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  • Page 1 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual...
  • Page 2 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Copyright © Copyright 2011 Pulse Microsystems Ltd. All rights reserved. This instruction manual and software are copyrighted by the developer of the software, Pulse Microsystems Ltd. All rights reserved. US Patent Nos. 5 270 939; 5 343 401; 5 430 658; 5 506 784;...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Learning about the Workspace ...........5 Parts of the Workspace ..............6 Title Bar ..................6 Pacesetter Button ..............6 Quick Access Toolbar ............... 7 Toolbar and Ribbon Buttons ............13 Pacesetter Menu Tools ............13 Extra Tools................14 Ribbon Tools................
  • Page 4 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Creating Lettering...............35 Creating Lettering ................36 Normal Text Tool..............36 Path Text Tool ................. 37 Custom Shapes for Text on a Path......... 39 Vertical Text Frame..............41 Circle Text Tool ............... 42 Creating Monograms .............. 43 Text Frames - an Overview............
  • Page 5 Drop Caps ................66 Properties Specific to Particular Text Frames......67 Changing Properties with the Context Menu (Right-click)................69 Text Styles Option ................71 Run Style Text ................ 71 Steil Style Text ................ 72 Appliqué Style Text ..............72 Adjusting Satin Settings for Appliqué Style Text ..... 73 Adjusting Blanket Settings for Appliqué...
  • Page 6 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Selecting a Thread Chart ............. 104 Searching for a Specific Color ..........104 Changing a Thread Color ............. 105 Special Design Tools ..............106 Merging Design Files............106 Add Designs Feature............108 Distorting Segments ............. 110 Working with Name Drops ............
  • Page 7: Learning About The Workspace

    Learning about the Workspace Before you start using the software, we recommend that you understand the Pacesetter BES Lettering design workspace and learn a few of the basic components outlined in this section. Topics covered in this chapter: • Setting up the design workspace environment.
  • Page 8: Parts Of The Workspace

    Title Bar The Title Bar appears at the top of the Pacesetter BES Lettering design window. The Title bar displays information about the design that is open in the workspace: its name, the number of stitches and colors in the design, and the overall width and height.
  • Page 9: Quick Access Toolbar

    Learning about the Workspace several others. For a complete list of the tools available on this menu, and a summary of their functions, see “Pacesetter Menu Tools” in the next section. When you open the Pacesetter Menu, you will also see displayed a list of recent files that you have been using.
  • Page 10 One important advantage of the Quick Access toolbar is that it is fully customizable. This means that you are able to select tools from any of the Pacesetter BES Lettering toolbars and add them to the Quick Access toolbar. You do this by way of the Customize function, which is accessed by clicking the small down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar.
  • Page 11 Learning about the Workspace 3 From the “Choose Commands from:” list, select the toolbar containing the command you want. The list of tools on that toolbar now appears in the “Commands” box. 4 Select the desired tool from within the “Commands” box, and click Add>>.
  • Page 12 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Adding Separators in the Quick Access Toolbar You have the option of also adding separators in the Quick Access Toolbar. These are small vertical marks which appear on the Quick Access Toolbar, and divide the commands into groups for ease of use.
  • Page 13 Learning about the Workspace Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts Another useful feature of the More Commands menu item (on the Quick Access Toolbar) is that it gives you the option of assigning your own custom keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts can be very useful for those tools that you use most often.
  • Page 14 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 4 From the “Categories” list, select the category containing the command you want. The corresponding list of commands appears in the “Commands” box. 5 Select a command to which you would like to assign a shortcut.
  • Page 15: Toolbar And Ribbon Buttons

    Learning about the Workspace Toolbar and Ribbon Buttons You can access the tools available in Pacesetter BES Lettering through the Pacesetter Button and the various toolbars. The tables below show the buttons, grouped by location (i.e. whether they are on the Quick Access Bar, or on one of the tabs on the ribbon).
  • Page 16: Extra Tools

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Tool What it means Close: Closes the file that you are currently working on (the active file) leaving any other files open. Close All: Closes all files that are open on your computer. Exit: Closes all open files and shuts down Pacesetter BES Lettering;...
  • Page 17 Learning about the Workspace Tool What it means Paste: Pastes the clipboard contents into the design, at the end of the design sequence. Insert: Pastes a copy of the clipboard selection into the sewing sequence immediately following the selected segment. Delete: Removes the selected segment.
  • Page 18 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Tool What it means Hoop: Displays the hoop as it fits relative to the embroidery. Clicking this button a second time will turn the view of the hoop off. Select Hoop: Accessed via the drop-down menu from the Hoop tool.
  • Page 19 Learning about the Workspace Tools on the Arrange Tab Tool What it means Select: Selects objects in the design window. Select All: Accessed via the drop-down menu from the Select tool. Selects all items in the design workspace. Distort: Displays the Distortion dialog, which you can use to add interesting effects to the selected design.
  • Page 20: The View Tab

