Drag if you want to enter the width (size) of the strip visually. Next in the Size field enter the width you require in terms of needles or courses. If the strip shown is not as you require. undo it by pressing CTRL + Z. change the values in the Position and Size fields and click on the preview to check the result. Click Automatic insertion at current position if you want to insert more than one strip at a time. Click in the Preview window to have it update to your options. or else you can click the OK button. Easy Knit will remember all the strip selections that you make. If you don’t like the result.Easy Knit dialog box to one side if necessary (drag the title bar). which closes the dialog box without proceeding but records the changes for possible future use. The Position field in the dialog box is updated accordingly in terms of needles horizontally or and courses vertically). you may wish to save a version of your project before use. and then click directly in one of the project views at the point where you wish the strip to appear. Consider using the Fill (see Drawing toolbar) or Fill With Motif (see Motif toolbar) to work on the resulting strip. When you are happy with the result click Process. and then click on the preview.

To cut a horizontal or vertical stripe out of the repeat to reduce its size. check Horizontal strip if this is what you wish to remove. choose Remove Strips… from the Tools menu or click the corresponding toolbar button. otherwise a vertical strip will be removed. and then click on the preview.Menus Remove Strips. Next in the Size field enter the width you require in terms of needles or courses. If the strip removed is not as you require. The Position field in the dialog box is updated accordingly either in terms of needles horizontally or courses vertically.. 96 . change the values in the Position and Size fields and click on the preview to check the result. The following dialog box appears: In the Parameters group. Next.. and then click directly in one of the project views at the point where you wish the strip to be removed. drag the dialog box to one side if necessary (drag the title bar).

or else you can click the OK button. A dialog box appears as follows: 97 .Easy Knit When you are happy with the result click Process. Since this command can’t be undone. you may wish to save a version of your project before use. or click the corresponding toolbar button. choose it from the Tools menu. which closes the dialog box without proceeding but records the changes for possible future use. By making the border off-centered (skewed) you can create authentic shadow effects. To use the Outlining command. Outlining The outlining tool enables you to add a uniform or off-centered border around areas of a chosen color of your design.

Right. go to the Color to be outlined field of the dialog box and choose the color by number (you can click the up or down arrows to this). For the border to be uniform. The color chip next to the Color to be outlined field is immediately updated to display the chosen color. For a non-uniform border. For example. click only some of the options. Choose Cancel to close the dialog box without any changes being registered. choose the background color as the color to be outlined. and Bottom.Menus To choose the colored area which you wish to outline. Alternatively. Choose Process to put the changes into effect immediately. Left. click all of the options Top. to the unselected areas (where there will be no border). select Bottom and Right. and leave Top and Left unselected. Follow the same procedure for the Color of outline field. When you are satisfied with the settings you have made in the dialog box: • • • Choose OK to save the changes for subsequent use if you reopen the dialog box later in the same session. Finally go to the Position section of the dialog box in order to choose whether the border is to be uniform or off-centered. 98 . and then by choose the color by clicking the Select Color button clicking on the color in the main view of your project. if you wish there to be a shadow effect on the bottom right side of an item. which is composed of several colors. or on the color palette. To add a border around a motif. This will result in the thickness of the border tapering away from the selected areas (where it will be of full thickness). Next go to the Thickness of outline fields: enter a value from the keyboard or use the spin arrows to increment or decrement the default value (in pixels).

choose it from the Tools menu. 99 . then re-open the dialog box and put the changes into effect by clicking Process. To do this click OK to save the changes in the dialog box. you may wish to save a copy of your project before proceeding with the changes. then use Save As (File menu) to save a copy of the project under a new name. it has automatic preview and adjustment functions. Background Fill To use the Background Fill command. or click the corresponding toolbar button.Easy Knit Because the changes made cannot be undone directly. A dialog box appears as follows: The Background Fill command can be used to replace a chosen color with a motif in repeat. In addition. which permit the size of the repeated motif to be fine-tuned so as to match up across the borders of the main repeat.

or on the color palette. you will want to choose the background color of your repeat. choose the motif that you will use to replace the color just chosen: • If the motif you wish to use is currently selected in the motif base. 100 . Next. The color chip in the Color to Replace section of the dialog box is immediately updated to display the chosen color. Typically. To do this.Menus First choose the color you wish to replace with motifs in repeat. go to the Color to Replace section of the dialog box and choose the color by number (you can click the up or down arrows to this). click the Current motif check box in the Motif section of the dialog box. choose the color by clicking the pipette button and then by clicking on the color in the main view of your project. Alternatively.

Now that the preview of the result is displayed. the other is automatically updated. Before using the Background command. see Using the Motif Base and Properties (Motif menu). Then. For further details. These fields are linked. you can modify it using the tools of the Motif toolbar. To change the width of the motif. size and resolution of the motif as it will be used in repeat by the Background command. Furthermore. click the Motif Selection button to obtain an Open dialog box. where the basic principles are explained. 101 . but is saved separately. having selected the motif in the Motif Base by clicking it. you may want to make some adjustments to the motif size in the Position section of the dialog box. it will be displayed as a thumbnail view in the Motif section of the Background dialog box. change the value given in the Number of motifs horizontally field or in the Horizontal zoom field. In exactly the same way. Click the preview to the left of the dialog box if necessary for it to be updated so as to show the motif in repeated form in place of the color you have selected in the Color to Replace section of the dialog box. If you are unfamiliar with the use of ‘Open’ dialog boxes.Easy Knit • If the motif you wish to use is not currently selected in the motif base. As soon as you have chosen your motif. the height of the motif can be changed via the fields Number of motifs vertically or Vertical zoom. Note that if Keep the x/y ratio is selected in the Options section of the dialog box. by choosing Properties from the Motif menu you can also make initial settings of the repeat type. then changing the width or height of the motif will result in both width and height changing proportionally. it can be useful to add the motif you will use to the Motif Base. please refer to the section of this guide on the Open command (File menu). so if one of them is changed.

You may also require a whole number of repeats to be displayed horizontally or vertically across the repeat. in the Options section of the dialog box click Adjust the repeat in width and Adjust the repeat in height. • After making these changes. Note that the values you enter are in pixels. and you may need to adjust the repeat origin for the motif. When you are satisfied with the settings you have made in the dialog box: • • click the OK to save the changes for subsequent use if you reopen the dialog box later in the same session click Process to put the changes into effect immediately 102 . either: • Enter whole numbers in the fields for Number of motifs horizontally and Number of motifs vertically. experiment with different values in the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset fields of the dialog box. click the preview area for it to be updated. Note that Keep the x/y ratio should not be selected if you want to select both of the other options in the Options section of the dialog box. To adjust the repeat origin for the motif. click in the preview area for this to display the changes. Alternatively. For a whole number of repeats horizontally or vertically. To enter whole numbers in both fields.Menus If you are using motifs to replace the background of your repeat. To achieve this. then you may wish these motifs to match up across some or all of the repeat boundaries. note that Keep the x/y ratio should not be selected in the Options section of the dialog box. for the values currently displayed in the fields for Number of motifs horizontally and Number of motifs vertically to be rounded to whole numbers. you may need to experiment with different repeat types for your motif to see which ones are compatible with the repeat type used for your main repeat. After changing a value.

then re-open the dialog box and put the changes into effect by clicking Process. 103 . Because the changes made cannot be undone directly. To do this click OK to save the changes in the dialog box.Easy Knit • click Cancel to close the dialog box without any changes being registered. you may wish to save a copy of your project before proceeding with the changes. then use Save As (File menu) to save a copy of the project under a new name.

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The Knits dialog box appears as follows: 105 .Easy Knit Knit Menu Knits To change one of the knit types in the simulation view. This command can also be selected by double-clicking the knit icon on the Palette of the knit type you wish to modify. Choose Knits from the Knits menu.

For the colors to be different. Double-click the color chip to obtain the Color Channels for modifying the color. click the icon of a new knit type in the Knit Atlas group. Note that by default the corresponding color for the pattern draft is automatically modified to be the same as the color for the knit type. you can click a knit icon. and the stitch name in white. using differently colored threads. 106 . Double-clicking the stitch icon in the palette to enter the Knits Atlas dialog window will display the colors of the current stitch in the colors area (up to four colors). Drag the scroll bar on the right if the knit type you require is hidden.Menus If you opened the dialog box by double-clicking a palette knit icon. the color chips display the colors corresponding to the colors of the current knit type. To change the current knit type. navigate. The simulation view will be updated automatically. The knit types you can choose are shown in the Knit Atlas group of the dialog box. Ÿ Use of the Color Channels is described in the section of this guide Modifying a Color under Palette. if necessary. In the Colors group. to the folder holding your knit database. The current knit type is the icon with the extra border. ‘Match colors’ should be unchecked in the ‘Palette Properties’ dialog box (see Palette Properties under Palette). the current knit type is the knit type of that icon. and click the OK button (or just double-click the icon). drag and drop it to the palette chip where you want the new stitch to be used. Ÿ See Browsing Thumbnail Views and Browse Pop-up menu for more information about how to use the navigation tools of the atlas. Right click for the Browse pop-up menu for other navigation options. Easy Knit allows you to use composed stitches. Within the atlas. Alternatively.

Easy Knit If needed. you can edit any of the colors. both in the palette and your design. Use the Color Channels to select a new color. When ready. Upon selecting OK to exit the Color Channels tool. using the Color Channels tool. click OK to accept the changes. which you can call by double-clicking the color chip. the current stitch will be automatically updated. Here are some examples of composed stitch designs simulations: 107 .

108 . simple or composed. NedGraphics’ Vision Design and Repeat Pro is an application that allows editing new stitches.Menus Ÿ Usage of the Color Channels is described in the section of this guide as Modifying a Color under The Palette.

This dialog box operates in a similar way to the Knits dialog box. and may be obtained by selecting Symbols from the Knits menu. Alternatively. The Symbols dialog box appears as follows: 109 .Easy Knit Symbols Choose symbols to represent the back and face of each knit type from the Symbols dialog box. you can double-click a symbol icon on the color palette.

the current symbol (i. An alternative way to choose a different symbol from the Symbols dialog box is to drag a symbol icon from the dialog box and drop it on the color palette on the icon of symbol you wish to change. blank symbol at the beginning of the current symbol page. click a different symbol icon.Menus By default. The thumbnail view is updated as soon as a new symbol is chosen. and then click the OK button. Creating new symbols and editing existing ones To create a new symbol or edit an existing one. The original symbol on the palette is replaced. the Symbols group initially shows only the basic set of symbols available to you. To choose a new symbol. which then becomes the current symbol. right-click on a symbol in the Symbols dialog box to obtain the following pop-up menu: Click New Symbol to create a new. The appearance of an area of the symbol card to which the current symbol has been applied is shown in the thumbnail view at the top left of the dialog box. the palette symbol you double-clicked or the symbol corresponding to the color currently selected on the color palette) is shown in the Symbols group by an additional border around its icon. and the symbol card is updated automatically. On opening the Symbols dialog box.e. 110 . Drag the scroll bar on the right to view the entire basic set.

