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Silhouette Studio® 4.2 Preview

There are some exciting new features coming to Silhouette Studio in version 4.2. Want to see a sneak peek? Your wish is my command! Font Creator (Business Edition only) Have you ever wanted to create your own font? Now you can with Silhouette Studio’s font creator. You can print out a sheet and handwrite the letters you want to use or you can create the letters digitally. What a great way to customize your projects or preserve your kiddo’s adorable handwriting. Lasso Tool (Designer Edition and above) Just like in other design programs, the lasso tool makes selecting intricate pieces…

Cutting By Line Type Or Line Color

Hey everyone! Today we are going to talk about an advanced cut setting called “cut by line” or “cut by color.” This advanced feature is available with all editions of the software: Basic, Designer and Business. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really quite simple! STEP ONE: Create your design. I decided to make a simple “HELLO” tag with the Silhouette Sketch Pens. Grab your tag shape and add text by using the text tool.   STEP TWO: Ungroup your letters so you can fill them individually. Right click your text and select “Ungroup.” Use the Fill window to add…

Thickening A Font That Doesn’t Have A Bold Option

Friends! HELLO! It’s been a minute, huh? So glad to be back at it– sharing more tips, tricks and projects with you. By adding thickness to my favored thin lettering, I was able to cut out this intricate invitation with more stability than the very thin font alone would allow and I’m so happy with the results. Picking A Font As many of you already know, I’m a big fan of fonts. I tend to gravitate towards the thinner, more delicate typefaces, but that sometimes leads to issues in certain projects. What if there is no bold option for that…

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Easily Create Curved Text In Silhouette Studio®

Typing text in Silhouette Studio® on a straight line is as easy as clicking the text tool and typing. But after a while, you want to get a little fancy. If you’re like me, you will run into a problem I call the Text Dance. You try to move the text from a straight line to a curve and it jumps around like a toddler in a bounce house. Never fear. I’ve written this blog post to help eliminate the Text Dance. First, we will practice placing text along a simple path. Placing Text Along A Simple Path Select the…

Designing From Scratch in Silhouette Studio®

I don’t know about you, but I have always been intrigued by the thought of creating my own designs in Silhouette Studio®. Don’t get me wrong, I am obsessed with everything in the Design Store, but if you ever decide you want to use a design for profit you’ll need to purchase a commercial license. That is, unless you design your own from scratch! Today I’m going to show you how to do basic point editing and welding to transform an ellipse into a flower. This is a very basic tutorial but hopefully it will lay the groundwork so that…

Using The Trace Tool In Silhouette Studio®

Recently, a blog reader asked a really great question about the Trace tool: “Everyone says turn on the High Pass Filter but no one explains what the High Pass Filter is. What is actually the function of those sliders? I’d love to see more in-depth instruction/learning of all the functions so that there is purpose behind using them and not simply trial and error.” If you have ever used the Trace tool you’ll know that, because every image/design/text has different attributes, it requires some trial and error with the sliders to get the trace you want. Let me help speed…

Customize Ready-Made Designs With The Knife Tool In Silhouette Studio®

There are many great tools to chose from in Silhouette Studio®, but the knife tool is one that shouldn’t go unnoticed. If you’re like me—the kind of crafter that gets the inspiration and tweaks it to satisfy your own style—then this tool is for you. For example, look at this awesome design from Samantha Walker (Design ID #98522) of a bird taking flight. I love how the wings expand, but I wanted to add my own twist. In order to do that I needed the knife tool. Using The Knife Tool To Make Straight Cut You don’t only get a…

How to Improve Cut Quality with a Test Cut

We’re going back to basics today, my friends. The Test Cut feature is a great tool to help fine tune your cut settings and improve your overall cut quality. With this handy-dandy feature you can find the right settings to cleanly cut all the different materials you want to try. What is a Test Cut? The Test Cut is an option in the Cut Settings panel. Once you have selected a material and adjusted your blade to the suggested depth for that material, you have the option to perform a Test Cut. Your Silhouette machine will cut a square with…

Use Silhouette Studio® To Plan Scrapbook Layouts

School starts here in just 4 days! My kids have mixed emotions and, truth be told, so do I.  So in honour of summer not being completely over just yet, I created this layout from one of our family times together this past summer—making S’mores. My kids were very excited to start a fire (which I have never done on my own before but had to this time because my hubby wasn’t with us!) and roast marshmallows for some delicious S’mores. Of course, I had my camera with me and had to take a few pictures.  (I must say, I…

Easy Memorial Day Stenciled Star Napkins

Hi everyone, It’s Marni here today. I’m happy to be sharing a simple Memorial Day tutorial.   Are you hosting a party for Memorial Day? Do you have the guest list finalized and food ideas ready, but can’t figure out your table decorations? Well, why not print your own flag inspired star napkins? Just add red & white straws plus a few other items and you are ready to go.   I love how the napkins can be folded into little cutlery pouches. Adorable, right? To make these napkins you will need: Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait Silhouette Stencil Vinyl Silhouette Fabric Ink – color white Silhouette cutting mat – optional…

Entertain Your Kids All Summer With This One Project

    Can you believe it’s almost summer?! The school year has flown by for us. It honestly feels like just the other day I was snapping photos on the first day of school. Alas, pretty soon we will all be home together and I’ll be in charge of finding daily activities to keep my oldest two children entertained and happy.   That is where CAMEO and the ever-so-amazing scratch off sticker paper come in. Using these two things you can create fun, summer travel cards to help take some of the load off when it comes to planning fun excursions…

It’s All About The Bass—Err, Sketch! | A Silhouette Studio® Tutorial

If you haven’t tried out the sketch pen feature you really should put it on your ‘to-do’ list.  There are so many fun features and ways to add pizzazz to your sketched designs.   Before I share with you how I created my sketched designs on my layout I want to go through some of the features of the Sketch Window with you first.   BASIC AND ADVANCED OPTIONS When you first open the Sketch window you will see the Basic Options for the Edge Sketch and the Fill Sketch.   Edge Sketch – the outside of your design.   Fill…