Tutorial: Replicate Shapes

Ok this is a very basic tutorial, but will be so helpful for projects you are wanting to duplicate.  I am going to be creating large polka dots for a canvas wall hanging and will be teaching you how you can make them evenly spaced and aligned.

I of course size my art board to be the size of my project and then I drew a 1.5″ circle.

Now I can duplicate this circle.  Start by selecting the circle, then click on your replicate button in the top left toolbar.  You will then want to click on the advanced options in the bottom left corner of the panel.  This will allow you to customize how far apart you want your shapes to be.  There is some trial and error with this process.

As you can see I chose to have 4 extra circles and have them spaced 2.5″ apart (this measurement is from the center point of the circle).  When you have the sizing you want select replicate.
*Just a note: the x axis moves the shapes left & right,  the y axis moves shapes up & down.

Now you can select all the circle and do the same thing.  I want them to be evenly spaced so I chose to use 2.5″ on the y axis.

Because I want them to be polka dots I will take another 1.5″ circle and place it where I want it and use the technique above to fill in the negative spaces.

I will be adding a little elephant and name on the wall hanging, so I import and resize it to fit the way I want it to look and now we are ready to cut it all out.

Resize your artboard down to 8.5″ wide and then move the shapes that don’t fit in the cutting space.  Once that is cut out you can move your other half on to the board. Wasn’t that easy?

For this project I used the ray flocked heat transfer for the polka dots and the flocked pink heat transfer for the elephant and name.  (make sure to mirror your objects when you are cutting out heat transfer).  Then I ironed it down on to a 12×12″ wrapped canvas board.

I hope this helps you out in your projects and I hope you have a great week!

21 thoughts on “Tutorial: Replicate Shapes

  1. I can’t believe I’ve never noticed the advanced options on the replicate window before! This was a great tutorial! I love learning new tricks, even as a long-time Silhouette user.

    (And adorable project, as usual, Traci!)

  2. Marcy says:

    Who doesn’t love polka-dots…
    So simple and cute Traci.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As a fairly new silhouttte owner, these basic tutorials are great! It is wonderful to learn all the awesome things this machine can do. Thanks so much. Keep ‘em coming for all us “newbies”

  4. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [10 May 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. G-ma says:

    Ok…Is this software used for your silhouette machine or what? May-be something like this can be done in Abode Photoshop Elements 7!!

  6. Shawna says:

    Oh Traci, you do not realize what these “basic” tutorials mean to us new (and looks like some long-timers, too) Sil users. Please continue!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. dawnaclark says:

    Thank you! I am a newbie and this is such an amazing resource for me! I am a little intimidated, but with the blog and other resources, it’s making it more fun!
    I would love to do this project for my granddaughters nursery. :)

  8. LilleLeo says:

    It’s very cute! And the tut is great, I’ll probably need it someday. :)

  9. Can’t wait to be able to do all of this!!! So fun. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity @ TT&J!

  10. SO precious!!! I can’t wait to learn all the versatility of the Silhouette.

  11. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    I love the polka dots!

  12. Colleen says:

    A darling project! Love it!

  13. Charlotte says:

    This is so cute! I love polka-dots in all forms!

  14. Heidi says:

    It never ceases to amaze me what the silhouette can do

  15. Monette says:

    I can’t wait to do this someday when I have my own silhouette!

  16. Emily says:

    Love all these tutorials! Thanks!

  17. emily says:

    this is adorable! i am entered to win a silhouette on eighteen25′s blog, and i hope i win for this project and so many others!

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  19. lindsey says:

    oh my goodness!!! this is adorable!

  20. Kate says:

    this is SO cute. Visiting from I heart organizing!

  21. Annette D says:

    What a great tutorial! So cute!!

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