I hope it is alroght to post this in veggies. It is normally quite easy. I scan a picure then import it into x-stitch publisher and I can then alter anything and everything to do with the picture. When it is to my liking, I click and the pooter prints the pictuere as a pattern. If it is a good photo or a picture I am happy with it is just a mater of scan and print. It tells me how much of each thread it will take and how many stitches. It does half stitches plus french knots and beads.