Thursday, February 2, 2012

Silhouette Tutorial: {Tracing Your Own Images to Cut}

You guys are awesome! I’ve been getting lots of emails asking questions about the Silhouette.
It’s been great because it lets me know what you guys want to learn about. I’ve put together three different tutorials in relation to some of your questions and I’m hoping to get them all up in the next couple of days.

The one today is going to address tracing a little bit more.
Refer to this post to get some background about how to import your own images to use in the Silhouette program and trace them.

A problem many of you were having with tracing, was getting the double cut line.
For example, cute Ashlyn emailed me the picture she wanted to cut – this mask.
Mask (1)

She saved it as a .jpg file and opened it up in Silhouette and proceeded to trace it and got this:
See the double cut lines?
This is probably how your picture looked before you hit trace.
Initial trace

Here’s how to fix the double cut lines.
Once you have your trace area selected, we need to play around with the settings until the exact image that we want cut is yellow. (When the black part is showing, the program is going to trace around the black part as well).
Tracing mask
You can see that I had to increase my high pass filter, low pass filter, threshold, and scale.
The best way to figure out your settings is just play around with them, moving them up and down until your whole image is yellow.

Then we can hit trace.
Move your image out of the way and you can see that the trace was successful!
Correct trace
Hope that helps some of you guys out with tracing your own images!

If you guys have more questions, please feel free to ask. As long as I know how to answer, I am happy to do so!


  1. THANK YOU!!! I just got my Cameo in this week and am working on making some Cars vinyls for his walls and HAVE NOT been able to figure out the trace feature. I've tried and tried! If I'm making a color McQueen vinyl, how do I get it printed in color and then traced out? Haven't gotten that far yet. :-) Thanks again!

  2. Eep! So excited! I worked on this very problem for about 3 hours today with no luck. I'm going to try it tomorrow and see if I can figure it out. I'm trying to take an image I found at The Graphics Fairy and cut it out like a print and cut sketch. I couldn't get it to trace around the item in the program today. This might work for me. Sometimes I don't think there are enough hours in the day to figure out my machine!

    Thank you,

  3. I my goodness you are awesome, I have wondered how to get those pesky double libe to go away, Thank you thank you thank you.

  4. Thank you so much for this! It was exactly what I needed!

  5. Thank you for your tutorial on this. I was trying to do a split letter and couldn't figure out how to get rid of those crazy double lines. You cleared it all up for me! Thanks again!

  6. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I was ready to start spitting nails over those double lines! After an hour or so I decided to google it and google brought me to you. You're a life saver! :)

  7. Hi - I found this tutorial on Google after hours of unsuccessful attempts at cutting an imported image. UGH!
    THANK YOU so very much for your simple instructions that gave me instant results!!!
    I really appreciate it. I have had this cutting machine for years and not used much because of frustrations. I am enjoying using it more now with better instructions.

  8. this is so awesomely helpful! Thank you!
    One thign I am trying to figure out... Why does it trace around the edge of my image and cut it????


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