What is PhotoEmbroidery.com

Photoembroidery.com system is an automated tool.  It's a color photo to stitch conversion system.

What image file types can I use?

Your picture can be a png, gif, jpeg, jpg, or jpe file. Transparent pixels supported in png and gif files do not get filled with stitches.

What embroidery formats does the system produce?

Design files are available in Tajima DST, EXP, PEC, PES, and SVG

How do I create a new project?

Select New Project.  Name your project, choose an image file and select save.

How to crop your project image

Select Crop on the project or during the first run setup.

Draw a crop box to select the area of the image to keep. Size is displayed for the crop box.

Select Crop to apply the crop

Crop is only available before you start your projects first run

How to scale your project image

Select Scale on the project or during the first run setup.

Increase or decrease the scale percent to change the size of your image

Sewout size is displayed for the scaled image

Select Scale to apply the scale

Scale is only available before you start your projects first run

How to run a project

Select your project within Projects.  Press the digitize button and set the digitizing settings and press start.

How to delete a project

Select the delete Delete icon for the project you want to delete.

You can only delete projects with 0 runs.  If you have run the project you need to delete the output before you can delete the project.

How to delete a project's output

Select the delete Delete icon for the project output you want to delete.

You can only delete output that has not been purchased.

How to purchase the sew file files of a project

To purchase the sewable files.

  • Select the project in Projects
  • Select "View Details" of the run you wish to purchase
  • Select the "Pay with Card” button to purchase the sew files of that project run
    • When your transaction is approved you can immediately download your sew files.

All your purchased files are in Purchased.

What is a Thread Sets?

The list of colors the system can pick from when you run a project.

There are two kinds of thread sets: custom and system.

  • Custom thread sets are custom lists threads you give the system. Use your thread inventory and it works with the list you give it. This can be a mix and match of any system threads. If your set does not have a wide enough gamut your image may not completely draw.
  • System thread sets are full sets except for some neon and variegated.
    1. Isacord Poly
    2. Madeira Poly
    3. Madeira Frosted Matt
    4. Gunold Poly
    5. Gunold Sulky

Can I hand pick colors for the output?


One way to think of it is it's like a printer. The thread is the ink. The system can mix ink (thread) but it useing tricks of the eye to mix them in your brain. The perceived color. This is why changing colors can has detrimental effects. When changing a color you could be changing the perceived color of other colors.

You should create your own thread set and allow the system to pick the colors from your inventory.

How to create a Thread Set

To create a new thread chart

  • Select New Thread Chart
  • Name your thread set
  • Input the thread
  • To add more colors select "Add another item" and input the next thread in the new last field for as many colors as needed
  • Select "Save"

Your can select your custom thread sets when you run your project.

How to edit a Thread Set

To edit a thread set

  • Select Thread Charts in the menu
  • Select “Edit” for the thread set you want to edit
  • Make the desired changes and select save
    • To add threads
      • Input the thread in the last field
      • To add more colors select "Add another item" and input the next thread in the new last field for as many colors as needed
      • Select "Save"
    • To delete threads
      • Delete the contents on the field you wish to delete
      • Select "Save"

How to delete a Thread Set

To  delete a thread set

  • Select Thread Charts in the menu
  • Select “Delete” for the thread set you want to delete
  • Confirm you want to delete the thread set by selecting “Delete”

How do I create an account?

Go to the Create an account page.

  1. Provide a valid email address.
  2. Select a username
  3. Select I agree to agree with the Terms of Service of this site.
  4. Fill the CAPTCHA
  5. Select the Create new account
  6. You’ll receive a confirmation email with a one time link to log in and set your password.

After setting your password, you will be able to log in at https://www.photoembroidery.com/user in the future using your username and password.

Advantages of user account

  • Run projects for free
  • Access to sample sewable images

What is a Project?

Your starting image and all of the output that you create with every run.

Why does the loaded DST look weird?

DST formats lack color information. As a consequence most all software will randomly assign colors to each place where the thread colors are changed. Due to the way the PhotoEmbroidery process works, this becomes very apparent. There is nothing to worry about, but it can at times make things more difficult to view or make minor alterations to.

cat with random colors.

cat with correct colors


DST and many other formats which store only the worker data (the commands which run the embroidery machine), to the machine, thread is thread, it only needs to know when it switches to the next thread not what color that is. Which is fine for the machine, but annoying for the visualization of embroidery strongly dependent on visualization.

What thread weight should I use?

We currently expect 40wt thread

Do you still have questions?

Please ask if you have a question or problem.

Can't fix the problems if we don't know about them.


What backing should I use to sew my image?

I would use a medium to heavy cutaway.

What is the fill pattern is used?

The fill has no pattern and no direction. The system goal is to reproduce the image.

Starting image specifications

  • File types:
    • png, gif, jpeg, jpg, jpe
  • Images scale is 10 pixels per 1 millimeter of sewout.
    • 254.5 DPI
    • 100 PPC

Transparent pixels do not get filled with stitches. Supported in png and gif files.

Output Specifications

  • Simulation Images (Free)
    • PNG image
    • PNG color chart
  • Design Files (Purchasable)
    • Tajima DST
    • EXP
    • PEC
    • PES
    • SVG

Run you project multiple times.

The PhotoEmbroidery process gives different results each time.

I would run a project 3 times to start .

You'll get a good idea if the image is going to work.

Pay attention to size and resolution

The PhotoEmbroidery process can capture some rather striking details, but only if it has those details to work with. 

If the project cannot capture the details you desire, it could be that a larger version might achieve the desired results.

Image resolution - Wikipedia 

Increase the number of colors allowed.

During the "New Project" phase, there is an option to increase the maximum number of colors allowed. This will give the process more chances to choose the ideal colors.

Use transparent backgrounds.

The PhotoEmbroidery process will ignore transparent pixels, but if you leave an opaque white (or other color) background it will fill this in with thread. The non-rectangular projects that result from using transparency cost less and often look nicer. 

  • PNG files can have transparent pixels
  • JPG files do have transparent pixels

Make the background use less colors

Let the colors get useds on the important parts of the image. Edit your starting image background and make it a sepia tone, black and white, blur the colors out or remove it completely. If there are lots of colors your images it may be going to max colors befor it makes the parts of the image you care about. colorful object in  background that keep using up all the colors

How to run black and white sketches and get just the blacks. 

Two methods that can be used to get the system to draw just the black parts of your image. 

1. Set the background color to draw on to white. When you configure a run check the advanced box, check add background color and select a white. This fills the draw area with white then the system picks colors to draw on that white.

2. Make a custom threads set with a only black and run your project with that set. The system picks colors from thread sets and if that set has only black... The system only draw the parts of the image it has colors to draw.