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If you are interested in using Tammie Bowser's Quilted Photography techniques with your own photographs then Quilted Photo Xpress™ and Quilted Photo Deluxe are for you. Both are VERY simple to use and quickly generates several ideas to help you make a decision on how to proceed with your own original design.

Quilted Photo Express and Simply Amazing Quilted Photo Deluxe are the only software titles made specifically for Quilted Photography™. The software is designed to analyze and generate a value rendition of a photo without all the work. Tammie Bowser is always intimately involved in the programming choices every step of the way. Therefore, the software reflects Tammie's vision of a quick and simple process to create a quilted photo design. The software has easy to understand operation instructions. You will be making your own patterns from your own pictures in no time at all!

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Quilted Photo Xpress
Quilted Photo Xpress™ 4.0
Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win 7

Item Code: 4O10900S
Weight: 0.4
Our Price: $89.96
MSRP: $99.95

Sold Out, No Longer Available at Soft Expressions
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Version 2
Demo download Available

Review
All functions work except for selecting your own photo. Try all of the functions and print your own Mona Lisa Pattern!

Quilted Photo Xpress™ 4.0

Features Included:

  • Always Amazing, Always Easy!
  • Make your pattern straight or on point with one click.
  • Make patterns for all Quilted Photo books.
  • Use from 3 to 50 fabrics...you choose!
  • Now you can preview your photo with your fabrics!.

System Requirements for Software Versions:

    1. Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win7
      Note: NOT available in MAC Version
    2. Pentium III 500NHz Processor
    3. 512 MB Ram (recommended)
    4. 20 MB free hard drive space
    5. CD-ROM Drive
    6. 32-MB VRAM Video Card
    7. Photo image available to your computer via: Photo Processing CD, Scanner, Digital Camera, sent to you via e-mail

Software
Quilted Photo Deluxe
Quilted Photo Deluxe™ 1.0
Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win 7

shape examplesItem Code: 4O10900SOFTWARE
Weight: 0.4

Our Price: $134.96
MSRP: $149.95

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Features inlcude:

  • Always Amazing, Always Easy!
  • 16 pattern shapes
  • Amazing award winning applique patterns
  • Make patterns for paper piecing
  • Make patterns for all Quilted Photo books and more
  • Now you can can preview your photo with YOUR fabrics!

System Requirements:

    1. Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
      Note: NOT available in MAC Version
    2. Pentium III 500NHz Processor
    3. 512 MB Ram
    4. 20 MB free hard drive space
    5. CD-ROM Drive
    6. 32-MB VRAM Video Card
    7. Photo image available to your computer via: Photo Processing CD, Scanner, Digital Camera, sent to you via e-mail.

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Grid Guides
Grid Guides

4 Grids Per Pack
Available in two sizes: 1" or 1 1/4"

The Grid Guide is an essential tool for making a Quilted Photo. It is a printed grid that is used along with fusible interfacing to position the fabric squares in the correct order. Tape them together to form a bigger grid with less erasing.

The 1 1/4" grid guide is the size square recommended for the technique in the book Simply Amazing Quilted Photography. 1" and 3/4" is used with designs from More Amazing Quilted Photography.

Item Code: 4O10900G
Weight: 0.5 lbs
Our Price: $9.00
MSRP: $10.00

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Item Code: 04a-1a
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  • This is Tammie's Bowser's favorite tool to see the magic happen in her Quilted Photography projects.
  • Wide angle viewer
  • See the big picture from close up
  • Look into the viewer to see how fabric or a quilt will look from across a room
  • Perfect for planning a quilt design and handy for selecting fabrics
  • Use the Distance Viwer to easily see how the design is progressing. Often difficult when close, but easy with the Distance Viewer from a close vantage point.

 


Quilted Photo Xpress™ 2.0 & 3.0 Review
NOTE: 4.0 Review coming soon
by Sharla Hicks © 2007

If you are interested in using Tammie Bowser's Quilted Photography techniques with your own photographs then Quilted Photo Xpress™ is for you. It is VERY simple to use and quickly generates several ideas to help you make a decision on how to proceed with your own original design.

Quilted Photo Xpress™
Version 2 (No Longer Available)
Interface Screen
Version 2 Interface Screen
Quilted Photo Xpress™
Version 3 (No Longer Available)
Interface Screen
Version 3 Interface Screen

Quilted Photo Express is the only software made specifically for Quilted Photography™. Tammie Bowser was intimately involved in the programming choices every step of the way. Therefore, the software reflects Tammie's vision of a quick and simple process to create a quilted photo design.

What Computer Skills are needed to run Quilted Photo Xpress™ 2.0 (No Longer Available) or Quilted Photo Xpress 3.0 (AVAILABLE)?

This is an extremely simple program to operate. Only basic computer skills are needed. You do need to know how to browse for photo file saved to the computer. This can be a photo that is saved to a CD when film is processed, taken from a digital camera card, scanned, or sent via e-mail.

Open File

What type of picture files can be used?

Any standard photo image file can be used:

  • Standard graphic bitmap file: bmp
  • Commonly used on the Internet and sent via e-mail: jpg and gif
  • Window Clipboard files: wmf and emf

The software does not recognize program specific files like Fireworks png files or Adobe Illustrator files. If you wish to use a file from other software programs, save/export them as a bitmap for the best detail rendition of the photo.

What are the differences between Quilted Photo Xpress™ 2.0 (NOT Available) & Quilted Photo Xpress™ 3.0 (Available) ?

