Sfumato Stitch – Part Of Studio 2022


Sfumato Stitch allows easy and fast creation of multicoloured portraits, landscapes, still lives and other designs from photos. Sfumato is integrated into Studio, no separate download is needed. Sfumato objects can be combined with other objects like lettering, satin outlines, etc., but their digitizing requires registration of respective plug-ins like Font Engine or Digitizing Tools.

Note: This plugin requires you to own a registered copy of the Embird Basic Program which can be obtained here.

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Digitizing plug-in for Embird Embroidery Software


While basic Embird program works mostly with stitch files, Studio uses vector objects for easier creation of design. The main concept of digitizing in Studio is to draw vector outlines of respective objects and fill them with various types of stitches in a similar way as you fill object with color in a graphic program.

Studio contains two parts, each of them is optional

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Sfumato Stitch US $ 90 buy

Photos to embroidery. Portraits, landscapes, etc. Fill stitches are generated so that they approximate the photo.


Digitizing Tools US $ 150 buy

Digitizing of logos and fancy designs, lettering, auto-tracing, freehand, conversion of vector files into embroidery.

Studio is an optional plug-in program for Embird embroidery software.
How to create a portrait with Sfumato
YouTube video


User imports photo into the background of the working area and then draws Sfumato objects on top of the photo. Just like other objects in the Studio, Sfumato objects have vector boundaries that are automatically filled with stitches. Photo-realistic effect is achieved with variable density of the thread flow.

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Objects are filled with stitches so that thread forms looser or heavier meanders to create shading effects while fabric shows through the stitches. In general, the loose meanders are used on low density areas.


The face on the boy’s portrait is a single Sfumato object with 5 shades of skin color and a hole.


Special controls and paramaters are available to tune density and colors of Sfumato object. Additional features like openings, carvings and color mask can be applied to achieve required stitch layout and texture.


Each Sfumato object can have 1-5 shades of its ‘basic color’ or user-defined shades. Chosing proper number of separate objects and proper number of shades within each object allows to achieve various coloring effects.


Single Sfumato object with just 1 shade

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Single Sfumato object with 5 shades of sepia color

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Single Sfumato object with 5 user-defined shades

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Multicoloured Sfumato design

The boy’s portrait on above example contains multiple Sfumato objects: the cap, face, mouth, shoulder and breast. Each of these objects has its own colour scale.


Sfumato Stitch registration fee is £72

This fee does NOT include Digitizing Tools.


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