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wife042608 message #1
December 18, 2015 at 9:11:18 AM
Hello to all,

I have a question, i have a picture that i would like to create into a crochet patter but i want to simplify it.  I would like to add another picture to it as well.  I am having trouble doing that, if there is anyone that could help me, thanks in advance.

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Re: Newbie
December 19, 2015 at 1:59:35 AM  (in response to wife042608 message #1)
Welcome!  Smile

I'm not sure if I'm understanding what you'd like to do, so if I get this wrong please let me know!

In attempting to make a photo into a pattern with the freePatternWizard, you're not getting optimal results.  Your image is perhaps quite large?

First, I have to say, you can't think of the freePatternWizard as a graphics program.  I know, it makes graphs, but it's not efficient at taking little bits of each sampled area and turning them into useful, optimized pictures.

What you need to do is to use a graphics program to reduce your image.  While the freePatternWizard doesn't know how to optimize an image to take one pixel out of, say, 50 other pixels, this is what graphics programs can do.  There are free programs that are very powerful, and Gimp.  You can find them here:

I won't be able to tell you how to use either one, as what I use is an ancient program called Paint Shop Pro, and it's nowhere near a current's probably from the late '90s!

So combine the two photos, positioning the two of them the way you want in a graphics program, you can then take the results from the graphic program to the freePatternWizard.

Now, there are a couple of things of which you need to be aware.  If your image is a very large jpg file, a graphics program will very likely be able to make it smaller, but if it's a small image with color smudges and other issues, you won't get good results if you try to reduce it.  You could still try, but the results may not be to your liking.

If you are successful in combining and reducing the size of your originals, my suggestion would be to save them in either a png or a gif format...and definitely not a jpg.  Those versions will provide better quality images, because if you save it to jpg, you'll probably get extremely low quality images, which will smudge some of the colors together and not look very nice.

One other thing: for crochet, you should choose the Stitchboard Basic Palette.  The Stitchboard Full Palette has far too many colors to be of use, as no yarn manufacturers want to make numerous different shades of each color available in yarns, as they'd never sell a lot of them.

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