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Why doesn't wizard make my pattern exactly as the picture?
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Dailycrafter message #1
Why doesn't wizard make my pattern exactly as the picture?
September 19, 2015 at 11:26:32 PM
 
I uploaded a black and white image of a drawing
and want the pattern just as it is but the pattern picture I get back is nothing like the image I uploaded. I picked crochet and 20 across. What settings should I use?


 
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Re: Why doesn't wizard make my pattern exactly as the picture?
September 20, 2015 at 1:49:54 AM  (in response to Dailycrafter message #1)
 
The freePatternWizard can only see what you give it.  If this image is a jpg, it will smudge colors together, even if the colors are only black and white, and give an unwanted result.  This image, if sent through as a gif or png file (formats that won't smudge; however, you can't simply change it from jpg to gif or jpg to png, as that will simply take smudgy colors and change those colors into one of those formats with similar results to a jpg), would not be suitable over 20 stitches in width.  With no smudging at all, the lines would still be too narrow to fit into a 20-wide image, particularly in crochet.

You can attempt to take the original image and reduce it in a graphics program until it gets to only 20 pixels across, so pixels = stitches, but that's an extremely small image, so it would also produce an unwanted result.  And the words at the top would get lost in a blur.

If you do find the file in a format where the white is only white and not several shades of blues/grays, and the black is solid black and not simply shades of gray, setting the number of stitches to a larger number than 20, you may be able to produce a better result; however, my guess is the lettering still won't be legible.

I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for you; the problem is the computer doesn't think as we do.  When given an image like that, we know to look at the white as only white and the darker color as, say, only black, but the computer merely knows what it's been told to do, so it simply can't look at a blurry image and pick out the familiar, as our eyes can.  And when it's got to fit into only 20 stitches, it's finding too small of a size to give you anything more than a blur.

HTH!  Smile


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Dailycrafter message #3
Re: Why doesn't wizard make my pattern exactly as the picture?
September 20, 2015 at 12:07:08 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #2)
 
Thank you for the explanation. 


 
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Stitchboard Admin message #4
Re: Why doesn't wizard make my pattern exactly as the picture?
September 21, 2015 at 4:59:59 AM  (in response to Dailycrafter message #3)
 
You're welcome!  Smile


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