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Embroidery Digitizing Lessons...

Holly has digitized over 20,000 embroidery designs to date using Generations Digitizing Software since it was introduced in 2002. If you want to learn to digitize... doesn't it make sense to learn from someone who digitizes? Like a lot? Like for a living?

Holly's digitizing lessons used to be a part of ArtisticThreadWorks, but they out-grew the scope of this embroidery website so we opened up a separate site just for digitizing lessons.

Join Holly's digitizing lesson site www.YouCanDigitize.comfor live online lessons, recorded lessons, a help forum, and more, all for teaching you to digitize!


6 Digitizing Business Models Compared Side-By-Side
6 Digitizing Business Models Compared Side-By-Side Digitizing for dollars can be done in lots of different ways. In this article I compare six different digitizing business models side-by-side with each other to see what work BESIDES the digitizing is involved with each of these ways of making money as a digitizer. Most people only think of the digitizing process itself when they think of a digitizing business, but the "behind the scenes" work includes some combination of the following... Buying artwork, Test-sewing designs, Setting up a website, Fixing customer problems, etc. etc. etc. There are more than 50 things to do (see list) that people don't realize goes into business digitizing that are not a part of hobby digitizing. . . . ...
"DIGITIZE IN 7 DAYS" Day 4 of 7... Learning The "Line Tool"
A "Get Started" video that teaches you the way around the Generations digitizing software screen, setting up your preferences, open, save, delete, and introduction to using the line tool. . . . ...
7 Secrets Of Digitizing Software
Compare different digitizing software packages... This is an 18 page report I've written for all the times I'm asked to compare different digitizing progra . . . ...
Choosing A Tablet For Easier & Faster Embroidery Digitizing
Choosing A Tablet For Easier & Faster Embroidery Digitizing There is one brand of tablet I would recommend, there are three families of tablets within that brand, and there are several choices within each family. This article explains the brand, model, and options best for the embroidery digitizers tablet
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Week-8: "Digitizers Apprentice" Videos & PDF Files...
This week's apprentice program webinar will cover a review of the designs digitized by the apprentice contestants from last week and more techniques for this week's lesson.  The "B . . . ...
VIDEO: Week 7 Of Digitizers Apprentice Contest
This week's apprentice program webinar covered a review of the designs digitized by the apprentice contestants from last week and more techniques for this week's lesson.  /f . . . ...
Week-7: "Digitizers Apprentice" Videos & PDF Files (Lace)
This week's apprentice program webinar will cover a review of the designs digitized by the apprentice contestants from last week and more techniques for this week's lesson.  The "B . . . ...
"I already have another digitizing program and I can't use it!"
I asked dome of Holly's students what they would say to a person who already owns another digitizing program and couldn't learn to digitize with it.  / . . . ...
What Holly's Students Say...
"The dealer I got my current software from was no help in learning to digitize... What would be different with Generations?"   font size="3 . . . ...
VIDEO: Digitizers Apprentice 2011Week 6 "Stuff Happens"
VIDEO: Digitizers Apprentice 2011Week 6 "Stuff Happens" In this week's episode we see what happens when stuff happens. More than half of the students have had some major disruption of their digitizing this week caused by unforseen circumstances. Although Holly had planned on simulating things going wrong this week, it turned out that no simulation was needed. See what happened in the video. . . . ...
Week-6: "Digitizers Apprentice" Videos & PDF Files...
This week's apprentice program webinar will cover a review of the designs digitized by the apprentice contestants from last week and more techniques for this week's lesson.  The "B . . . ...
Digitizers Apprentice 2011 "The Players"
The November 2011 Member's Bonus design set is called "Thoughts Of Christmas".  All of these designs have been digitized by the fol . . . ...
VIDEO: "The Digitizer's Apprentice" Episode #5
VIDEO:  "The Digitizer's Apprentice"
Episode #5 This week's apprentice program covers the designs from last week, the topic of what needs to be done behind the scenes of a digitizing business, and this week's videos, as well as download links for notes and assignments, and last but not least, another survey for Holly's students at the bottom of this page! . . . ...
Week-5: "Digitizers Apprentice" Videos & PDF Files...
This week's apprentice program covers the designs from last week, the topic of what needs to be done behind the scenes of a digitizing business, and this week's videos, as well as downl . . . ...
VIDEO: "The Digitizer's Apprentice" Episode #4
VIDEO:  "The Digitizer's Apprentice"
Episode #4 This week's apprentice program covers the designs from last week, the topic of what needs to be done behind the scenes of a digitizing business, and this week's videos, as well as download links for notes and assignments, and last but not least, a link to a survey for Holly's students at the bottom of this page!
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Week-4: "Digitizers Apprentice" Videos & PDF Files...
This week's apprentice program covers the designs from last week, the topic of what needs to be done behind the scenes of a digitizing business, and this week's videos, as well as downl . . . ...