Right-click a symbol and then choose Edit Symbol to modify it. and black squares to white. The symbol is then displayed on a grid in the Edit dialog box as shown in the following example: Draw on the grid by dragging with the mouse pointer. Then right-click the new symbol and choose Paste Symbol. Use Edit Symbol to modify the symbol design you have just pasted. and then use the Cut Symbol or Copy Symbol command. or by clicking individual squares. Click the Invert button to change all white squares to black. 111 . first right-click the existing symbol.Easy Knit To use an existing symbol design as the basis for the design of a new symbol you have just created using the New Symbol command. as described below. This will change the white squares to black. and all black squares to white.

Ÿ Ÿ For a detailed description of how to use a ‘Save As’ dialog box. a new set of symbols can be displayed in the Symbols group by choosing it from the Page drop down box. a Save As dialog box appears. Click the Clear button to erase the symbol design and replace it with the background color. Create a Page In addition to the basic set of symbols. Click OK to return to the Symbols dialog box when you have finished editing the symbol. A new page of blank symbols now appears in the Symbols dialog box. Then use the Edit command and the Invert function to create the second symbol. please refer to Save As (File menu). Once created. and then click the Save button. blank symbol. use the Edit Symbol command described above under Creating new symbols and editing existing ones. it is possible to create additional sets of customized symbols by clicking the Create a Page button in the Symbols Page group. enter a name for the page in the File Name field. To customize each blank symbol. On clicking the Create a Page button. Choose or create a folder in which the new page of symbols will be saved.Menus The Invert button is useful when creating pairs of symbols for face and back stitches: first use the Copy and Paste symbol commands from the pop-up menu to copy a first symbol to a new. 112 .

A checkmark — will appear in front of the function to indicate selection. This effect of this command on your design is visible only when in simulation view mode.Easy Knit Preferences Menu This menu allows you to customize the working mode and the interface layout of the application. The checkmark will disappear. 113 . The available commands are as follows: Numeric color index Click Numeric Color Index in the Preferences menu in order for colors to be displayed with their reference numbers in the palette. Click again to deselect. Click again to deselect. Your palette and design will be updated to the new colors. The checkmark will disappear. Color display of old projects Use this function in the Preferences menu to display your design colors in a mode compatible with previous versions of Easy Knit (darker shades). A checkmark — will appear in front of the function to indicate selection.

and it functions just as an inspirational graphics. by choosing Select Tracing Parameters from the Preferences menu. The Tracing dialog box then appears as follows: 114 . To do this you must first select and open the model image. You cannot pick colors from it. or edit it in any way. described as the model image. Whilst the model image is open.Menus Select tracing parameters… Easy Knit enables you to make your project view partially transparent in order to view through it a second image. you can use the drawing tools to trace designs from it into your project view. The model image will help you design your project. which you open temporarily.

change the position in which the model image will be displayed in relation to your project view by changing the values given for its origin in the X and Y fields of the Position section of the dialog box. enter the path and file name of the image you wish to use as your model image. where the basic principles are explained. or use the spin arrows offered to increment or decrement the default values. showing your current design dimensions. • Next enter the dimensions you think will be appropriate for the image in the Dimensions section of the dialog box. When the values in the X and Y fields are both equal to zero. Project dimensions: select this option for the tracing image to be scaled to your design dimensions. You will then need to click the Tracing button on the toolbar in order to display the model image with the parameters you have chosen. Clicking the Tracing button later then operates to hide or show the model image according to need. the origin of the model image will coincide with that of your project image. click OK to register your choices and close the dialog box. which then appears. The Width/Height fields will be deactivated. If you are unfamiliar with the use of Open dialog boxes. To return the dialog box to its initial state (in which no image file is selected in the Model field) click the Reset button. When you have finished making your choices in the dialog box. In order for these details to be entered automatically. If necessary. Click in the Width/Height fields and enter the desired value from the keyboard.Easy Knit • In the Model field. click the Browse button and choose your image file from the Open dialog box. 115 • • • • • . please refer to the section of this guide on the Open command (File menu). To close the dialog box without your choices being registered click Cancel.

move. If the snap feature is enabled. align and place any drawing object in precise positions in your project image. the following dialog window will open: 116 . the guidelines will also cause your drawing object element (control point) to ’snap’ to the closest point on the guideline if the distance between the mouse cursor and a guideline is below a predefined threshold.Menus To change the way the model image is currently displayed. you can reopen the ‘Tracing’ dialog box at any time by again choosing Select Tracing Parameters from the Preferences menu. Upon selection of the command in the Preferences menu. The guidelines are virtual lines that you can use in your design in order to draw. named snap ’strength’. Guidelines Option… This command in the Preferences menu allows setting up the working guidelines.

Snap strength: us the spin field to set a snap strength value for the snap action of the guidelines. Color: use the drop-down field to set the preferred color for the guidelines.Easy Knit Snap to guidelines: select this option if you want to use the snap action of the guidelines. 117 .

See Working With Guidelines in View Rulers. including ’Custom’ which allows you to define any color you want via the Color Channels color tool. Border color of every motif: this is the default option. Easy Knit will automatically determine the most prominent color on the border of each motif. 118 • • . Toolbars section for more details about the guidelines and how to use them. Note that the same function and dialog window is obtained via the Ruler pop-up menu. and will use it as the transparent color. Display Toolbar. Ÿ Ÿ See Color Channels-Modifying a Color for details on how to use the Color Channels tool.Menus A range of various choices are available. Ÿ See Ruler Pop-up Menu in the Toolbars / Display Toolbar / View Rulers section of this guide for more details about the available functions. Motifs default transparent color… Selecting this command will open the following sub-menu: This menu will offer three options that will allow you to set up the transparent color of your motifs: • Palette back color: using this option will make the palette second color (background color) the transparent color of your motifs. No transparent color: use this option to not use a transparent color with your motifs.

click the Reset all motifs to apply the transparency button in the Motif base functions changes to your motifs. A checkmark will appear in front of the selected function of the Motif default transparent color submenu.Easy Knit Once the transparency settings done. Not using this function will only apply the new settings to all your new motifs. Ÿ See the Motif Base section of this guide for more information about the ‘Reset all motifs transparency’ command. 119 .

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The Window menu contains commands for organizing and manipulating the windows. A list of all open windows is given at the bottom of the Window menu . 121 . Tile Horizontally To display all open windows edge to edge extending horizontally from one side to the other of the screen choose Tile Horizontally from the Window menu or click the Tile Horizontally button on the toolbar. and the other to view the global effect.click on a project name to bring its windows to the front. Work can sometimes be facilitated by creating two identical views and then changing the zoom levels separately in the views. one view being used for detailed design. different windows of different projects can be open at the same time. choose New Window from the Window Menu. New Window To open a new window with the same contents as the active window.Easy Knit Window Menu Thanks to the Windows interface.

Cascade Windows Choose Cascade from the Windows menu or click the Cascade button to group all open windows in overlapping formation. The options are as follows: • Tile child windows by project: A group of tiled child windows is created for each project – so that all the child windows of a given project are together. A window can be brought to the front of the group by clicking the part of it which is visible. The options affect the operation of these commands when there are a number of different projects open at the same time with their own child windows. Tile Options… On clicking Tile Options… a dialog box appears giving three alternative options concerning the commands Tile Horizontally and Tile Vertically.Menus Tile Vertically To display all open windows edge to edge extending vertically from the top to the bottom of the screen choose Tile Vertically from the Window menu or click the Tile Vertically button on the toolbar. a dialog box appears giving the opportunity to do this. Tile the child windows of the active project: Only the child windows of the active project will be tiled together 122 • . Close All Choose Close All from the Windows menu to close all open projects. If you have not saved the latest changes to the projects.

click Automatic Tile so that it appears in the Window menu without a tick in front of it. you can check the Restore before tile option so that any windows that have been minimized to icons at the bottom of the screen will be re-opened and included in the tiling process. Click Arrange Icons in the Window menu for them to be arranged in a row at the bottom of the screen. Automatic Tile To enable the tile commands to operate correctly if you are using two monitors simultaneously. you may have minimized a number of them to icons. Fit to Image Choose Fit to Image from the Windows menu for a single complete repeat to be shown as large as possible within the limits of the active window. Arrange Icons If you have been working on a large number of different windows. click the OK button. In addition to these options. Having made your choices.Easy Knit • Tile child windows in order of creation: All child windows will be tiled in their order of creation. 123 .

The checkmark will disappear and the windows will de-synchronize. Scrolling one view will scroll all the views accordingly. 124 .Menus Synchronize document views Use this option in the Window menu to synchronize the scrolling of your design views. Click again to deselect. You may want to adjust the zoom factor for each of your views conveniently before synchronizing the views A checkmark — will appear in front of the function to indicate selection. allowing you to have the same areas displayed on your screen at all times.

. Double-click a topic to obtain access to it.. To find information about the program version and copyright. Double-click a heading to see the help topics it contains. Click the Search tab to search for a term not contained in the index. Click the Index tab to use the subject index. choose About Easy Knit from the Help menu or click the About button on the toolbar. • • About Easy Knit. 125 .Easy Knit Help Menu Help Topics To look up information choose Help Topics from the Help menu and then click on one of the tabs: • Click the Contents tab see the topic headings.

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For guidance on the choices to make when saving a project for the first time. please refer to the New command (File menu). For guidance on creating a new project. please refer to the Save As command (File menu). 127 . please refer to the Open command (File menu). For further guidance.Easy Knit TOOLBARS Easy Knit has nine toolbars. Open Click the Open button to work on an existing project. Save Click the Save button to save the project you are working on without closing it. for easy access to most of the functions and commands you can also find in the menus of the application. Standard Toolbar New Click the New button to create a new project.

For further guidance. Print Preview To see how one of the views of your project will appear when printed. please refer to the Print command (File menu). Ÿ To change the way in which the different views of your project will be printed. and then select Print Preview from the File menu. click the view to make it active. select Page Setup from the File menu. Alternatively.Toolbars Print Click the Print button to print the project you are working on. What’s this? Click the What’s this button (if available) and then an item on the screen to see the related help topic. 128 . About Easy Knit Click the About Easy Knit button to display information about the software version and copyright. click the corresponding toolbar button.

Easy Knit Drawing Toolbar Overview The way in which each of the drawing tools operates is controlled from its Drawing Tool Options dialog box. select the tool by clicking on its toolbar button. The first is the pencil tab. Instructions for use of each tool are as follows: 129 . stitch or symbol. To obtain this. stitch or symbol chosen by clicking on the palette before drawing. The dialog box has generally two tabs. then click the Drawing Tool Options button on the Display toolbar. Refer to the Pencil tool for a description of the pencil tab. which controls the form of lines or dots. and the second one is specific to the selected tool. Refer to Palette for guidance on selecting or changing the color. You can use the tools to draw on any project view in any color.

Check Side by side pixels (if available) to control the form of fine lines. click in the size grid. click the padlock icon so that the padlock appears unlocked. The Pixel(s) field is updated to record the size. Make your choices as follows: • • Choose the form of the mark made with the tool by clicking the button with a circular icon or the button with a square icon. If checked. Such narrow points are • • 130 . In the pencil tab of the Drawing Tool Options a preview of the mark made with the tool is given on the extreme left. To do this. extra pixels will be added to the line if necessary to avoid adjacent parts of the line being linked by pixels touching merely corner to corner. Note that in Easy Knit one pixel is interpreted as one stitch. You can also enter the size directly in the associated fields. The circular or square form can be changed to elliptical or rectangular by modifying the horizontal or vertical size separately. then move the sliders to make the horizontal and vertical size different. To quickly choose the size of the mark.Toolbars Pencil Tool Click on the Pencil button and drag with the mouse to draw.

