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Tips and Tricks

How can I convert regular cut images into print and cut images?

You can convert it accessing "setting" icon in the Silhouette Studio menu.

How can I print text instead of cut?

In order to print text created from the Text feature, you may do the following:

  1. Create your text using the Text feature in the Silhouette Studio software
  2. Select the created text
  3. Go to the Fill Color (or other Fill type feature)
  4. Select the color or fill type for your text

This action will have your text made into a printable format that can be viewed by your printer. If you wish to additionally suppress the cut lines so that the text is only being printed rather than cut out as well, proceed with the following steps:

  1. Go to the Cut Style option (for V2 and lower
    cut_style
    or the Cut Settings option (for V3 and higher)
    cut_style
  2. With the text selected, click on the No Cut option

This will make it so the text is ignored during the cutting process.

How can I create a text in the Silhouette Studio Software?

The Silhouette Studio can utilize most any font installed on your computer that can otherwise be seen in word processing programs. You do not need to download these into the software. Fonts installed in your computer's Fonts directory will show up as an available option for cutting letters once the Silhouette software is opened.

To use your fonts, click on the Text cursor tool located on the left-hand side of the software screen. Clicking this will allow you to place a text cursor onto your workspace and begin typing directly onto the screen.

The red blinking line is your cursor to show where you are typing. You may back up or move forward by either clicking your mouse or using your computer's right and left arrow keys. The surrounding green box is your text box. This box may be adjusted by clicking and holding the black bar on the right edge of the text box. Dragging this bar to the left will allow you to wrap your text. Dragging this bar to the right will allow you to bring text back toward being on a single linear path. You may double-click or click outside of the text to exit theText Editing Mode. You may return at any time to re-edit any words or letters by double-clicking again on your created text.

How can I create arcing text?

  1. Create a circle (or other curved image)
  2. Create the desired text
  3. While in the Text Editing mode (where the text is surrounded by a green editng box), locate the small control point on the lower left-hand side of the text box
  4. Click and hold down on this control point
  5. Move your text onto the circle (or other curved image)

This feature can be used to drag text onto any line path, but works best when using an arced or circle pattern.

How can I use different page sizes on Silhouette Studio Software?

When opening "new document" you will see a panel of page tools on your right side.
You can:
a) select one of the predefined sizes listed; or
b) create a custom page size by adjusting the "Width" (width) and / or "Height" (Height). 

How can I make thicker letters, if there is no "BOLD" option for my fonts among the text types? 

In the Silhouette Studio program, if the source in question does not have the "Bold" option to the desired alternative, you can opt to use the "Offset" feature, which is planned to make shadows for letters, but it may result in the same effect, that is, thicker letters. 

More information about the "Offset" feature for Silhouette Studio can be found in the User`s Manual.

How can I expand or reduce my images?

When images are being drawn or resized, you will notice that the height and width of the image is displayed next to the image when selected.
This way, you can view the specific measures when looking for drawing or manually resizing an image.
When resizing the images manually, if you click and drag on any of the points of diagonals, its shape will be scaled proportionally.
If you resize using the side points, its shape will simply be stretched or compressed in any direction you move.
You can alternately select the "Scale" option in the top bar on the right and select an image, make any adjustments in height or width.
You can select the "maintain proportion" option if you want to make an adjustment and have proportional dimensions of your image`s height and width.
You can also use the "Grid" function for easy visualization of spatial scaling.
To display the "Grid", you can right click on your Silhouette Studio desktop(without selected images) and select the "Show Grid" option.
You can click on the "Grid" icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
Each "Grid" has a standard of four light subdivisions showing centimeters. If you want to adjust the grid`s size making it larger or smaller, you can click on the "Grid" icon and make any adjustments.
If you prefer to view your dimensions in another unit of measure (such as inches or millimeters):
1 Go to the "File" (PC) or "Silhouette Studio" (Mac) menu.;
2 Select "Preferences".;
3. Select "Measures".
With the "Grid" enabled, you can see how big or small your forms and letters are to resize them.

How can I zoom to work with smaller images?

When working with smaller cutting lines, which are difficult to see or work with, you can use the zoom tool to get a better view.
You can click on the "Zoom In" icon on the top bar (image of a magnifying glass with a plus sign +), or select a specific area you want to zoom with the "Zoom Selection" tool (image of a magnifying glass with a plus sign positive + and a small target)
This will allow you to draw a box around the desired section of your design to specifically expand the section.
When finished, to zoom out, you can click the icon "Reduce Zoom " (image of a magnifying glass with a minus sign -) or click the "Fit to window" icon on the top bar (image of a white working area with gray background).
This tool will bring back a focused vision, the pattern of your desktop.

