If you are a new member of Silhouette Nation, let us be the first to welcome you to our growing (international) family. We can’t wait to walk you through everything you need to know to get started crafting.
If you are thinking, “I have no idea where to start,” trust me when I say, you’ve already taken a giant leap in the right direction. You purchased your dream Silhouette machine and now you are here ready to learn and we are here to help.
We are taking it back to the basics today and the first topic we are going to tackle is the Silhouette Design Store. If you haven’t already bookmarked this site, do so now and thank us later! I set a reminder every Tuesday to alert me to download the free shape of the week. You can also access your Silhouette Design Store from your Silhouette Studio®.
All right, let’s get started.
What is the Silhouette Design Store?
- This online and in-software Design Store allows you to download different types of designs to use with your Silhouette machines. You can find several types of designs.
What types of designs are found in the design store?
Regular Cut Designs
Regular cut designs are intended to be simply cut with the Silhouette and used in any project. Some regular cut designs are simple silhouettes and some are intricate designs with multiple pieces. When purchasing designs, you will see a thumbnail of the design. This image is clean, visually appealing, and represents what the design should look like when cut and assembled. It also shows no cut lines. I’m a visual learner, so let’s take a look at what I am talking about below.
As you can see below, the thumbnail shows what your project will look like once it is completed.
When you open this shape in Silhouette Studio®, it will open with just the cut lines. This allows you to resize, ungroup, and cut the different components on different colored paper. Or if you plan to print this shape using your printer, you can fill the different components with the desired colors to turn your image into a Print & Cut design. What is a Print & Cut design? Keep on reading!
Print & Cut Designs
Silhouette Studio® has the capability to print designs with special registration marks. These marks can be read by the Silhouette via an internal optical sensor and used to align the cutting blade perfectly to the printed material. Designs that are intended to be printed on a home printer and then cut out with the Silhouette are referred to as Print & Cut designs.
When you open this design in Silhouette Studio® it will open just like the image previewed in the thumbnail.
To learn more about the Print & Cut process click here!
The Silhouette machine has the capability to draw designs with a pen instead of cutting. This is accomplished by removing the blade from the machine and replacing it with a Silhouette sketch pen or pen holder. When the Silhouette is loaded with a pen instead of a blade, all normal cut lines are drawn instead of cut. While any digital design can be drawn instead of cut, some designs are created specifically for sketching and could not realistically be cut, like the design below.
Sketch designs work perfectly with our PixScan™ technology. Not sure what that is? Learn more about PixScan™ here.
Certain Silhouette designs are intended to be used as templates for Silhouette heat transfer rhinestones. When these templates are cut in specific sizes, Silhouette rhinestones can easily be brushed into the templates’ holes and can then be easily transferred to a variety of projects.
Rhinestone templates are essentially a series of specifically-sized circles. It is critical that the holes in the rhinestone templates are not resized once you open the design in Silhouette Studio®.
For a step-by-step walk through on how Silhouette rhinestones work, please refer to the Rhinestone Starter Guide.
Printable patterns are unique in that they do not require a Silhouette electronic cutting tool to be created. Rather, the patterns are printed from the Silhouette Studio® software using a printer. What is really fun about these designs is that you can fill different shapes using these patterns and then can cut out the shapes using the Print & Cut feature.
We also sell fonts through our Silhouette Design Store. Once you purchase your font, they can be accessed like any other font on your computer. You can then use your fonts to add detail to your projects or cut them as individual shapes!
Similar to our regular cut files, 3D crafts are cut files that can be assembled to create a 3D object. Many of our contributing artists in the Silhouette Design Store will provide an external link with instructions on how to assemble each 3D shape.
How do I search for different file types?
If you are looking for a specific type of file, you can filter your search on the Silhouette Design Store. Navigate your cursor over the filters button in the left hand corner and click. You will then pull up a list of different filters–Cut Types, Categories, Artists, and License Type.
Now you can click on “Cut Types” and that will bring up a list of different file types. If you are unsure what the file type is, you can refer to the icon guide below.
If a design does not have an icon, it can be assumed that it is a regular cut file.
I have all of these design, but how to I access them in Silhouette Studio®?
In the Silhouette Studio®, there is a toolbar on the left hand side. Click the “Book” icon to access your library and the Silhouette Logo to access the Silhouette Design Store.
Once you decided which design you would like to use, double click on it and it will pull the image into your Silhouette Studio®.
Phew- we made it! Thank you for sticking with me until the end of the post. We are so excited to share posts about how all of the features in Silhouette Studio® work. Make sure to check back here daily for tutorials, projects, and fun!