Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Hi, Trish here with another Tips and Tricks post! We’ve had quite a few questions on the blog about turning straight stitches into circular stitches, and I’ve been working on one way to do this so I could help y’all out. I think, after much work and frustration in Photoshop I’ve figured out a way to do it. Now, to get them perfectly round takes a lot of nitpicking with the steps, but I think the imperfect look fits SP’s products so much better.
So, first things first, open your stitches and place them on your page. The stitches need to be lying vertically, if you try to do this with them horizontal it won’t work. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know, I just know it doesn’t work. Lol!
Once you get them vertical, go to Filter>Distort>Shear and a box will pop up that looks like this:
Go to the center of the line in the box and click it and drag it all the way to the side of the box.
Next, go about halfway up and down from the mid-point and click and pull those spots until you get a rough semi-circle. It won’t be perfect, we’ll work on that after we do the Shearing steps.
You should now have something that looks about like this:
Now go to Edit>Transform>Warp. Click the tiny squares on the top and bottom of the open side and drag them down (top box) and up (bottom box)…until you get it closer to a semi-circle.
Take your stitch and duplicate it, then flip it horizontally so that your duplicate is the mirror opposite of the other, and then move them so that the edges are touching.
And there you go! You can do the Shear steps in PSE, but as of PSE 7, you cannot do Warp, (newer ones – maybe, I don’t know) but you should still be able to tweak it some to make it work by using distort and such. You can also apply this to ribbons and ric rac, but the wider the object is – the more you can see the distortion it causes - so I really don’t recommend doing a full circle with them. If you use CS and this is something you can regularly see yourself doing, I advise just making an action out of the steps to save yourself time later.
And here is my final page using the BLOSSOM collection!
If you have your own way of turning a straight stitch into a cirlce, we’d love for you to share your technique with us in the comments section! Thanks and be sure to return on Friday as SP will have a fabulous Food Friday post for us! Yummy! :o)