So you want to digitizeIn this tutorial I'm going to attempt to explain how to autodigitize images into embroidery files. There are many different software programs out there. Here is a link to some free software called Stitch Era: http://www.imprimeo.net/howget.htmSo you want to digitize3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to digitize using PE Design Lite!
This software is best used in conjunction with an image editing program like Adobe Photoshop. I've found that PE Design Lite is quite finicky with colors so you need a high quality vector image of the design you want to digitize.
So the first thing you need to do is find or create your design. Once you have a good quality image open your software.
Note: PE Design Lite has only the most basic of functions. For more embroidery options you'll need to buy/download more advanced digitizing programs.
Step 1: Open software
Step 2: Import your image
This is the file I want to digitize:
Step 3: Click the autodigitize button and the color grid will pop up.
Your digitizing sof
Pony ResourcesI'm routinely updating this post with new resources that people send me. So feel free to send me links to tutorials or other informational posts/deviations/links that you think might be helpful to plushy makers!Pony Resources3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been putting together a new list of pony resources over the last few weeks. It's been a while since I did the first journal post on the topic and unfortunately a lot of the original links went dead when BabyLondonStar deactivated her account. I also wanted to include some links for other non-eye and mark related things that I've found over the time I've been on deviantART.
There's a really cool tutorial by BeeZee-Art for making spiral plushie horns that I thought folks might like to see for their unicorns. I think you could also apply it to plushies where the horn is sewn in already, getting your needle in there might be a little harder though.
Once you've finished sewing your pony you may want to take
MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!MLP Resource: Minky Color Guide3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, keep checking back, as more characters and their colors will be added soon!)
MLP: Minky Color Guide:
Which minky color works best for ______ (insert MLP character here)?
This journal is an attempt to answer that question. There are more than 50 shades of minky out there, and as a plushie maker, I realize that it can be difficult to know which color will work best for the particular pony you're working on. This is made even more frustrating by the fact that many of the images of the minky do not show the true color!
I recently ordered a ton of swatches from fabric.com, and I'm continuing to collect swatches from various websites, in an attempt to get most of the minky colors. Because I have the actual fabric with me, I can compare it to the characters' colors to see which fits best, to ensure that you can make a plushie that is as show-accurate as possib
Directory - Tutorials and ShopsWant to suggest a site? Let us knowDirectory - Tutorials and Shops5 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the USA
In the UK
Roof Top Fabrics
Europe - Norway, D
How To Photograph Your CraftsThe absolute number one cause of rejection of DD suggestions for most Artisan Craft CVs is poor photography. There is nothing worse than seeing an otherwise brilliant piece ruined by a dodgy photo. But even beyond DD acceptance, if you want to people on dA to be able to appreciate your skill you need to be able to show your work off to advantage.How To Photograph Your Crafts2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Sometimes I'll tell a self-suggester that I can't feature their work because of the quality of the photography and they'll inevitably reply, "Oh, I'll have to get a better camera."
Repeat after me: the tools never make the artist.
You don't need a $9000 sewing machine to stitch a dress, you don't need a $1000 stand mixer to bake a cake, and you similarly don't need a top of the range SLR to take a brilliant photograph. It's all in how you take the photo.
To help us understand photography concepts a little more, Fella is going to help us out. Say hi Fella!
minkybabyfabric review and fabricdepot updateLOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL CONTENT OF THE PACKAGE THAT CAME IN THIS AFTERNOON:minkybabyfabric review and fabricdepot update2 years ago in Personal More Like This
With this I can finish all the commissions on the active (and outstanding) list except for Ryu Dragon. I have a Fabricdepot order on the way for him.
The package I got today was from minkybabyfabric.com. They don't have a large selection of minky smooth but they do carry a few colors I had never seen before, like tan and rust that I ordered. They also carry the ever elusive cobalt blue, which so far has been the best Trixie color out there. They also carry a ton of different minky type, so if you're looking for minky variants they most likely have it in a decent color selection. Their prices are also really good, better than a lot of other places for sure, although shipping was a little more expensive(to Canada at least, it's probably pretty reasonable within the states). My main complaint would
Cosplay Tutorials CollectionCosplay tutorials are among the most fascinating I've found in DA, full of inspiration and secrets that make you want to try them, even if you've never cosplayed before. I took a good look around and tried to put together the best collection that I could, so please feel free to browse all of these and try them! Let these artist know how awesome and generous they are for their hard workCosplay Tutorials Collection2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This article was written for ArtHistoryProject, please don't forget to visit the project and also join the nail art contest we put together.
