How to Embroider With Adobe Photoshop

by Tyson Simmons ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Adobe Photoshop 5+

  • Embroidery software

Tired of using the same old embroidery patterns on your machine? You can use Adobe Photoshop and your embroidery software to create new designs for your machine. It's a simple process of using the conversion tools in both types of software.

Open Adobe Photoshop, and open the file that you want to convert to an embroidery pattern. Whether this is a cartoon design or photo, your objective is to reduce the amount of different colors in the design.

If the image has a background color, use the magic wand tool to select it, then press Backspace to delete it.

In the File menu, click on "Image," "Mode," then "Indexed Color." This will convert the design to a low-color image.

Save the image to an accessible location in .tga format.

Open your embroidery software, and in the File menu, select "Import." Find the file that you just saved and double-click on it.

Follow the on-screen wizard to import the file.

Save the design to your embroidery card, and insert the card into your embroidery machine.


  • The lower color the image you begin with, the easier the process will be.


  • Don't harm any other files on the embroidery card when saving your file.

About the Author

Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.

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