In EQ8, images that are marked as fabrics have certain properties that are different from images that are marked as photos. Ultimately, they both look like fabrics on the computer screen, but the way to use them in EQ8 differs based on their unique properties. When working with panel images, decide which is best for your design – using the panel image as fabric, or using it as a photo.
|EQ8 Fabric Properties||EQ8 Photo Properties|
|Fabrics will appear in the Fabrics section of the Sketchbook and under Fabric Tools on the Quilt and Block Worktables.||Photos appear in the Photos section of the Sketchbook and under Photo Tools on the Quilt Worktable.|
|Fabrics must be set into existing block patches, sashings, cornerstones, borders, etc. using the Fabric Tools (Paintbrush, Spraycan, and Swap Color) on the Quilt and Block Worktables.||Photos are set onto a quilt layout using the Set Photo tool on the Quilt Worktable. They can either be set as their saved size on Layer 1 of a Custom Set layout and Layers 2 or 3 of all quilt layouts, or in an existing block space on Layer 1 of other quilt layouts.|
|Fabrics always hold their scale. They will tile to fill any patch into which they are set.||Photos do not hold their scale. They will stretch and skew if set into a block with a different proportion.|
|Fabrics can be nudged and rotated within a patch, using the Fussy Cut and Rotate Fabric tools, respectively, to perfectly position the fabric’s design.||Photos can be sized or positioned in their entirety using the Adjust tool. (Photos have similar properties to blocks.)|
To mark your image as a fabric, click the Add as Fabric button on the Image Worktable. To mark your image as a photo, simply click the Add to Project Sketchbook button.
|I like to use panels as fabrics in EQ8…||I like to use panels as photos in EQ8…|
|When I’m unsure of which part of the panel I want to use and plan to use the Fussy Cut tool to scoot the fabric around within a block space or patch to try out the possibilities.||When I plan to use the entire panel as it is, or I know exactly which sections of the panel I want to use and in what sizes.|