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual The View Tab The controls on the View tab allow you to change what appears on your workspace; which panels are displayed, whether or not commands and stitch points are shown in the design, and so on.
  • Page 21: Simulator

    Learning about the Workspace Simulator The Simulator makes it easy to see on-screen how your design will sew out. You can use the Simulator to eliminate potential sewing problems. When you select Simulator from the View tab of the Ribbon, the Simulator (scrollbar slider and the sewing simulator) will appear at the bottom of the design space.
  • Page 22: Status Line

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Using the Simulator The following table explains how to use the Simulator in more detail: Tools What is does Previous Stitch: Move backward in the design by one stitch. Scrollbar slider: Drag the scrollbar slider to ad- vance the design to a specific position.
  • Page 23: Color Palette

    To show the Color Palette (if it is not already displayed), go to the Windows area of the View tab and check the Palette box. The color palette in Pacesetter BES Lettering. For more information on the color palette, see “Changing Thread Colors.”...
  • Page 24: Correcting Mistakes

     Press Ctrl+Y on your keyboard. Setting up your Workspace Environment Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to set up your design workspace environment for all opened design files. You can predetermine the units of measurement you want to use for your designs.
  • Page 25: Changing Machine Format Properties

    Metric or English. 4 Click OK. Changing Machine Format Properties All designs in Pacesetter BES Lettering have a machine format. Machine formats have their own profile settings that determine how embroidery information will be interpreted when you save design files.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The View Of The Workspace

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual To change machine format properties: 1 On the View tab of the Ribbon, select the Preferences button. You see the Program Preferences dialog box. 2 Click the Formats tab. 3 From the Machine format list, select the machine format that you want applied to new design files.
  • Page 27: Hiding The Sequence And Properties Panels Automatically

    Learning about the Workspace To zoom-in on a specific area: 1 On the Ribbon, select the Home tab. 2 In the Zoom toolbar, click on the Zoom tool. The pointer becomes a magnifying glass. 3 Click and hold your mouse button and drag it to form a flexible box around the area you want to see in detail.
  • Page 28: Viewing Different Parts Of The Workspace (panning)

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Auto hide mode, the small push-pin will be on its side, like this: . Now, whenever you move the mouse to another part of the screen, the panel will be hidden. To turn Auto hide off, click on the icon again.
  • Page 29: Taking Measurements

    Viewing the hoop or frame on the screen lets you ensure that your design fits properly when you run it on the machine. The hoop serves as a guide to help size and position your design in the design window. Pacesetter BES Lettering comes with many pre-loaded hoop sizes.
  • Page 30: Viewing And Hiding The Hoop

    The hoop’s dimensions are determined by your settings under the Hoops dialog in Pacesetter BES Lettering. Using the Hoop tool may effect the magnification level of your design. For example, if you are zoomed in on the design, clicking the Hoop tool will cause the view to zoom out enough to fit the entire hoop into the workspace.
  • Page 31: Creating A Custom Hoop

    Learning about the Workspace 3 Select the machine format from the Format drop-down list. 4 From the list of Hoops, choose a hoop size appropriate for your design. 5 If needed, check the “Rotate 90” box to make the hoop fit your design better.
  • Page 32: Getting Help

    The new hoop shows in your design location. Getting Help The Pacesetter BES Lettering Help is a quick way to find answers to your questions and see step-by-step instructions. Because a large number of topics exists, the Help allows you to search for topics in various ways.
  • Page 33: Using The Index

    You see the topic in the right window pane. Using Search The Search tab lets you search using keywords or phrases in a database of all the words found in the Pacesetter BES Lettering Help. To use Search: 1 Click the Help tool.
  • Page 34: Saving Favorite Help Topics

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Saving Favorite Help Topics The Favorites tab lets you save the topics that you visit most often and want to access quickly. To save your favorite topics: 1 Click the Help tool. You see the Help.
  • Page 35 Learning about the Workspace  Print the selected topic  Print the selected heading and all subtopics 5 Click OK. You see the Print dialog box. 6 Change any of the print settings, if necessary, and click OK. The topic will be sent to your printer.
  • Page 36 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual...
  • Page 37: Creating Lettering

    CHAPTER 2: Creating Lettering You can add beautiful lettering to your designs using various Pacesetter BES Lettering tools. Generate unique embroidery text in an array of shapes and sizes using our powerful Text tools. Topics covered in this chapter: • Creating lettering with the Normal, Path, Vertical, and Circle text tools.
  • Page 38: Creating Lettering