131 . Click on the Discontinuous button for the tool to produce a dotted line.Easy Knit insufficient to prevent the spreading to the other side of the line when using the Fill tool. The Drawing Style tab appears as follows: Click on the Continuous button for the tool to produce a continuous line form.

Toolbars Straight Line Tool Click on the Straight Line button and drag with the mouse to draw. 132 . The Straight Line tab appears as follows: Click the Free Angle button to draw a straight line at any angle. The thickness of the straight line can be modified via the Pencil tab (see Pencil tool). Click the Diagonal button if you wish to draw straight lines at 45° angles. Click the Vertical button if you only wish to draw vertical straight lines. Click the Horizontal button if you only wish to draw horizontal straight lines.

Click this button for an empty ellipse.Easy Knit Circle or Ellipse Tool This tool draws circles or ellipses (filled or empty) according to the selections made in the Drawing Tool Options. Click this button for an empty circle. Click this button for a filled ellipse. 133 . Make your choices from the Drawing Tool Options dialog box as follows. To operate the tool click its button and then drag the mouse until the desired form has been obtained. Click this button for a filled circle.

To operate the tool click its button and then drag the mouse until the desired form has been obtained. Make your choices from the Drawing Tool Options dialog box as follows. 134 . Click this button to draw an empty square. Click this button to draw an empty rectangle. Click this button to draw a filled square.Toolbars Square or Rectangle Tool This tool draws squares or rectangles (filled or empty) according to the selections made in the Drawing Tool Options. Click this button to draw a filled rectangle.

Double-click rapidly to finish. While the curve is in edit mode. Ÿ For the ‘Pencil’ tab details see Pencil tool above in this section of the guide.Easy Knit Curve To operate the tool. Note that the thickness of the line is only updated on leaving the edit mode. you can also modify its form from the Drawing Tool Options as follows: From the Pencil tab. as described in the topic for the Freehand tool. The points you clicked to define the curve become control points. 135 . click its button and then click a series of points to define the curve. which you can move by dragging. The curve is now in edit mode. change the thickness of the line.

The outline is now in edit mode. Use the View then Curve tools to make it visible. Click this button for a filled curved shape. you can also modify its form from the Drawing Tool Options as follows: Click this button for an empty curved shape. Ÿ Refer to the Curve toolbar in the Toolbars section of this guide for more information about drawing and editing curves. The points you clicked to define the outline. according to the settings in Drawing Tool Options. which you can move by dragging. Double-click rapidly to finish.Toolbars When you have finished editing the curve. double-click again to quit edit mode. become control points. When using both Curve and Curved Shape or Outline. the Curve toolbar becomes active. This action finalizes the curve. Curved Shape or Outline To operate the tool click its button and then click a series of points to define a closed outline or shape. 136 . While the outline is in edit mode.

the Curve toolbar becomes active. While dragging. Use View then Curve tools to make it visible. change the thickness of the line. as described under Pencil Tool. allowing you to preview the drawn pattern. 137 . the freehand shape will be displayed as a closed broken line. Ÿ Refer to the Curve toolbar in the Toolbars section of this guide for more information about drawing and editing curves. press ENTER on your keyboard or double-click to quit the edit mode. This action finalizes the curve When using both Curve and Curved Shape or Outline. Note that the thickness of the line is only updated on leaving the edit mode. Freehand Shape To operate the tool. click its button and then drag to define a filled irregular shape.Easy Knit From the Pencil tab. When you have finished editing the curve.

Not selecting Spread to adjacent areas will have as a result the filling only of the pixels neighboring only on the sides. Choose your Drawing Tool Options as follows: Select Spread to adjacent areas if you want the fill operation to spill over to neighboring areas of the same color. Airbrush To operate the tool.Toolbars Fill With Color To operate the tool click its button and then click a colored area to fill it with the color currently selected from the color palette. The spray quality is defined by moving the sliders in the Drawing Tool Options tab. click its button and then drag to spray. Use the option especially if your image has extended areas with a width of one pixel. and not on the corners. The preview on the left of the tab changes immediately to show the effect of moving the sliders. 138 .

Easy Knit A circular spray of droplets is given. the choice from the Ink drop-down box is Solid. the quality of which is defined by moving the sliders in the Airbrush tab of Drawing Tool Options tab. Speed – the number of droplets given per second. which means that the characteristics of the airbrush are set only according to the Airbrush tab. Irregularity – this controls the extent to which the drops give a uniform pattern. Choose the ink type from the Ink drop-down box. The preview on the left of the tab changes immediately to show the effect of moving the sliders. Spray size – the diameter of the spray. Density – the number of droplets given by a single click. Pencil is selected. Drop size – the size of the droplets produced. if the alternative choice. 139 . By default. the Drop Size parameter will be set instead according to the choices made from the Pencil tab. The sliders control the following characteristics: • • • • • • Concentration – the extent to which droplets are concentrated at the center of the spray. However.

click its button and then drag to draw stripes or checks. Stripes and Checks To operate the tool. 140 . Choose the drawing tool options as follows: Move the slider to determine the intensity of smudge. Make your Drawing Tool Options choices as follows: Click this button to draw vertical stripes. click its button and then drag to smudge.Toolbars Smudge To operate the tool.

When working with stepped repeats the option will only be available if a required condition is met: In order for this option to be available. your repeat width or height will have to contain a number of pixels which is a multiple of the horizontal. Selecting the option Ignore repeat boundaries will allow you to draw stripes across the repeat borders. if your repeat width has 200 pixels. since 200 can be divided by 4). 141 . When working with straight repeats the usage of the option is straightforward: select it then click and drag in the image to draw the stripes across the repeats. you will be able to use this option with a horizontal step of ¼. Click this button to draw checks.Easy Knit Click this button to draw horizontal stripes. respectively vertical repeat step relevant number (for example.

Place the cursor over a curve control point so that it appears as shown.Toolbars Curve Toolbar The Curve Toolbar is used with the Curve and Curved Shape or Outline drawing tools (Drawing Toolbar). Next click the Modify Curve button . then drag to move the curve to a new location Place the cursor over a section of the curve so that it appears as shown. The curves allow you a perfect control over each position of the control points. and also. They operate as follows: Control Points Click this button then click on the curve to add further control points. Modify Curve Click this button to modify the curve in one of three ways as follows: Place the cursor beside the curve until it appears as shown. then click to add a new control point at that position. Right-click any control point to delete it. over the tangents to the segment converging 142 . The buttons on this toolbar are available when using these drawing tools. then drag to move the control point to a new position.

Drag and rotate to adjust the desired tangency angle. Draw a curved shape like in this following example: . the control As you draw points you click. you can see the curved taking shape. and enter editing mode . you can modify the position of the control points of the tangents to the segments. A segment is the portion of the curve in between two control points.Easy Knit to the specific control point. Put and the cursor over a tangent endpoint until it changes its shape drag. Just as you modify the position of the control points. Double-click to end entering control points. Two tangents define each segment. Drag to make the tangent longer or shorter to determine the length on which 143 . Tangents determine the angle at which the segment meets a specific control point. you can modify the shape of the curve as you desire. and the tangents of the segments in each control point. Let us try an example. Using a drag and drop technique on the control points of the tangents. Your alteration of these parameters will not modify the rest of the segments of the curve. one at each control point at the end of the segment.

Note that you cannot remove a curve with this tool once you have clicked the Finalize Curve button . 144 . click this button to remove it. Adjust the shape of the curved as you desire. draw over an existing curve. click this button to finalize its form. Note that afterwards you will not be able to make further modifications to the curve using the tools of the curve toolbar. Finalize Curve When you have finished modifying the curve. of course. Remove Curve If you do not wish to keep the curve you have been working on. or click the Remove Curve button Curve button to delete the curve. When you have finished modifying the curve.Toolbars the curve will stay closer to the tangent (or the tangency angle variation ratio). To finalize the curve you can also double click on your image. or press ENTER on your keyboard. click the Finalize to finish drawing the curve. You can.

Adjust Gauge and Course Count: Change these parameters visually. Remove Strips: Cuts out a horizontal or vertical strip to reduce the size of the repeat. 145 . Outlining: Adds an outline to a selected color. Mirror Repeat: Replaces the repeat with its mirror image reflected using a vertical axis. but for a complete description. in which the Mirror Image command incorporates the functions of both ) and Flip Repeat ( ) here. Rotation: For rotating the repeat image.Easy Knit Image Toolbar This toolbar provides quick access to the functions of the Tools menu. Duplicate Repeat: Enlarges the repeat by duplication. Insert Strips: For adding a horizontal or vertical strip to enlarge the repeat. Mirror Repeat ( The tools are outlined briefly below. Change Size: For changing the life size dimensions of the repeat. Change Origin: For defining a new image origin. please refer to the Tools menu. Flip Repeat: Replaces the repeat with its mirror image reflected using a horizontal axis.

146 .Toolbars Background: Replaces a selected color of your image with a selected motif.

On releasing the mouse button. 147 . you can click on your design to paste it there. first click the Show Motif Base button then select the motif you want to modify by clicking it. To manipulate or use a motif. Rectangle Selection Click in your design and then drag to define a rectangular area. Selection By Color Click on a colored area of your design for it to be copied to the Motif Base as a new motif. the rectangular area is copied to the Motif Base as a new motif. for example.Easy Knit Motif Toolbar The Motif Toolbar contains tools for creating and manipulating motifs. Select Last Used Motif Selects the last motif you used so that.

press the SHIFT key while you drag. or to stretch or squash it. Release the mouse button to set the change 148 . the area is copied to the Motif Base as a new motif. Flip Replaces the currently selected motif with its mirror image reflected using a horizontal axis. then drag around the motif. Alternatively. drag towards or away from the motif to enlarge it or reduce its size. in which case the motif is stretched or compressed vertically by dragging up or down. Rotate Motif To rotate the motif. and stretched or compressed horizontally by dragging left and right. After clicking the button. As you drag. release the mouse button to set the change. click this button. a rectangular frame rotates around the motif to indicate the changing orientation. Mirror Replaces the currently selected motif with its mirror image reflected using a vertical axis.Toolbars Freehand Selection Drag to define a closed area. When you are happy with the form of the motif. On releasing the mouse button. Re-scale Motif Use this tool to change the size of the currently selected motif.

and not on the corners. Not selecting Spread to adjacent areas will have as a result the filling only of the pixels neighboring only on the sides. To set the repeat type. size and resolution of the motif as it will be used in repeat. offering you another option: Select Spread to adjacent areas for the fill operation to spill over to neighboring areas of the same color. see Properties (Motif menu). Clicking this function will open the Local Motif Fill Drawing tool option dialog window. Rotate Motif. Before use. 149 .Easy Knit Local Motif Fill Click this button then click a colored area of the image for the color to be replaced by a pattern formed by repeating the currently selected motif. and Edit Motif (Motif toolbar). Use the option especially if your image has extended areas with a width of one pixel. Flip Motif. Mirror Motif. you may also wish to modify the motif – see the commands Re-scale Motif. Here is an example: the pink color in the first image will be filled with the motif in the second image with the result showing in the third image.

