Turn Photos Into Embroidery Patterns

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There are several tutorials on the internet showing how to turn photos into  embroidery patterns, but most use Photoshop or some other commercial software.

Since these programs can be both expensive and hard to use, I’ve developed a similar method,  using Fotoflexer.

Fotoflexer is a free, online program.  It’s also extremely easy to use, which is just as important.

Step 1

mountain-107 Go the Fotoflexer Homepage and click Upload Your Photo. You will be taken to another screen and then allowed to transfer a photo from your computer to the online program.

I chose a public domain photo of a serene landscape.

Step 2


After uploading your photo, you will be transferred to a menu of options.

Click on the tab labeled Effects. This will open up a sub-menu. Click MORE on the sub-menu several times, till the option Sketch comes up.  

 Click the Sketch option and this will give you a black and white drawing of your photo.

Step 3


Click on the tab labeled Basic, and you will be transferred to a new menu of options.  Go to the sub-menu titled Contrast.

Increase the Brightness on your photo till your remove a lot of the unwanted  detail.

Step 4

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 At this point, there might be additional detail you wish to remove or detail you want to add.

To do this, click on the tab labeled Decorate.  You will be taken to a sub-menu with a variety of drawing options.

Use the Erase tool to remove additional detail and the Draw tool to add the  detail.

Step 5

When finished, click Done and then Save.  This will bring up the save screen, and computer will prompt you through several steps for saving your project.

Be sure you have correctly saved your work before leaving the program.

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Comments: 4

  1. Virginia says:

    Sooo easy, thanks for the help
    Virginia in TX

  2. Ali says:

    This is fantastic, thanks so much!

  3. Glenda says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! I have some landscape and wildlife photographs taken by my husband that I’d love to convert into embroidery as a gift for him (well, it’d be a gift for me, too!).

  4. Becky says:

    I can’t wait to try this!! Thank you!

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