What Is The Arc Tool In Silhouette Studio®? – Silhouette America Blog

What Is The Arc Tool In Silhouette Studio®?

Have you ever wanted to create something of your own in Silhouette Studio®? Maybe you want to curve text, or draw your own design? Maybe you want to tweak something from the Silhouette Design Store? There are so many tools to help you do just that.

They’re intimidating, those funky little icons over there on the sidebar. They make weird lines and shapes, twist and turn, flip and rotate.

Don’t be scared. Let me introduce you to one and by the end of this tutorial you will be cranking out curvaceous designs all over the place. So let’s get going and learn how to curve text!

For the purposes of this tutorial you only need Silhouette Studio®. You can choose what you want to do with your design when we’re finished.

 

Step one: Draw an arc

In Silhouette Studio select the “Draw an Arc” tool. It will turn the cursor into crosshairs.

When you click and release once in the Design Space it will leave a red dot that begins at O°. Slide the mouse across the page. Where you stop will depend on how big you want your arc to be. Don’t stress about the size for now. You can make changes later.

Click and release again to create the stopping point.

Now move your mouse up or down (or side to side, depending on which way you drew your first line) and stop when your angle is where you want it. Clicking again will end the arc.

If you’re not planning to immediately draw another arc, now would be the best time to deselect the Draw an Arc tool by clicking on the Select arrow at the top of the side bar. Otherwise, everywhere you click will start a new arc.

Okay, stop here and try your hand at it a few times, then meet me back here for more!

 

Step Two: Adjust your arc

Ready to move on? Great!

Unless you’re a complete genius, your arc is probably not even from one end to the other and not the exact size you need. You can lengthen or shorten the arc by grabbing and pulling the red dots on each end. You can adjust the overall size by grabbing the tiny little arrow thing in the middle of the arc and pulling it away or towards the angle.

Now, double click on the arc to locate that nifty little green dot to grab it and rotate it until it’s where you want it.

 

To get it perfectly even, I like to turn the grid lines on so I can line everything up just right.

Don’t worry, you’re not out of opportunities to adjust it. Chances are you will need to play around with it a little more before it’s all said and done.

Before moving on, I decided I wanted to make a wavy line for my text. So I duplicated the arc and mirrored it by flipping it vertically. Then I can simply lined up the two arcs side by side to create the wavy line.

 

Step Three: Type and curve text

Select the Text tool and type something. I decided to do my new favorite quote and family motto for 2017.

After you’ve typed your text you will notice the green box around it and a little circle with cross hairs in it. Grab that circle and bring it down to meet the arc and the text will magically curve around it.

As you keep moving it around, the text will also move around, side to side, or above and below the arc. Unless you want the text upside down under the arc, find a good spot above it.

To keep it upright but also under the arc, use the slider that appeared to the left of the text when it met up with the arc. Slide it up to move it further away from the arc, and slide it down to move the text under it.

Now is a good time to adjust the size of the arc as well as the size of the text so they fit together.

Confused? The only way to really know what I’m talking about is to try it. So go try it!

 

Step Four: Convert to path

If you plan to cut or print your text right where it is on the Design Space you are good to go from here, but more than likely you want to move it. If you move it away from the arc now it will return to normal and lose the curve.

In this order, select only the text>right click>convert to path. Now you can move it freely around the Design Page. You can also delete the arc at this point. You don’t need it anymore.

If you’re doing a wavy text like I did, repeat the steps for the next set of text and the flipped arc.

 

Step Five: Finalize your design

Move things around, add a design, and experiment with colors. I added this sun from the Design Store. Don’t you love the flexibility of Silhouette Studio®?

Now, print, cut, vinylize, or whatever your jam is. I grabbed a screenshot of mine and made it the wallpaper on my computer.

Oh, and I made a mug!

Bonus Tip

One more thing before we go. Remember how I mirrored, flipped, and rotated my arc? Using those techniques, try creating your own flourish design. After you’ve pieced your arcs together where you want them, beef up your lines by clicking on the Line Style menu and increasing the Line Thickness. Pretty cool, huh?

Guess what? You just graduated from Draw an Arc Class, and hopefully Curving Text Class as well! Congratulations!

What will you create with your newfound knowledge?

Janet Henderson

Hello fellow crafters! I am really excited to be a part of the Design Team this year! I love all things home decor, photography and doing fun things with my husband and our 6 children, ages 3-18. I grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and we still live about 10 minutes from the beach. We recently moved to a new (to us) home and have begun updating it, including removing the MILES of wallpaper straight out of the 90’s. When it comes to projects big or small, I have no fear. Thankfully, I have had more successes than failures! I used to be an avid blogger and hope to pick it up again soon now that most of my kids are a little older.

Designs Used:

cool sun

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

12-inch matte adhesive vinyl

9-inch glossy adhesive vinyl

12-inch glossy adhesive vinyl

Black Chalkboard Vinyl

Silhouette Studio® Business Edition

Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition

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16 comments

  1. Thank you for the tutorial. Clear, concise I am very easy to understand while having a slight humor undertone which I genuinely appreciate. Thanks again!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Jerri! Thank you for the compliments!

  2. Janet, I love this! I love the colors too. Will you please share the fonts you used? This would be a great spring gift. Thank you.

    1. The fonts I used are LW Dazzling and LW Darling Glitz Script. Thanks for asking, Kathy Jo! I forgot to include them in the tutorial. 🙂

  3. I love this tutorial! Thank you.

    1. I’m happy to hear that, Debra! Thanks for commenting!

  4. Thank you Janet a great tutorial. I am new to the cameo family. At step 3 the text only curve on the 1st arch, can you stretch the same text to the 2nd arch as well? How do I do that?

  5. Janet thank you I figured it out, “group” & “make compound path” the 2 arches then the text will be in place.

    1. Good for you! The best advice for newbie CAMEO users, aside from viewing the tutorials, is to play around with all the features in Silhouette Studio and then practice. After that, practice again. 🙂 I’ve discovered that quite often in Studio there are a few different ways to achieve what you want to do. Have fun learning!

  6. Thank you for responding!

  7. Thank you for the tutorial! I was having a hard time figuring out those arcs and after doing your tutorial was able to make an awesome looking flourish with a bit (lots) more playing around. Before that I had googled how to do flourishes and all I found were “cheats”… how to modify others or to trace my hand drawn ones. Now I can do them from scratch. Thanks again for the easy, clear tutorial. 🙂

    1. Ahh! That makes me so happy, Janice!

  8. THANK YOU – FINALLY, I have watched something that was very easy to follow and understand!

    1. That was the goal, Kathy! Thank you for your comment!

  9. What should I use on mugs? I am always afraid to use something and it be wrong and it end up peeling off or looking terrible. Also is there anything to use to personalize mugs that would be dishwasher safe? Thanks and looks amazing!

    1. There are various opinions on this, but I’ve had success with Silhouette glossy adhesive vinyl. You can add a sealer like Mod Podge® dishwasher safe gloss sealer on top of the applied vinyl to be extra safe.

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