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Selects the whole image as a motif, and adds it to the motif base as a motif in its own right.

Edit Motif
To create a new, modified version of the currently selected motif, click this button. A separate window opens displaying the motif in straight repeat. Use any of the applications tools to modify the motif, and then close the window by clicking on its Close button . On closing the window, the new version of the motif is added to the Motif Base, the original version being unaffected.

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The motif base is a separate window containing all the currently available motifs. Click this button to open it, and click again to close it.

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Selecting any of the Motif tools will display a specific Drawing Tool Options dialog box containing two tabs. To change the size or orientation of the currently selected motif, choose Numeric Input from the Motif menu (if available in your version of Easy Knit). The Drawing Tool Options then appear, containing two tabs as follows:

The ’Change Size’ tab

To change the size of the motif, click on the Change Size tab of Drawing Tool Options. This shows the current width and height of the motif in the Original column in terms of pixels. Enter values for the new overall width and height either in the Final column, or in the Proportion column. These two columns are linked, so changes you make in one column are automatically calculated for the other column. If you use the Final column, you must enter the new width and height in terms of pixels. If you use the Proportion column, you must enter the new width and height in terms of a percentage of the current size. For example, if you wish to double the height, enter 200 for the height in the Proportion column.

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Note that you can You can also link the width and height, by clicking the . (as illustrated for the Change Size tab above). Where padlock button this has been done, the width fields become grayed and inactive, and any change made to the height will result in a proportional change to the width – so if you double the height, the will width will be doubled automatically

You must also choose the method of changing size from the Method section of the Change Size tab. The default selection is Normal, which gives good results all round, and most particularly when enlarging the design or when the final size is close to the original size. However, in your version of Easy Knit, it may be possible to choose from two other alternatives: • Priority colors: When this option is selected, the Set Priorities button becomes active. You must then click this button to define the colors that will be given priority. Parts of the image containing these colors will be protected as much as possible from alterations that can occur with a change of size. Use this method to preserve the design of outlined shapes, for example. Dominant colors: This method automatically determines which colors in your design dominate. Parts of the image containing the dominant colors will therefore be protected as much as possible from alterations that can occur with a change of size.

When you have made your choices, click the Preview button for a preview of how the changes you propose to make will look. If you are happy with the result, put the changes into effect by clicking the Create button. The resulting motif becomes the currently selected motif. However, if you open the motif base (Motif menu), you will see that a copy of the original motif has been conserved in case you should need it.

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Choosing the Whole Page entry will result in displaying the repeat of your project adjusted in size to the entire view area of the main window. Choosing the Pixel Size entry will result in displaying an image having a dimension proportional to its actual number of pixels. 155 . Ÿ For further information regarding the operation of calibrating the rulers please refer to the View Rulers (View Toolbar) section of this manual.Easy Knit Zoom Toolbar The Zoom toolbar provides a simple. By default. In fact. yet powerful. your project’s items will be shown in their real size. provided the ruler has been calibrated previously. such as Pixel Size or Whole Page. Zoom Slider Drag the slider to change the current zoom factor. This is useful if you wish to change the zoom factor to an extent less than that represented by the next zoom level up or down available from the zoom drop-down. Zoom Drop-down Click the Zoom drop-down arrow in order to choose the zoom factor directly from a list offering various zoom values and further options. mode in which you can change the zoom factor and the repeat count of the current view. the image is displayed such as to have a 1-to-1 correspondence between the image’s and the screen’s ‘pixel raster’.

a figure of 5.Toolbars Zoom In Click the Zoom In button to enlarge the view of the active window by one level of zoom. For example. Repeat Count The figure at the extreme right of the Zoom toolbar gives the number of repeats currently shown on your screen. Zoom Out Click the Zoom Out button to reduce the view of the active window by one level of zoom. and press ENTER. 156 . The zoom factor of the window will then be changed to match your figure.500 shows that five and a half repeats can be counted going from the top to the bottom of your screen or else counting from left to right. enter a new figure in the repeat count field. Alternatively. Alternatively use the ‘+’ key on the numeric keypad for the same effect. If desired. use the ‘–‘ key on the numeric keypad for the same effect. either counting along its vertical axis or counting along its horizontal axis (whichever figure is smaller).

Designate Stencil: Displays the color palette in order to view and to choose colors for the stencil. 157 . Show or Hide the Palette: controls the display mode of your color palette. Tile Vertically: Tiles all open windows vertically. Tape Measure: for measuring the distance between two points. Show Repeat Boundaries: Displays a line between repeat boundaries. Select Color: allows you to select a color by clicking on the image. Cascade Windows: Overlaps all the open windows so that at least a part of each is visible. obtaining information and for operating the stencil. View Rulers: Displays or hides the rulers. Drawing Tool Options: Displays the Drawing Tool Options dialog box for changing the parameters of the current tool.Easy Knit View (Display) Toolbar This toolbar provides tools for managing views. Overview Tile Horizontally: Tiles all open windows horizontally. The clicked color will be selected.

158 . as a back layer. you can use as a model for your current working image. Tracing: inserts an image.Toolbars Activate Stencil: Prevents the stencil colors from being drawn over. for example). or Easy Coloring Pro. A color atlas is a customized collection of colors created in a coloring project (using Easy Coloring. Zoom Area: Allows you to zoom in on a limited area. View Pattern Draft: Changes the current view to Pattern Draft View (also called Technical Design). Color Atlas: use this button to open – display a color atlas. Symbol Card View: Change the current view to Symbol Card view. Simulation view: Changes the current view to Simulation view. Color atlases offer you the possibility to use a large range of colors in your Easy Knit projects. Embroidery Effect: this command allows you to apply embroidery simulation images over your knitted project (only available in simulation mode view). which can be re-used in other projects where the same color collection is needed. The different commands comprised in the View toolbar are explained below in a more detailed manner.

For precise measurements. Click the button again to make them disappear. Ruler Pop-up Menu Right-click in the ruler scale area to obtain the following pop-up menu: 159 . Ÿ The rulers are graduated to give you a notion of context and scale. see Tape Measure (Display Toolbar). A window can be brought to the front of the group by clicking the part of it which is visible.Easy Knit Tile Horizontally Click the Tile Horizontally button to display all open windows edgeto-edge extending horizontally from one side to the other of the screen. Tile Vertically Click the Tile Vertically button to display all open windows edge-toedge extending vertically from the top to the bottom of the screen. View Rulers Click on the View Rulers button to display rulers at the edges of a project view. See Ruler Calibration for how to graduate the rulers. Cascade Windows Click the Cascade button to group all open windows in overlapping formation.

Toolbars Calibrate Rulers The Calibrate Rulers pop-up enables you to change the way in which the rulers are graduated and to calibrate your monitor correctly. which has just appeared. and then enter a whole number in the adjacent field to determine the number spacing. check Ruler Numbering. so that it is capable of displaying your design life size when the zoom factor is 100%. if you have 160 . The Calibrate Screen and Rulers dialog box is as follows: To change the graduation of the rulers. If you want numbers to appear on the rulers. To obtain the pop-up: • • Click the Rulers button click the rulers. then right- Click the Calibrate Rulers button. proceed as follows: • • From the Units drop-down box choose the units in which the rulers are to be graduated. for the rulers to appear. For example.

and you enter the figure 2 in the field for the Ruler Numbering. Click OK for the new ruler graduation to be put into effect. then numbers will appear every two centimeters along the rulers. check Graduation Marks and then enter a suitable figure in the Graduation Marks field.Easy Knit selected centimeters in the Units drop-down box. • To calibrate your monitor correctly so that it is capable of displaying your design life size when the zoom factor is 100%. • If you want graduation marks to appear between the figures. and you enter the figure 0. For example. if you have selected centimeters in the Units drop-down box.25 in the field for Graduation Marks. The following dialog box appears: 161 . click the Calibrate Screen button. then graduation marks will appear every quarter centimeter.

factor and click ’On’ the Life Size button Ÿ For further information on the Life Size function. if necessary. if your design X resolution is 300dpi. width 10 inches.Toolbars Follow the instructions given. For example. see the Zoom Toolbar section. When ready with all settings click OK again to accept all changes. Guideline Options… Select this option to have access to guideline set-up parameters. use a 100% zoom in the Display toolbar. This is because the horizontal dimension will have to fit in twice as many pixels (300x10) as the vertical dimension (150x10). Click the Reset button to return to the default values. Menus section of this guide for more details about these parameters. Ÿ See Guideline Options… in the Preferences menu. will display a horizontal dimension twice as large as the vertical dimension. height 10 inches. Note that when you are not working in Life Size mode your ruler will display the ‘pixel size’ of your image. both X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) of your design. when not in Life size mode. and customize or adjust their appearance and functionality. and click the OK button to return to the Calibrate Rulers dialog box. To display your project in life size. 162 . after calibration. and your design real size is. Y resolution is 150dpi. or Cancel to discard them and return to your design. You image size will consequently depend on the resolution. your ruler.

… not part of your design image. Note that the guidelines will still be present even if you hide the rulers. If the snap feature is enabled. and will not appear in a printout.Easy Knit Working With Guidelines The guidelines are virtual lines that you can use in your design in order to draw. named snap ’strength’. but in this case you will not be able to add. move or delete them. align and place any drawing object in precise positions in your project image. The guidelines are: • • • • … horizontal or vertical dotted lines that you can bring in over your design image to help you in your work. Once the Rulers were activated the guidelines can be used. the guidelines will also cause your drawing object element (control point) to ’snap’ to the closest point on the guideline if the distance between the mouse cursor and a guideline is below a predefined threshold. move. … always displayed on top of your image or drawing objects. You can add as many guidelines in your project as you need. 163 . … ’screen lines’ = independent of zoom level and display quality mode. The blue cross at the ruler scale intersection reminds you that you can use guidelines to more precisely manipulate the drawing tools or editing tools.

click and drag into the design area. The process is the same for both the horizontal and vertical guidelines. 164 . release the mouse button. your mouse cursor will take the shape of a double arrow oriented along the ruler scale. parallel to the ruler scale you dragged form will appear under your cursor. Small brown arrows will mark the guideline-end in the ruler scale area: Moving A Guideline Put your mouse cursor over the ruler scale area where the guideline end is. Click and drag the guideline to the desired new position. A guideline.Toolbars Adding A Guideline Put your mouse cursor over a ruler scale until it gets the shape of a double arrow.

