I love getting feedback from the readers of this blog and the viewers of my YouTube videos, and this video is a result of some of that feedback. In an earlier video about the MacStitch cross stitch pattern software, I’d gone through the basic functions of the program, including the export functions. One viewer wanted some more information on the export functions, so I decided to do a new video specifically about how I use the export settings. There are lots of ways to adjust settings and make the finished pattern exactly what you want, and you can export it as a pdf and a zip file as well.
Some of the settings include changing how the pattern symbols are printed in the pattern, whether there is going to be a cover page or a preview image, and how the floss key is shown in the pattern. In the video you can see that I’ve made a custom cover page using a Photoshop-type online program called Pixlr. If you’ve never used any type of program like that, it’s well worth spending some time messing around with it and seeing what it can do. I’m positive there are lots of online demos on what you can do with it, it’s set up almost identically to Photoshop. I use it often to resize and edit photos, create website banners, etc. For the cover image I made I used the “1 pixel png” export setting in the import/export menu to save a copy of the preview image to my desktop, then imported that into a new image I made in Pixlr. I added my logo and some text boxes for information about the pattern itself, and added a black border by using the select tool (then inversing the selection) and filling that selection in with black. It didn’t take me long at all to make the cover image, but if you’re new to this kind of program it will likely take some time to get used to what you can do with it.
I hope you enjoy the video, and if you have any feedback or suggestions, please let me know below!