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Creating Lettering There are five different tools which are used to input your lettering into a design: the Normal Text tool, the Path Text tool, the Vertical Text tool, the Circle text tool, and the Monogram tool.
  • Page 39: Path Text Tool

    For example, you can use the Path tool to create text that bends to follow the curved edge of a garment. Pacesetter BES Lettering comes with a set of shapes already installed for you to choose from, or you can create and save your own shape, using the Edit Shape command.
  • Page 40 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 4 Select one of the paths from the Select a text path dialog. The Select a text path box closes, and you see a blank text frame of the chosen shape in the design window.
  • Page 41: Custom Shapes For Text On A Path

    Custom Shapes for Text on a Path In addition to the Path Text shapes already installed with your Pacesetter BES Lettering software, you can create and save your own shape, using the Edit baseline command. You are also able to change the characteristics of the anchor points when in Edit baseline mode;...
  • Page 42 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 7 Type in a name for the new Text Path and click save. The new Text Path will now appear in the Select paths dialog when you use the Text on a Path tool. Changing the Anchor Point Type When you are editing the baseline of a Path Text segment, you can select anchor points and change their type.
  • Page 43: Vertical Text Frame

    Creating Lettering each side of the anchor point. Creates some curvature on both sides of the anchor point. You see the segment change accordingly. Vertical Text Frame Vertical Text items are created using the Vertical tool. Vertical text items are those that are created vertically. They start out with normal proportions for the font, and can be adjusted.
  • Page 44: Circle Text Tool

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Circle Text Tool Text on a circular path is created using the Circle Text tool. When the text is first created, it is given a default font height and circle diameter, which can be adjusted using the text tools.
  • Page 45: Creating Monograms

    Properties box. Text Frames - an Overview In Pacesetter BES Lettering, you can modify your lettering in a number of different ways once you have created it. You can change the overall size of the text, the height, the slant, the spacing between letters (kerning), and so on.
  • Page 46: Adjusting Size Of A Text Segment

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual following sections will show you how to use handles for direct text manipulation; for more information about how to use the properties panel, see, “Adjusting Text Properties”. Note that not all of the ways of adjusting the text will apply to all types of text frames;...
  • Page 47: Adjusting The Corners Of Text Segments

    Creating Lettering The Width Handle is the green arrow at the bottom-right of the text frame. Click and drag the to right to increase the width, and to the left to decrease the width If you want to adjust the height of a design, it can be done in the Height box in the Text tab.
  • Page 48: Using The Envelope Handles

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Using the Envelope Handles These handles apply only to Normal Text and Monogram text items. These two types of text are surrounded by a flexible bounding box, called an envelope. You can adjust this shape by moving the Envelope Handles.
  • Page 49: Adjusting The Slant Of Text

    Creating Lettering For Circle Frames, note that the rotation handle is appears on the inner circle of the frame, centered under the top text string. See “Rotating Circle Text”. Dragging this handle rotates the design to any angle. You will see an outline of the design rotate onscreen as you are drag- ging, and the text will be regenerated when you release the mouse.
  • Page 50: Adjusting The Size Of Text In The Circle Frame

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual To adjust the slant of text, select the text object you want to adjust, click the Slant Handle and drag. To add a forward (positive) slant to the letters, drag to the right and to add a backward (negative) slant, drag to the left.
  • Page 51: Changing The Diameter Of The Circle Frame

    Creating Lettering Adjusting Text Width in the Circle Frame You can adjust the overall spacing between letters in Circle Text with the Width Handle. This handle appears as a blue circle at the lower-right side of your text. To adjust the width, select the Circle Text tool, and click on the text to select it.
  • Page 52: Working With Individual Letters

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual over this handle and the pointer will change to a circle-arrow handle . Then, drag in or out along a radius to increase or decrease the diameter of your Circle Text segment. If, after performing any of the adjustments above, you wish to return the frame to its original size and shape, right-click on the workspace and choose reset frame from the option menu.
  • Page 53: Moving Individual Letters

    Creating Lettering Kerning Handles are blue diamonds, located between the letters of your text segment. You can drag these horizontally to adjust the spacing of the text. When you move a kerning handle in a word, you adjust the space between only the two letters on either side of the handle you are moving;...
  • Page 54: Rotating Individual Letters

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Resizing Individual Letters When an individual letter has been selected, you can resize it by clicking and dragging the Letter Size handles. The Letter Size handles are green squares that are located in the corners of the letter frame.
  • Page 55: Working With Color