This way you can for instance draw a number of lines all starting from exactly the same point.Easy Knit Delete A Guideline You can delete guidelines in two ways: • • Proceed just like for moving a guideline. the magnetic effect will apply and the drawing element will be forced. Move your mouse cursor over the ruler scale area where the guideline end is. or position drawing elements to precise locations. The guideline will be removed. whenever your mouse cursor (creating. your mouse cursor will take the shape of a double arrow oriented along the ruler scale. Using Snap Snapping is the action of attracting the mouse cursor to fall right on the guideline. 165 . only this time move it to a ruler scale limit. below a predefined distance. whenever the mouse is in the vicinity of the guideline. The ’magnetic’ area around the guideline is defined via the Guideline Options function in the Preferences menu which defines an attraction distance around the guideline. Hit DEL on your keyboard. The guideline will be removed. moving or placing a drawing element) falls within this distance. or snapped onto the guideline.

all starting from the exact point: Ÿ See Guidelines Options… in the Preferences menu for details on how to set your guideline options. even if your mouse cursor doesn’t really start to draw from the exact location you need. Mirror. Define a snap strength value. Rotation and Select whole image as motif. Note that when working with a motif the snapping action will work both on the motif hot spot. Flip. When working with a small motif it may be possible that the hot spot and a border will both fall within the snap area. For example a snap strength value of 5 means that an area width a width of 10 pixels (5 on each side). the snapping action of the guideline will ’force’ it anyway to the correct position. Start drawing your rectangle. with respect to the snapping area. the snap area is represented by the light green band around each guideline. for example. but from within the snapping area.Toolbars Note that the snap strength value is measure on one side of the guideline only. The motif related tools that do not use the guideline snap feature are the Re-Scale. 166 . draw four rectangles. In this case the first one in will be considered for the snapping action. Suppose you want to draw a rectangle starting from a very precise position. Create two guidelines so that the position you want as the upper left corner of the future rectangle is at the intersection of these guidelines. you can. efficient working mode. The guideline snap-mode will operate with most of your drawing tools. having the guideline in the middle is the snap or attraction area of the guidelines. In the example below. motif tools and selection features offering a powerful. versatile. and any of the motif borders. Thus.

then drag the pointer between the points and let go – the distance is recorded on the status bar. click the Tape Measure button. the guidelines do not operate in the Navigator window. click the Show Repeat Boundaries button. Drawing Tool Options Click the Drawing Tool Options button to show or hide the drawing tool options dialog box for the drawing tool currently selected. Ÿ See Palette for a full explanation of how to use the palette. Click the button again to make the lines disappear.Easy Knit Just as other functions and features. Show or Hide the Palette Click Show or Hide the Palette to make the palette appear or disappear. 167 . For the repeat boundaries to be shown as lines on the screen. Make sure you have activated a working window in order to use guidelines. Tape Measure To measure the distance between two points on the screen. Show Repeat Boundaries For some designs repeat boundaries may not be easy to distinguish. Please refer to Drawing Toolbar for the options available for each individual drawing tool.

adding a color to the stencil and then activating the stencil will protect areas of the pattern draft with that color. to access the Next click the Designate Stencil button and click the color chips of all the colors you want to protect. knit type. You can protect them by adding their colors to the stencil using the Designate Stencil tool. click it again. The selected color chips appear with a bar along the bottom as in this example: To de-select a color chip. When you have made your color selection for the stencil. and the bar along the bottom will disappear.Toolbars Select Color To operate the tool click its button and then click on a color. click the Activate Stencil button to protect the selected colors. Areas of your design made up from the protected colors are now safe. 168 . knit types and symbols. or symbol in one of the project views for the color to be selected on the palette Ÿ See Palette for how to modify colors. as well as the corresponding areas of the simulation and symbol card. • Because each color has an associated knit type and symbol. Designate Stencil When using the drawing tools you may want to protect some parts of your design so that they cannot be drawn over. as follows: • • First click the Display Color Palette button color palette.

then drag to define rectangle around the area. Zoom Area To zoom in on a limited area of a project view. If you no longer want those areas to be protected. Click the mouse button again to finish. 169 . and the rectangular area will be enlarged as much as possible on your monitor. and protect all other areas. Click the Invert button and then OK. A tick appears next to the Stencil command in the Edit menu when the stencil has been activated. Ÿ See Designate Stencil for instructions on choosing your stencil colors. Now all the colors are selected except the background color. de-activate the stencil by clicking the button again. Activate Stencil Areas of your design composed of the stencil colors (and the associated knits type and symbols) cannot be drawn over when this toolbar button is depressed. click the Zoom Area button. then right click the area of the palette above the color chips. Finally click the Activate Stencil button and begin drawing. The Palette Properties pop-up appears. a quick way to proceed is as follows: Select only the background color as a stencil color.Easy Knit If you want to draw on the background of your design.

which can be re-used in other projects where the same color collection is needed.Toolbars Color Atlas Color atlases offer you the possibility to use a large range of colors in your Vision Easy Knit projects. for example). In the example below. but displays only one of these at a time. The name of the color currently under the cursor is shown on the atlas together with its Vision Color Code. Modifying atlas colors individually 170 . page two is currently displayed. The colors of the atlas are displayed in a window having one or more ‘pages’. or Easy Coloring Pro. Ÿ For an explanation of Vision Color Codes. An atlas may have several pages of colors. see the subsequent topic. How are Color Atlases used? A color atlas is a customized collection of colors created in a coloring project (using Easy Coloring. You can change any of the colors of your project by dragging and dropping a color from your atlas onto the palette color chip concerned.

Now drag the edge to enlarge or reduce the size. The current page is represented by the Summary chip with the additional border. You can also scroll through the pages of the atlas by moving the scroll bar cursor.Easy Knit Just above the scroll bar at the bottom of the atlas are up to three Summary chips symbolizing adjacent pages of the atlas. so that it changes into a double headed arrow . A quick way to go to an adjacent page is to click an adjacent Summary chip. To adjust the size of the atlas on screen. 171 . move the mouse pointer over a horizontal or vertical edge of the atlas.

After opening a color atlas. click the Color Atlas button in the View toolbar. Next. Ÿ For an explanation of how to use an Open dialog window. The atlas configuration (size and number of colors per page. please refer to the Open Project command (File menu) where such a dialog window is described in detail. To open a different atlas. number of pages) is determined there. with the first color chip selected (black border) ready to be modified: 172 . such as Easy Coloring. Simulating Printed Fabric or Easy Coloring Pro. you must first close the current atlas (see Close Atlas in this section) New atlases may be created using other NedGraphics applications. This permits you to retrieve the atlas again immediately by clicking on the atlas toolbar button again. Modifying atlas colors individually To modify the colors for your atlas. right-click over the atlas to make the atlas pop-up menu appear. The atlas now appears as follows. and from this choose Modify Color Atlas. you can close it temporarily via its close button . choose the color atlas you wish to open from the Open dialog window that appears (more atlas file types are available).Toolbars Opening Color Atlases To open an existing color atlas for the first time in the current session of work.

The numbers at the beginning of the code indicate the Hue (0 through to 359). Easy Coloring Pro. 173 .Easy Knit Using NedGraphics coloring applications such as Vision Easy Coloring. You can refer to these applications for color codes that you may need. The color codes used for the atlases are those used for the Vision Chart which is an integral part of NedGraphics coloring applications such as Easy Coloring. and the second letter gives the Value. and Simulating Printed Fabric. you can modify individual colors using a huge range of coloring tools and color charts. the first letter gives the Saturation. The letters range between A (maximum) to P (minimum). and Vision Simulating Printed Fabric. The Codes identify the color in terms of HSV. Vision Easy Coloring Pro. type the color code for the color you require in the Color Code field: the color is changed automatically. To modify a color of the atlas.

When you have completed the current page. Modifying several atlas colors at once Other commands are available from the pop-up menu which appears when you right-click over the atlas: Note that you cannot use the first four commands in the menu (they appear grayed) until you enter the editing mode by selecting Modify Current Atlas so that a tick appears in front of it. 174 . and then click on any other color of the Atlas in order to modify it in the same way. and will replace the Vision Chart code on the bottom of the Color Channels dialog window. Finally. When you have defined the color you require.Toolbars If you have also installed on your system modules of NedGraphics’ Printing Studio and chose to use the hCL color space in one of these modules. leave the editing mode by clicking 9Modify Color Atlas in the pop-up menu so that the tick symbol in front of it disappears. as shown. when you have finished defining colors for the time being. the same color code will be used by default in your Fashion Studio application. enter a name for it if you wish in the Page Name field. enter a name for it if you wish in the Color Name field.

Print: use this command to print one or more pages of your color atlas. A color graduation based on the colors you have added is added to the color chips in between. Line/column gradient: Choose this command and then click on two color chips on the same row or in the same column that are not immediately next to each other. and then choose this command. is applied to the remaining blank color chips. A color graduation. 175 .Easy Knit Four corners gradient: Place four different colors in the corners of a page. Clear current page: Choose this command to make all the color chips of the current page blank. which fades away to white. Closing and Saving Color Atlases for a description of the pop-up menu commands Save Atlas. Ÿ Please refer to Opening. Save Atlas As and Close Atlas. A color graduation based on the two color chips you have clicked is now applied to the color chips between them. White gradient: Place a single color in one of the top corners of the page (or a different color in the top right and top left corners of the page) and then choose this command.

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Name: use the drop down box to select the printer you want to use from the available options. Page area: use the fields in this area to select the pages of your atlas you will print. When ready, click OK to start printing or Cancel to abandon the printing of your atlas pages.

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The ’Save Atlas’ and ’Save Atlas As’ Commands
To save a color atlas that you have modified, right-click over the atlas, and then choose Save Atlas from the pop-up menu which appears. To save a color atlas with a new name, choose the command Save Atlas As from the pop-up menu.

Close Atlas
If you no longer require an atlas for your current session of work, right-click over the atlas, and than choose Close Atlas from the popup menu that appears. If you have made changes to the atlas, Easy Knit will give you the opportunity to save them.
After opening a color atlas (as explained in the first topic on atlases above), you can close the atlas temporarily via its Close button . This permits you to retrieve the atlas again immediately by clicking on the atlas toolbar button again. To open a different atlas, you must first close the current atlas with the Close command from the Atlas pop-up menu, then click the Atlas button in the Display toolbar again.

View Pattern Draft
Change the current view to make it the pattern draft view by clicking the View Pattern Draft button on the toolbar. Alternatively use the New Window command (Window menu) to create a new view which you can change. In the Pattern Draft view (also known as Technical Design), each square of the grid corresponds to a stitch, in colors which you can change at will via the palette. Typically you will choose colors identical to those of the yarns you wish to be used, but in the case of certain special yarns, such as mottled yarn, you may select a color which is representational rather than identical.

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View Simulation
Change the current view to make it the simulation view by clicking the View Simulation button on the toolbar. Alternatively use the New Window command (Window menu) to create a new view, which you can change to display the simulation. The simulation view is a true to life simulation knitted fabric representing the actual stitches used, using the same of the colors as the pattern draft (i.e. typically the colors of the yarns you wish to be used, but in the case of certain special yarns, such as mottled yarn, you may select a color which is representational rather than identical).

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View Symbol Card
Change the current view to make it the symbol card view by clicking the View Symbol Card button on the toolbar. Alternatively use the New Window command (Window menu) to create a new view, which you can change to display the simulation. In the symbol card each stitch is shown by a symbol representing its knit type as well as its orientation (face or back). Via the palette, you can designate symbols from the atlas provided, or create your own. Change another view to make it the pattern draft view by on the toolbar. clicking the View Simulation button

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Embroidery Effect
Embroidery Effect: this command allows you to apply embroidery effects when in the simulation mode of the knitting project (this command is consequently only available in simulation mode view). Click on the corresponding button in the Display toolbar; the Motif Base window will open, allowing you to select the image to be used as an embroidery.
Please note that the Motif base has a 'dual' function, i.e. it will display 'regular' motifs when using all other working modes than the Embroidery mode, and Embroidery motifs, when accessing the latter mode. This means that motifs defined 'outside' of the embroidery mode will only be available and displayed when the embroidery mode is off. Upon opening, the Motif base contains only embroidery effects (images), which are different from other motifs stored using the pattern draft or other working modes of the application. Embroidery motif images have to be images with an 8 bit or less color depth.

