The Image Worktable is where you import fabric scans. Click the Import Image tool to open the Import dialog. This dialog lets you navigate to the location of the file you saved and want to import. EQ8 can import the following formats: bitmap (.bmp), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg), PNG (.png) and TIFF (.tif). The most common file formats for scanning and web images are jpg and png.


When you’re saving the files you want to import, we recommend that you save them in a single folder. You can create your own folder or use the Documents > My EQ8 > Images folder. Navigate to the folder containing the files, and click directly on the file to select it. Click the Open button and the image will display on the worktable.

When you open any image, EQ will display the image so that it fits your screen. The way it fits your screen depends on the image’s resolution as well as the screen resolution of your computer’s display. The zoom level will display as a percentage in the palette. Click View Actual Size, and then click Fit to Window to observe the difference.

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If you’ve opened a fabric that you’ve scanned yourself at 72-75 dpi, then you don’t have to worry about the scale of the fabric. EQ will scale it for you. You may need to straighten it if it wasn’t square on the scanner bed. You will want to crop it. Then you’re ready to add it to your Project Sketchbook.

If you’ve opened a fabric that you downloaded from the web, or from a photo that you’ve taken of fabric, then you’ll need to scale the fabric. You may also need straighten or crop.