    When you are creating design compositions involving lettering, you may find that you want to have two or more colors in a single line of text. In Pacesetter BES Lettering, this can be easily done using the Properties panel. You accomplish this by inserting a special character, the tilde (~) into your text.
  • Page 56 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Color2, etc.) and can then be assigned its own thread color from the Color Palette. To insert thread color changes within a text segment: 1 Select the text segment. 2 In the Text field of the Text Properties panel, type a tilde (~) between letters in each position that you want a color change to occur.
  • Page 57: Changing Colors In A Two-color Font

    Creating Lettering Selecting the colors for the individual sub-segments; in this example, applying a red thread color to the first segment, the word ‘Multi”. 5 From the context menu, click on the subsegment identifier to apply the chosen thread color to it. The subsegment changes to the chosen color.
  • Page 58 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 3 Find the color you wish to apply to the fill of the lettering segment in the color palette, and left-click on it. You see the following Options menu. 4 In the Options menu, click on Color 1.
  • Page 59: Text Properties

    CHAPTER 3: Text Properties Topics covered in this chapter: • Editing text objects using Properties panel settings. • Using the Styles feature to give a different look to your lettering. • How to know what characters are available in each font. •...
  • Page 60: The Properties Panel

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual The Properties Panel The Pacesetter BES Lettering Properties Panel appears on the right of the workspace. This panel displays, and allows you to modify, all the properties associated with the lettering in your designs. These properties include the text properties, the fill properties, underlay properties, and pull-compensation properties.
  • Page 61: Changing The Text

    Text Properties Changing the Text As well as being able to type directly on the screen (see appro- priate sections under “Creating Text”), you can also input your text by typing in into the Text field on the Properties Panel. Note, however, that there is some variation on what you can type, depending on which kind of Frame is selected.
  • Page 62: Changing The Font Of Existing Text Segment

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Changing the Font of Existing Text Segment You can change the font type of text objects using the drop- down list of fonts in the Properties Panel. At the top of the area, you see a preview image showing a sample of the selected font.
  • Page 63: Displaying A Font's Available Characters

    Text Properties You can preview the fonts available by clicking the arrow to the right of the font name. This will display a drop-down list of the available fonts; scroll through the list by dragging the track button. You can click on each font name to display a preview of the font in the Text area.
  • Page 64: Spell Checker

    Instruction Manual Spell Checker The Spell Checker feature is found in the Properties Panel in Pacesetter BES Lettering. You can check the spelling of text segments created in any of the Text, Vertical Text, Path Text or Circle Text modes.
  • Page 65: Changing The Height Of Lettering

    The corrected text appears in your workspace. Changing the Height of Lettering With Pacesetter BES Lettering, it is easy to change the height of any lettering. Height refers to the tallest character in the desired lettering. So, when a text segment contains both uppercase and lowercase letters, it is the size of largest uppercase letters (usually) that is set by this property.
  • Page 66: Changing Font Spacing

    You see your text’s width percentage altered accordingly. Changing the Slant Setting Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to use the Slant setting to create a slanted effect in text objects. Slant changes the degree value of the slant on your lettering. A negative value slants your...
  • Page 67: Changing The Slant Setting

    Text Properties Negative slant to the left and positive slant to the right. To change slant settings: 1 Select the text object you want to alter. 2 In the Text area of the Properties panel, select the Slant field. 3 Enter the slant value you want to use. To slant your lettering to the left, enter a negative value.
  • Page 68: Drop Caps

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 3 Select one of the envelope shapes from the list. The selected envelope shape will be applied to your lettering. Drop Caps Drop Caps is a property that can be modified through the Text area of the Properties panel. It can be used to change the to height and vertical alignment of the letters at the beginning of the selected text.
  • Page 69: Properties Specific To Particular Text Frames

    Text Properties expressed as a percentage, with 100% being equal in size to the main lettering. Some of the fonts that are installed with the software do not have the capability of working with Drop Caps; for these, the setting will be inactive in the Properties panel. Properties Specific to Particular Text Frames Decor for Monograms...
  • Page 70 Changing Text Modes The Text Mode can be changed for an existing text object in Pacesetter BES Lettering. You can change an existing text item to Normal Frame, Path Frame, Vertical Frame, Circle Frame, or...
  • Page 71: Changing Properties With The Context Menu (right-click)

    Text Properties Monogram Frame. Right-click the text object and select a text mode from the menu. This feature is useful when the text is already in position, but you want to change the frame that is applied to it. For instance, you may create a normal text object, but then realize you want it to be an Circle text object instead.
  • Page 72 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Initially, when you create a Circle text segment, the letters will start at the top, and read clockwise around the circle (this is ‘Text Direction Normal’). However, if you want the text to start at...
  • Page 73: Text Styles Option

