Saturday, January 21, 2012

Making a Background Template

It is really easy to make a simple template for polka dots or stripes and just keep the template in your Silhouette Library and grab it whenever you need to make a quick background to match something. I have six or seven templates I use. I have polka dots widely spaced (like shown in the video), I have closely spaced ones, a snowflake background and several striped backgrounds. It's just so handy to have them and it doesn't take that long to make up a template. You'll be glad you have them once you take the time to make some of them.

Friday, January 13, 2012

SILHOUETTE/CAMEO 29: Cutting out lettering welded to an opening.

Another person on the Yahoo group looking for help to make a cutout so I did a quick video on how to do it. It basically is just making sure you start with an object that is a compound path. That means that if you have a square with another square inside of it, you need to choose both and make them a compound path, then you can weld things inside or on the edges. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Another new person posted on the Make-the-Cut board about trying to do scans in Make-The-Cut that they were unable to do in Silhouette Studio. I have not done what was asked in Make-The-Cut but had done it in Silhouette Studio and had made a video several months ago and I referred her to it. Now the same person wants to know what to do when the line art or item you are scanning has gaps in the outline since that makes the trace very strange. If there aren't many gaps, it isn't hard to fix. If there are tons of gaps I personally would trace it out by hand using one of the node tools...but if there aren't too many gaps it is quick to fix and here is a video on how to do that.

NOTE: My original video had some weird flashing in it that I had no idea where it came from but I posted it since the lady who wanted the information was in a hurry...I deleted the video and it is reposted below without the weird mystery flashing.


Someone posted on the Silhouette Yahoo group that they had a new Cameo and didn't know how to import a graphic and use it as a print and cut. This is a quick video on how to do that. Images are easy to find. Decide what kind of image you want, go to Google, type in the name (I typed in Mickey Mouse) and then on the left side click on "images" and you will be amazed at what comes up.