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Jensen coat of arms

It is done. I made a few modifications to the Jensen coat of arms cross stitch pattern. Then I wrote the instructions and supplies list. Finally, I determined the best size to print it. I have nine paper copies to take to the reunion. I might print a few more. I don't know how many people would want one. I am happy with the result.

I may do the Coulter one next. I want to make that one as a gift for my stepson.

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See the problem I have with the program so far is that it tends to make shadows from photos much more pronounced. I tried playing with the settings but so far no luck. I expect fine stitching since I am reproducing photographs, but he shadowing interpretation is bugging me.

It'll either wear me down or I'll wear it down. :-)

Of course, I could stop playing with the program and cross stitch, but hey, you know how I love figuring out new things.
Yeah, I know what you mean about the pronounced shadows. I haven't done a photograph; but even the graphic had similar problems. I finally decided it was better to import the graphic as an underlay and then trace it onto the pattern. I could have imported the graphic and fixed the result; but wanted to minimize the number of colours and make the pattern simple for people who have limited cross stitch knowledge. I also find it looks better as I get the stitch count closer to the pixel count. Go figure, all those dpi make a difference. Whooda thunk it?
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