I’ve started working on a new font, based on Midnight Constellations.

Midnight Constellations Font A

I decided the stars needed a little help so I’ve been playing with embossing.

The first thing to know about embossing is that it adds stitches to the design. Embossing forms the image by ending the stitch on the line you draw. The plain star has 809 stitches. The embossed one at the top has 1133. This can really add up over the course of a design.

To add embossing in Generations, first create the object to be embossed (in this case, the star). Then click the View Embossed icon (or press f5). You can use any of the drawing tools to create embossing. The options you have will vary depending on the tool you choose. In the photo below, I created a complex fill circle as my embossing. You can see the results of some of the different settings.

Raised, split, receessed, and border embossing.

Embossing does not create a separate object. It just changes some of the stitches. My first thought with the raised embossing was that I could use it for a flower center. That’s not going to work too well unless I want the center and the flower to be the same color. If I want different colors, I would probably be better off just using a satin stitch circle instead of embossing.

Here’s my take on a bubble letter. I don’t know if this would be worth doing. The effect might be too subtle to be worth it.

Letter A with small embossed circlesNotice that the embossed circles fall off the edges in several places. This worked well with all the options except raised.





Once you’ve set your embossing, generate, release the View Embossed icon, and be sure to turn on 3D view to see the full effect.

For my final version of the Midnight Constellations font, I decided to use the embossed star (like the one on top) in all three pieces.

Here’s a link to the first version of the Midnight Constellation A. All the versions are in the same file. I sewed it out, but I changed a few things and made it a bit smaller, so please test. You are welcome to use these file to make objects for personal use or for sale. You may not resell or distribute the embroidery files.

Midnight Constellations A 3″

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