The warp templates area new to the v4.2 software release. They are available with the Designer Edition upgrade or higher and a version higher than v4.2.279 of the Silhouette software.
To update the Silhouette software version, I would highly recommend going to the Silhouette website and downloading the update direct from there.
Before updating the software version, I would highly recommend making a backup of the library. You can find more details on the Silhouette library for versions before v4.2 in this post – Let’s Explore v4 – Silhouette Library Tips.
The warp templates are found under the Warp Panel on the right side. Depending on your screen size, you may have a pop out menu or you may see the full list of panel icons on the right side.
In the left photo, you will see the fly out menu for a smaller screen and on the right side, you will see the full panel list expanded. Again, this is dependent on screen size.
There are 6 different options for Warp Templates.
Here are the first 3 on the left side of the Warp Panel.
And here are the 3 templates from the right side of the Panel.
The templates can be used as is or you have even more options to customize the text.
By grabbing and moving the points, you can edit the text even further.
Another tool that would come in handy here is the Snap to Grid feature. Most times when I use the software, I like the freedom to move my design freely and in small increments.
With the Snap to Grid option, it will move to the next grid space measurement that you have selected. This can help in aligning the points of a warped shape.
For instance, if you move the left bottom point and you want to make sure that you move the right bottom point so it’s perfectly aligned.
Check the box next to Show Grid and Snap to Grid. Now, when the orange points are moved, they will snap to the grid spacing.
I love letting the software do the work for me!
At this point, the text can still be changed by double clicking in it to get the text cursor.
When you are satisfied with the changes to the text, then choose the Release Warp option and it will change it take it out of the Warp edit.
Notice that it separates each letter and you will need to group the design back together for it to move as one object.
If the changes are not what you had in mind, choose the Restore Original Shapes option and the text will revert back to the original design.
And there is more!!!
Grab the slider on the right side of the panels and it reveals more Warp Template options.
So much fun to play with all the options available to you in the software.
Now, what are some ideas that you can think of to create Word Art with these Warp Templates?
Feel free to post your comments and questions below or on my Facebook group at Silhouette Secrets with EllyMae.
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