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In: Generators


The Embroidery filter allows you to quickly convert images into embroidered patches. You can customize the patches appearance, and use the color management tools to act as a mask for multiple materials.

The images below shows the Embroidery filter in action.

In the image above, the source image has been imported. Note that the image is opaque and has a white background.

In the image above, the Embroidery filter has been added to the layer stack and has converted the source image into an embroidered patch. Note that while the source image was opaque, the output of the Embroidery filter has transparency.


Basic Parameters

  • Random Seed:
    The random seed that all other random parameters in this filter is based on.
  • Image: image/mask
    Select an image from your system, or paint a custom mask
  • Color Count: 1-10
    The embroidery filter will try to break up imported images into separate colors - modify this value to change the number of colors used.
  • Color Mode:
    Select how to process the colors from the imported image.
  • Embroidery Scale: 0-1
    Change the size of the threads used to create the embroidery effect
  • Thread Scale:
    Adjust the width and length of threads
  • Emboss Distance: 0-1
    Adjust the curve of the emboss effect from the edges of the embroidered pattern
  • Thread Imperfections: 0-1
    Add imperfections to the thread to help break up the pattern

Color 1-10

Use the controls to adjust each color individually.

  • Orientation Mode:
    Select the method used to orient the threads
  • Orientation Angle: 0-1
    Offset the orientation of the threads
  • Roughness: 0-1
    Change the roughness of the threads for this color
  • Metallic: 0-1
    Change the metallic value of the threads for this color
  • Height Position: 0-1
    Change how far this colors thread extend above the base material.


  • Emboss Normal Intensity: 0-1
    Adjust the strength of the normals due to the emboss effect
  • Material Normal Intensity: 0-1
    Adjust the strength of the normals of the embroidered material overall

Usage Guide

The Embroidery filter can be a little confusing at first, but with just a few important parameters to get started you'll be adding patches to your materials in no time.


If you've used the Weave filter before, the Embroidery filter works in a similar way.

To use the Embroidery filter:

  1. Add the Embroidery filter to your layer stack.
  2. Notice that Input slots will appear under the Embroidery layer - don't worry about these yet.
  3. Use Basic parameters > Image to add an image to the filter, or add an image to the layer stack underneath the Embroidery filter (not in one of the input slots). If an image is not added to Basic parameters > Image, the filter automatically picks up images from the Scan channels if available.
  4. Adjust Basic parameters > Color Count until the color balance looks correct for your image. With a limit of 10 colors, the Embroidery filter works best with flat colors and illustrated images.
  5. Adjust other parameters to fine tune the appearance of your patch.

These are the basics of how to use the Embroidery filter. There is some more advanced functionality that use the inputs that we skipped over in step 2 before:

  • You can drag materials into the input slots of the Embroidery layer to instead replace the corresponding color with a material.
  • This replaces the embroidered effect with the material, but it can be used to create interesting patterns or integrate other fabrics and materials into an embroidered pattern.

It's possible to use transparent images in the Embroidery filter, but by default these will also impact the opacity map of your material - transparent parts of the image will make the material transparent too. To create a patch with the Embroidery filter and have it sit on top of the layers below it, use the Decal filter.

  1. Create a Decal filter.
  2. Add the Embroidery filter to the Decal filter's input slot.
  3. Follow the normal steps to adjust the Embroidery pattern.

The Decal layer converts the Embroidery input into a Decal - so the Embroidery layer's transparency tells the decal layer how to mask out the Embroidered pattern. With the Decal layer you can also move the pattern around on your material or enable functionality like tiling.

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