VIDEO: Naming Embroidery Designs With The Future In Mind
VIDEO: Naming Embroidery Designs With The Future In Mind Video on how to name embroidery designs as a digitizer. It's a small detail but getting this right at the beginning can save you DAYS OF WORK later on when you discover your simple naming conventions won't work later on down the road. Set your speaker volume before you press play! Have fun... . . . ...
Choosing Colors For Your Designs As A Digitizer
 When you digitize a design you choose colors available in the thread brand you've chosen to work with in your digitizing software. Then you export the design to a stitch file.&nbs . . . ...
VIDEO: "The Digitizer's Apprentice" Episode #3
Released October 15th 2011
VIDEO:  "The Digitizer's Apprentice"
Episode #3 In this episode (#3) of "The Digitizer's Apprentice", Holly reviewed the designs made by the contestants and how many of pieces were made. The video is from hour #1 only... the remaining video did not record properly and is not shown below, however, we have also included additional "Behind The Scenes" videos covering several topics needed by digitizers like "Screen Captures" and "Making Color Charts With Generations". . . . ...
Week 3: "Digitizers Apprentice" Artwork & Assignment Info...
This weeks's assignments for the apprentice contest are to digitize the Chritstmas ornament artwork from Holly AND the 5 Christmas words assigned to you below...   (right-click the ornament and . . . ...
VIDEO: "The Digitizer's Apprentice" Episode #2
Released October 9th 2011
VIDEO:  "The Digitizer's Apprentice"
Episode #2 In this episode (#2) of "The Digitizer's Apprentice", Holly reviews the designs the contestants digitized in their first week of the program and their critiques of their partner's design.   Watch as Holly goes through the designs and covers the techniques used to digitize them. . . . ...
VIDEO: "The Digitizer's Apprentice" Episode #1
Released September 25th 2011
In this episode of "The Digitizer's Apprentice", Holly reviews the entries that got the candidates into the 10 week contest.  Watch as she goes through the designs and how they wer . . . ...
Digitizing Contest #2 Winners
And the winners are...     Barb Anderson Bonnie Collier Jill Litchfield/ . . . ...
Enter Digitizing Contest #2 Here!
Contest 9-10-2011 to 9-15-2011
Contest ended! Follow winners on our home page! -- Larry . . . ...
VIDEO: September 2011 Digitizing Contest Info
Get details in this video about our September 2011 digitizing contest, our 10 Week Digitizer's Apprentice Program, and our 1 Year Apprentice Program... Set your speakers then press the "Play" . . . ...
"The Violinist" - A Modern Fable
Once upon a time... There lived a young woman who more than anything wanted to become a violinist.  To make a long story short, after years of practice . . . ...
Apprenticeship Program Contest Announcement
August 31st 2011
"Many of you think you want a digitizing business but don't really know for sure..."   As Holly says,  "I say this first because I originally . . . ...
How To Make $100,000 A Year As An Embroidery Design Digitizer
sorry - this offer had expired :-) . . . ...
Buy Generations Software
There are several options for buying Generations digitizing software.  They are...   1) Purchase "Dream Kit" that includes Generations+ and b . . . ...
Get Demo Generations Software Here
(Online Class Dates 7-15-2011 to 8-15-2011)
Try Before You Buy!   Get a copy of Generations to try out then decide if it's right for you.  If you decide to buy Generations from us then . . . ...
Generations With Holly Class Registration
(Online Class Dates 7-15-2011 to 8-15-2011)
5 Free Digitizng Classes . . . ...
Artwork For Generations Classes
(7-15-2011 to 8-15-2011)
On this page you'll find the artwork used by Holly in the webinars...   Please remember that this artwork is for your practice use only.  Des . . . ...
VIDEO: Wacom Tablet Setup For Digitizing
So many people have asked us about the tablet Holly uses for digitizing and how to set it up that we've made a video showing the setup for one of the tablets. This is the Wacom Intuos tablet but the Cintiq setup is the same. . . . ...
VIDEO: Generations Satin Tool With Holly Pike
From 8-6-2011 Webinar
How to use the "Satin Tool" in Generations...   This video is from August 6th 2011.  It is not fully edited so you will see some of the behin . . . ...
VIDEO: Generations Area Tool With Holly Pike
From 7-30-2011 Webinar
How to use the "Area Tool" in Generations... This video is from July 30th 2011.  It is not fully edited so you will see some of the behind-the-scenes . . . ...
VIDEO: Generations Line Tool With Holly Pike
From 7-23-2011 Webinar
How to use the "Line Tool" in Generations... This video is from July 23rd 2011.  It is not fully edited so you will see some of the behind-the-scenes . . . ...
Download Artwork & Class Notes Here
Download Artwork & Class Notes Here Artwork and class notes for "Digitize In A Day - Online" classes. Folks taking our "Digitize In A Day - Online" classes may download the artwork and notes for the 10 classes here... . . . ...
Generations Lettering Software
Generations Lettering Software Create your own embroidery lettering! With the Generations lettering module you can easily create your own lettering designs. Program uses ANY "True Type" font on your computer. You can add new True Type fonts easily to your computer and they then become available to the Gernerations Lettering module. If you already own the full Generations or Generations Plus program, this module is included already with your program. If you don't own Generations now, you can buy just the lettering module and later add additional modules to get exactly the software you want... . . . ...
