|Create Cross-Stitching Layouts!|
I'm sure you have noticed that some people have been converting pictures and dolls into cross stitching lately. If you haven't, I'm sure you probably will in the future. Now, I don't cross-stitch much, mainly because right now I have no job and can't afford any supplies, lol. But I do enjoy it from time to time, and I wanted to show how I was able to convert some pictures I found online and some of my dolls to cross-stitching patterns to be able to use in real life cross-stitching.
One - Find a Picture
Low resolution pictures work better if you are using a real picture, but if you are only using a doll, you don't have to worry about it (as they are so small, for starters, lol)
Two - Paint Shop Pro (or any other advanced paint program you might have)
Crop to around your doll, and erase any background you might have. Make sure you save/saved your doll as a .GIF file. Plus .jpg files also blur your image up, and you don't want that. This is important, because even having 40 colors in your doll would be kinda hard to make. But, you don't have to be limited to that. You go at your own pace! If you can handle 40 colors of thread, by all means, go for it.
Here my doll is 75 by 135 pixels across at a resolution of 72 pixels per inch, and a total of 16 colors. You can always go back into the doll, using only the 16 colors now indexed, and fix spots you don't like. There are roughly 14 squares an inch on cross stitching material, so it would be smart to set up your image with 14 pixels an inch as well (instead of the 72 an inch). You should also resize your image to how big you want it to be when it prints out. It may not look like it but now my doll is saved at 14 pixels an inch and will be printed out roughly 5 by 8 inches.
Three - The Pattern
There are a few different ways you can work from this image now. You can enlarge it and print it out to work from it, but that might be rather eye-straining if you know what I mean. Or, you can go into PSP and put a grid onto the picture, and fill in the colors with corresponding symbols, using letters, numbers, symbols, etc. You don't need to do it in every pixel though, that would be very annoying to me plus everything would eventually get bunched up into an un-intelligable blob.
Here is a portion of my doll with the symbols on it - I choose letters, but you can use anything you want to.
This tutorial obviously requires knowledge of whatever painting program you may be using. All I know about is paint sho pro versions 6 and 7, measurements for painting programs and the cross-stitching material may vary all over the world, so DO NOT rely soley on my measurements here, please. PREPARE, prepare, prepare, lol. Go over everything at least twice, so you don't mess anything up. And please, do NOT steal other's dolls or images to do this without their permission. ASK first. If they say no, there is no doubt in my mind that you can create or find something comprobable or better somewhere else ^_^