Big News—Silhouette Studio® V4.0 Is Released!

Big News—Silhouette Studio® V4.0 Is Released!

We are very proud to announce the release of Silhouette Studio® Version 4.0. While it did take countless hours of Beta testing to get to this point, the extra wait was worth it! Let’s take a look under the hood and see what makes this major update to Silhouette Studio® so special!

New Look and Feel

Silhouette Studio® has gotten a face-lift! Below are some of the highlights of the new interface.

  1. New theme options, including a darker theme to prevent eye strain
  2. Better multitasking, with detachable, floating panels
  3. Easier navigation panel for sending projects to your Silhouette
  4. Dynamic top toolbar to give you quick access to commonly-used tools

New Tracing Tools in Designer Edition

Tracing in Silhouette Studio® has never been easier, with some all-new tracing options:

Trace by Color

  • Trace all objects sharing the same color
  • Perfect for tracing simple designs with only a few different colors

Magnet Trace

  • Great for tracing detailed images, such as photographs
  • Allows the user to follow the edge of an object with various colors in the background

Walk-Through Tutorials

V4 includes a library of animated, step-by-step guides which we call “Walk-Through Tutorials”. These tutorials teach users how to perform a number of operations in Silhouette Studio®, such as replicating objects, performing a Print & Cut, tracing images, and much more. Additional tutorials will be made available via the Silhouette Cloud.

Barcode Scanning Feature in Business Edition

For our Business Edition customers, we have a new barcode feature. With this tool, a barcode is printed onto your project. Then, your project may be scanned and cut without having to pull up the file (or even having to own the file, if it is stored in the Cloud Library!), saving time and effort.

New project start-up options

Optional new document startup found under the File menu which allows you to quickly start new project types (i.e. blank document, card, Print & Cut, PixScan™, etc). Depending on the document type selected, the program will automatically open appropriate panels.

Object on Path feature

Found in the “Replicate” panel, this option allows you to replicate images around the path of another object.

Performance Improvements

  • Faster Start-Up: Silhouette Studio V4.0’s initialization time is 44% faster, on average, than V3.8. More improvements will come in updates to V4.
  • More Stable: Silhouette Studio V4.0 experiences 64% fewer crashes than V3.8. In several month’s time, we hope that the crash rate will see an order of magnitude improvement or more.
  • Eraser Tool Performance: The eraser tool is 68% faster in V4, on average. Again, we’d like to see even more improvement to this tool as we roll out updates to V4.

As you can see, Silhouette Studio V4 brings additional power and tools to your fingertips, and updating is free!
Try it out here

Note for users updating from V3.6 or lower: In order to experience the smoothest experience possible, please follow these instructions to prepare your library before updating.

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  1. i have the basic edition, i recently updated and now all of my files in my library are gone. I also switched to a new laptop when doing this. On the new laptop i have no files, on the old i have them however they are all gray meaning i cannot click to open them.. Please help!!!

  2. My hard drive crashed and I had to get a new one. I downloaded Silhouette again, but I really hate this version 4.0. Is there any way I can get back to the older ones?

  3. I am running this on a MAC and cannot choose anything? Is there some right click function or something that doesn’t work with a MAC

      1. We installed the 4.0 on a MAC as well and it is freezing up the app and not allowing us to proceed.

  4. I’ve honestly never worked with more confusing software in my life. This has honestly stumped and frustrated me the whole weekend. I have gotten nowhere and I’m good with this kind of stuff. I worked in digital design for two years! I can’t figure this program out to save my life. My tool bar looks different from every online video tutorial and I can’t figure out how to cut registration marks, none of my icons remotely resemble the ones in the videos. I’m honestly so annoyed and ready to sell this machine.

    1. I’m sorry you’re frustrated, Deedra! We’re working on getting new tutorials out there for v4, so please be patient. I think what will help you most is realizing all the main windows that used to be across the top are now as panels along the right side of your screen. Each of those panels has tabs where you can find other functions you may be used to seeing if you’ve worked with older versions of Silhouette Studio. Your registration marks can be found on the Page Setup Panel, third tab.