When I need to use Transfer tape?

When using vinyl and looking to transfer cut-out designs onto a wall or other smooth surface, transfer paper is strongly recommended. Transfer paper is used to transfer vinyl images from the vinyl's backing onto the desired wall or other surface without having to manually remove each cut-out vinyl piece by hand and try to align them perfectly.

Once you have vinyl and transfer paper, you may proceed with the following steps:

  1. Cut the vinyl design with the Silhouette
  2. Weed (or peel) away excess vinyl that is not part of the design
  3. Place the transfer paper over the vinyl image
  4. Rub firmly over the top of the transfer paper
  5. Carefully remove the backing from the vinyl, exposing the vinyl's adhesive while leaving the transfer paper in place
  6. Place the design onto the desired surface
  7. Press down firmly with a flat-edged tool (such as the Scrapper Tool) over the entire design to affix it to the intended surface
  8. Peel away the transfer paper

As the transfer paper is peeled away, the vinyl design will stay in place.

How do I create opaque or shading effects to my text or image?

Effects of shading and opacity on images can be created in the Silhouette Studio software. To do this, follow these steps:
1.Create the desired text or select an image.
2. Select your image and click on the "Offset" button.
3. Select the desired settings. You may want to adjust the following: Offset Distance: The greater the number, the farther the shadow or the card will be from the original design. Corner Vs. Round: The border option will provide sharp edges, while the round option provides smooth edges.
4. When finished setting the configuration options, click "Apply".

How do I chop images with layers of separeted colors and not as solid forms?

If you want to chop an image in multiple layers, you can make selected images to perform the following steps:
1. Choose your image after you have sized at your preference so that the selection box wraps your picture.
2. Click the "Ungroup" button or Right click on the image and select "Ungroup".
3. Click outside the shape so that the whole form is no longer selected.
4. Click on any line on the image that you want to change or move.
You can now move parts of the image to the inactive gray area and simply the parts you want to keep the first selected color. Then continue moving to the next part of image selection for other colors of paper and put them in the active cutting area for cutting.

How can I draw my own shapes to cut?

You can draw your own ready-to-cut art from within the Silhouette Studio® software using drawing tools included. These tools are included within the basic version of the software as well as the upgraded Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition. These tools are located on the left-hand side of the software window. They include various line and shape tools for drawing purposes.

There following tools are available:

  • Line
  • Rectangle
  • Rounded Rectangle
  • Ellipse (Circle)
  • Polygon
  • Curved Shape
  • Freehand
  • Smooth Freehand
  • Arc
  • Auto-Polygon

To use the drawing tools,  select the desire line or shape tool and move the cursor to start drawing inside the cutting area.


The Line tool is a simple single line where you may click to drop the starting point, drag your mouse to the desired end location and then click again to drop the end point. The Shift key will force the line into 45 degree angles if seeking to have your line lie at a specific horizontal, vertical, or angled level.

  
The Rectangle and Rounded Rectangle tools operate in similar fashion where you may click to drop the starting point and then drag your mouse and click when the desired end point is reached. The Shift key will force your rectangle or rounded rectangle into a square. The Altkey will make it so your initial click point is the center of your drawing.


Similarly, the Ellipse (Circle) tool allows you to click to drop the starting point and then drag your mouse and click when the desired end point is reached. The Shift key will force your ellipse into a perfect circle. The Alt key will make it so your initial click point is the center of your drawing.

  
The Polygon and Curved Shape tools are similar to each other where one is for a continued set of straight lines and one is for a continued set of curved lines. You may click once at your starting point and drag your line to the next point you wish to drop it. Do this as many times with the same line as you wish. You may continue drawing from each point until you release with a double-click of your mouse or until the end point is matched up with the start point to create a closed shape.

  
The Freehand and Smooth Freehand tools allow you to click and hold down your mouse button to draw a continuous free-form line. You may release your mouse button to stop when you are finished drawing. The Freehand tool is exact while the Smooth Freehand tool will automatically smooth the line as it is being drawn.


The Arc tool allows you to create an arc by clicking and dragging the mouse to secondary point. This action creates the size of the arc. You will then click again to start the angle of the arc. Once you have the arc to your liking, you can click again to complete the action of creating the arc. Control points thereafter allow for further adjustment of the size or angle of the arc.


The Auto-Polygon tool provides the ability to create an automatic multi-sided image. You may initially click to set the start point and then slowly drag the mouse to size the image. Once you have reached the desired size, click to set it. You will then find a control point in the center displaying a number:

You can click and drag the slider bar to adjust the number of sides for the image.

