Origins is an advanced embroidery-stitch design system for Microsoft
Windows that has revolutionized the way user design
their embroidery stitches.
With Origins, the user can employ desktop computers to quickly finish
his designs, high quality designs which a year ago were possible only by
using a digitizer or mouse manually. In other words, Origins helps the
user to create, edit, calculate, and save designs, automatically.
Once the image or design has been created or imported into Origins, the
program can automatically calculate the stitch for your design an
ability that places Origins far ahead of its competitors.
Origins provides a new level of creativity for embroidery designs:
- · Automatic scanner input with image enhancement
- · Multiple methods of image insertion and editing
- · Dual views for image processing and stitch generation
- · Automatic image analysis for stitch type, stitch region
generation, and sequencing
- · Convenient and powerful editing tools
- · Object based 32 bit design for Windows95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
- · Area list for manual sequence change, view, and operation
- · True 3D virtual reality viewing
- · Ability to automatically convert millions of clipart and
thousands of fonts into embroidery
- · Photo realistic 3D image rendering
Origins is the core system for stitch generation, optional
PhotoStitch, FeatureStitch systems should be used to process photos
before using Origins.
The minimum system requirements for your computer to run Origins are:
- · 30MB hard disk space to install Origins
- · Pentium processor
- · 32MB of RAM
- · A monitor and video card capable of displaying 1024x768, 65536
- · A windows-compatible mouse
- · Microsoft Windows95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
To improve overall Origins performance, you may want to consider
upgrading your system hardware, e.g. Pentium II, Pentium PRO processor,
64MB or more for RAM, large screen monitor, etc.
The Origins system is not designed for use on Windows 3.x operating
Tools and palettes
Attention to detail is what brings embroidery designs to life. With
the Origins tools and palettes, you can customize any image into
your own personal creation.
Origins is a Windows®-based program that gives you access to the
program's tools and colors through easy-to-use pull down menus, hot
keys or toolbars.
You can edit the most minute detail of an image or select the
precise shade of color from the entire spectrum of colors. With the
editing tools, you can straighten a line, curve a line that is
straight, correct a jagged line, split an area in half, dig a hole,
fill a hole and much more.
You are truly only limited by your own creativity.
Unlimited Redos and Undos
Origins knows that creating masterpieces is a process driven by
inspiration that doesn't always occur on a fixed schedule. Origins
allows for unlimited Redos and Undos in order to give you the
freedom to experiment and make changes quickly and easily.
Origins also features an at-a-glance history pull-down menu that
provides a summary of the editing you've done to a particular image.
The unlimited Redos and Undos combined with the history pull-down
menu allow you to look back at where you've been and can help you
get to where you want to go with your design.
With Origins, it's easy to catalog all of the designs you've
created. In addition to a color print out of the design, you have a
record of the number of stitches, the color changes involved and
even a chart showing the stitch sequence of the design. Using the
print set-up screen, you can add pertinent information in the notes
section to be printed along with the design. For example, you might
want to include the date the design was created, the types of
threads used or even for whom the design was created.
The artwork window
As you scroll through names of images from a directory,
floppy disk or CD, the artwork window displays a preview of each
image. No longer do you have to search for an image by name, opening
the files that "sound familiar" only to discover you can't find what
you are looking for. Now, Origins takes the guesswork out of image
selection, because before you even open a file, you can see a
preview of the image to verify it is just the one you want. This is
just one more way the Origins saves you time and frustration.
All great designs have to start somewhere, and Origins gives
you several sources for images.
You can import an image from clip art, scan in any image from simple
line art to a complex four-color image or even pull a graphic image
from the Internet. And Origins also gives you the freedom to scan in
photographs or download pictures from your digital camera. You also
have the option of scanning images from your favorite fabrics.
Wouldn't embroidering a particular element of your favorite printed
skirt onto an otherwise plain shirt, just make the outfit? With
Origins you can coordinate anything from clothing to table décor to
(Always check first with the manufacturer about the copyright
regarding reproduction of the design).
With Origin's Photo Stitch, you can create one-color and
four-color renditions of your favorite photographs. The one-color
version produces a shaded effect, while the four-color technique
results in a complete coverage of the design. Origin's Photo Stitch
gives you yet another avenue to explore. Your creativity combined
with Origins provides you with endless options.