Photo Processing & Printing Versions 3 (no Longer Available) Version 4 and Deluxe comparison coming soon
Crop Photo in program yes
see below
 
Photo detail adjustment yes
see below
 
# of fabrics to use yes
Slider Bar Adjustment
see below
 
Version 2 & Version 3
Slider Bar Adjustment
Offer Click & Drag for Cropping Photo
Slider Bar Adjustment for Photo Detail & Fabric Quantity
Color & Value options Version 2 (No Longer Available) Version 3 (No Longer Available)
Realistic Color Palette yes
see below Version 2 (No Longer Available)
yes
see below
Grayscale Color Palette yes
see below Version 2 (No Longer Available)
yes
see below
Sepia Color Palette no yes
see below
Palette printout Version 2 (No Longer Available) Printout available for Color and/or Gray scale/Monochromatic Palette Version 3 (No Longer Available)
Printout available for Color, Grayscale, Fabric or Sepia
Contrast & Brightness Adjustment

Version 2 (No Longer Available)
4 choices
Version 2 Color Palette

Tip: Use graphic program for color/contrast adjustments that may be needed

Color and 3 levels of Black and White Contrast.
Original Photo
Black & White Contrast 1
Black & White Contrast 2

Black & White Contrast 3
Color processed

Version 3
unlimited Slider Bar adjustment
Slider Bars for Brightness & Contrast

Color Palette Dialogue box

original rose photo
rose normal example
rose brighten example
rose value example
rose sepia example
rose greyscale example
rose fabric example

Photo Angle Adjustment Version 2 (No Longer Available)
no
Version 2 Straight only

See below in rest of review: Tips showing how to rotate picture in a graphic program before importing into Version 2

Version 3 (Available)
yes
dialogue box
Version 3 Angle Options

Rag Chenille Choices

Version 2 (No Longer Available): no

 

Version 3 (No Longer Available):
yes
Chenilled choices

 

Printer choices for printout

Select size of square for piecing

yes
Version 2 (No Longer Available)

Limited to choices listed below
Printout choices

No Print Preview

print dialogue box

yes
Version 3 (Available) Selection choice appears when getting ready to print

Offers direct page setup in Version 3 finished size information & how many pages will print

Unlimited Square Size Selection printout dialogue boxes

Print Preview
print preview

Print Fabric & Use Fabric Selections in Palette Choices Version 2 (No Longer Available): no Version 3 (No Longer Available)
Yes
Print Fabric Collection

Color Palette

gray scale palette

NOTE: Each square is numbered, this corresponds to each value assignment
of the fabrics selected.

The program will assign value, size (depending on the picture and square size selected) and generates a palette printout to use when selecting fabrics. The Printout choice will match the palette selection. Use the printout to help you determine which fabrics and values to select.

  • You will have to print multiple pages depending on the number of fabrics and detail selected.
  • NOTE: The larger the squares, the more pages will print out.
  • Tape the pages together, and you will be ready to start your quilt!
  • The printout will be numbered based on the photo processed detail, the size of the quilt and the number of fabrics you selected to be used.

Printout adjustments can be made when selecting the printer: Version 2 (not available) and Version 3 (available) have differences, see above chart for details.

Printer Resolution (dpi) allows you to determine the print quality.

  • You can also manually set your printer options when the printer dialogue box appears. HINT: To save expensive ink, select a econo mode of printing. Each printer varies.

print dialogue box print choices

a. Select Printer Properties Button.

b. Locate a tab or section that refers to print quality.

Design Hints & Tips

Use in Version 2.0 (NOT available) & 3.0 (AVAILABLE) of Quilted Photo Xpress

Use a photo to create an interesting interpretive quilt study using scrap fabrics, paints and more.

  1. Use Photo Detail and Cropping to generate ideas quickly.

Original  Photo Processed Photo

Your quilt can be very realistic to very abstract.
NOTE:
Use the Slider bar to change photo detail. The change can dramatically
alter the final output of the photo as seen in the examples.

Processed Photo Processed Photo

 

You also have the ability to crop a photo by using ZOOM:

1. To engage the Zoom feature built into Quilted Photo Xpress™, use the mouse to click, hold and drag across the picture.

2. To explore additional design choices, use Restore Original Button to return to the original photo and repeat step 1.


Cropped  Photo
Cropped photoPhoto

How do I process the photo to generate a quilted photo design?

1. Locate the photo you wish to process by clicking the Open Photo Button. Open Photo Button

2. The Open Image File dialogue box will open. Browse to the photo file location and open the file.

Open File

 

3. The photo will open on the screen.

4. Use Click Here to Process Photo Button button to render design.

Contrast & Brightness Adjustment

Version 2 (No Longer Available)
4 choices
Color Palette Choices

Tip: Use graphic program for any other color/contrast adjustments that may be needed. (See below for additional details)

Version 3 (No Longer Available): unlimited Slider Bar adjustment
Slider Bar

VERSION 2 TIP (No Longer Available): For a more complex look, create an on-point image:

  1. Rotate the photo in a graphic program like Windows Paint and save as a new pix.
  2. Rotate the actual photo on the scanner bed to alter image.

Original Photo
Original Photo

Processed Photo

Processed Image 45 degree
I then RE-Rotated the 45° Processed Image above
to create on-point squares for piecing
More complex look & slightly more difficult to piece
Processed Image Square
Processed Image
Square Grid

 

Version 2 (No Longer Available)
Version 3 (No Longer Available)
:
TIP:
To create alternate design choices, alter the image BEFORE bringing it to Quilted Photo Xpress™:
  1. Consider using a graphic program or scanner to make contrast and color adjustments to the image.
  2. I for dramatic variations I am more satisfied with the results when I change the image in an outside program first.


NOTE: A GRAPHIC program was used to create the following images.

Inverted Color pix trimmed, contrast added
Took out the green added more contrast

Then I brought the photo into Quilted Photo Xpress™ and processed each to see the design potential.

Altered image contrast added

Altered image contrast

Altered image contrast

Altered image color inverted

 


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