We talked about using images before and importing your own for the Silhouette. Some of you asked if you can use a pdf file to do this.
A pdf file can be used in Adobe software programs. Adobe offers a free program called Adobe Acrobat Reader which allows you to open and view these pdf files. However, you can’t open the pdf files in the Silhouette software.
But guess what?! You can still use pdf files!!!
Here are two different ways I found to make it work.
1. Using the Paint program. Most Microsoft computers come with the free program Paint. It’s been on every computer I’ve ever had and I never installed a thing, so I think it’s a default program. I’m not sure about Mac, but I’m sure there’s an equivalent.
STEP ONE: Open the pdf file you want to use. In my example I am using this darling Easter Yard Signs Sketch.
Thank you so much Maria for letting me use this file and your images!
By default, the pdf file will open in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
STEP TWO: Click on View and select Page Display and Single Page.
Now we can see each entire page individually.
STEP THREE: On your keyboard hit Fn and Prt Sc (Function Print Screen). The Fn button is usually located at the bottom left of your keyboard next to the Ctrl button. The Prt Sc button is usually located at the top right of your keyboard next to the delete button. On my keyboard, the Prt Sc is shared with Ins.
What you have just done is copied whatever is showing on your computer screen.
STEP FOUR: Open the Paint program and hit Ctrl, V or you can go to Edit and select Paste.
You should now have something like this.
Select the dotted rectangle button located just under the word Edit. This is going to allow us to crop our image. Go ahead and select your image.
You can faintly see the dotted lines around my bunny page.
STEP FIVE: Go up to Image in the menu bar and select crop.
Now we’ve got our image, so let’s save it as a jpeg file.
Go up to File in the menu bar and choose Save As…
Then go ahead and name it whatever you would like and make sure the type is JPEG.
Now our file is ready to use in the Silhouette software. Go ahead and repeat for the remaining pages of the pdf file if desired.
2. Using Adobe PhotoShop or Elements. The second way to turn a pdf file into a jpeg image is with Adobe PhotoShop or Elements. This is not a free program, but one I highly recommend investing in. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PhotoShop and use it daily!
I have CS3, but the directions I use can be used with any PhotoShop or Elements version.
STEP ONE: Open your pdf file. Go to File, Open and select the pdf file from wherever you have it saved.
I was asked to import the images, so I clicked ok and was brought to this point.
STEP TWO: Save as a jpeg file. Go to File, select Save As…, then go ahead and name the file whatever you want. Make sure you change the format to JPEG, then click save.
All done! Now you have the jpeg file that can be opened in the Silhouette software. Repeat with the remaining three pages.
So now if you wanted to make Maria’s adorable Easter Yard Signs, you can trace your newly created jpeg files in the Silhouette software, cut out your stencil with the Silhouette machine, and whip them up in no time!
Any questions, please let me know!