Monday, December 26, 2011

Let’s Talk Images for the Silhouette–Theirs and Yours

Welcome to Silhouette “How To” Week!

I am so glad you guys gave me input on what you wanted to learn about.

It helped me get a better idea of what to include in this “How To” week. In fact, I decided to kick off things by answering some of the questions many of you asked.

First of all, everything I am going to do is with the regular software that comes with your machine. If you haven’t installed it yet, it’s one of the CDs included in the box. Pop it in your computer and follow the prompts to get it installed.

Once it’s installed and you open it up, you’ll notice a little book button at the bottom of the side toolbar.
This is your library. Several images are already included with the software.

You can click on the mouse button just below the library button to be taken to Silhouette’s online store where you can purchase more shapes for only $0.99 each.

See the weekly clearance button? This is a page where you can get shapes for less than $0.99.

Then there is the FREE SHAPE OF THE WEEK. Make sure you click on that every week.

I subscribe to the Silhouette blog. They post the free shape every week, so it’s a good reminder for me to grab it. They also post tutorials and project ideas, so it’s a good blog to read anyway.

Another great way to save is by purchasing a subscription.

Some of you wanted to know about importing your own images.
Yes you can do that. So that’s the tutorial we are going to discuss today.

Step 1. Click on the rectangle box above your library button (picture of the book) to go to your drawing area.

Step 2. Open your image. File->Open, or you can click on the folder with an arrow at the top left of the toolbar.
In Files of type, click on the drop down menu and select All Files.

Then you should be able to see your image to open it. I’m going to be opening “Barbie”.

Click OK and it’s opened.

Step 3. Trace image to get cut lines. Click on the Trace menu button. It’s the square with blue in it at the top right of the toolbar.

Click on “select trace area”, then you will be prompted to draw a box around your image.

Notice that my image is now mostly yellow, but you can still see some black. Adjust your trace settings (high pass filter, low pass filter, threshold) until your image is yellow.

Then click “trace” and your cut line is set. If you ever want to check where your cut lines are, click on the scissors button, which is your cut style window.

Mine shows red lines on both the outer edge of my image as well as red lines on the inner part of the image. I don’t want it to cut on the inner part, so I’m going to undo the last couple of steps, then go back in the trace menu and click on “trace outer edge” only.

Now when I check my cut lines in the cut style window, I only see red lines on the outside of my image.

Which means I am set to cut. I can now adjust my image to the desired size and use it as I wish!

We’ll go over more about cutting and sizing later this week, but hopefully that gets you started on images.
Please let me know if you have any questions!!


  1. This is perfect info! Really really makes me want one! Thanks for showing me some of the great ways I could use it. I wondered if I could use my own images.

  2. awesome! I have a question about setting the depth of the blade. sometimes when I follow the recommended setting it does a poor cut - tears the paper a bit or doesn't cut all the way through.

  3. Thanks, now I'm ready to get started! Have to go dig machine out of cabinet!

  4. Great tutorial...makes me want to get a Silhouette!

  5. I created a calendar in excel and I can't get it transfered to silhouette. It says that I am trying to open a file that is not recognized. (or something like that! I am at work right now!) Any hint on how to make that work?

  6. I'm pretty sure it has to be some sort of image file (.jpg, .bmp, .gif, etc.). An excel file is an .xls so I don't think it would work. If you want that calendar, you can do a print screen (Fn, Prt Sc), then open the Paint program and paste (Ctrl, V). Then you can crop the image so it's just the part you want and save it as a .jpg file

  7. i ditto what the pp jen said about setting the blade..i have had that same problem...

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. I have been thinking about purchasing this machine but was somewhat reluctant due to having to learn another machine. I'm still having difficulty with the Cricut Craft Room.

  9. This so very helpful, thank you so much!

  10. Thanks for this tutorial, it was so easy to follow!

  11. Love the silhouette cameo and your tutorials give me the confidence to try new things. However, could you tell me how to get more than one file onto the drawing area. If I have an image on there already, when I go back to library to add something else the one I originally had there disappears.Thank's for any help you can give me.

  12. I was following your instructions up until you had the inner and outer red lines. Which steps did you undo to get only one line? That info seemed to be the most crucial to understanding how to trace.

  13. oh goodness i have so tried to not buy this ... now that i see how you can import images of your own i am so much closer to buying one lol lol ok now do you really manually trace the images with your mouse pointer you import to use or does the program itself actually trace them??


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