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Let’s Explore v4 – Image Effects

Image Effects Panel in Silhouette Studio v4

Did you know there are a lot of options to change the Image Effects
in Silhouette Studio v4?

Under the Image Effects Panel on the right side, there are many options that include:
– Grey Shade
– Colorize
– Contrast, Brightness & Saturation
– Gamma
– Invert
– Sepia
– Tint
– Shadow

Panel copy

Let’s take a look at what each of those options means.

Grey Shade

Select the design by clicking on it and then move the slider to the right or increase the numbers to adjust the grey in the photo.

Here is the original graphic at 0% grey shade

Grey Shade copy

As the number is increased, the colors are muted and turn grey.
Here is at 50% grey shade

Grey Shade 50 copy

And here is 100% grey shade, which turns the entire image black and white.

Grey Shade 100 copy


Increase the slider to change the colors in the design. There are so many options with this and you can alter the image to your liking.

Hue 50 copy

Look at the difference in this image with only changing the Hue to 50%.
Wow – I kind of like that!

How about Hue at 70%

Hue 70 copy

So many ideas! You could change your craft room colors anytime you want and have the same graphic for decor, just by changing the Image Effects.

Contrast, Brightness, & Saturation

Adjust each one of these from zero for many different effects.

Contrast copy

If you don’t like what the result is, click on cancel and it will revert back to the original design. If you love the look, click on apply to keep the changes.


This slider starts at 50.

Decrease the gamma to get bolder colors.

Gamma 19 copy

Increase the gamma to get lighter colors. This reminds me of a watercolor effect.

Gamma 79 copy

Like what you see? Click the apply button to keep the changes or cancel if you want to revert back to the original colors.


This effect flips the colors. So if the design was a white background, increase the invert will change it to black.

Invert 100 copy

That is pretty neat!
Click the apply button if you like it or cancel if you want to start again.


Adjust the strength to change add a brown look to the colors.

Sepia 50 copy

This reminds me of an antiqued look.


Change the red, green or blue colors to achieve different results.

Tint copy


Add a shadow to the design. Below I added a shadow to the text in the middle.
The shadow feature is available in the Designer Edition upgrade or higher.

Shadow copy

There are so many option such as adding a shadow, changing the color of the shadow, pan the shadow, releasing the shadow, or choosing to cut around the shadow.

Adding a shadow is a great feature for Print and Cut projects!

If you release the shadow, it then becomes a stand alone design and can be cut.

Wow! This software is amazing! I learn new things every time I play with it!

So here is the original image.

Original image copy

And here is the final image. I changed several things in the Image Effects panel until I had the look I liked.

Final design copy

And then I printed on my new Canon TS9521C printer that I am in love with.

IMG_8885 copy

My original plan was to print it on cardstock and put it in a frame. But, then I saw the Silhouette Printable Cotton Canvas and thought I’d give it a go.
I love it!

IMG_8887 copy

There are just not enough hours in the day to play with all the cool features in the Silhouette software!


The designs I used in today’s post are Painted Floral Square by Loni Harris – Design #139088 and Craft the Life You Love Phrase by Kolette Hall – Design #262129.

Image Effects

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I would love to see what you create – feel free to post on my Facebook group at
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2 thoughts on “Let’s Explore v4 – Image Effects”

  1. I have sold my cameo 3 and the new owner needs to register it so they can access the website. How can that be done?

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. The registration is for the warranty of the machine. The warranty is good for 1 year after the original date of purchase.
      You can contact Silhouette and they can transfer the registration to the new owner.
      They can proceed with the setup without registering the machine.


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