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Hi, Sharon.

I temporarily had to hold off finishing the pattern for Portia but am back to it now.

Her image is a black and white photo of two people.  Since the original was apparently a .jpg, it was saved somewhat compressed.  This compression introduces noise and stray colors.  This noise is by far the most common cause of stray stitches of many different colors.  So even though the original image was black and white, it actually contains 256 different colors — some shades of gray, and even blues.

The PatternWizard is sensitive to all these various colors and many will show up in the final pattern.

SO, the first thing I did was run the image through Photoshop and had it turn it into a true black and white.  So there were then only black, white, and shades of gray.  Then I told the program to use only certain colors from the palette (Section 5 "I will choose my colors"), checked the "Antialias On" box in section 8 (which helps smooth out lines), and varied the brightness and contrast a little.

I was able to get several usable charts from this.  The only thing I have yet to do is resize it all into a usable chart for what she's wanting to stitch.

I'll hopefully have more information this weekend as we generate the final output.  I'll post again when we're done.

Terry



Thank you, Malanie.  I appreciate that very much.

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Thank you!  Kiss  You're so kind!  Kiss

I posted two FREE soap making books for Kindle for today...grab them before they're gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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I posted three FREE knitting patterns for Kindle for today...grab them before they're gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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