How do I import & cut other images with my silhouette?

Written by kristen hamlin
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The Silhouette personal die-cutting machine has revolutionised die cutting for crafters. Unlike other machines that require you to purchase cartridges or dies with pre-loaded images, the Silhouette allows you to cut images and fonts that you design yourself, download from the Internet or purchase from the Silhouette store. While the process for cutting Silhouette-licensed images is easy, cutting images you download from other sources requires only a few extra steps; this allows crafters to create truly custom embellishments for their craft projects.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Computer
  • Silhouette Studio software
  • Cutting material
  • Scrap paper

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  1. 1

    Download the image that you want to cut and save it in a folder on your computer. Give it an easy-to-remember and descriptive name. The Silhouette studio can cut JPEG and BMP, as well as True Type fonts.

  2. 2

    Click on the "File" drop-down menu, then click on "Import." Choose the files you want to import from your computer and follow the prompts to import them to your Silhouette library.

  3. 3

    Open the Silhouette software on your computer. Click on the "Help" menu, then click on "About Silhouette Studio" to ensure that you are running the most recent version of Silhouette Studio. You need to run version V1.5.0 or higher to cut imported images that are not from the Silhouette store.

  4. 4

    Create a new document in the Silhouette Studio. Click on "Open" and choose the file that you want to cut. You may need to click the "All Files" selection on the Open menu to see all of the file options.

  5. 5

    Adjust the image to the size and shape that you want for your project using the prompts on the work screen. When you're happy with the adjustments, click save to prevent losing your work.

  6. 6

    Click on the "Select Trace Area" tool in the Trace drop-down menu. This tool will allow you to pinpoint the area you want to cut in the image. Draw a box around the part of the image that you wish to cut.

  7. 7

    Adjust the trace settings using the Trace menu. For example, selecting High Pass Filter creates a border outline around your image.

  8. 8

    Click on the "Apply Trace Method" drop-down box and then click "Trace" to create the cutting lines for your project.

  9. 9

    Load the cutting mat and paper (or other material) into the Silhouette machine. Use the keypad on top of the machine to choose "Load W/ Carrier." Push the mat against the rollers, press "Enter" and allow the machine to position to cutting mat.

  10. 10

    Click on the "Send to Silhouette" icon on the top left hand of your computer screen. Follow the prompts that appear on the screen to set the material and cutting specifications. When you're done, click on "Cut Page" to cut the image.

Tips and warnings

  • Images that are not from the Silhouette store may not cut as well as purchased images.
  • You may need to cut the image several times and make adjustments to get the cut exactly right. Cut scrap paper until you're happy with the results.

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