Design 4-color knit sweater offline
|Number of colors||maximum 4 colors. Images / logos / designs have to be color reduced. In Photoshop, look for keywords "color mode", "indexed colors", "dithering" and "color depth".|
|Image size in pixel||For front/back 290 x 290 pixel each, sleeve 220 x 220 pixel. These are the dimensions for size XXL. For smaller sizes, either design file is shrinked (which means loss of detail) or the same XXL file is used, but more of it will get cut off. This way, there is a little "less" design in smaller sweater sizes, but no loss of detail.|
|Resolution (DPI)||No resolution resp. standard screen resolution 72 dpi. When the image is color reduced correctly, there is no resolution anymore. One pixel then has one color (and becomes one knitted stitch). See image sample at bottom of this page.|
|Separation of files||You can create separate files / designs, maximum number of colors is 4 in the whole sweater (Front + back + sleeves).|
|Cuff color for body / sleeves||Same color for all cuffs, can be picked out of the 4 colors used in the sweater.|
- PDF or vector files have to be rasterized / converted to bitmap and resized so they can be knitted. Rasterizing without anti-aliasing will save you a lot of manual correction work, but not all of it.
- When doing a design / pattern with lots of small and repeating elements (e.g. scandinavian style sweater) it is recommended to insert a single element and then copy the element, or use the tile/repeat function in the Online Designer.
This image / logo seems to have 4 colors: background grey, shield white, letters and frame blue, stripes red.
When zooming in, you can see there are more colors, the total is about 6000. These colors come from antialiasing and/or image compression.
Even if the original file was a vector with sharp edges: additional colors emerge when rasterizing / saving as pixel based file, and/or when file is resized.
Maximum of 4 colors can be knitted, so colors have to be reduced to 4.
Logo here is reduced to 4 colors: grey, white, red, blue. Grey is in the background and on the edges of the letters, frame and stripes.
If grey should be left out, (1) either reduce to 3 colors instead of 4. (2) or remove all grey manually with eraser / color replacer. (3) or in the Online Designer, click the "colors used" button holding grey and choose another color already in use, thus all grey will be replaced by this other color.
Pixel in the design
One pixel is highlighted in the color reduced design. Design file width is 84 pixel, scarf width is 84 knitted stitches (same principle for sweaters).
Image to stitch
Image/design in upper half, knitted fabric below.
Ready made scarf
Single pixel/stitches make up the whole design. From a distance, single stitches are not identifiable anymore. Same for sweaters and all other knitted products Wildemasche offers.