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Subtle Blend of Colours

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Hi guys

I've been digitizing for years but I've never been able to do blends and I guess I avoid them!

Yestrday, I was sent the attached logo, of course the text is easy but the blended flame in the background .....

I would be very grateful if someone could help me out and produce a pattern of just the blended part in an .emb format. I'd like to know what software you used and what was the process!

I know this is a bit cheaky of me, but I really need to crack this.

Incidentally, the logo is destined for left breast, so it's not very big.




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John, I am assuming that you are using wilcom since you asked for emb file format. I have done a lot of blending using the accordian spacing tool. It's a little tricky to figure out when you first start, but it is just simple layering. Blending works best when staying in the same color "family" going dark to light. But using this tool, you can "blend" just about anything.

I will post some example if I get time this weekend. I have been fortunate enough to have had lots of "opportunities" in this area.

I can send you a few example if you would like. This way, you can check my settings to see how it works. Once you figure it out, you'll be wondering why you waited so long.

If you still need the blended part of this design, let me know. I won't be able to take a crack at it til this weekend.
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I'll say this, I've had much better luck blending manually than using the accordion tool for very subtle blends. I think the real trick to making them perfect is to use a little math and manual placement both to determine the densities in a given area and to make the overall effect hit a target full coverage density rather than stacking stitches. The zoom tool will be your friend.

That said, the technique is only very smooth with linear gradients. If you end up with something like this, which is more like a warped radial gradient, I don't know how smooth you are going to get. I always try to pitch a simplified version when I think that the logo's overall quality will ultimately suffer from the attempt at total fidelity to the art.
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