  5. I am okay with the upgrade, and I still have all my images, but It will no longer allow me to sort them into organized folders as I had them before. Now they are just one big mess. Do you have any secret way for me to be able to sort them again. I really miss that.

  6. I updated to the new version and it doesn’t show my blade settings. I know that it is supposed to show up under the “Action” tab under the send menu (at least that is what the manual says), but I don’t have a Summary option at the bottom to show my blade settings. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Lisa, what size of computer screen are you viewing? Do you have the view maximized? You should be able to see at the bottom left of your screen your blade, speed, thickness, etc. in any tabs of the Send Panel. Please contact to troubleshoot.

  7. The 4.0 upgrade deleted ALL OF MY USER DESIGNS. I DO MEAN ALL OF THEM!! Years of hard work. I followed the email instructions exactly and when I try to import the library by file, library, import library, it pops up in Silhouette that “the file type you are attempting to access is not supported”. It is .studio library files! On phone again holding with support. People do not update to the 4.0 ! By the way it is a Beta release!

    1. Hi Susan, it looks like we were able to speak with you last week and resolve your issues. If you have any other problems moving forward, please don’t hesitate to email us at

  8. Hi there,
    I just installed the Silhouette Studio V4.0 and am still trying to get used to all the changes. One of the things I have not yet figured out is how to zoom into my image after I have sent the image to cut. Once I select “send” it automatically zooms me back out of the mat. In the previous version, I was able to zoom back into my image before actually selecting cut that way I could make sure that certain fonts were going to cut correctly before actually cutting into my vinyl. Is there still a way to do this that I just haven’t figured out yet?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Morgan. You can zoom in a few different ways in that Send view. You can go to View>Zoom and choose a percentage, or you can use Alt+scroll wheel (Windows) or Opt+scroll wheel (Mac).

  9. I was fixing to update to 4 but now I’m scared lol. I’ve got a few thing to do for my grandkids school stuff. So I’m thinking I better wait. But I’m so excited about the new trace by color . Also I’ve got designer editions will that change also ?

    1. Designer Edition will continue on with whatever update you choose, and it will continue to unlock features the basic edition does not have. I personally love v4, but if you’ve got deadlines to meet, there’s no harm in waiting a little while. We’re working on getting tutorials out there for v4. 🙂

  10. I was still training on the older version. I just got my this past Christmas and had’t even begun to get deep in to what it could do. I don’t know what made me do the update but I am totally lost is there a book i can buy or a online tutorial for this?

    1. Michelle, we are working on getting new written and online tutorials out there for v4, but there is absolutely a book you can buy now to learn all about v4! It’s called the Silhouette Handbook, and it will be updated as the software gets updated. You can read about it and purchase it here.

  11. I cannot figure out how to cut? It says paused and each time I try to cut it adds more the the pending to cut as well as not allowing me to cut based on sheet size

    1. Cristina, I suggest shutting down and restarting Silhouette Studio, then try again. If you are trying to cut via Bluetooth, I suggest trying the USB cable to see if that makes a difference. Make sure in addition to your page size that you have also selected the correct cutting mat. If you still need more help, please contact the support team at

  12. quick tools bar not showing up

  13. There needs to be a step or clearer instructions to create a backup of your library in the old version of Silhouette Studio software before installing the new version. I have upgraded software several times and never lost my folder structure and imported and created designs. This is very frustrating. Also, my designs from the Silhouette Store never synced. I had to log into the store through my browser and do the recovery. If I hadn’t read this post and several others I would have had no idea how to troubleshoot this. I am a software developer, and I had a difficult time with this. How can you expect less-tech savvy users to be successful? I’ve said many times since purchasing my first machine (a Portrait) in 2012 Silhouette has great die cutting machines but awful software development and QA. Surely 5 years later your company could be doing better!

    1. Hi Carly, we see that you’ve sent an email to concerning these issues. Please check your inbox for a response from us by the end of the day.

  14. Mine will not complete downloading it keeps saying my framework dll can’t be found and I’ve never had a problem before. I’m so frustrated. I need it to work for our business

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