Digitizing Contest 2010(Contest Closed)
Everyone taking the "Digitize In A Day - Online" classes (AKA "YES WE CAN DIGITIZE") is invited to enter this digitizing contest!   To enter.../f . . . ...
Video - DID Online Class 1: Learning The Line Tool
Video - DID Online Class 1: Learning The Line Tool Disc #1 "Learning The Line Tool" This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample here... . . . ...
Video - DID Online Class 2: Using The Line Tool
Video - DID Online Class 2: Using The Line Tool Disc #2 "Using The Line Tool" This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample here... . . . ...
Video - DID Online Class 3: Learning The Freehand Area Tool
Video - DID Online Class 3: Learning The Freehand Area Tool Disc #3 "Learning The Freehand Area Tool" This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample here... . . . ...
Video - DID Online Class 4: Using The Freehand Area Tool
Disc #1 "Using The Freehand Area Tool" This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample here... . . . ...
Video - DID Online Class 5: Learning The Satin Tool
Disc #5 "Learning The Satin Tool" This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample here... . . . ...
Video - DID Online Class 6: Using The Satin Tool
Video - DID Online Class 6: Using The Satin Tool Disc #6 "Using The Satin Tool" This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample here... . . . ...
DIDO #7: Learn Applique Digitizing
Learn to digitize applique designs in this video...
This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample below and you can order the complete video on CD here...
(Purchase Here)
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Video - DIDO #8: Making Applique Designs
Watch Holly as she digitizes applique designs...
This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample below and you can order the complete video on CD here...
(Purchase Here)
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Video: DID Online Class #9 "Putting It All Together"
Thinking through digitizing several embroidery designs.
This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample below and you can order the complete video on CD here...
(Purchase Here)
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Video: DIDOnline Class #10 "Putting It All Together - Part 2"
Thinking through digitizing several designs - Part 2!
This video is now available on CD! You can watch a 10 minute sample below and you can order the complete video on CD here...
(Purchase Here)
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The First 7 Clicks Artwork
Resource Page
The First 7 Clicks Artwork Artwork for "The First 7 Clicks" video. Download artwork here and follow along with the videos. . . . ...
"Generations... The First 7 Clicks" CD Video Tutorials
"Generations... The First 7 Clicks"
CD Video Tutorials Generations is a POWERFUL digitizing program! With this video you can learn to unleash that power in creating your own embroidery designs. Follow along while Holly generates the basic design using the first 7 clicks - then cleans up and enhances that design by changing colors, stitch types, fill patterns, and more. . . . ...
VIDEO: "Aligning Design Elements"
VIDEO: "Aligning Design Elements" Live recording from webinar on aligning designs and design elements or pieces with Generations software. Holly makes digitizing easy to understand even though it is normally a confusing topic. Watch as Holly makes it simple enough that anyone can do it, and that's the whole idea behind digitizing with Generations! . . . ...
VIDEO: "Digitizing Applique Designs"
VIDEO: "Digitizing Applique Designs" Live recording from webinar on digitizing applique designs with Generations software. Holly makes digitizing applique easy to understand even though it is normally a confusing topic. Watch as Holly makes it simple enough that anyone can do it, and that's the whole idea behind digitizing with Generations! . . . ...
Cintiq 12wx Digitizing Tablet Available From Wacom
Cintiq 12wx Digitizing Tablet Available From Wacom Wacom's smallest active display digitizing tablet is called the Cintiq 12wx. It packs a lot of great usability into a tiny 12" screen size. With a price point below $1,000 it gives most serious digitizers a great option for improving both their speed and ease of digitizing. Take a closer look here... . . . ...
VIDEO: "Digitizing With Holly" ---> Class #1
VIDEO: "Digitizing With Holly" ---> Class #1 Live digitizing webinar recorded by Holly Pike. This is "Class #1" in learning to digitize with Holly. This video introduces the concept of bringing in artwork to use as a template and then shows how the first two major digitizing tools are used... the line tool and the area tool. Digitizing is NOT some mysterious thing that only artists and computer gurus can do! Anyone can learn to digitize with the right software and a good teacher. Let us show you how in this beginner's level video... . . . ...
Video: Digitizing With Holly - Class #1
Video: Digitizing With Holly - Class #1 This is a great starting point for digitizing! This recording is a 1-hour plus video of Holly teaching digitizing with Generations from the starting point going forward. Covers the first 2 basic tools used in digitizing... line tool and area tool. More videos available on ATW . . . ...
VIDEO: Lettering Webinar
VIDEO:  Lettering Webinar We had a lot of viewers for the Lettering webinar. Here's the recording Holly made from this webinar.

