I wanted to take the time to write a full tutorial that highlights some of our strongest features of Silhouette Studio® and Mint Studio™.
I recently got married and am still in the full fledged honeymoon stage and love crafting with my wedding photos. I sure wish that I would have had the Mint when I sent out my wedding thank you cards last spring, because it would have been so fun to stamp our faces all over our envelopes!
So lets get started. Mint Studio™ has some really fun filters that you can use to turn a photo into a stamp, but if you are looking to manipulate your image to make it exactly how you want it, you can use your Silhouette Studio® in conjunction with Mint Studio™ to do just that.
1. Open up your Silhouette Studio® and drag in your image that you want to turn into a stamp.
2. I only wanted a portion of the image to be turned into a stamp.
Specifically the image constrained inside of the red circle below. I then drew a rectangle around all of the other parts I did not want. It may seem counter intuitive, but I will do my best to explain it in the next step because this is one of my favorite features of Silhouette Studio®.
3. Turn your circle and rectangle into a compound path.
What the heck is a compound path?! Compound paths are a little tricky to wrap your head around, but once you get it, you will love it. A compound path allows you to cut a hole in another object. For this example, I am cutting a circle out of a rectangle to make a “frame.”
To do this, highlight the two shapes that you want to use to create a compound path and right click. Make sure not to highlight your photo. Once you right click, choose “Make Compound Path.” This will combine the two shapes together. They will no longer have separate shape properties. They will now be grouped as a path.
4. To illustrate this concept a bit more, I filled the new shape with a fill color.
You can see that it frames the area that I will be turning into a stamp.
5. Now that we all are compound path pros, lets modify our image and eliminate all of the photo that we don’t want.
Highlight your new shape and your photo and click on the Modify Window. Choose the “Subtract All” option. This will delete all of the areas of shapes obscured by other shapes. Oh Silhouette Studio®– how I love you!
6. Remove your frame and check out your new image!
Our photo is now a perfect circle. I intentionally left some white space at the top because I didn’t want to chop off my husband’s hair.
7. This next step is completely optional.
If you don’t want to eliminate your background, you can skip ahead to the tracing step. For those of you who want to just include a specific part of your photo, you can use the eraser tool to erase any areas you don’t want. Do not let this intimidate you! When I erase, I go in small sections and then click each section and delete it away. And if you accidentally chop off an area that needs to be there, simply undo and ta-da!
8. It does not have to be perfect. The next step will allow you to clean up your image even more.
9. We get to use so many of my favorite tools to create this fun stamp.
If you haven’t used the trace function in your Silhouette Studio, prepared to be amazed! Select the Trace window and then choose “Select Trace Area” to highlight the image you would like to trace. Once it is highlighted, you can adjust the filters, threshold, and scale. The area that is highlighted yellow will be traced. Once you are satisfied with your traced area, click “trace.”
Red lines will now appear over your image where it was traced.
Delete your original image to reveal only your trace lines.
You can then choose the fill color and line color of your image to get a preview of what your stamp will look like!
10. Play around with adding text, shapes, designs, etc. to make your stamp completely custom.
You can even double click on your text and drag it on top of a shape to allow the text to curve to the path.
11. Save your Silhouette Studio® file.
If you’re anything like me, I save constantly throughout my design process just in case my computer decides to act up.
12. Open your design in Mint Studio™, resize it to the stamp size of your choosing.
13. Mint it!
By clicking “Send to Mint” our Mint Studio™ will automatically flip your image and prepare the file to be printed!
How fun is that? I can see custom photo stamps used on Save the Dates, wedding invitations, birthday party stationery, favors… my mind is spinning. This is a total game changer and the possibilities are endless with the Mint!
If you want to play around with our free Mint Studio™ Software before you purchase one, you can download that here!
What photo are you going to turn into a stamp?!