Follow the instructions below if you plan to print your photo using EQ Printable Fabric. When using these steps, the file sizes of these images will be large, which could slow down the program.

  1. On the Image Worktable click Edit on the ribbon.
  2. Click Import Image in the palette.
  3. Select a photo and click Open.
  4. Click Add to Project Sketchbook to save the original version of your image. (optional)
  5. Make any color adjustments, or add affects or filters to the image if you like.  Click Add to Project Sketchbook. (optional)
  6. Click Resize Image in the palette. You’ll want the resolution to be at least 100-150ppi for printing onto fabric.
  7. Click OK.
  8. If your resolution is high (200 or higher), but you notice the width and height are small, increase the width and height and leave the resolution as is. Make the width and height larger than what your final image should be (example: If your final image will be 10″ x 7″, then change the dimensions to 12″ x 8″. This gives you plenty of room for cropping and adding seam allowance.
  9. Click Crop in the palette. Please note before cropping! To accommodate for shrinkage and seam allowance, add 0.5″ to the width and height before cropping. In the palette, highlight the number for Width and enter your new size (10.5 for a final width of 10″). Do the same for Height (7.5 for a final height of 7″).
  10. Hover your cursor inside the crop box on the image and click and drag to move the the box on your image so it’s in the best position.
  11. When you are satisfied with the crop selection, click the Apply Crop button in the palette. Or double-click inside the crop box to apply the crop settings.
  12. Click Add to Project Sketchbook.
  13. Click Image Resize. Check the dimensions of your photo to see if you need to make any changes before printing your final photo.
  14. Click the PRINT & EXPORT tab > Photo Layout in the palette.
  15. Scroll through the photos on the right column until you find the photo you want to print.
  16. Click, hold and drag the photo to the photo layout.
  17. Use the positioning tools to get the best use of the sheet of fabric.
  18. Click Print.

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Notes

  • When printing on fabric, it’s recommended that you account for a 1/4″ shrinkage. It’s also recommended that you include a little more of your photo than necessary when you are cropping. This will give you a bit of a seam allowance so you don’t see white when trying to sew the photo into a quilt. Adding about a 1/2″ total to the width and height should be enough to accommodate both shrinkage and seam allowance.
  • In Image > Image Options, there’s a setting for Image Quality when adding to the Sketchbook. The default setting is 70 which will not degrade your image too much. However, if you lower this setting (to save on file size), each time you add a photo to the Sketchbook, your image will degrade and you’ll start to see muddy colors and pixelated parts of your image. So if you know you will be printing onto photo fabric, keep the setting at 70 or higher.