PixScan™ Technology
First Cut

PixScan™ Technology

Are you familiar with PixScan™ technology? You can cut precisely around a printed design or position cut lines in a specific location on your material without having to print registration marks. Just snap a picture or scan your project, import it into Silhouette Studio®, add cut lines as desired, and cut away! It’s a great way to use stamps, hand sketches, children’s artwork and pre-printed images.

One of my favorite things about the PixScan™  is that I can add custom borders & frames to professionally printed invitations like these…


PixScan Wedding Invitation


Watch this video to see it in action!



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  1. I can’t wait to start using this! The video is a great overview.

  2. WOW! Can’t wait for this. Tricia 🙂

  3. When? Where? I want it now! lol

  4. This is great. Will it work with the original SD model?

    1. Hi Hilary,

      The new technology is only compatible with the CAMEO and the Portrait.

  5. Cool !! it will be more easy and fun way to make project

  6. Why not just scan from your printer?

    1. You can use your scanner or your camera phone 🙂

  7. Love this idea but am hoping you will do a tutorial video or lesson on how to use it. Need more directions -am a visual learner.

    1. More tutorials coming this week 🙂

  8. I can’t wait to try this on fabric! <3

  9. Didn’t think it was possible to love my Silhouette Cameo more. Until now!

  10. This feature is AMAZING. Can’t wait to try it out.

  11. wow – so excited about this feature – need to get hold of a mat – hope they are being shipped to the UK quick smart! lol…. but they’ll be like $25 when they get here probably… gonna order off Amazon me thinks.

    Paula x

  12. You know we all want it! I don’t see it in Silhouette America yet. How do we get the mats and is there a software update coming? Personally, I got to have it …. now! Thanks for being so techno smart at Silhouette.

  13. Oh my, can’t wait for this to be released.

  14. Awesome! Can’t wait to see more!

  15. Will this work with the Silhouettte SD as well?

    1. Hi Christine,

      The PixScan technology is compatible with the CAMEO and the Portrait.

      1. That’s too bad. I am a digi girl and have been using print & cut for a long time without any trouble. I won’t be buying a Cameo or Portrait just for this PixScan feature. My SD does just fine.

        1. I agree…won’t be buying a new machine just for this feature. Too bad they didn’t make it compatible for the SD as well

          1. Very disappointed the Pixscan is not available for the Silhouette SD.

  16. Is there a release date yet? I would love to play with this tech.

    1. Sorry, I just saw that it’s in the SOS. Thanks.

  17. Love this!! Hopefully some blogger will give better instructions in the future.

    1. More tutorials coming this week 🙂

  18. Now that is genius! I love that you can cut little doo-dads out of paper or fabric using the cameo now. When will these mats be available?

  19. Holy cow!! This is AWESOME! Need to get my hands on this for sure!! Can’t wait!

  20. SO very excited about this! Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these mats.

    Thanks for staying on top of features Silhouette! You rock.

  21. Way back in the day, I thought digital cutting machines could do this and was disappointed to find out they couldn’t and I felt a little foolish that I ever thought they could. Now it can cut a preprinted design. Yippee!

  22. $10.50 for shipping on a $15 mat is ridiculous. As much as I want to start using the new mat and technology, I will wait until the mat is on sale or I have a shipping coupon.

  23. How cool is that!

  24. Where do I get the matt for this, this will be fantastic, I was looking at another machine but now I don’t need to yipeee!!!!

  25. Super cool! Love all the ideas you offer in the video, can’t wait till it is available in the Netherlands too!

  26. Wow! Incredible feature. Can it be used with the older Silhouette SD?

    1. I’m pretty sure it did say the SD, Cameo and portrait. It should be in the blurb!

      1. Sorry, this works only cameo or portrait it says.

  27. Oooo I MUST have this!!

  28. Cannot WAIT for this to get to South Africa 🙂

  29. This is what I have been waiting for a long time! I have been scanning my stamps and create cutting files for them. Can’t wait to get this 🙂

  30. Very exciting! I can’t wait

  31. Confused…. Why are you advertising this likes its available now? It also mentions that your Silhouette Cameo has to have the software version of 3.1 or higher. Mine reads 3.0 and I do not show any way to do an update. I am just as anxious as everyone else to get started with this but just not understanding how, when or where.
    Anyone else concerned or questioning this?

    1. Hi Christy,

      It is available now. You can find the PixScan™ mat here and update your software here. Hope that helps! 🙂

      1. Thanks for the link. I just tried downloading the latest version and I’m getting a corrupt file error. Has anyone else had the same problem?

        1. I should note – using windows 8

        2. Hi Amanda,

          I talked with customer support and they said it’s likely the file was corrupted during the download from the internet service being briefly interrupted. They recommended deleting the download from your downloads folder, then emptying trash and trying the download again. If you get the same issue, give customer support a call and they can walk you through it. 🙂

  32. I just ordered mine today! So excited!! …and with $25 or more free shipping!! 🙂

  33. Oh no! They’ve been really popular, but we will announce through our social media channels as soon as they are back in stock! Are you looking to cut something that is pre-printed? Or are you looking to print something from the Silhouette software then cut it out?

    1. Some preprinted stuff. I was hand cutting it out, but I just can’t. Too time consuming 🙁 so I purchased this machine for that purpose…

  34. I just wish it would work with the SD model. I have DE but still have my trusty old original machine.

  35. Please make this compatible for the SD. I’ve had my SD since it was the only one available and it still works like a charm! No reason for me to replace it! Thank you and please make a pixscan for SD!!

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