Let’s Explore v4 – Line Style Panel

Did you know you can change the line style of your designs in the Silhouette Studio?
Today we are going to Explore the Line Style Panel which you can find on the right side of your v4 Silhouette Software program.

Line Style Panel copy

First, I want to mention that you can change the default that your software Outlines in under the Preferences Panel.
Preferences can be found by clicking on the gear icon in the bottom right corner of the Design Tab or in the top left corner under the Edit tab.

Preferences Edit tab copy

Open the Preferences Panel and Click on the Default tab at the top. You can then change whether the Default Fill Style is ‘Solid Fill’ or ‘Outline only’ and whether the line color is Black or Red.

Preferences copy

My program is set for outline only and red meaning that when I draw a shape it will show a red outline of my shape. This is a personal preference and you can change it at any time.

Now, let’s take a look at the Line Style Panel.

Line Style Panel diagram copy

  1. Style – Choose from a variety of dashed lines.Style drop down copyKeep in mind that changing the line style also changes how it will cut. If you have a dashed line, that is exactly what it will cut. This works good if you are trying to make a score line for a card or template, but it doesn’t work well to cut a design out.
  2. Thickness – Line thickness is defaulted to 0. That means if you were to print this design on your printer right now, it would not actually print anything because there is no line thickness. If you want to print the outline of a design, then you need to increase the line thickness.Thickness
  3. Corner – When using the line thickness, this determines if the corners of the design are round, flat or sharp.
    Corner copy
  4. End caps – This option has flat, adds a square on the ends or rounds off the ends of your line.
    End Caps copy
  5. Position – When using thick lines, you can choose to have the outline in front of the design or behind the design.Shape Outline in frontThe photo above has the Line Style Position in front of the design.

    Shape Outline in back
    And this photo shows the Line Style Position behind the design.

  6. Line Options – Print Lines of Selected Shapes – When your design is selected and you check this box, your Line will print with a line weight. Keep in mind,  it will print in whatever color you have set up on the design screen. I changed mine to black for this example.
    Here is my design:
    Print Lines of Selected Shapes
    And here is my printed page:
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    This is an awesome feature as you don’t have to change the line thickness to get a design to print unless that is the look you want.
  7. Line Style Panel – Tab 2: Line Color – change the line color to any of those in the Color Palette, change the transparency of the line color or click on the Advanced Options and open up a lot more color options.

    Line Color

    And that is the Line Style Panel!
    This can be very useful when you are printing designs, sending images to people, saving your designs as .jpegs (Business Edition feature) and so many more reasons. Take some time and play around with the Line Style options, you never know what you will learn!

    For this tutorial I used a file from the Silhouette Design store called Mom’s Fidget Spinner by Sweet Afron #202772 – find it HERE.

    Here are the posts so far in the Let’s Explore v4 series:
    – Let’s Explore v4 – Setup Panel
    – Let’s Explore v4 – Setup Panel Tab 2 – Grid options
    – Let’s Explore v4 – Setup Panel Tab 3 – Registration Marks
    Let’s Explore v4 – Fill Color Panel

    Check out my Silhouette Instructions and Events tab for more information on Personalized Silhouette Instruction.

    Enjoy!

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