WHAT IS DIGITIZING?
The art of digitizing is accomplished by taking a design or concept and, with the use of computers, creating an embroidery pattern that can be used in an embroidery machine. In order to accomplish this, the digitizer must first have a design or concept from which to work. The artwork tools in the digitizing program are limited to shapes such as rectangles, squares and free hand line drawing. To truly create good embroidery it is best to have a clean drawing or piece of color art. Then the art is scanned in and brought into the program as a background drawing. Now comes the difficult part. The digitizer must painstakingly trace every part of the design, telling the machine which types of stitches to use and in which order to sew various colors. It is important that the artwork is clear and precise otherwise the digitizer has to guess where the edge lines of the drawing really are. This can result in less than acceptable embroidery. It takes more time when the source is not good, but it can be done. In either case, digitizing is very time intensive. When the design is finished, it is converted to a language that the embroidery machine understands. Mine is a PES format. The machine will then follow the commands to produce a quality finished embroidered design.
Hopefully I have answered all your questions you may have had regarding the importance of clear images and how digitizer's charge for their work. Please feel free to email me with any questions.