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  • My photo transfers are not coming out very well. What can I do?

    There are a few variables that determine the outcome of a photo transfer. The main one is the photo you're using. Some photos will transfer with no problems and others won't transfer well at all no matter what you do.

    Here are a few pointers to help with transferring those tough photos:

    Filter Your Palette

    BeadTool lets you choose what types of beads you're willing to work with. When transferring those tough photos it can be helpful to eliminate certain kinds of beads.

    1. Run BeadTool and load your photo
    2. Prepare and position the photo as desired
    3. Click the Transfer button on the toolbar
    4. Select the Filters tab in the Transfer dialog

    In the Show these types section, uncheck the following:

    • Transparent
    • Copper Lined
    • Silver Lined
    • Gold Lined

    In the Show these finishes section, uncheck the following:

    • Luster
    • Metallic
    • Metallic AB

    Adjust Your Photo

    Sometimes it helps if you lighten or darken your photo before starting your transfer.

    1. Set up your patterns size, stitch and choose a palette
    2. Load the photo you want to use and move/stretch/shrink it as needed
    3. Click Picture->Adjust Colors from the main menu
    4. Increase or decrease the brightness and/or saturation as needed
    5. Transfer your photo by clicking the Transfer button on the toolbar

    Transfer Settings

    Experiment with different transfer settings. If you are new to transferring, check the video here.

    • Usually 32 colors is more than enough to get a good transfer
    • Be sure you are working with a full stock palette instead of a custom one.
    • Switch the transfer Method to Popularity if Nearest Color isn't producing good results.
    • Sampling can play a small role in transfers. Experiment with lower values.

    When All Else Fails

    If you're still not getting good transfers after playing with the above settings, you may need to re-take the photo or edit the photo in a professional photo editor.