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Digitizing Practice-Getting Ahead

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice! It’s all about practicing with the FTCU Text tools and choosing fonts to create this motivating quote.

FTCU digitizing practice text quote

Fill out the form at the end of this lesson and the image and a PDF guide will be sent to your email inbox.

Download the image from your email and use your creativity to trace and digitize the image, however you would like.

The PDF guide will include a numbered digitizing plan and suggestions and tips for tracing the image.

Create A Digitizing Plan

Decide which shapes to trace first – look at the image and think of it as layers. Trace the layers in back first. Trace the shapes that should stitch first and leave the details for last.

3 planning steps diagram for floriani FTCU

Digitizing suggestions

The following notes are a few suggestions to help you follow a digitizing plan for this image.

These notes include the order in which I suggest you trace the shapes and the stitch tools that would be the most appropriate for the that shape.

Of course, I encourage you to use your creativity and use whatever stitch and thread colors that you would prefer! That is the benefit of digitizing our own designs. No two will ever be the same!

Digitizing Plan:

Here is a suggested digitizing plan for you to follow:


  • trace the banner using the Fill stitch tool
  • tip: to add more dimension to the banner – try tracing it in 3 sections
  • edit the shapes as needed

white text

  • use the Text Tool to create the white text on the banner
  • choose a font that you prefer – I used the FTCU Harvey font for this image
  • tip: use the Text on a Path tool to create the curved text
  • edit as needed

teal Text – circles and lines

  • use the Text Tool to create the teal text words
  • choose a font that you prefer – I used the FTCU Harvey font for this image and resized it to make it taller
  • edit the text size as needed
  • use the Artwork Shape Tool to trace a circle and then fill the circle using the Auto Satin tool on the bottom toolbar
  • copy the satin circle and paste for the other 3 circles
  • use the Steil Stitch tool to trace the lines
  • edit the width and length as needed

green text

  • use the Text Tool to create the green text words
  • choose a font that you prefer – I used the FTCU font Quick Script for “ahead” text and the FTCU Camilla font for the “is” and “started”
  • edit the size as needed

Digitizing Steps

Follow these 4 digitizing steps for each shape, as a guide, to get you started.

4 digitizing steps diagram for Floriani FTCU


Need help?

Here are two ways to get the help you need to digitize your own designs.

  1. Have a digitizing question?

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  1. To receive lots of extra TLC with FTCU digitizing….

You can get digitizing help by joining our Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. There are over 75 step-by-step written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. We can also create a personalized “journey” for you to learn to digitize!

Click HERE to find out more information.

Join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club and learn to digitize with Floriani FTCU

Share your design!

After you have finished, you are welcome to share your design image with our Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group. We would love to see your creativity!

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