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!!