Adding cutlines to a pdf/jpg file from the internet in your Silhouette Software - Silhouette Video Tutorial

Hi guys. I recorded a video tutorial showing you how to import pdf and jpg files into your Silhouette software and add the cut lines so you don't have to cut the printable by hand. In no way am I encouraging you to do this and take credit for other peoples work! Please do not take the images you make and claim them as your own or try to sell them! But for those of you who have a Silhouette cutting machine and want to utilize it this tutorial for personal use to make your life easier, this is the tutorial for you!

Here are the written instructions as well: 

You need to import the pdf/jpg and load it as an Image at 300 dpi, NOT as a vector. Then you need to make your Registration Marks as wide as you can. Drag all of the registration lines to the left as far as you can. They should read: Length .197 and Thickness .012. The Left, Top, Right, Bottom inserts should all be at .394. This will give you the most cutting surface for you to work with. 

Now you need to trace the images:

1. You need to go to the Trace Icon (The Green Butterfly outlined in yellow). Now you click the Select Trace Area option.

2. Out line all of the images you want traced. I chose to do it in sections. In my experience, you get crisper lines this way. The trace area will show up all highlighted in yellow.

3. Uncheck the High Pass Filter and and make sure the Low Pass Filter Selection is unchecked too. Now Drag the Threshold option up to 100% and the Scale option down to 4%. You might have to adjust it a bit. Just try and get the straightest outline around the image as possible.

4. Now you will click the option Trace and Detach. This will make all of the images you traced separate from the original file. Do it for all of the images on the sheet you want to cut out. Now you will click on or drag all of the left over paper and items you don't want to cut out and delete them.

5. Then you are going to select and move all of the items you want the software to cut, and arrange them within the cutting area on your paper. If you have the Designer Editions Software you can click the N next to the Replicate Icon and this will Nest all of the images inside the Registrations Marks. Make sure you keep images clear of the Registration Marks and the red cut area line. I would say like a 1/4" or so away or else your machine will have trouble reading the Registration Marks. (Learned this the hard way man times over!)

6. When you have them arranged where you want them to be on your paper area, you will highlight all of the images you want your machine to cut. 

7. Now you are going to select the blade icon for the Cut Settings at the top right of the software. Then you are going to select Cut Edge. Now all of the edges of your images should be a bright red. You can print and cut and repeat on all of the files you don't want to cut by hand anymore!

If you found this printable useful and are new to this site, go to my original blogs at and to see many other free printables designed for your planners. 

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Also, when I post the studio3 files to my blog, they are ready to print and cut and you don’t have to do a thing. You don’t need to add cut line. As long as your printer settings are set to Print Actual Size and/or the Scale Setting is set at 100% or less, you should not have any problems with your Silhouette registering. If you do, click HERE for a post I did with tips on cutting, printing, downloading, and Silhouette files tips and tricks. You might find it helpful if you are having issues with my files or any other files on the internet.

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  1. Thank you Jessica!!! You are the best, I feel like you do way too much....I'm gonna watch now!!

    1. I hope it make sense to you, as you are a newbie in the software. Keep at it! You will be a pro in no time!

  2. You are awesome! Thank for you generosity all that you give!

  3. Thank you Jessica for the very helpful video! Much appreciated!

    1. I am glad it was of use to you. It will make your life easier, that's for sure!

  4. I'm in the middle of trying to decide between the silhouette and the cricut. I haven't been able to find videos that show the cricut printing full pages, which would make a lot of these amazing freebie printables pointless. There are too many choices and I'm overwhelmed! Have you only used the silhouette? Do you prefer it over the other options?

    1. Here is my two cents: I was struggling between buying a Cricut and a Silhouette at the beginning of this year too. Luckily I have two cousins that run a successful blog who have both of these machines that helped me decide to go with the Silhouette. I do not own the Cricut, but I have used the software, but it was very confusing to me because I learned how to design with the Silhouette software. You cannot cut full pages with the Cricut. You will not be able to cut my printables using the Cricut. That is the one thing I will say. You won't be able to use any printable that someone designs on a 8 1/2 x 11 paper. It's just not capable to add the cutlines.

      Here in a nut shell is what I was told to make up my mind about which machine to buy. One of my cousins prefers the Cricut because she cuts vinyl for the blog. The Cricut is a great paper crafting machine that makes very intricate cuts using all kinds of paper mediums. (This is before Silhouette came out with the Curio, which is on my crafting wish list) I was turned off by the fact that you had to buy cartridges for it and the fact that if you do not have a good internet connection then you cannot use design in the Cricut software. That is a major problem for people who live in rural areas that don't have access to good wifi.

      The Silhouette is for any and everything else. I don't have to have an internet connection to design. I don't have to buy cartridges. If you have the Designer Edition Software, you can import pdf's and add cutlines, no matter the size of the file. All around, I do not regret for on second investing my money in the Silhouette. I was even contacted by someone else who felt like the Cricut was going to be a big door stop because they bought it thinking they could use it to cut my and others planning sheets and could not and was disappointed and bought a Cameo anyways after they bought the Cricut to begin with.

      So all in all, you need to ask yourself what are your needs in a cutting machine. If you are a big crafter and want a machine that will cut all sorts of paper mediums, then go with a Cricut or you could get the best of both worlds and buy a Silhouette Curio. Or if you are wanting a machine to cut sticker paper or paper as thick as card stock, buy a Portrait or a Cameo. The only difference between the two is that the Cameo has the ability to cut 12 x 12 paper.

      If you have any other specific questions that I didn't answer, reply to this comment and I will try my best to answer them.