Knight of Time Cape: Tutorial by HABanime Ruffle Skirt Tutorial by eirenealetheia Sailor Fuku Cosplay Tutorial by SparklePipsi
Feathered Wings Tutorial by Kukuzilla Steampunk Goggles: A Tutorial by FenrisDesigns Fantasy Film Wing Tutorial by Flying-Fox Tutorial: Cosplay Jewel-Making by cafe-lalonde Foam Board Weapon Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay Vinyl and Craft Foam Armor Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay Link Cosplay hat tutorial by Eressea-sama Cid Highwind Spear Tutorial 1 by gerodere Craft foam tutorial by PxScosplay
10 Tips for Taking Better PhotosA good photo is key to selling your plushie online. Your customer can't hold it in their hands and look at it from all angles, so it’s up to you to provide clear, sharp photos that will capture their interest and convince them to buy from you.10 Tips for Taking Better Photos3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Use a tripod. A steady camera means a sharper image, and lets you concentrate on framing the shot. You can get a small, simple, perfectly satisfactory tripod for about $10, or in a pinch you can prop your camera on a flat surface If for some reason you are obliged to hold the camera, grasp it with both hands, draw your elbows in until they touch, press your arms as tightly as possible to your chest, and hold your breath while snapping the photo.
2. Unlike most subjects, plushies aren't going to fidget, so you have plenty of time to compose your shot (if your plushie does start fidgeting, run away as fast as you can and call an exorcist). Make sure the plushie is centered and fills up most of the frame. Most c
Plushie Making GoodnessI have been making plushes for about 2-3 months now, and have found the community amazing in providing guides, tutorials and advice on all aspects of plushie making.Plushie Making Goodness3 years ago in Personal More Like This
For that reason I thought it would be a great idea to gather all of the information that I have used into one place so that other plushie makers can get great help and guidance as well.
Here you can find a collection of free and paid patterns, tutorials and guides on pattern making.
Free Patterns & Tutorials
Voodoo-Tiki's Pony Plushie Tutorial - http://browse.deviantart.com/artisan/customdolls/plushies/?qh=§ion=&q=mlp+plushie+pattern#/d4u0t6a
haiban's Pony Pattern Tutorial - Part 1 |
MLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with MinkyMy Little Pony Plushie StyleMLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with Minky3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What: Minky is a polyester, microfiber fabric that is extremely soft. It is often used in baby blankets and quilts, but also seems to be the fabric of choice for many plushie makers.
(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!)
These tools can help make your experience working with minky much easier...
Rotary Cutter: http://www.beverlys.com/olfa-rotary-cutter-28mm.html You can use this to cut the minky directly around your pattern pieces on a flat surface, instead of trying to pin the pattern and hold up the fabric while cutting with scissors. The smaller the blade size, the better, because they go around tight curves easier.
Walking Foot: These sewing machine accessories are very useful. When sewing, because minky is slippery, the fabric may slide around a bit and get off track, making your plushie (or whatever you're making) not as accu
You want to make plushies? Tips and resources listEdit: added a part about fabric selection before 'where do I start'!You want to make plushies? Tips and resources list2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ever since I posted Wolf Link and Midna I've been getting an influx of messages asking me to teach, reveal my secrets, take people under my wing, and so on. The sad thing is I can't spend all that much time one on one with everybody asking me to teach them. So I've decided to put together this massive block of text, relating some of my personal experience in plush making and listing off all my resources at the bottom. This will cover the very basics of plush and pattern making so if you are completely new to plush making this is for you, if you're not and you're just looking for resources skip to the bottom. I hope this will be helpful to someone!
First off, the reality. The big secret. The key to becoming a good plush artist is...
I can already feel the glares and exasperation but hear me out first.
One thing I've noticed with a lot of the messages I got were that a lot of people were scared of screwing up.
Interview with Enrico Casarosa from PixarAnd here's the moment we've all been waiting for...Interview with Enrico Casarosa from Pixar4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Interview with Enrico Casarosa!
Today we have a very special treat for you. Enrico Casarosa, Director of Pixar's upcoming short film, La Luna, has joined us for an intervew!
Don't forget to check the =3D Week Announcement= regularly for updates on events and contests, we've got a lot on this week!