    Text Properties • A Single Run stitch is a simple forward-moving stitch that looks like any straight stitch produced by a sewing machine. • A Double Run stitch sews over the line twice: once forward, and once backward, thus it ends up where it starts. •...
  • Page 74: Steil Style Text

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Appliqué Style Text If you need to create large letters, Appliqué Style text is one way to reduce the number of stitches required. With Appliqué lettering, you use cut pieces of fabric in place of large fill stitch areas.
  • Page 75: Adjusting Satin Settings For Appliqué Style Text

    Text Properties Adjusting Satin Settings for Appliqué Style Text You can modify the settings and make all changes to the satin stitches in the Appliqué box. To adjust Satin stitch settings for Appliqué: 1 Select the Appliqué text segment. 2 In the Properties panel, in the Appliqué type field, select Satin.
  • Page 76: Adjusting Blanket Settings For Appliqué Style Text

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual  In the Blanket density box, enter the spacing for the Blanket stitching. 4 Click Apply. Adjusting Motif settings for an Appliqué Border After you select the Appliqué stitch type, you can adjust any of the default settings available.
  • Page 77: Fabric Backgrounds In Appliqué Style Text

    You have the option of selecting a fabric background to display within the appliqué border. You can select either from a list of fabric images provided with Pacesetter BES Lettering, or import your own image file to use as a background.
  • Page 78: Adjusting Fill Settings

    Adjusting Fill Settings In the properties panel, you can customize the parameters used by Pacesetter BES Lettering when it generates the fill stitching for the segment. You have the option to add a pattern type and change the text object’s density settings.
  • Page 79: Choosing A Fill Pattern

    Text Properties Choosing a Fill Pattern When you install Pacesetter BES Lettering, a wide variety of Standard and Carved patterns are installed along with the software. You can select which Standard or Carved pattern to use in the Properties box.
  • Page 80: Fill Density Setting

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Fill Density Setting Fill density is the distance between individual lines of embroidery. Density is measured in millimeters. Note that the density setting is given in millimeters. Therefore, larger values correspond to a lower density, while lower values correspond to a higher density.
  • Page 81: Carved Fill Properties

    Text Properties Carved Fill Properties In addition to the density and stitch-length settings described above there are a few extra fill settings that apply only to the Carved fills. You can adjust these Carved pattern settings in the Properties box. The settings allow you to change a fill pattern’s characteristics such as the size and angle of the fill pattern.
  • Page 82: Underlay Properties

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Underlay Properties Underlay stitches are laid down before the visible, or “top” stitches, to help stabilize stretchy fabrics. They can also help to tack down wales or naps (on fabrics such as corduroy). There are a variety of possible underlay types available; the following image gives a schematic view of how the different types of underlay are sewn.
  • Page 83: Selecting The Underlay Type

    Text Properties 3 Select one or more of the following underlay types you want to use: Contour, Perpendicular, Lattice, Full Lattice, Parallel, or Zig-Zag. When you select underlay types, you will be able to see what your underlay type will look like in the Preview area. 4 Adjust any of the other settings.
  • Page 84: Specifying The Underlay Stitch Length

    6 Click Apply. Changing the Inset Distance You can change the inset distance. Pacesetter BES Lettering calculates the inset distance (the distance the underlay stitches are placed from the edge of the top stitching.) Inset distance changes the amount of underlay coverage.
  • Page 85: Pull Compensation Settings

    Text Properties Pull Compensation Settings Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to adjust the pull compensation in your design. In the Properties panel, you can use the settings available in the Pull Compensation area to adjust the pull compensation of text objects.
  • Page 86: Displaying Special Characters

    Font field of the Text Properties panel, or by hovering your mouse over the font preview. Special Characters List The following lists the special characters that may be available in Pacesetter BES Lettering. Character Key Code €...
  • Page 87 Text Properties Character Key Code ” Alt + 0148 Alt + 0149 — Alt + 0151 Alt + 0153 ¡ Alt + 0161 ¢ Alt + 0162 £ Alt + 0163 ¤ Alt + 0164 ¥ Alt + 0165 ¦ Alt + 0166 §...
  • Page 88 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Character Key Code Í Alt + 0205 Î Alt + 0206 Ï Alt + 0207 Ð Alt + 0208 Ñ Alt + 0209 Ò Alt + 0210 Ó Alt + 0211 Ô Alt + 0212 Õ...
  • Page 89 Text Properties Character Key Code ì Alt + 0236 í Alt + 0237 î Alt + 0238 ï Alt + 0239 ð Alt + 0240 ñ Alt + 0241 ò Alt + 0242 ó Alt + 0243 ô Alt + 0244 õ...
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  • Page 91: Editing Designs