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parts of previously inserted motifs can be made visible using the ’Transparency’ function. From this context-menu. Re-scale motif. Please note that in the case of several inserted embroidery motifs. Rotate motif. In case you click a pile of several overlapping motifs. Ÿ For further information regarding the Transparency function please read the ’Transparency’ section (Motive menu) of this manual.e. Mirror motif. Upon right-clicking the Motif (embroidery) base a pop-up menu will appear. Please note that you can add several ’embroidery’ motifs in overlapping formation. the top-most one (i. you can access all common functions except the Edit function. depicted at left. 180 . Flip motif. To delete all overlapping motifs simply repeat this operation as many times as needed. which is not available for operation in the Embroidery working mode of the Easy Knit application. the motif having been inserted as last motif) will be deleted. Note that in the Embroidery mode only some of the motif tools will be available to you. the motif having been inserted last being the top-most motif. which is very similar to the Motif base context menu. click the desired location of the simulation view using the left mouse button. and Select last used functions.Toolbars To insert an ’embroidery’ motif. among those available being the Motif base. To delete an already inserted motif simply right-click it.

Ÿ See the Motif Menu in the Menus section for more details about these commands. the corresponding pop-up menu is available using a middle-mouse button (or wheel) click.Easy Knit While in Motif or Embroidery mode. The following examples depict images of embroideries pasted onto knitting designs: 181 .

Use View. 182 . Vision Easy Knit will save your knitting project with the applied embroidery. you can use as a model for your current working image. as a back layer. The parameters of the function are controlled by the Select tracing parameters… function in the Preferences menu. then Tracing to make the transparency ruler toolbar appear.Toolbars To exit the embroidery mode click again the Embroidery Effect button in the Display toolbar. Tracing Tracing: inserts an image.

Easy Knit Tracing Toolbar The Tracing Toolbar adjusts the level of visibility (or opacity) of an image when tracing: Use View (in the View menu) then Tracing to use the Tracing ruler toolbar. until at zero the project view disappears and only the model view can be seen. 183 . On moving the slider in the opposite direction. the model view can be seen more and more clearly. While working with the model image. drag the slider of the Tracing toolbar to modify the opacity of the current project view: As the slider approaches 100 the model view becomes fainter until it disappears completely.

Paste Image Click the Paste Image button to paste the contents of the clipboard into the active window. Redo To cancel the effect of the last Undo command. A message appears asking you to confirm the operation. Keep clicking to redo a series of Undo commands.Toolbars Edit Toolbar Cut Image Click the Cut Image button to remove the image of the active window and copy it to the clipboard. click the Undo button. Keep clicking to undo a series of actions. click the Redo button. 184 . Undo To cancel the last modification made to the design during the current session. Copy Image Click the Copy Image button to copy the design in the active window to the clipboard.

click the All Undo button.Easy Knit Undo All To undo a series of actions. Reinstate Last But One After performing a series of Undo commands or Undo and Redo commands. or by clicking the Reinstate Last But One corresponding button on the Edit toolbar. click the All Redo button. you can reinstate the penultimate action by choosing Delete from the Edit menu. Redo All To redo all the actions you have just undone using the Undo command. 185 .

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Easy Knit THE PALETTE To display the palette. It is marked by a dash in the right upper corner of the color chip. knit type and symbol to apply by clicking on the palette. choose Palette from the View menu. knit types and symbols in which you can change these initial settings. The color chip concerned (or the selected knit or symbol. depending on your display mode) is also reproduced at the top left of the palette. you must first select the color. the associated knit type or the associated symbol – all three are selected together. When using the drawing tools to modify the design. which is always the first stitch of the palette. The color. You can click either on the color. each color of the original image is used to create a corresponding color in the pattern draft (technical design) view. knit type and symbol currently selected are indicated by a dash in the top left hand corner of the color chip. and a default symbol corresponding to the knit type and color is generated in the symbol card view. a default knit type is generated in the simulation view for the areas of the image having that color. On creation of a new project from an image file. Drawing with the right mouse button pressed. or right-clicking a stitch. will replace the stitches with the default one. 187 . In addition. (In this version of Easy Knit a color chip with a dash in the top right hand corner has no signification). as in this example: . The palette is a resource of colors. You can also use the drawing tools on any of the three views – modifying one view modifies the other views at the same time. as in this example: . or click the palette button on the toolbar.

knit types and symbols selected for the stencil may be indicated on the corresponding color chip with a bar along the bottom as in this example: Ÿ See Palette Properties (described in the same section under Palette) and Designate Stencil (in the Display toolbar.The Palette If Show Stencil Colors has been chosen in the Palette Properties dialog box. 188 . Toolbars section of this guide). Colors.

A slider can be moved either by dragging or by clicking the location where it is to move to. proceed as follows: • • Double-click its color chip on the palette to display the Color Channels. as are all corresponding areas of the pattern draft (technical design). To avoid this disconcerting effect. The corresponding color chip on the color palette is then changed to the new color.Easy Knit Modifying a Color – Color Channels To modify one of the colors in the pattern draft view. the color channels themselves may appear bizarrely colored. The color chip under the color channels shows the resulting color. • • • For some monitors where 16 million colors cannot be shown. 189 . right click the color channels. right-click the color channels to obtain a pop-up menu. and click Colored so that the standard colored display for the channels is de-selected. and select RGB from the pop-up menu that appears. which appear as white cross-bars. Modify the color by moving sliders on each channel. and the code below that is the Vision Color Chart code. Click the OK button to put the color change into effect. To make the adjustment using RGB color channels instead of HSV.

are part of the coloring modules of NedGraphics. At zero 190 . Value: from 0 to 100. the two last functions enable you to choose various display options for the different color systems. violet). HSV The color codes used in the Color Palette of the Vision applications. yellow. This value indicates the luminosity of the color. such as Easy Coloring. Its effect is independent of the hue and saturation.The Palette The ’Color Channels’ pop-up menu Right-click the Color Channels area for the Color Channels popup menu to appear: The first commands are related to the different color systems available in Easy Coloring. blue. magenta. Saturation: indicates the lightness of the shade with values from 0 to 100 (light for 0 and dark for 100). Easy Coloring Pro or Simulating Printed Fabric. This value determines the position in the color spectrum (red. The HSV code describes a color in terms of: Hue: from 0 to 359. orange. green.

the same color code will be used by default in your Fashion Studio application. Selecting RGB from the pop-up menu will put a checkmark √ sign in front of the option to highlight the current selection.Easy Knit luminosity any color becomes black. Magenta and Yellow components emitted by a color to create it. Selecting HSV from the pop-up menu will put a checkmark √ sign in front of the option to highlight the current selection. A zero value for all components will produce black. As compared to the RGB though. RGB The RGB color system will allow the composition of any color using different degrees of Red. At maximum luminosity (100) any color becomes white. the resulting color is white. Selecting HSV from the pop-up menu will put a checkmark √ sign in front of the option to highlight the current selection. the result is black. and will replace the Vision Chart code on the bottom of the Color Channels dialog window. If you have also installed on your system modules of NedGraphics’ Printing Studio and chose to use the hCL color space in one of these modules. Of course. Green and Blue components (as emission colors). when all the parameters have a zero value. the maximum value for the same parameters (that is 255) will produce white. and at the maximum (255) value. 191 . CMY In a similar way with the RGB system the CMY uses the Cyan.

XYZ The XYZ is also an absolute color space. 192 . The H value has a range from 0 to 360. helps in producing the black color. The L values (representing the luminosity) range from 0 to 110. hCL The hCL is a color system based on absolute colors. It permits obtaining any color as a function of the three X. you have a black. and of course. These are the international standard CIE D65 2 degree color coordinates. Y. Selecting CMYK from the pop-up menu will put a checkmark √ sign in front of the option to highlight the current selection. Selecting hCL from the pop-up menu will put a checkmark √ sign in front of the option to highlight the current selection. The C values (representing the color) range from 0 to 140. Note that for this color space the parameter values are displayed and controlled using two decimal digits. Z parameters (in a 0 to 140 range). CMYK This system works very similar to the CMY.The Palette Selecting CMY from the pop-up menu will put a checkmark √ sign in front of the option to highlight the current selection. A fourth component is the black. When all three values equal zero.

Note that if you save your design image as a TIF Lab file. Selecting Lab from the pop-up menu will put a checkmark √ sign in front of the option to highlight the current selection.Easy Knit Selecting XYZ from the pop-up menu will put a checkmark √ sign in front of the option to highlight the current selection. Ÿ See The File Formats tab from the Save Scan as… function description (File Menu. the other two (‘a’ and ‘b’) are independent. 193 . Menus section) for more details about the file saving options. Note that for this color space the parameter values are displayed and controlled using two decimal digits. The L corresponds to the luminosity (0 to 110 range). arbitrary parameters (-140 to 140 range). These are the international standard CIE D65 2 degree color coordinates. these limits will be changed as follows: ’L’ in the 0 to 100 range. ’a’ and ’b’ from -128 to 127. Note that for this color space the parameter values are displayed and controlled using two decimal digits. Lab Lab is also an absolute color space.

Ÿ See CMYK in this section for more details about this color mode. Enhanced Display Using ‘Enhanced Display’ in None or Kodak mode If you are working in Kodak calibration mode (set in Vision Easy Coloring). To avoid this disconcerting effect. using this option in the Color Channels popup menu will produce an enlarged Color Channels window. right click the color channels to obtain a pop-up menu. allowing better resolution in visually selecting colors using the color bars (sliders). and click Colored so that the standard colored display for the channels is de-selected. Use this option if you want to have a better trimming resolution of the color parameters.The Palette CMYK% This mode is similar to the CMYK with the only difference that the color parameter values are percentages of the maximum CMYK channel limits. Colored For some monitors where 16 million colors cannot be shown. the color channels themselves may appear bizarrely colored. 194 . or in None calibration mode.

The following dialog box appears: 195 . Palette Properties Customize the display of the palette by right clicking a blank area on the upper part of the palette or by right clicking a blank color chip.Easy Knit Choosing a new knit type Ÿ Please refer to the Knits command (Knits menu) for a full explanation of this topic. Choosing a new symbol Ÿ Please refer to the Symbols command (Knits menu) for a full explanation of this topic.

click the Automatic Settings button. Having selected the number of colors. Display Knits. If you wish the colors used in the simulation view to be the same as in the pattern draft view. For instructions on how to change a color. if you don not use the ’default color’ option in the dialog window. see the first topic of the Palette section of this guide. make your changes as follows: To make the number of colors equal to the number of colors in the original design. knits and symbols. Next choose what you want the palette to display by clicking one or more of the categories Display Colors. leave Match colors checked in the Palette Options group. a random criterion is used to add the new colors. The selected default color will be also splashed and displayed on the ’Set default color’ button. and Knits (Knits menu). See Modifying a Color under The Palette. Display Symbols and Display Index. The number of symbols and of knits of corresponding color will be the same as the number of colors. If ‘Match colors’ is unchecked. Modifying a Color. enter the number directly in the Number of colors field.The Palette In the Palette Options group. For a different number of colors. Click Set default color… button to open the Color Channels tool and select the color you want to be set as the default color for all newly added color chips (the default color is white). colors used in the simulation view and pattern draft view can be changed independently. Use default color: select this option if you want all newly added colors to be the same and to be able to set this default color yourself. Up to 256 different colors are possible. 196 . you can re-define each one by double-clicking it on the palette. Note that when you add new colors. Ÿ See the Modifying A Color .Color Channels section for details on how to use this tool.

