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The Silhouette Studio Beginners Course - The Side Tools

In our first post we deal with the side tools of the Silhouette Studio software from Silhouette America, which is used for the Silhouette Portrait® and Cameo®.

At the time of this post, version 4.1.479 is available. The current version can be downloaded here.

Page settings

In the first step, we can define the size of our medium (paper / cardboard / flex or flock film) in the page settings.

In addition to the width and height, we can also select the orientation (portrait or landscape).

We can also specify whether we want to use a cutting mat ("Select carrier"). A cutting mat is required if our medium does not have its own carrier film.

A carrier film would be present for vinyl / flex and flock films, for example. This usually consists of paper or plastic. If a carrier film is available, a cutting mat is only required if the size of the medium is smaller than the transport rollers on the plotter.

example: The plotter cannot grip a 10 x 10 cm piece of vinyl and is therefore glued to a cutting mat.

In addition to the matching cutting mat, we can also select a transparency if necessary. This transparency makes the medium transparent so that we can see the carrier's grid behind the medium. This is especially useful when we haven't cut our media quite straight. Then we can use the grid for orientation in order to position our motif.

If we then want to print our result, the option "Show print margin" helps. Here a blue line is drawn around the medium which visualizes where the printer can still print.

Practical too: The option "Show cutting edge" can be used to display a red line which symbolizes where the plotter can still cut. In this way, we avoid our motif ending up outside of the area that can be cut and not everything is cut correctly during the final cut.

Grid

Here we have the option to configure the grid. In the options you can decide whether the grid should be displayed or not ("Show grid").

We can also choose whether our objects should be aligned with the grid when dragging, enlarging, drawing, etc. If this option is active, when the objects are dragged, they are "snapped" into the grid. This allows objects to be drawn on a line without having to align them.

Set the distance according to your preferences and define how many intermediate steps this grid should contain. For example, you can specify that the grid is 40 mm apart and has 4 divisions. This gives you the option of aligning in 10 mm intervals and recognizes a highlight every 20 or 40 mm.

Finally, we can also adjust the color of the grid. This allows us to let the grid stand out from our motif.

Registration marks

For the so-called "Print & Cut" process, register marks are printed on the sheet.

For example, we can design an invitation card in the studio, print it out and then cut it out with the plotter.

To activate the registration marks, we first select the type 1 style and now see a black square and two black corners in the window.

When starting the cutting process, these are scanned by the plotter and used to orient / align the paper. For this reason, it is important not to store any printable elements in the immediate vicinity. This protection zone is visually represented by diagonal hatching.

If the plotter has problems recognizing the markers, they can be scanned manually. If the problem persists, you can also set the length and thickness of the corners under "Dimensions". However, I would recommend not setting the markings too thin or too short, even if this makes the protection zone smaller and you can get more on the sheet. Otherwise, this could prevent the plotter from correctly recognizing the registration marks.