This post is all about the new features available when you connect Curio to your computer.
Silhouette Studio® does most the heavy lifting for you. If you’ve used Silhouette Studio® before, you’ll already have the software downloaded to your computer. All it takes is one quick update, and Curio is ready to go. If you’re a first time user make sure that you have the most recent version of Silhouette Studio® installed on your computer using the directions that come with your machine.
Once you connect Curio to your computer, here’s a few things you can do.
Curio Workspace and Design Page Settings
You’ll see immediately that your design space looks different from how it does when you’re using a CAMEO or a Portrait. A digital representation of your Curio mat and the base are provided on screen so that when you send your design from your computer to your Silhouette there are no surprises.
When you are designing in Silhouette Studio® it’s always important to make sure that you have the correct cutting mat displayed on screen. In order to change these settings, you’ll need to open the panel menu called “Design Page Settings.”
Note: If the Design Page Settings isn’t showing up, you can pull it up by hitting CTRL + F1. Alternatively, you can also go to “View > Show Page Design Settings.”
Cutting Mat Options
Under the heading “Cutting Mat” will be a drop down menu. This menu contains the different cutting mat options. When Curio is connected , four new options will be available: “Curio (cut) 8.5 x 6 in,” “Curio (cut) 8.5 x 12 in,” “Curio (emboss) 8.5 x 6 in,” and “Curio (emboss) 8.5 x 12 in.”
This feature allows you to select your mat size, which is especially important when laying out projects. The feature also allows you to specify if your project will use the cut settings or the emboss settings.
Standard and Advanced Cut Settings
With Curio, there are more options on the “Cut Settings” menu than usual. Basic cut settings are available in “Standard” mode, which is indicated by a blue checked circle at the top of the menu. But instead of one tool, like with your Portrait or CAMEO, there are two. Each tool’s settings can be adjusted by highlighting the tool and selecting your chosen media.
Curio’s precision cutting settings are controlled from this panel. When you select your chosen media, Silhouette Studio® provides the suggested settings for each job. You can adjust the cut settings to your specifications and you can perform test cuts before starting your project.
By checking the circle next to “Advanced” under “Cut Conditions,” more options are made available to you. “Cut Order” allows you to choose which tool cuts which layer and, as always, your suggested cut settings are available by selecting a media.
New Menus, Emboss and Stipple
Two of the most anticipated features of Curio are the embossing tool and the stippling tool. These features are made possible through interchangeable tools that fit in the machine’s carriage in the same way as the ratchet blade. The settings for these tools can be accessed through the “Emboss” and “Stipple” menus. These two buttons are located in the top right corner next to the settings button. These buttons are available only when your Curio is connected to your computer. If Curio is not connected, the buttons will be grayed out.
The “Emboss” menu is reached by clicking on the square icon with the spiral inside. Clicking on this reveals all of the options for the emboss and deboss effects. This includes settings for the scoring and embossing function and the pattern fill option.
The “Stipple” menu is reached by clicking on the square icon with dots inside. Options for the stippling effect include the ability to toggle through different patterns, shapes, and sizes, all of which change the appearance of the stipple effect.
Now that you know where the new features are in Silhouette Studio®, you can jump right in to designing. Which Silhouette Studio® feature are you eager to try out?