Select one of the available options according to your preference. click the OK button to put the changes into effect. The Color chip size group allows you to set the size of your color. or the Cancel button to close the dialog box without any changes being registered. see Designate Stencil (View toolbar). 197 .Easy Knit If you click ‘Display Index’ the corresponding letter or code number will be displayed on each color. Click the Invert button for any colors that have been selected for the stencil to be de-selected and replaced on the stencil by the colors which were previously unselected. knit and symbol on the palette The Stencil Colors group allows you to set certain parameters for the stencil as follows: • Click Show Stencil Colors for colors selected for the stencil to be identifiable on the color palette. simulation and symbol chips in the color palette. The color chips of the selected colors then appear with a bar along the bottom as in this example: Click the Clear button to de-select any colors that have been selected for the stencil. When you have finished making your choices in the dialog box. • • Ÿ For instructions on how to use the stencil.

but you want to add a variation in the middle. Suppose you start with a design like the one on the left. you may want to use an ’empty stitch’ for your knit project (for example a loose knitted texture). Vision Easy Knit offers the Empty Stitch feature in two modes. Various stitches are used.The Palette Empty Stitch For various reasons. a pop-up menu will appear as follows: 198 . Let’s use a normal stitch first: Using this stitch and color draw a ’T’shape: Now right-click the stitch in the palette.

A checkmark — in front of the name will let you know that the command is active (click again to deselect). Now here is another way to insert empty stitches in your knitted design. You now have a ’loose’ area in the knitted fabric.Easy Knit Select the only available command Empty stitch. Double-click a empty stitch chip for the stitch Atlas to open. The stitch icon in the palette will change to an . then select an empty stitch (double click the icon to load): 199 . and the used ’empty stitches’ in the design image empty chip will change as in the image above. still attached to the rest of the material.

The stitch icon in the palette will change to . 200 . Just use the Import-Export Sketches function and import an empty bitmap. Using Vision Design and Repeat (NedGraphics’ Fashion Studio) or Vision Design and Repeat Pro (NedGraphics’ Printing Studio) you can create a new "empty stitch" with no technical pixel inside. the click ’Set’ to return to the atlas with your stitches displayed. including the ’empty’ ones. right-click a stitch and select Directory from the popup menu. to be able to set the stitch atlas folder: Set the folder where you store your stitches. an empty chip and the used ’empty stitches’ in the design image will change as in the image above.The Palette If necessary. then export it as an *EKP file in your stitch atlas folder.

2 Where the File Atlas window is too small to show all the thumbnail views. This is invaluable if you don’t know the file name of the image you are searching for.2). it will either be opened directly. When the File Atlas window is open. If you double-click a thumbnail view. Click it to move up a level in the folder tree. or will be designated as the file to be opened in the dialog window you left in order to browse thumbnail views.Easy Knit BROWSING THUMBNAIL VIEWS In the various dialog boxes used for opening or importing an image file. Fig. Click a closed folder to view its contents. you can move more rapidly around the folder tree by right clicking to obtain the Browse pop-up – see Browse Popup Menu below. The current folder is also represented in the File Atlas window and appears as an open folder (Fig. • 201 . 1). Closed folders may also be displayed (Fig. • • On clicking the Browse button. the File Atlas window appears displaying thumbnail views of all the image files in the current folder. Easy Knit provides a Browse button so that you can display thumbnail views of all the image files in the current folder. a scroll bar is provided which you can drag to see the other views. 1 • Fig.

202 . where file thumbnails for the folder you selected are now shown. Choose a folder where you want to browse thumbnail views by double clicking it. Click the Up One Level button to climb the folder tree. You are returned to the main File Atlas window.Browsing Thumbnail Views Browse Pop-up Menu This pop-up menu is obtained by right clicking in a File Atlas window. Its commands enable you to browse thumbnail views more easily. It is faster to use this than clicking on the folder icon in the File Atlas window because it avoids creating thumbnails of the files for each directory you browse through. and then by clicking the Set button. Ÿ See Browsing Thumbnail Views for further information on the File Atlas window. Sort By Use this command to sort the thumbnails by name. type. date or size to change the order in which they are displayed. Double-clicking a folder selects it and shows its contents. The Browse Pop-up menu commands are as follows: Directory This command displays a dialog box for changing the folder in which to browse the thumbnail views. allowing you to move down the folder tree.

but also upon whether other colorants have already been absorbed. this file format uses 8-bit color definition. The absorption level at a given point on the fabric depends not only on the fabric type and the colorant. similar to napping. Also known as ‘high quality’. which are intended to correspond with those of the fabric design once printed. Antialiasing A smoothing function which can be used to improve the quality of an image displayed on a computer monitor. 203 . its absorption level. to compare the color displayed on a monitor with that produced by a color printer. This is measured as a percentage between 0 and 100%. "finishing") Channel Colors The colors of a particular colorway. A mathematical definition of color used. Backcolor Brushing (see also Treatment of fabric to change its surface texture. or as printed. The color resulting from printing on fabric with a Absorption level (see also ‘opacity’) given colorant depends on its opacity and the extent to which the colorant is absorbed – i. for example.Easy Knit GLOSSARY 256 color file format Absolute color Also known as an image having a palette or an LUT file.e. An abbreviation for background color.

A color library that can be customized for future use. A pattern. Color of varying tone = color graduation = gray tone = gray level (≠ flat tone). Put in order or sort (used in relation to the output of pages from a printer). 204 . and to press and then release the left mouse button without moving the mouse.Glossary Channel Settings The channel settings of a fabric printing project comprise some or all of the following parameters: • The number of screens and the order in which they are to be printed (to be changed only in certain cases) Designation of screens (and/or resulting in each channel color The color of the fabric and each screen Screen mesh size The name of the fabric and each screen fabric) • • • • Click Collate To click an item means to place the mouse pointer or cursor over the item. You click to choose or select an item. Color Atlas Color Channel Colorway Continuous Tone Counter Sampling Producing a computer image from a real sample (for example a piece of fabric) using processes such as scanning and color reduction. or image based on a main color. A slider for color adjustment. or a specific set of colors. or to operate a tool. shades of a color.

You can move whole windows with this technique by dragging and dropping the title bar. so that the item is moved to the new position. See ‘flat tone’. A transparent sheet containing components of a gray tone or flat tone image for engraving one of a set of printing screens. and then release the mouse button. drag to a new position on the screen. Paint or color. similarly drag and drop the edge of a toolbar to move it to a different location on the screen. Digitized as image files. or other qualities.Easy Knit Covering Colors A fabric colorant having a high level of opacity. Treatment applied to fabric to change its appearance texture. Also see Picks Abbreviation for Frequently Asked Questions. and also forms part of the action ‘drag and drop’. This action is used with certain tools to select an area of the screen. also known as a hard lock key. An anti-pirating device. a complete set of films can be used as the basis of a printing project in Simulating Printed Fabric. to drag means to move the mouse while holding down the left button. to drag and drop an item means to click the item. Dongle Double-click Drag Drag and drop Dye Ends FAQ Film Finishing (USA) Finish (UK) Flat Color 205 . This action is used in certain selection procedures and for launching certain functions. To double click an item means to click it rapidly two times. typically printed last. See also "opacity".

206 . With this system any color can be defined in terms of a combination of three figures : Hue – this figure is used to situate the color in the chromatic spectrum. and violet) the figure varies from zero to 359. orange. ≠ continuous tone). Gray level Gray tone High Quality See ‘Antialiasing’. Value – this figure indicates the luminosity of the color. Its effects can be considered independently of hue and saturation. It may be considered in terms of colors of the rainbow : on passing gradually through the rainbow (red. A border or trimming of cords or threads hanging loose. and See ‘Continuous Tone’. Similarly. if you take any color and reduce its value to zero. Color gamut for a device (such as a printer or monitor) is the range of colors it is capable of reproducing. indigo. HSV Color System Hue See ‘HSV Color System’. blue. green. Saturation – this figure is used to indicate the extent to which the color is dilute (minimum value zero) or rich (maximum value 100). increasing the value of any color to the maximum of 100 changes it to white. it becomes black. It is typically much more limited than the range of colors perceptible to the human eye. yellow. or tied in bunches Curve for defining luminosity and contrast. Thus.Glossary Flat tone Fringe Gamma Gamut Color with no graduation (≠ gray tone.

even on areas of the fabric where it has a low absorption level due to previous absorption of several other colorants. Init grouping Life size Media White Point Opacity Pattern Affectation Picks Plaid Raster Reed 207 . The media white point should preferably be measured using a spectrophotometer. = initialize grouping. Function for designating colors and patterns. A colorant with a high opacity will tend to mask the color of the fabric and any colorants already added. = true size = real size = full size. A pattern of dots printed in order to create a gray tone or continuous tone. Opacity is measured as a percentage between 0 and 100%. Media White Point is the absolute color of a shade of white intended to represent the white of the paper or fabric to be printed on. normally after making their respective backgrounds transparent.Easy Knit Incrust To merge or overlay. Used in color calibration. (See gray tone and continuous tone). The color resulting from printing on fabric with a given colorant depends upon its absorption level (see "absorption level") and upon its opacity. A device on a loom by means of which threads are drawn between the separated threads of the warp. Also see Ends = checkered fabric. This is a software function for combining images. A variety of different rasters are used industrially in fabric printing.

but has a principal function of preventing or limiting the absorption of other dyes and colorants. When the figure for each of these is zero. trapping should be applied to light colors so that they overlap the dark colors. The same logic shows that increasing the red. See ‘Flat Tone’. See ‘HSV Color System’ Smudge Spectrophotometer Spot Color Technical colors Trapping Value 208 .Glossary Resist A resist is printed on fabric in the same way as dyes and other colorants. rather than the converse. RGB Color System With this system any color can be defined in terms (See also ‘HSV of the proportions of red. Apparatus used to determine the absolute color reference of a color. It may itself be colored. the color is black. By preference. Right-click to click the right mouse button when the cursor is over the area of the screen you are using. Enlargement of the area to be printed with a particular color. Colors that are used to symbolize information. green and blue light Color System’) emitted. in order to avoid the possibility of blank (unprinted) areas of textile between zones printed with different colors. green and blue levels to their maximum level of 100 gives white. and which do not represent real fabric or image colors. Typically this is in order to obtain a pop-up menu =smear.

