Creating custom libraries in the My Favorites section lets you save your favorite items in a library so you can use them anytime you use EQ8. This is a great way to save blocks you’ve drawn, blocks created using the Serendipity feature, imported fabrics and photos, and any of your most frequently used items.

Creating a Custom Library

Choose a library from the LIBRARIES menu. The library dialog will display. (In this example, we’ll be using the Block Library.)

Click My Favorite Blocks at the top-left of the dialog box.

Click Create Library at the bottom-left of the dialog box. The Add New Library dialog box will display.

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Type a name for the library. Use a name that will help remind you of the types of items in this category.

For example: Merged Blocks would be a good name for blocks created using the Serendipity feature. Or Scanned Fabrics would be perfect for a library of all the fabrics you’ve scanned and imported into the program.

Enter a number for how many styles (sub-categories) you will have under the main library or category. You can always add more styles later.

Click OK. The new library will be displayed on the left of the dialog box under My Custom Libraries.

Click the plus (+) sign next to the new library to display the styles.

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Changing the Name of a Library

To change the name of a library, right-click on the library name and choose Modify Library. Type a new name for the library, then click OK.

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Changing the Name of a Style

To change the name of a style, right-click on the style name and choose Modify Style. Type a new name for the style, then click OK.

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Adding Items to a Custom Library

Locate the items you want to add to your new library. You can manually search through the Library section of the library dialog to find the items, or you can search or import the items as well. Keep in mind, whichever feature you use to locate your items, you’ll need to be on the corresponding section of the library to continue to the next step.

For example: If you imported fabrics, go to the Import Results section of the library. If you want to add items that are currently in your Project Sketchbook, go to the Sketchbook section of the library.

Click with your mouse to select the items you want to add to the custom library. Hold the Shift key to select a range of items, the Ctrl key to select individual items, or click the Select All button to select all the items at once.

Click Copy at the bottom of the library dialog box.

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Click the My Favorite section.

Click the plus (+) sign to open the new custom library you’ve made and to display the styles.

Right-click on Style 1 and choose Modify Style if you want to name it.

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Type a name for this style. Click OK.

Click the Paste button to paste the items into this style.

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Click Save Library at the bottom of the library dialog box. A prompt will display telling you that your items have been saved in the library. Click OK.

Click Close to close the library.

 

Notes:
You cannot delete a custom library from within EQ8. To delete a custom library, go to the Documents folder on your computer. Double-click to open the My EQ8 folder, then the User folder. The User folder holds all your custom libraries. Find the library you want to delete. Click with your mouse to select it. Right-click and choose Delete, or simply hit the Delete key on your keyboard. The custom library and its styles will be removed from My Library.

Each custom library has a different file extension according to the library it was created in. Here are the types of files you will find in the User folder:

Block = .BLK

Fabric = .FAB

Layout = .QLT

Photo = .PIX

Thread = .THD

Embroidery = .EBR

Do not use Windows Explorer to rename files. If you want to rename a custom Library file, use the Library dialog.