You can use Button Shapes when you want to make your pattern look more realistic by adding different shapes such as buttons, bows, clasps, zipper heads, zipper pullers, etc. to your pattern.
You can load the samples that are installed with PDS, or you can load your own files.
To use a button shape:
Create your piece.
From the 2D toolbar click to create a button.
Add a stitch on the entire button.
In the 3D Window, click Stitch Mode and then select your stitch.
In the Button
Stitch 3D Properties dialog, click the Browse button (next
to Load Button
Shape), to load a button shape from your directory.
The Open dialog appears:
Note: You can change the view option to the large icons in order to see a preview of the selected shape.
Select the desired shape and click Open.
Once a file is loaded, it appears in the Button Shape drop-down list.
Once you load another shape, the new loaded shape automatically replaces the previous one, but previously loaded shapes remain in the list.
If you want to deselect the button shape, you can select None from the drop-down list. (Once None is selected, all adjustments applied to the button shape will be removed)
The drop-down list contains all button shapes that were either loaded in the current session or saved within the PDS file.
In the Button Stitch 3D Properties dialog,
click the Save button (next
to Save Button Shape), to
save the embedded button shape to the desired directory.
The Save as dialog appears:
desired directory and click Save.
Note: You can save the embedded Button Shape to the local directory which is assigned to the selected button stitch.
properties can be defined for button shapes:
Allows you to rotate the button shape on the surface.
Allows you to define if the rigid part requires symmetry. The following options are available:
Both Sides: Implies that both sides are symmetric.
Left Only: Implies that only the left side is symmetric.
Right Only: Implies that only the right side is symmetric.
Note: Symmetry only works with pairs or half pieces.
Defines the distance between the 3D element and the cloth.
Here is an example of a button shape offset at 0 cm:
Here is an example of a button shape offset at 1 cm:
The following options will only be enabled if the button shape contains 1 or more Leading Stitch curves.
Rotate: Allows you to set the rotation of the rigid part. You can either use the slider or enter a value manually.
Symmetry: Determines if the rigid part is required on both sides, left side or right side. This option only works for pair or half/mirror
Auto Positioning: If turned on, the shape positions itself automatically to match the array, if turned off, you can manually position the shape using the Transform tool.
Lock Rotation: Prevents the rigid part from rotating when refreshing.
Enable Collider: Allows the collider interface of the button shape to rebound against other surfaces during simulation. This protects the rigid part and the cloth, for example if you have a zipper and you want it to go into the cloth.
Auto-Scale: Allows you to scale the shape's dimensions in a proportional manner, according to the location of two or more stitches. For example if you have one handle for many bags, will scale down to the closest proportional position between two points.
Note: You can use the Transform tool in the 3D window to move the shape manually.
Moving/Rotating a Button Shape
If you want to move the rigid part in the 3D window, you can use one of the Transform tools. For example, to move a button shape.
From the 3D Move tools,
select 3D Move Piece.
Press Ctrl and then
left click with your mouse to select the button shape.
While standing on the arrows, use your mouse to move to the