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Let’s Explore v4 – Silhouette Studio

Silhouette Studio Design Tab Diagram

Original post written in July 2019. Updated on May 21, 2020 with the current diagram link.

In January 2018, I started the “Let’s Explore v4” series with the intention of breaking down each of the panels on the right side of the Silhouette v4 software and explaining the parts of them. When I started, I had no idea how far it would go and it has grown to so much more than my original thought. I have learned so much by writing these posts and exploring other tools in the software that I have never used because I get stuck in the same old routines. It is so exciting to see something come to life in the Silhouette software and I love learning new things and being able to share those.

I do feel that the software is the key no matter what Silhouette machine you have. If you learn how to do something in the software, you can apply that to so many other projects that you create.

Today, I want to share a free PDF chart I created that maps out the Design tab of the Silhouette Studio v4 software.

Click HERE or on the image above to download this PDF diagram.

This can either be printed as a reference guide or opened on a computer. When the file is opened on a computer with a PDF viewer, all of the blue titles have been linked to the blog post in the Let’s Explore v4 series that it corespondents with it.

The Let’s Explore v4 series can also be found at the top right of this blog anytime you need it as well.

I have had such great feedback on this series and I hope that it has helped you learn a little bit more about this powerful software by Silhouette!

Now, keep in mind that Silhouette is always adding new things into the software and I think this is awesome! What that means is that this chart is good for today and for users who are using a version of the Silhouette software that contain these features.

Just like many things in life, things change. Change can be hard for most of us, but it can also be good. I will update this free PDF with future changes, once I know those changes will be sticking around.

If you are not using the Silhouette Studio v4.2 software yet, I would highly encourage you to do so. You can download the current version of the software direct from the Silhouette America website HERE. I am using v4.2.279, which can be found under the Legacy section and it is what I’d recommend today.
As always with any software, they may be a “bug” or two in it. This happens with all software programs. There are 2 that are known in this version 4.2.279 I am recommending, but they are more just annoyances than anything.
I explain those “bugs” and how you can work with them in this post –
Let’s Explore v4 – Bugs.

And if you are considering updating or even if you are not, it is always a good time to backup the Silhouette library if you store personal files there – for more tips on the Silhouette Library prior to version 4.2 check out this post – Silhouette Library Tips.

Shape up your Silhouette Library copy

While you are exporting a backup, don’t forget to export your custom cut settings if you have those in the Silhouette software too! This is an awesome feature.
Check out how to do that in this post –  Add Cut Settings & Export.

Export Header copy

Don’t forget to grab the free PDF diagram of the Design Tab in the Silhouette Studio v4 software and save it some place safe on your computer to refer back to when needed.

Design Tab diagram

I’d love to hear your feedback or suggestions for things you would like to see in the future!

Feel free to post your comments and questions below or on my Facebook group at Silhouette Secrets with EllyMae.


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