The Color Sort function in Essentials allows you to save a stitch file with fewer thread changes than the Working File.
This function is located under the Utility menu. When you choose it, the software analyzes the design and sees which colors it can combine WITHOUT compromising the layers. In the above picture, none of the repeated colors overlap with colors that stitch later.
In the above example, there are only 4 colors in the design - just like the lettering in the first picture. But, look at the spacing of the letters and see how the ladybugs overlap each other? The software knows you chose to overlap them on purpose so when it sorts the colors, instead of merging colors to create only 4 colors (saving 16), it merges down to 8 saving you 12.
If you use the Color Sort function and don't get the result you thought you would - take a look at the design closely to see what is overlapping. You have to remember that the software is a tool, just like a hammer. It can be very powerful in your hands - it will do exactly what you tell it to. So if you only want 4 thread changes in your stitch file - move the letters around so that they are not overlapping and the software will do exactly as you command!
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