This video covers basic lettering and editing. Generations can digitize any true-type font and can size letters from 1/4" to 8" per letter. It also has a special setting for making very small lettering come out great.

All these topics are covered in this video...

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VIDEO: Intermediate Level Digitizing ("The Snowman Lesson")
VIDEO:  Intermediate Level Digitizing ("The Snowman Lesson") This one hour video was recorded during a December 2009 webinar. Holly shows a piece of artwork that is medium complexity being manually digitized using Genereations software.

Lots of techniques can be picked up by watching this video including shading, lettering, and and effective way to use motifs to fill in a large background area... . . .
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Video: Digitizing One Piece Of Artwork 4 Different Ways
Video:  Digitizing One Piece Of Artwork 4 Different Ways This one hour video was recorded during a November 2009 webinar. Holly shows one piece of artwork being digitized four different ways from a simple design to a more advanced one, all using the same Genereations software.

If you are a member of ATW, you can login to our Generations Forum and ask Holly questions about the program whether related to this video or something else. . . .
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Which Tablet For Digitizing?
Which Tablet For Digitizing? A member emailed me today for advice about buying a tablet for digitizing. Tablets are a great way to improve your digitizing speed and ease but they are not a substitute for knowing how to use your software. If you have the software beast tamed, then it's worthwhile to consider a tablet as an aide to digitizing... . . . ...
VIDEO: Screen Setup & Stitch Properties In Generations Digitizing Software
VIDEO:  Screen Setup & Stitch Properties In Generations Digitizing Software Generations allows the user to rearrange all the tools on their digitizing desktop to set them where they work best for the individual. You can also set preferences for your copy of Generations for many different options such as format to export to, brand of embroidery machine, hoop size choices, background colors, grid size, default stitch properties for various stitch types, and hundreds of other options. In this video, Holly shows you how to make those changes in your Generations digitizing environment and how to save them as your new default settings. . . . ...
Video: Redwork Webinar
Video: Redwork Webinar Redwork is one of the oldest forms of embroidery and yet it looks up-to-date today in machine embroidery. Digitizing redwork has been a challenging process until Generations software came up with a key feature that you'll see in this webinar. . . . ...
Video: "Motifs & Stamp Patterns"
Video: "Motifs & Stamp Patterns" This video was recorded during a live webinar done by Holly. It covers "Motifs & Stamp Patterns". Holly is using Generations+ software for this video but covers topics that are useful with other software as well. . . . ...
Video: Manual Digitizing
Video: Manual Digitizing This video was recorded during a live webinar done by Holly. It covers "Motifs & Stamp Patterns". Holly is using Generations+ software for this video but covers topics that are useful with other software as well. . . . ...
Frequently Asked Questions About Generations Software...
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You CAN Learn To Digitize With Generations Software
Maybe you've bought "other" digitizing software then found out the "ugly truth" that learning to digitize requires two things you didn't get with that "other" software . . . ...
So you want to learn to digitize...?
So you want to learn to digitize...? Some people digitize their own embroidery designs, and some don't. It could be they don't want to, or it could be that they don't know how. Some people have tried but just couldn't get the hang of it. Others are considering it but have yet to take the plunge. If you are contemplating buying a digitizing program there are a few things you should consider beforehand... . . . ...