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Print and Cut – Part 3 – Images

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.

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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.

Step 1 – Click on Select Trace Area and draw a rectangle around the entire design.

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Step 2 – Increase the Threshold up until the entire design has turned yellow.

Step 3 – 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.

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Keep in mind that each design will vary in how it reacts.

Step 4 – Delete the extra portion of design background, as it’s no longer needed.

Set up the file as a Print and Cut

Step 1 – Move the file onto the Silhouette virtual mat. I used

Step 2 – Open the Page Setup Panel.

Step 3 – Choose:
Page Size – Current Printer
Orientation – Portrait
Check the Show Print Border box
Check the Show Cut Border box

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Step 4 – Click on the Page Setup Panel – Registration Marks tab.

Step 5 – Choose Type 1 Registration Marks for the Cameo, Portrait or Curio machine.

Registration Marks copy

Step 6 – 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.

Step 7 – 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.

Step 8 – Next, click on the printer icon in the top left corner.
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File > Print from the Menu
File Print
For more information on the Print Preview – check out Print and Cut – Part 1.

Step 9 – Double check that the page looks correct and that all 3 of the registration marks have printed.

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Step 10 – Place the printed page on the cutting mat exactly as it shows on the screen, in the top left corner.

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Step 11 – Click on the Send tab in the top right corner.

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Step 12 – Click on the image to select it and choose Cut. The bold red cut lines should appear around the design.

Step 13 – Load the Silhouette mat in the machine and choose Send.

Perfect print and cut!

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For more information on print and cut, check out these posts:
Print and Cut – Part 1 – pre-designed Print and cut files
Troubleshooting Tips
Print and Cut – Part 2 – Text

I would love to see what you create – feel free to post on my Facebook group at
Silhouette Secrets+ with EllyMae.


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12 thoughts on “Print and Cut – Part 3 – Images”

    1. There is no flatten in Silhouette. If you’d like to save it as a jpeg or png file, you can if you have Business Edition. A jpeg or png file is a flattened photo file.
      In Silhouette, there’s no flatten because you can simply print direct without having to flatten.


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