If you don't like the shape you've created but don't want to start over from scratch, you can use the Edit Point tool located above the drawing tools. This will bring you into the Point Editing mode where you may select to move points around to your liking, delete points, add points, break lines, or make any desired adjustment to the lines drawn.

Can I use external images?

You can use your own images created in other programs with the Silhouette. The Silhouette Studio® software program is able to use external images that are in a basic raster image format (such as PNGJPGBMPGIF, and TIF file types). These files can be opened through the File Open option. Once in the software, the image then needs to be converted into a cuttable image that has lines present for the Silhouette to recognize as cut lines. A Trace feature is included in the software for this purpose. The Trace feature may be found in the upper right-hand side of the screen.

Once accessed, a panel will open on the right-hand side of the screen where options are provided to trace imported images in order to create cut lines. Not all image files are designed to be traced and converted well into a cutting format.

 Steps to bring in an external image and trace it to create cut lines are as follows:

  1. Open Silhouette Studio®
  2. Go to the File > Open option to locate and open the image file
    NOTE: If on a PC, "All Files" needs to be selected from the "file type" selection in the "Open" window
  3. Go to the Trace icon
  4. Click on the Select Trace Area option
  5. Draw a box around the image that is desired to be traced
  6. Adjust any of the tracing filters as desired.
  7. Once the trace area has been drawn and desired filter settings are in place, select one the tracing methods under Apply Trace Method. 

Performing these steps will create cut lines for the imported image.

Other External Files
Alternately, if users wish to use Adobe Illustrator®, CorelDraw®, or other major vector imaging programs with the Silhouette Studio® program (to bring in file types that can be cut directly without tracing), they may consider upgrading to the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition. This version provides the additional ability to import SVG files directly which you may have created in another vector imaging program (such as Adobe Illustrator® or CorelDraw®).

First, you may need to update your Silhouette Studio software.
The tracking feature in Silhouette Studio can be found by clicking on the Home icon in the top bar on the right.
A panel should be opened to the right and one of the listed options will be "Trace / Track".
This will allow you to create cut lines for your imported image.
You can open file types of common image (such as JPG and BMP files) through the open feature.
1. Open your image in the Silhouette Studio program.
2. Scroll to "Trace / Track" menu
3. Click on the  "Select Area" tool 
4. Draw a box around the image you want to trace
5. Optionally, you can adjust any of the trace filters available. Make adjustments to see which will be the most suitable for a certain image.
6. After you have prepared your tracking area and according to the filters, select methods of tracking on the "Apply tracing method" feature (the most common is the "Tracing" option) Please note that the Silhouette automatically creates a dotted border around your images, based on the white background of the imported image.
Please note we can not guarantee the results from files that are not offered by our company.

How do I know where my image is cropped on paper?

The images are cut on your paper according to the image on the screen and also depends on the direction selected by the options from the page`s tools. In "Landscape" mode, the upper left corner of the screen will match the top right corner of your real stuff.
In "Portrait" mode, the top right corner of the screen is at the upper right of your stuff real corner.
By using materials that require the use of the backing sheet / carrier (plastic base), you can go to the Tools option on the page and select the "Show / Reveal Transportation Sheet" option, so you can see exactly where the images will be cut according to the current grid on a sheet of aircraft carriers.
If desired, you can choose to have it always shown by doing the following:
1. Scroll to the "File" (PC) or menu in Silhouette Studio (Mac) menu
2. Select "Preferences"
3. Select "Standards"
4. Select "Always show" for the option "When using the carrier sheet." 

How can I make multiple copies?

  1. Once you have sized your image to your liking select your image by clicking on it
  2. Go to the Replicate menu icon or click on the Object drop-down menu
  3. Select Replicate > Show Replicate Options
  4. Select the desired method of replication
    NOTE: The Advanced Options will allow you to have further control over the number of copies and their positioning if desired

How can I rotate a picture or mirror it in the Silhouette Studio software?

To rotate:

  1. Select the image
  2. Locate the green circle control point (usually located at the top of the selected image)
  3. Click and drag this circle to achieve the desired angle of rotation

If you have an exact angle of rotation desires you may alternately do the following:

  1. Select the image
  2. Click on the Rotate icon
  3. Click on the appropriate option from the Rotate panel to have the selected image rotated to the desired angle

To mirror:

  1. Select the image
  2. Right-click
  3. Select to either Mirror Horizontally (which will flip the image to be backwards) or Mirror Vertically (which will place the image on its back)

Further mirroring options may be found in the Object menu under Transform > Mirror Options.

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