    Once you have learned to create your own designs, you will want to create and save them as files to output to your machine. Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to save to a number of machine formats. You can also use the Merge feature to add a stitch file to your lettering.
  • Page 92: Creating New Designs

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Creating New Designs When you open Pacesetter BES Lettering, you can immediately begin creating a new, untitled design in the design window. The design window automatically opens using the default recipe and machine format settings specified in the Preferences dialog. For more information on default settings, see “Setting up your...
  • Page 93: Opening And Closing Designs

    Editing Designs Opening and Closing Designs Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to open designs in a wide variety of file formats. When you open a design file in the design window, your single design file retains the stitches for that design.
  • Page 94: Opening Files With The Browser

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Opening Files with the Browser The Browser is a very convenient way to search for and open files. It allows you to search through and open embroidery files from multiple directories simultaneously. So, if you have design...
  • Page 95 Editing Designs 2 Click in the check boxes next to the directories you want to browse for designs; to look in multiple locations, simply check more boxes. The preview pane shows a thumbnail image of each design present in the directory or directories you have selected. 3 Do one of the following: ...
  • Page 96: Choosing The Default Recipe

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Choosing the Default Recipe You choose one of the pre-installed recipes through the New design dialog each time you open a new design. The NORMAL recipe is the default for new designs; however, you can set the default to a different recipe through the Preferences dialog box.
  • Page 97: Saving A Design

    Editing Designs Saving a Design The Save As command lets you save an alternative version of the design with a different name, location, or file format. Save As is used when you want to keep your original design and create another design with slight modifications. The Save command saves the changes you make to the current design.
  • Page 98: Selecting And Moving Parts Of A Design

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Selecting and Moving Parts of a Design The Select Tool The Select tool allows you to select and modify individual design components, or groups of design components. Design components that have been selected using the Select tool can be moved, duplicated, or deleted.
  • Page 99 Editing Designs To select multiple components in the design: 1 From the Home tab, click the Select tool. 2 Click a design component. Press CTRL on your keyboard while you click each design component not already selected. The active design components will be enclosed in a selection box with handles.
  • Page 100 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 4 To select one segment, click the segment from the list. In the design workspace, the active segment is enclosed in a selection box with handles. 5 To select multiple segments within the Sequence View area, do any of the following: ...
  • Page 101: Copying, Cutting, And Pasting Design Components

    Editing Designs Copying, Cutting, and Pasting Design Components You can use a variety of methods to copy design components in your designs. To copy to the clipboard: 1 Select one or more design components you want to copy. 2 To copy design components to the clipboard, do one of the following: ...
  • Page 102: Aligning Items In The Design Horizontally And Vertically

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 3 To paste design components from the clipboard, do one of the following:  In the Clipboard area on the Home tab, click on the Paste button.  In the design workspace, right-click anywhere and choose Paste from the menu.
  • Page 103: Moving Parts Of A Design Manually

    Editing Designs 2 On the Arrange tab of the Ribbon, select the appropriate button from the following: Align Left: Aligns all selected objects to the left-most item selected. Align Right: Aligns all selected objects to the right-most item selected. Align Top: Aligns all selected objects to the top-most item selected.
  • Page 104: Nudging Design Components

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Nudging Design Components Nudging moves the selected design component or group of design components. Nudging is similar to dragging the design component but the distance that the design component moves is smaller. To nudge up: •...
  • Page 105: Rotating Design Components

    3 Click and drag the rotation bead to adjust the box to the angle you want. The number of degrees of rotation is displayed on the status line in the bottom left corner of the Pacesetter BES Lettering window. To rotate design components using the Transform tools: 1 Select one or more design components you want to rotate.
  • Page 106: Working With The Color Palette

    Instruction Manual Working with the Color Palette In Pacesetter BES Lettering, you can change the color of any segment of your design, whether it be a Lettering or a merged stitch file. If you can select it, you can change its color.
  • Page 107: Changing A Thread Color

    Changing a Thread Color Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to adjust the colors of the lettering you create, or indeed any segment of the design, by using the Color Palette; you do this by choosing thread objects in the Color palette.
  • Page 108: Special Design Tools

    Instruction Manual Special Design Tools There are a number of very useful special features in Pacesetter BES Lettering which you can use to incorporate extra embroidery and effects into your designs. These are described in the following sections. Merging Design Files You can merge multiple design files into an active design window.
  • Page 109 Editing Designs 7 Click Open. The merged design file appears in the design workspace. You can now select and move the stitch file to place it in the desired position relative to your lettering.
  • Page 110: Add Designs Feature

