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EQ6 or InDesign

Benartex would like to send digital images for me to design quilts and then make them, potentially making the process a bit quicker.  I have CreativeSuite 3 (InDesign).  I don’t know what the learning curve will be to import the fabrics from the disc and then create quilts from the images.

I’m thinking that EQ6 might be a better option however I don’t have any experience with it and asking for your input here.

If you have InDesign and use it what are the advantages and disadvantages of working with it.  Would you change?  How challenging is it to import the fabric images from either a website or a disc?

If you work with EQ how easy is it to work with?

What about importing fabric images from a disc?

Let me know what you think!


6 thoughts on “EQ6 or InDesign”

  1. I honestly think if I was designing an actual quilt and had fabric images on disk, that I would go with EQ. I use InDesign ALL the time, for so many things, but I don’t design my quilts on the computer. If you go with InDesign for quilt design, you would have to draw all your own shapes, so it would certainly take you much longer to draw an entire quilt. EQ also figures yardages for you when you’re finished, something InDesign cannot do. You could use the images in InDesign, but I think you’ll have to import each one as you need it; I believe EQ will import them all at once and keep them in a library within itself . . . InDesign will not do that. Just my personal advice, worth every penny you paid for it!

  2. I use EQ6, I’m no computer expert, and have no problems importing fabrics, or even scanning my own and importing. It comes with a great book and tutorial, and great help too! I love it!

  3. Just a word of caution about fabric requirements – EQ hugely over estimates fabric requirements.

    It treats every shape in the quilt as a separate square or rectangle patch.

    So, for instance, if you have a quilt of 4 HST’s (just to make it simple), EQ will calculate yardage based on 8 square shapes. Or if you use diamonds, there is no consideration in the calculation for how you would smartly rotary cut those shapes.

    Check out the EQ forum on the eq site for more information on how that works, and tricks to get around it.

    But other than that, I LOVE using it.

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