Enrico Casarosa is an Italian artist living in the USA and working at Pixar. Before directing La Luna, Enrico worked as a story artist. He has been with Pixar for about ten years, and his work is featured in Cars, Ratatoullie and Up. Previously he was at Blue Sky Studios where he worked on Ice Age. La Luna is Enrico's first foray into directing, and the short is eagerly anticipated worldwide, to be shown in cinemas before Pixar's new feature film, Brave.
Here's a trailer for La luna:
In addition to the following interview, Enrico h
The Master ListWelcome to the Library!The Master List4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Don't forget to check the =3D Week Announcement= regularly for updates on events and contests, we've got a lot on this week!
Here you will find a list of all sorts of resources for 3D artists.
This includes Books, Instructional DVDs, Tutorials, Resources and more.
If you would like to suggest a resource, add it to the comments! If it's a good resource, it will be added to the journal post. If it's a great resource, you might get a prize!
This is the master list. Eventually, each featured resource will have a review of it within this group, and we will do away with outside linking. Cheers!
Anatomy and Modeling:
Action Anatomy by Takashi Iijima
This book teaches you how muscles move and interact with each other, as well as how the human body moves and bends. A great resource
Artisan Crafts Week MacrameTHE PERFECTLY UNPECUNIARY PECULIARArtisan Crafts Week Macrame2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
POCKET PACKET PROMOTING PIZZO
(The Pocket Guide To Macrame)
Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.... (C B Demille)
"With new crafts, like all skills, remember!: We all, ...usually, start with fairly "rough-looking" pieces..."
(your talent may make you an exception to this rule...
...in which case you'll probably end up having to work far harder than the rest of us...), (PTK)
"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it will become a butterfly..." (Buckminster Fuller)
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO MACRAME
MACRAME DIVERSITY CONTEST
THE ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF MACRAME
TOOLS AND WORKING
TYPES OF MACRAME
BASIC MACRAME TECHNIQUES
AFTERWORD: WHAT NEXT...
PART TWO: APPENDICES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
APPENDIX 1: SELLING
APPENDIX 2: RECOMMENDED READING
APPENDIX 3: FUR
So you want to make a ponyI get asked alot of questions on how to make pony plushes. I really don't think I'm the best person to ask since I'm a total noob, but I will try to help! First off, you need a pattern. I don't sell or give out my pattern, but there are plenty of nice ones online! All it takes is a bit of searching but I'm going to make that part easy for you.So you want to make a pony3 years ago in Personal More Like This
BabyLondonStar's kawaii pony -
The pattern: http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/p1.jpg http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/p2.jpg http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/p3.jpg
The Tutorial: http://www.members.shaw.ca/plushie/patterns/pony/
:iconVoodoo-Tiki:'s pony -
The pattern: http://voodoo-tiki.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4tbodh http://voodoo-tiki.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4tbol7
The Tutorial: ht
Project Educate: 3-Dimensional Art Week 2011Project Educate: 3-Dimensional Art Week 20114 years ago in Personal More Like This
3D Week Day 7 Features Added!
And that's a wrap! Our event list is complete
November 28 to December 4 is Project Educate: 3D Week!
Monday, November 28: 3D Printing!
3D Printing: An Overview and Interview with Professor Olaf Diegel
3D Modeling Contest
Tuesday, November 29: Resources for 3D Artists
Introducing the 3D Library!
Check out the new 3D Library!
Wednesday, November 30: Scavenger Hunt!
Types and Aspects of 3D & Scavenger hunt Contest!
3D Gallery Scavenger Hunt has ended!
Thursday, December 1: Improve your 3D Renders!
Why your Renders Suck and What you can Do About it! (Part 1)
Why your Renders Suck an
Tutorial: How to machine stitch horns onto heads!Here's another quick and simple tutorial!Tutorial: How to machine stitch horns onto heads!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
When you make your gusset pattern, leave a little hole where you want the horn to be.
Pin the horn to the gusset hole. They should be the same length.
Now match the back of the horn together and pin.
Sew from the end of the gusset to the tip of the horn.
Now you have a horn that's machine stitched to the gusset!
Plush Making Videos!Hey everyone, Seid again~Plush Making Videos!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I put together this collection of videos for the group to check out. Just a bunch of fun videos of people working on plushies, some are tutorials and some are just progress videos from finish to end. If you've got some of you own you want to share, leave a link to it with a comment below!
