Print and cut with the Silhouette software has so many options available. The past 2 weeks we have explored using a print and cut file (Part 1) and creating text (Part 2) to use in print and cut. This week we will explore creating a print and cut file from a jpeg or png image.
Print and Cut with Images
Open the jpeg or png file.
A jpeg may have a white background around the image and a png file can have a transparent background. These file types are both flattened graphic images, so they are no cut files.
For more information on file types, check out this post – Understanding File Type Extensions in Silhouette Studio by Lycia Evanoff with Caught by Design.
Here I have opened both files to show the difference, but the same steps would be used for either file type.
Open the Trace Panel.
- Click on Select Trace Area and draw a rectangle around the entire design.
- Increase the Threshold up until the entire design has turned yellow.
- Click on Trace and Detach. The image will be detached from the background and there will now be cut lines around the image and you have . As long as you make sure your design is as yellow as possible, it will trace around the edge.
Keep in mind that each design will vary in how it reacts.
- Delete the extra portion of design background, as it’s no longer needed.
Set up the file as a Print and Cut
- Move the file onto the Silhouette virtual mat.
- Open the Page Setup Panel.
Page Size – Current Printer
Orientation – Portrait
Check the Show Print Border box
Check the Show Cut Border box
- Click on the Page Setup Panel – Registration Marks tab.
- Choose Type 1 Registration Marks for the Cameo, Portrait or Curio machine.
- Click on the Restore Defaults button.
This will reset the registration marks and I would suggest using this as the starting point to get an accurate cut.
- Move the design on the mat so it is not in the cross-hatched areas of the page. The optical eye on the Silhouette machine needs the cross-hatched area to read the registration marks accurately.
While the registration marks can be moved, I suggest for a new user to keep them on the defaults before it is sent to print. If the marks are moved, then I would suggest doing some test print and cuts on copy paper to make sure the cut is still accurate.
Check out more troubleshooting tips HERE on Part 1 of Print and Cut.
For more information on the Registration marks panel, check out the “Let’s Explore v4 – Registration marks” post HERE.
- Next, click on the printer icon in the top left corner.
File > Print from the Menu
For more information on the Print Preview – check out Print and Cut – Part 1.
- Double check that the page looks correct and that all 3 of the registration marks have printed.
- Place the printed page on the cutting mat exactly as it shows on the screen, in the top left corner.
- Click on the Send tab in the top right corner.
- Click on the image to select it and choose Cut. The bold red cut lines should appear around the design.
- Load the Silhouette mat in the machine and choose Send.
Perfect print and cut!
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