    Designs, you can choose from among a wide variety of embroidery accents, borders, frames, and appliqué shapes and place them in you design using only the mouse buttons. These designs come pre-loaded with your Pacesetter BES Lettering software. To use the Add Designs tool: 1 In the Home tab of the Ribbon, click on the Add Designs tool.
  • Page 111 Editing Designs 5 Place the mouse pointer, at the position you would like the Add Design to begin 6 Click and drag the mouse; as you drag, note that the Add Design appears in outline in your workspace. This outline indicates the size and orientation of the Add Design embroidery, before it is actually generated in your design.
  • Page 112: Distorting Segments

    Distortion works with working files (*.BRF) and stitch files or specified stitch segments. Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to choose from several distortion effects for your designs. These distortion effects each allow you to adjust them. The adjustments available are Frequency, Amplitude, Angle, Radius and Scale.
  • Page 113 Editing Designs Distortion dialog. The following graphic shows an example of ZigZag distortion. Distortion Controls: Amplitude Going back to the ‘ripples’ concept, the amplitude is the height of the ripples. Here is an example ZigZag, but with an increased amplitude (the distortion frequency has been reduced for clarity):...
  • Page 114 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Distortion Controls: Angle The Twirl effect uses an angle setting to determine how much ‘twist’ the design will be given. Distortion Controls: Radius The Pinch effect takes the middle of the design and stretches it so that it looks like a ball.
  • Page 115 Editing Designs Distortion Controls: Scale The scale is also used by the Pinch effect. It controls how much to expand the ‘ball’. The previous picture shows a high scale. The picture below is an example of a low scale: To distort segments: 1 Open an existing design.
  • Page 116: Working With Name Drops

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Working with Name Drops Name Drops allow you to create a model to make a number of similar designs. In a template, each lettering or design segment is treated as a unit that can be replaced. For example, a...
  • Page 117 Editing Designs 4 In the Output directory box, browse to the folder to use as he destination for the generated files. 5 In the Base filename field, enter a name to use as the basis for the designs generated by the Name Drops wizard. When the files are generated, the file names they will be given will consist of the Base name, plus a sequential two-digit number - e.g.
  • Page 118 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual  Check the box (or boxes) next the the file formats that you wish to generate. If you choose more than one format, a separate file will be generated for each format.  Click Okay.
  • Page 119: Adding Basting Stitches To Designs

    Editing Designs  Change the Alignment in the Align cells (left, right, center) To view these changes as they look in the context of the design, select a column by clicking on it, and then click the Preview button in the final column. 11 Click Save to create the files.
  • Page 120: Sequencing Outline Segments

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual The basting stitches also help you to see that your hooping is lined up correct and straight, a feature that really helps where text is concerned as every error stands out clearly. This feature is also useful when you want to add a stabilizer to the fabric, but are unable to hoop it, for instance using a water-soluble stabilizer on top of a terry-cloth towel.
  • Page 121: Sequencing Segments

    Editing Designs Sequencing Segments The sequence of the segments is the order in which they are embroidered. The sequence is important because you want segments that are near to each other to sew one after the other. This reduces jump stitches and the need to trim them later. For example, you can have three objects, all of which start on the left and end on the right.
  • Page 122: Moving A Segment Forward Or Backward

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual To insert segments before the insertion point: 1 Select and cut, or copy, the segment. 2 In the design workspace or Sequence View area, click where you want to insert the segment. 3 Do one of the following: ...
  • Page 123 Editing Designs To move a segment forward: 1 Select the segment or segments. 2 Do one of the following:  In the design workspace, right-click the segment(s) and choose Move—Up.  In the Sequence View area, right-click the segment(s) in the list and choose Move—Up.
  • Page 124: Moving A Segment To The Start Or End Of The Design

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Moving a Segment to the Start or End of the Design Use the Move First command to make the selected segment the first one to be stitched. When a design is sewn, the first seg- ment sewn is usually "on the bottom"...
  • Page 125: Moving A Segment To The Nearest Matching Color Group

    Moving a Segment to the nearest Matching Color Group Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to automatically move a segment to the previous or next segment group or layer that has the same thread color. To move a segment to the previous thread color layer:...
  • Page 126 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 2 Do one of the following:  In the design workspace, right-click the segment(s) and choose Move—Prev Match.  In the Sequence View area, right-click the segment(s) in the list and choose Move—Prev Match. The selected segment appears in the sequence below the...
  • Page 127 Editing Designs To move a segment to the next thread color layer: 1 Select the segment(s) you want to move. 2 Do one of the following:...
  • Page 128: Using The Color Sort Tool

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual  In the design workspace, right-click the segment(s) and choose Move—Next Match.  In the Sequence View area, right-click the segment(s) in the list and choose Move—Next Match. The selected segment appears in the sequence below the previous group with the same thread color.
  • Page 129: Printing Designs

