Thinking about venturing into digitizing but have no idea where to begin?
Well, today is your lucky day!
We’re going to talk about a premier embroidery software called Chroma that was designed to make digitizing easy, fun, and accessible!
In this blog, we’re going to tell you all about Chroma, it’s features, and what it means to us.
So, let’s get started!
Chroma is Ricoma’s newest embroidery design software, which was created specifically for digitizers, both beginners and pros.
Whether Chroma finds you as an experienced digitizer, or as a novice, there’s something in this embroidery software for everyone.
Chroma was designed to make intricate designs come alive and we’re going to show you how.
In this blog you should expect to learn:
- How novice digitizers can benefit from using Chroma
- How Chroma can help advanced digitizers explore their creativity
- The 3 tiers Chroma offers
- The Top 3 features of Chroma
A lot of people start out having a huge fear of digitizing, mainly because they’ve never done it before, or they think digitizing is too difficult. Nevertheless, this should not prevent you from trying your hand at it!
Chroma’s built-in styles, customization tools, and hotkeys will help make the digitizing process simple and more efficient, as well as make for a more manual experience as you digitize and design!
This is the perfect place to make your design come alive through your very own creativity and skills.
Let’s say you’ve envisioned a design and you’d like for it to come to fruition. You can design your vision, right then and there in Chroma!
Chroma works well for both advanced digitizers and novice users because it was designed with two elements in mind: ease of use AND speed.
Based on your individualistic needs and desired level of design capabilities and experience, you can use Chroma at 3 different levels.
Hence, we don’t expect you to be manually designing anything right away!
This is why Chroma is broken into 3 main tiers which allows you to choose your comfort level, based on experience!
As the tiers go up, so do the number of features and flexibility to design manually!
Chroma can be accessed through 3 tiers: Inspire, Plus, and Luxe. Each level is compatible with Mac and PC.
Not exactly sure what we mean by tiers? Well, think of it like different levels of access to various features. Not to worry, we’re about to go into full detail about each!
Chroma Inspire is the basic access to the software.
Some of the features include being able to auto-digitize, edit designs, create lettering, convert elements of your design to different stitch types, resize designs, and even rearrange color stops!
Let’s take it to the next level!
With Chroma Plus, you have access to all of the same tools as Inspire, hence full access to create digitized designs and lettering.
However, with Plus and Luxe, you can manually digitize and design, leaving it open to freedom of expression, skills, and artistry as you digitize!
This easy-to-use digitizing software allows you to digitize designs from start to finish and personalize your designs to your liking with an extensive font library, fill selection, and more!
With Luxe, you can access the software’s full range of tools!
This means, if you’re ready to take your digitizing to the next level by creating advanced digitized designs, using an extensive range of preset fonts, fills, and exclusive design features – Chroma Luxe is for you!
Now, let’s get into the moment you’ve been waiting for…
#1: CHENILLE COMBINED WITH NAMES AND NUMBERS
A perfect tool for sports teams!
The names and numbers feature allows you to easily apply stitch fills to multiple names and numbers and export them as separate files with the click of a button!
Never tried appliqué, but always wanted to? Don’t worry, Chroma has it all!
With Chroma, you can easily convert letters to appliqué with predefined appliqué fonts, as well as convert designs to appliqué with the easily accessible satin and run stitch feature.
#3: TEXT EFFECTS
Create beautiful custom monograms using the preset monogram font option and create unique text designs on shapes, paths, and spirals!
You can add lettering on multiple paths such as:
- vertical lines
- pre-digitized small lettering and puff fonts
- appliqué fonts
- TrueType fonts
You can also transform, stretch, rotate, and slant text using handles built into this software.
We all know venturing into the unforeseen world of digitizing and ultimately creating your own designs can be intimidating and somewhat daunting, but always remember, practice makes progress!
If you’re currently using Chroma as a digitizing software or are planning on trying it out, let us know in the comment section below! Be sure to join our Facebook group, Embroidery & Custom Apparel Mastery, where you can share your experiences with other embroiderers venturing into digitizing.
Are you curious how Ricoma can help your custom apparel business?
- Find helpful resources to kick start your embroidery education
- Answer any questions regarding pricing your items for profit and sourcing materials
- Help you compare and contrast different machine types and branch in the industry
- Help you determine which machine would suit your business based on your current and future goals