100% or 50%. for example. Zoom level 209 .Easy Knit In the textile field the warp equals the horizontal dimension of a fabric plane. White Graduation = "white gradient" = fade into white Warp Wizard A series of dialog boxes which appear one after the other to guide you through a procedure. The weave represents the elementary unit upon Weave which a fabric is based. = zoom factor. the magnification at which a project view is displayed on-screen. In the textile field the warp equals the vertical Weft dimension of a fabric plane.

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Easy Knit APPENDIX A: SUGGESTION SHEET FOR EASY KNIT Contact Name: Date : Application: Description: Company: Suggestion No : Application Version: Interest: What would you like to do? What do you do at the moment? How long does it take? 211 .

././..... RESERVED FOR USE BY NedGraphics Developer in charge: Modification for Version: Modification Date: .../......./.......Appendix How often do you do it? Reserved for use by NedGraphics No : Project Manager : Date : Reception Date: . 212 ......

Easy Knit APPENDIX B: ANOMALY REPORT FOR EASY KNIT Contact Name : Date: Application: Application Version: Language : Operating System: Language: #Colors in ScreenConfig: Size in Screen Config : #Screens (if you use more than one): Description of the problem: Company : Anomaly Report N° : API Design Version: API Tools Version: Processor Type : Available Memory: Current Disk Space: System Font Size : Frequency: How can it be reproduced ? (step by step) 213 .

Appendix Type of problem : Causes Crashing 8 Doesn’t Cause Crashing 8 Yes Have you ever used this function without problem in a previous version? If yes in which version : Has your system configuration changed recently? If yes. how has it changed : 8 8 No 8 8 For use by NedGraphics only No: Project Manager : Date : 214 .

............motif................................46 ......................................... 169 Add new colors ..202 Browsing Thumbnail Views .... 177 Automatic Tile .................................................saving............. 128 About Easy Knit....................... 97 Browse Motif ..............................175 Clear Stencil Colors .....122 Close Atlas .............................46 Intensity............................................159 Change course count ...........133 Clear current page............. 46......30 Close All .............197 Clear symbol .....................5 Close ...................... 64............86 Change Size without wizard .........30 CMY .6 Close button ...............................87 Change Origin..... 194 2 256 colors............160 Calibrate Screen......drawing an outline .......................................... 72 Calibrate Rulers ... 213 Arrange Icons .............152 Change Size with wizard .................. 174 Atlas .............................................46 Directional...................................................................Easy Knit INDEX 1 16 million colors ................................191 CMYK............................84 Child windows .. 196 Airbrush ......... 9 Activate Stencil ........122 Circle or Ellipse Tool.................................................201 Brushing Diffuse....................83 Change Size .. 61.. 54 C A About....................87 Change Gauge .........................................63 Click...... 138 All Undo...................... 54........161 Cascade Windows....................... 185 Anomaly Report ........................ 15 Background color .................... 123 Atlas ................................................88 Change Size ......... 5 Border .............. 125 Access code...112 Clear-Delete Image .......177 Close button ...............46 Dispersion......modifying ..... 123 B Back ............. 172........................................ 99 Basic Windows Concepts .......192 215 Browse Pop-up Menu . 90 Background Fill command.............................. 48 Background color for rotation....

.. 111 Edit Toolbar .. 46 Control points on curves ............ 201 File Menu ....... 198 Enhanced Display.... 142 Copy image.............................................................. 15 File Atlas window ...... 52 Color Atlas .... 47 Cut image ............................... 9 Double-click .............. 33 Export Motif. 17 File size ...... 157 Dominant colors ......................................................................................................................................... 184 Ellipses ......................... 92 E Edit Menu....................... 15 Drawing Tool Options dialog box ...................... 170 Color Atlas – Use of............................... 153 Dongle ................... 202 Display Toolbar... 72 Export Simulation ............. 136 Custom Size.. 194 Enhanced Display’ ....................................................................................... 168 Directory Command ....................... 75 Designate Stencil.............. 35 Export Symbol Card.................. 129 Drop-down box .......... 63 Copy Symbol . 135 Control Points on curves ..................... 5 Drag ......................... 194 Collate ................................... 63 Cut Symbol...................... 112 Curve .......................................................... 170 Color Channels Pop-up Menu190 Color display .............. 194 Combinations and sequences of keys .Index CMYK%.............................. 131 Drawing Tool Options..... 129 Drawing Toolbar ............. 6 Duplicate Motif . 36 Export Technical Design (Pattern Draft) ............. 73 Delete Motif ............................ 54 ....... 62 Cut motif...................................................................................... 179 Embroidery motif base ............................................ 60 Export ........................... 5 216 Drag and Drop...... 7 Contrast ...... 113 Colored ......... 4 Command names ..... 67 Use of........ 135 Curved Shape or Outline ................... 38 Create a Page of Symbols............................................................... 73....... 61 Edit Motif ............................ 4 Compression................................ 75 Duplication...................... 194 Exit . 133 Embroidery Effect .................. 180 Empty Stitch....... 62 Copy motif.................. 53 Contents tab......................... 76............. 34 F Face ................................................................................................................................................. 5 Drawing Style tab.................................................................................................. 111 Course count..................................... 111 D Delete all ................................... 151 Edit Symbol.....................

...145 Import button ..........................148 Mirror Motif....................................................81 Modify Curve............. 190 HSV color channels ................................................................. 148 Freehand Shape .......6 Mirror............................................................................................ 148 Flip Motif ................................... 137 G Gauge .................................................Easy Knit File type...105 L Lab ........................ 7 Hot Spot ....... 123 Flip .............................................19 Import Motif.......94 Installation and uninstallation.................................................189 Monitor ...........................73 Motif Base Pop-up Menu.9 Introduction................. 161 Graph paper presentation ..................76 Motif Menu ................... 79 HSV.. 125 Help Topics ........................................................................................................................... 46 Fit to Image ......... 189 I Image in 256 colors.................................EKP ..............................6 Menus...... 54 File type ..... 38 Global Size.......... 81 Four corners Gradient .71 Image Toolbar ..............................................................................................................................................................................................1 Invert Stencil Colors .................72 Index tab........................................ 144 Finishing...........193 Line/column gradient ..................... 7 Help Menu......... 58 Graduation Marks ...197 Invert symbol ............................................................ 44 Guidelines Option .............. 116 H Hcl...........111 K Key names.................................... 138 Fill With Motif.............105 Knit types ...106 Knit Menu .....17 Minimize icon ..... 32 Fill With Color........ 7 Help button..................................................... 175 Freehand Selection......... 1 M Maximize icon . 192 Help...............142 Modifying a Color......................................................................................123 Motif Base................... 149 Finalize Curve ..............................7 Insert Strips ... 44 Gridlines....105 Knits.....................175 217 .................4 Knit Atlas...

................................................................................ 57 Page Setup button..................... 88 New Project ..... 53 Printer....... 195 Paper size and orientation .................. 52 Printer cable .. 62. 49 Symbols tab ................. 185 Reinstate Last But One........................................................... 130 Pencil Tool .......... 38 Repeat Count .... 118 N New ......................................... 96 Repeat............................................... 29 Outlining................ 63 Paste Symbol . 52....................... 185 Remove Curve.................... 52 Parallel port .............................................. 61 Redo All ......................... 45 Project Properties ............ 14 Pencil tab............. 134 Rectangle Selection.............................................. 128 Print range ......... 147 Redo ................................................ 111 Pattern Draft View ................................................................................ 110 New Window..... 121 Numeric color index............................. 56. 113 Print ...... 51.................. 57 Simulation tab........ 172 Open Motif . 127 Open Atlas...................................... 113 Numeric Input................. 128 Print Preview............... 60 Technical Design tab ....................................................................... 38 Pattern Draft tab ........ 39 Set Options tab ................................................................................................................ 52 Print to file ................. 31 New origin.. 153 Project Properties Simulation tab................................ 52 Palette ........................ 148 ............. 147 Motifs default transparent color .... 27...............................................Index Motif Toolbar ............................. 10 Priority colors............ 130 Pixels ................................ 43 Project tab.............. 97 P Page Setup ............ 58 Preferences Menu....................................... 62................................................................................................ 59 Symbol Card tab ........ 142 Re-scale Motif .............................. 80......... 28 Point Size ......................... 144 Remove Strips ........................... 156 Repeat Toolbar ........ 47 Project Properties tabs...... 17 New Symbol .............................. 17 New folder....... 187 Palette Properties..... 17 Proportional gauge and length 50 R Rectangle.... 75 Open Project..... 152 O Open ........ 9 Paste image.................................... 58 Title tab.. 127 New button . 63 218 Paste motif.

......... 148 Rotation....4 The Main Window ..................127 Status bar................................................. 147........................... 147 Select tracing parameters ............................................. 167 Show Stencil Colors. 153 Size reduction.... 189 Right Click ..............134 Standard Toolbar....140 Suggestion.......................... 7 Sections ....... 127 Save As ...................................................................................211 Summary chips........................................... 31 Save Atlas ........... 75 Save Project ........method ........................................83 Tracing ................................167 Terms and Conventions ..... 109 Symmetry ............................................202 Spin arrows ......... 14 Size.......183 Transparency................7 Spot Color Separation & Cleaning ....15 Symbols.................140 Sort By . 197 Simulation View ...........................1 Spread to adjacent areas..................... 151 Show Repeat Boundaries .....7.................... 149 Square or Rectangle Tool ...138........................................................................ 147 Shadow effects ......................159 Tile Options ............................................. 177 Save Motif...... 81 Rotation 90° CCW ................. 82 Ruler Numbering........96 Stripes and Checks......................... 47 Size Change ...............6 Toolbars ....................................... 182 Tracing Toolbar .........................................................................77 True colors ......114..........127 Tools Menu ...............168 Straight Line Tool.......Easy Knit Resolution ..................................................................................................... 191 RGB color channels ................ 160 S Save............................................ 32 Search tab......... 143 Select Color... 81.............................................. 5 Rotate Motif ................................................................................................................4........ 33 Restore before tile ... 82 Rotation 90° CW........ 90 Rotation 180° (motif) ........................... 4 Segment.......... 6 RGB ..... 28 Smudge..132 Stripe...........6...................13 Tile Horizontally......................159 Title bar. 68 Stencil .............................. 97 Show Motif Base.... 168 Select Last Used Motif..................................91 T Tangents......... 123 Restore icon ... 114 Select Whole Image as Motif 151 Selection By Color .....................................54 219 .........143 Tape Measure................... 16 Status Bar ........................................171 Symbol Card View......... 50 Resolution for printing.............122 Tile Vertically........

..................................Index U Undo ...... 163 X XYZ............................... 65 View Pattern draft ........................... 6 View Menu.................. 9 Wizard Providing Technical Data ...... 121 Wizard ............... 155 220 ...... 159 View Simulation......... 156 Zoom Out .......................... 20 Wizard for size changes .... 192 Z Zoom Area.. 26 Working Visually ......... 175 Window Menu................................ 23 Wizard button.................................................adjust the size of............................................................................................ 49 V View ................................. 50 Working with guidelines ... 177 View Rulers.......... 169 Zoom In ....................................................................................... 7 White gradient ............. 178 Vision Color Chart code.............. 61 Units .. 189 W What’s this?..... 178 View Symbol Card . 128 What’s this? Button.......... 156 Zoom Toolbar.................

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