    Editing Designs To use the Color Sort tool: 1 Open an existing design. 2 Select one or more segments to which you want to apply the color sort feature. 3 From the Modify tool bar, click the Color Sort tool. You will see a dialog appear stating the number of colors reduced in your design.
  • Page 130: Printing Design Worksheets

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Printing Design Worksheets You can print a design, without previewing it, by selecting the Print Setup toolbar icon. This button opens your com- puter’s Print dialog, where you can choose printer options such as how many copies you want to print.
  • Page 131: Changing The Print Settings

    Editing Designs Changing the Print Settings You can customize print settings for your embroidery designs. Pacesetter BES Lettering allows you to adjust the image and worksheet information displayed in design printouts. To change a design’s print settings: 1 Click the Pacesetter Button , and select Print—Print...
  • Page 132 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual 6 Select Print In One Page to print the design on a single worksheet page. If Print Color Analysis is selected along with Print In One Page, your print out will display a basic thread sequence view. This includes a simplified view of the colors used, the color sequence and the thread consumption.
  • Page 133: Greek Fonts

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  • Page 134: Cross Stitch

    136 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Automatic Trim An automated machine process that cuts the top and bobbin thread when directed by data stored in a design file. This function is usually used before a jump or a color change. This process eliminates the need for manual trimming.
  • Page 135 Density Density is the number of stitches covering a given area. Large letters, large fill areas and textured fabrics, generally need higher densities. The reverse can be true as well. There are two measuring systems used in calculating density: Imperial and Metric. The Imperial system measures density in stitches per inch (spi).
  • Page 136: Lock Stitch

    138 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Handles Handles are the small boxes at each corner of the selection box you see around active segments. If you point to a handle, the pointer becomes a double-sided arrow. You can click and drag the handle to resize the selected segment or segments proportionally.
  • Page 137: Pull Compensation

    Machine Formats Machine formats have their own profile settings that determine how embroidery information will be interpreted when you save design files as a machine readable format. When you use machine formats, your design information displays accurately on the screen and designs are sewn correctly on each embroidery machine.
  • Page 138: Satin Stitch

    140 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Absolute Pull Compensation: Absolute Pull Compensation adds the same amount (in linear measure, i.e., inches or mm.) of compensation to each side of the segment, regardless of the original segment width. Percentage Pull Compensation: Percentage Pull Compensation increases the width of a fill or satin segment in proportion to the original width.
  • Page 139 Index Numerics Color Palette 21 Color Sort 15 3D tool 15 Color Sort tool 126 Convert to Cusp command 40 Convert to Line command 40 Convert to Smooth command 40 Absolute pull-compensation 84 Convert to Symmetrical Align tools 100 command 40 Aligning segments 100 Copying segments 99 Alignment 69...
  • Page 140: Greek Font

    142 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Edit Tools 13 Inserting segments 119 Editing Text (Properties box) 58 Inset distance 83 English units 23 Keystrokes 61 File Tools 14 Fill density 78 Fill patterns Left tool (Align) 17 customizing Carved Fill 79...
  • Page 141 Rotating segments 103 Ruler tool 27 Open Design tool 13 Running Stitch 140 Options 23 Outline file 139 Satin stitches 73 Save 95 Pan tool 26 Save As 95 Panning 26 Save tool 13 Pasting design components 100 Saving Favorite Help Topics 32 Patterns 77 Saving Projects 95 choosing 77...
  • Page 142 144 Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual changing 105 Title Bar 6 Tools Edit 13 File 14 Modify 17 Tools, Draw Bar 19 Top tool (Align) 17 Twirl distortion 112 Two-color font, changing colors Underlay stitch length 82 Underlay types 81...
  • Page 143 APPENDIX: Greek Fonts This Pacesetter software application includes three fonts in the Greek alphabet. This appendix is a guide that matches the Greek letters with the corresponding keystrokes.
  • Page 144: Greek Font

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Greek font The following graphic shows the available keystrokes for the Greek font. Recommended Font Heights for the Greek font: Minimum - 0.24 inches/6 mm Maximum - 0.79 inches/20 mm...
  • Page 145: Greek Block Font

    Greek Block font The following graphic shows the available keystrokes for the Greek Block font. Recommended Font Heights for the Greek font: Minimum - 0.24 inches/6 mm Maximum - 0.79 inches/20 mm...
  • Page 146: Greek Mixed Font

    Pacesetter BES Lettering Instruction Manual Greek Mixed font The following graphic shows the available keystrokes for the Greek Mixed font. Recommended Font Heights for the Greek font: Minimum - 0. 39 inches/10 mm Maximum - 1.18 inches/30 mm...

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