Tuesday Tutorial: Compound Paths and the Slice tool.

oHi everyone, long time no see, I hope you all had a great little holiday vaca…Last week I showed you a tutorial on how you can use the text on a path feature now.  A few of your requested I show you how to use the slice tool as shown in that tutorial.  SO, today I am going to be doing a tutorial similar to the December 20th post.

Start out with the size you want your circle to be.  I am going to be working with a 4.25″ circle.  This will be important later on.

Once I have that ready to go, I choose my font and type out the text I want.  From here I will drag the arrow toggle on top of the circle, where it will drop right onto the path.  If you do not see and arrow toggle, make sure to download the latest version of the software 1.3.0.  I have two separate texts that I am using so I will need to type both out separately. Of course both need to be dropped onto the path using the arrow toggle.

Now that I have them in position, I want to get rid of my “gray” path circle.  To do this I simply select both texts and right click to select make compound path.

A compound path is a shape created by a grouping of shapes that allow holes to appear where paths overlap.

You can see here that I have moved the gray circle from the text and my text holds the shape of the circle.  You can now delete the circle path.

This is where you will want to remember what size your circle was.  Create another circle, in my case a 4.25″ circle.  Then create a an internal offset of the circle and apply.  Once you have both circles created, select them both together and right click to select “make compound path”.  This will allow you to slice the circles together. I added stars as well to embellish the circle.

Grab your slice tool, You will want to zoom in to see the spots you want to slice a little closer.  If you try to slice while unable to see each point clearly you could end up slicing some of you font which will not produce a desired effect.

Once you have each point sliced, remove and delete the pieces you don’t want welded to your shape and then weld all the pieces together.  You may ask why I did not just weld the text to the circles.  I did not want each letter to be welded with a line through it, so I only connected the circle to the text where I felt a line would be appropriate.  I do hope this tutorial has been helpful and a little more user friendly while you are learning to use the Silhouette.  Have a great day and check in tomorrow for the free shape of the week.

CK Stenography

118 thoughts on “Tuesday Tutorial: Compound Paths and the Slice tool.

  1. New follower from LMM- Hope I win so i can try these cute ideas!

  2. marla says:

    I’m a new follower and found this site through one of my favorite blogs, ‘Honey We’re Home’
    love this site too!

  3. mari says:

    3 things ->
    1. thanks for the tutorial – i was psyched to try it!
    2. can i download that font?
    3. disturbingly isolated to silhouette studio: the letter e, no matter what font i select, **WILL NOT** show up/type?? any ideas? keyboard and other apps all accepting of the letter e…

  4. I entered to win the Silhouette (RV$300) Giveaway @ Familylicious Reviews! Stop by and enter at http://familylicious.com/

  5. mari says:

    contacted support – seems to be a bug…
    NEW QUESTION: i can’t get the cutting/knife/slice tool to show/make cuts that you have inside the letter shapes – i just see sort of the tip of the cuts – trying to make that 1st segment to erase in “h.” i can only make a complete segment, that i could erase inside the p, for example. sorry for all the questions but the instructional cd does not work with a mac and the manual isn’t terribly detailed.

  6. Daintry says:

    Hanging here from Room to Inspire, hoping to get to use this tutorial if I win one!!

  7. Very informative tutorial! Stoping by from LMM!

  8. The Lowry's says:

    Coming from room to inspire. I hope I win.

  9. mari says:

    i did it! it turns out i couldn’t make the cuts b/c i had made a compound path with the circles and words b4 i made the cuts!
    thank you so much for this tutorial!

  10. Kyra says:

    I would so love to win one of these at Brown Paper Packages blog!

  11. blueikaos says:

    I tried this again, and for the life of me I cannot figure out the weld option :(

    I have all my pieces cut and pulled away from the circle…but I can’t weld them together! Help!! :(

  12. im ready to donate my money sucking cricut and get a multitasking silhouette! brown paper packages…..i’m nursing sick kids back to health too!!

  13. Cathy says:

    What great tips! Sent over from Honey We’re Home

  14. Cathy says:

    I entered to win the Silhouette (RV$300) Giveaway @ Familylicious Reviews! Stop by and enter at http://familylicious.com/

  15. bp07 says:

    Thank you to “anonymous” for answering the question on how to select to separate shapes at the same time! That was my question too! I don’t think I ever would have tried “shift” — it’s “control” in most other software

  16. Bryana P says:

    If anyone is still reading comments to this post(!), I have a question:

    Do you know why the offset circle shape doesn’t stay perfectly offset? It’s thinner in parts and thicker in others. It looks like it happened in this tutorial too. It doesn’t look bad but if I wanted the circle to be absolutely perfect for whatever reason, this would bother me

  17. Jaymee says:

    I’m having trouble with this one. When I weld, the center of the A and the P’s disappear. How do I prevent that from happening?

  18. Jessi says:

    Can you do this with rhinestone designs??? and how.



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