There are several ways to digitize text in Floriani FTCU.
The FTCU software program has a text tool that has over 150 built-in fonts that are already digitized.
You can also use the true type fonts installed on your computer and digitize them manually.
This tutorial will focus on the FTCU Text tool and the built-in FTCU fonts. I will be doing another tutorial showing how to use the true type fonts from your computer.
If you would like a PDF written copy of this tutorial, click on the link at the end of this tutorial and it will be emailed to you!
First, you will need to create a digitizing plan:
- Decide the text words that you will need for your project.
- Decide the order in which the text will be stitched – back to front – to plan the pathing
- Decide the color and/or colors for each part of the text
- Determine the size that your text will need to be.
Open a New Page:
- Click on NEW page icon on the top tool bar (under the word FILE).
- Click on the TEXT icon (on the second tool bar)
A fly out menu will appear with 4 icons:
3. Left click on the horizontal text tool.
a. The letter A will now be attached to your cursor.
4. Left click on the workspace.
a. this will activate the text tool and the words MY TEXT will show on the workspace.
Adding new Text:
- In the properties box, left click inside the TEXT box and type your new text.
- Hit the ENTER key to type on the next line.
- Click APPLY when finished typing text.
Note: If your text is too large to view on the screen, then change the zoom in the box on the top tool bar. Use the drop down arrow and choose “to fit”.
Changing the Font type:
- Click on the drop down arrow next to the font preview window and you will see a list of all the different fonts available.
3. Choose a font from the dropdown list and your text.
4. Click APPLY to change the text to that font type……IMPORTANT!
Adjusting the SIZE- (HEIGHT)of the Text:
- Adjust the height of the text by changing the number in the HEIGHT box
- Click APPLY.
Note: The height measurement will adjust in mm or inches depending on which metric you have set your program to use. Notice that it will show (mm) or (in) next to the Height to let you know which you are using.
Adjusting the SPACING of the Text:
The SPACING is the space BETWEEN each letter
- To create MORE space between each letter type in a “positive” number in the spacing box.
2. To create LESS space between each letter type in a “negative” number in the spacing box.
3. Click APPLY to set the spacing.
Adjusting the LINE SPACING of the Text:
The line spacing is the space between each line of text. This can be adjusted depending how letters fall below the baseline. For example, if you have the letter g and the letter L below it. They may be too close together. So you will need to adjust the line spacing.
- Change the number in the LINE SPACING box (keep in mind that it is a percentage).
2. Click APPLY.
Adjusting the WIDTH of the Text:
- Change the width of the text in the width box (this number also needs to be a percentage).
2. Click APPLY.
Adjusting the Text ALIGNMENT: (use for several lines of text)
- Make sure the entire text is selected with a box around it.
- In the alignment box, use the drop down arrow to choose CENTER, RIGHT or LEFT aligned.
3. Click APPLY.
TEXT PROPERTIES BOX
This section will explain how to use the features on each of the tabs in the Properties box.
In the Text Extra box, you can choose the direction that the text will sew.
Normally, your machine will sew from left to right when stitching an embroidery design and this is the software default.
However, there are some projects where it is beneficial to stitch the text from the center out to each side. An example of this would be a cap or the back of a jacket. Stitching from the center out will help to keep the push and pull of the fabric more even, instead of pushing the fabric to one side.
- In the SEW SEQUENCE box, use the drop down to choose the sewing order:
- LEFT to right (default)
- RIGHT to left
- CENTER out towards each side
- Click APPLY.
In the Text FILL tab, there are options to change the type of stitches.
- In the PATTERN drop list, choose the type of stitch you would like.
- Click APPLY.
Note: You can also adjust the stitch density and the stitch length in this box. Make sure you click APPLY after making your choices.
In the Text UNDERLAY tab, there are options to change the type of underlayment used.
Note: when you open this tab, the default underlay, for the font you have chosen, will already be checked. You can make adjustments, if needed.
- Click in the box of the type of underlay you prefer.
- The preview box will show a sample of what this will look like.
- You can also change the underlayment DENSITY and STITCH length as well as the INSET.
- Click APPLY when your adjustments are completed.
Note: I generally leave the underlay as the default. After you have more experience in digitizing, you may want to experiment with these settings.
Text PUSH AND PULL
The software sets the default for the fabric push and pull compensation based on the type of font that you choose. You do have the option to change this if you would like, but I have never found this to be necessary. I just leave the defaults.
This screen shows the size of your text. You can also rotate your text on this tab. Click APPLY when finished making any changes.
TEXT CONTROL POINTS
Note: When you first choose the Text tool and click on the workspace, the following text appeared.
Notice that there are small colored CONTROL POINTS in between the letters. These are used to make adjustments with the text.
Text Control Points functions:
This is a quick overview of the function of each of the control points.
I will be doing more tutorials about text editing and other text features.
BLUE control point: moves ALL letters as a “group” to the right of this control point
- Click on a BLUE control and drag the letters to the right.
YELLOW control point: moves each individual letter to the right or left
- Click on a YELLOW control and drag that individual letter to the left or right.
- Use this to adjust letters when they are too close to each other (depending on the font)
BLACK corner points: corner points are used to skew the lettering to a shape.
- Click on a BLACK control point on any corner and drag up or down, depending on the shape you would like to make.
BLACK center points: used to skew the lettering to concave or convex shape
- Click on a BLACK control point in the center, either top or bottom and drag up or down, depending on the shape you would like to make.
REVIEW DESIGN WITH STITCH PLAYER
1. Click on the STITCH PLAYER button on the top menu of your screen
a. If your stitch player is not showing, then click on TOOLS > SLOW DRAW on the top menu. This will open your Stitch Player
b. Adjust the speed so that you can review the stitches
2. Make note of the following items while watching the stitch player:
Correct stitching order of all segments
Correct color order
Correct starts and stops
Correct tie ins and tie offs – for color changes and jump stitches
4. Make necessary adjustments by using the following steps.
- In the sequence view, open each color + sign and adjust the stitching order of segments
- Click on a segment and drag it to a new location as needed
- In the sequence view, you can move individual segments or close the + sign and move the whole color to reorder
- Refer to the above Planning Section and drag identical colors together in the sequence view to avoid numerous color changes
- NOTE: sometimes it may be necessary to keep colors in multiple locations based on the needed stitching order
START and STOP
To check locations:
- In the sequence view, click on a stitch segment to highlight.
- Click on the SHAPE icon on left toolbar.
- Adjust the green start dot and red stop dot as needed.
- In the sequence view, review stitch segments one by one to adjust start and stops so that design runs smoothly and there are no unnecessary gaps between stitch segments.
TIE-INS AND TIE-OFFS – for color changes and jump stitches
- In the sequence view, open each color + sign, click on first stitch segment to highlight.
- In the properties box, click on COMMANDS tab
- Set tie-in for the first segment of each color
- Set tie-off for the last segment of each color
- This will assure that there will be tie-in and tie-off for each color change when your design is stitching
- Also, review stitch segments for jump stitch locations and set tie-in and tie-offs.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. If you have any questions, or comments please contact me using the CONTACT ME page and I will answer your email as soon as I can.