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!
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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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- My Planner Envy printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
- You may not re-sell, redistribute, or claim the designs as your own.
- If you post this on the internet, please give credit to My Planner Envy & link back to my website (www.myplannerenvy.com), so others can obtain the files from the original source.
- I will always give credit where credit is due, so in return I would like the same consideration.
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