From your admin
Deadpool - Work in progress pt one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0CaCueqh6o&featurelcp
Deadpool - Work in progress pt two. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4wNXhb_Vqo&feature=relmfu
Timelapse - Sewing a nerdy monster. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ih-aVGnKHY
Other awesome videos~!
How to Make a Kawaii 'peas in a pod' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBmEoYzT60A&feature=fvwrel
How to sew a plush Hipo (slime) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXMa0ubF36E
Stuffed Yeti - Sewing Tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf080iHnmh8
How to use your sewing machine (for beginners) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmaZBTMzkoY&feature=related
That's all I had
where I get my fursuit making crap(my tummy hurts and I cannot sleep so here, have a helpful journal)where I get my fursuit making crap1 year ago in Personal More Like This
These are all the places I go, and they all have great customer service that makes me feel like a welcome customer every time I come back.
LEDs pre-rigged for use for eyes http://www.herestohaunting.ecrater.com/
hair for manes and such ("braiding hair" is the most tangle free they sell) http://www.ikickshins.net/bulk.php
claws, hooves and paw pads http://www.dreamvisioncreations.com/apps/webstore/
extra long fur http://www.nftech.com/products.html
other fur http://mendels.com/Fake-Fur-c-3/
realistic eye blanks http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23376
clay for horns and teeth (light weight, shatterproof, seal with acrylic to water proof) http://www.paperclay.com/product.htm
foam (I use the HD36-R) http://www.thefoamfactory.com/opencellfoam/opencellfoam.html
BONUS - glue gun type I rely on since it is so great for fine detail and generally not making a globby mess of everything http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ad
3D Week FinaleIt's time to wrap up 3D Week at Project Educate.3D Week Finale4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Bear with us, this is a mammoth blog. We're going to do a summary of the week, announce the winners we've had over the week, do some features and express some gratitude!
First things first, please fill in This Survey.
Whether you participated in any or all of the 3D week events, be it quietly followed, or entered a contest, or joined our live chat, your feedback is valuable and will help steer us in the right direction for future events. Knowing what you did and didn't like, what we did well and what we could do better are things we need to know so we can make the next event even more awesome.
Here's a recap of the week's events:
Monday, November 28: 3D Printing!
3D Printing: An Overview and Interview with Professor Olaf Di
Tutorial: How to machine stitch heads onto bodiesTutorial time! This is another basic tutorial that will show you how to machine stitch a plush's head onto its body. Please be aware that I can't teach anyone how to make patterns. I'm just putting together a few tips and tricks that will hopefully help someone.Tutorial: How to machine stitch heads onto bodies1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Sew your plush's body together, leaving the entire back open.
Sew your plush's head together, also leaving the back open.
Match the head to the body and pin. When making your pattern, make sure the circumference of the opening at the bottom of the head is equal to the circumference of the neck opening of the plush body.
Sew a straight line from one end to the other.
The plush's head is now attached!
You should now have a plush with the entire back open! All you have to do now is finish it!
Let's make an eBook!Hey there everyone!!Let's make an eBook!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have some news!
I'm in the planning stages of creating an eBook!
I have 3 ideas for 3 different eBooks, but first I need to learn how to go about publishing them!
Does anyone know of any good sources for eBook publishing?
Or if anyone has ever published an eBook and has some advice or tips, it would be great if you could let me know!
The first eBook is going to be a Sketch eBook of sorts. In it you will find sketches that you wont see anywhere online
I also have plans to reward people who buy the eBook with a free shape sketch!!
(I'll explain the free shape sketch in further detail very soon)
I wont reveal the 2nd and 3rd eBooks just yet
Anyway just wanted to let you guys know what I've got cookin'
Any and all help is very much appreciated!
Artists Toolbox: Patterning toolsHello again everyone! This time around I'm here to teach you about the tools you'll need to make custom clothing patterns!Artists Toolbox: Patterning tools2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
There are two main ways to draft patterns: draping and flat patterning. We'll start with draping.
The first and foremost thing you'll need if you're going to drape patterns is a dress form.
A dress form looks a lot like a mannequin, but unlike a mannequin (which is designed for display purposes only), a dress form is designed for clothing patterning and design. They are frequently more accurately shaped and proportioned the mannequins, and are made so that fabric can be pinned directly onto them. They come in men's, women's, and children's, although adult women's dress forms are probably the easiest to find.
The dress form will need to match the size of the person you are draping a pattern for. There are a number of different varieties to choose from, but all dress forms come in different sizes (usuall