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Tutorial: Making Basic Cross Stitch Charts with Photoshop

Hello dear readers! Today I will show you how to use Photoshop to make images that are easy to convert into cross stitch charts (using a program like Macstitch or KG-Chart). This is how I start with pretty much every pattern I make.

chart tutorial feature

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • an image (or images) that you want to incorporate into your cross stitch design — remember to use images that you have the rights to, even if you’re just making a design for yourself. It’s not nice to use other people’s art without their permission
  • Adobe Photoshop, (or GIMP, which is free)
  • some familiarity with using Photoshop or GIMP — there are many tutorials online for both of these programs, if my explanations are unclear: here’s a getting started guide for Photoshop & a list of tutorials for GIMP
  • a cross stitch chart program — I have used and liked MacStitch (paid, Mac & Windows options available) & KG-Chart (free, but Windows only); there are many, many others (including web-browser based ones) — as long as they have an image-to-chart conversion feature they should work

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Free Chart: Red Rose

Today I have another free chart for you, a little red rose design. The two charts are the same, one has colors & symbols, the other is black and white (symbols only). You can click on either of them to make them bigger.

symbols on color red rose cross-stitch chart

symbol-only red rose cross stitch chart

Here is what it looks like stitched up (this is 2 strands on 16 count aida):


Enjoy, & share pictures if you stitch up this rose!

Free charts are for personal use only. Please read my free chart use policy here.

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