The IQ Processor™
Just like your favorite waitress who remembers that you
prefer coffee with cream—no sugar; and she remembers that you prefer
a booth to a table; the IQ Processor™ remembers your design
Built into every Origins product, the IQ Processor™ learns your
preferences and attends to them before you even have to ask. It
remembers patterns in the way you edit images and it automatically
makes these changes to align new images with your established
As unbelievable as it may seem, this software actually starts to
think like you – saving you the time of repeating the same editing
techniques to every new image you digitize. Although Origins offers
an infinite number of stitches and fills, the IQ Processor™ learns
your preferences and automatically applies these to your images.
You can always override the IQ Processor™ for more control when you
want to create something that is different than in the past,
allowing you the freedom to be as creative as you want to be.
The IQ Processor™ customizes the Origins software to the user, so
after you've spent time with the software, it becomes unique to you
– no two versions of Origins are identical after they have been used
for some time.
Fills and stitches
Origins allows you to change the embroidery fill in each
area of the design. Select Complex Fill, Column Fill, Motif Fill, or
Split Fill. You can customize even within each of these fill
The embroidery design is not complete until you say it is.
Customize the fill, change the direction, add additional sections,
or add outlines. Do as little or as much to the design as you
want…it's easy with Origins. Motif Fills and Split Fills can be
combined, as well as left separate, and provide even more options to
give your embroidery texture and originality.
Just as the editing tools help you customize any image,
Origins brings the same flexibility to the lettering on your
designs. Unlike many other programs that come with a set number of
fonts, Origins works with the TrueType™ fonts already installed on
your computer — you can even use the symbols available through
Wingdings™. This feature of Origins allows you to create embroidery
designs using Greek letters, numerical symbols and a variety of
Origins converts any TrueType™ font and sets it on any shaped path.
Using the manual editing tools, you can create circles, ovals,
rectangles, squares or even you own shapes. Changing from a curve to
a straight line to stair-step letters is as easy as clicking the
mouse. Because each letter can be moved individually, kerning the
lettering to your exact specifications is easy — Origins allows you
to arrange the lettering in any way you dream up!
You also have the freedom to change the characteristics of any font
by specifying the width and height of each letter. Or customize the
fonts by converting them to italics. To produce a lacey effect, use
a Split Fill or Complex Fill for the inside of the lettering and
finish off the design with a Motif Fill on the borders of the
One specific feature of Origins is that you have unlimited Redos and
Undos in your editing. Therefore, there are no limits to the amount
of the editing you can do to a particular image. In fact, unlike
many other programs, you can continue to edit the lettering even
after stitches are set to it. And just like the artwork window that
lets you preview images, Origins offers the added convenience of
being able to preview all fonts as well.
Here are just a few of the lettering possibilities Origins
- Embroider type with style Satin stitch style
- Lettering around paths and shapes
- Changing type direction
- Creating type outlines
- Modifying type outlines
Accordian and Applique
Want to add complexity and detail, or depth and dimension to
a particular image? It's easy with Origins. Try the accordion and
appliqué features and create designs you never dreamed were
Accordion spacing technique
Accordion spacing produces a special effect where the spacing
goes from tight to loose to show a blended color effect. Choose any
fill pattern for the underneath stitches and then select the
optional accordion style for the top layer of stitching. The
combination effect provides a more textured and shaded look to your
embroidery. Accordion stitching is just one more way Origins lets
you personalize your embroidery.
Combine embroidery with applique
Want a great way to combine embroidery with fabric to customize
your designs? It's easy to make appliqué designs from your clip art
images with Origins. Just select the area where you want the fabric
to be placed, create the borders, delete the fill and you're ready
to go. You can even add lettering to further customize your
Origins is the world's most advanced digitizing software
available to the home sewing market. In developing the software, the
best features of programs designed for the industrial sewing
industry, were incorporated into Origins.
The Filmstrip is one such feature. The Filmstrip gives you a visual
representation of each of the steps needed to create a particular
design. You can use the Filmstrip to locate the layer of stitching
you want to work with, reorganize the steps in the stitch sequence
to produce specific results or eliminate any steps that are
insignificant to the overall outcome of the design.
Once you are happy with a particular aspect of your design, you can
lock or hide this section of the stitching while you are working in
other areas. In doing so, you can focus on the areas of the design
that need your attention without inadvertently changing the
components you had finished. Of course, Origins gives you the
flexibility of relocking or unlocking any segment of the Film Strip
in case you wish to make any additional edits to your design.