Designing in Silhouette
So you want to learn to design in the Silhouette software?
I see user’s asking how to create their own designs in Silhouette often. And it can be done. The more familiar you can become with the tools in the software, the easier things will be for you to create designs.
The more you do it the more you will start to use those tools without even knowing you are doing it! The absolute best thing you can do to learn the software is to dive in.
Follow this step-by-step, even if you never make the finished physical project.
You will have created the design yourself, used many tools in the Silhouette software, and learn new things as you do it.
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A group member had sent a message asking if I knew where to buy a file. I did not find the exact file, but I started looking at it and decided it was a great way to show how you can create your own designs. After all, if you think about it, designs are just shapes combined to make up an image.
This little snowman are created from stacking toilet paper on a new toilet plunger. It has a cellophane gift bag that the adhesive vinyl is applied to and then it is slid down over top of the toilet paper rolls.
The first one I created, I wanted it to be all from creating the entire design in Silhouette.
First, measure the 4 rolls of TP or the blank that you are going to be applying it to.
My TP rolls are 5″ x 17.25″ when stacked on top of each other.
Using the Draw Rectangle tool & Scale tab, draw a rectangle 5″ x 17.25″ so you know what area you have to design within.
Next, let’s draw the boots.
Using the drawing tools again, draw a rectangle.
Then using the Flexishape tools, draw a half circle.
Flexishapes are a Designer Plus or Business Edition upgrade feature.
It is one reason I would highly recommend upgrading the software.
Hold the Shift key down when you draw the flexishape and it will snap to 0 degrees.
Align the half circle with the bottom of the rectangle using the Align tools.
Select both shapes and make a copy.
Move it off to the side, just in case it is needed later.
Select both the original rectangle and the half circle. Right click and choose weld.
Fill with color using the Fill color Panel.
Now let’s draw the buttons.
Choose the Draw Ellipse tool on the left side.
Then hold the Shift key down to draw a perfect circle.
Fill the circle with black using the Fill Color Panel or QAT (Quick Access Toolbar).
Duplicate the circle 3 times up. Move the top circle up a bit.
Select all 4 circles – choose Align Center. Then choose Vertical Spacing.
Group together once Aligned.
Working up, the scarf is next.
Under the Flexishapes, click on the draw arc tool. Then click in the middle of the rectangle and draw a line to the right a little ways. Move the mouse to the left and it will draw the arc. Adjust the middle arrows to make it thinner or wider.
Choose the Draw a Curved Shape tool.
Then draw a “tail” for the scarf. Play around with it until you like it.
When finished, select both the arc and the tail, right click and choose Weld.
Fill it with red color from the Fill Color Panel on the right side or in the QAT (Quick Access Toolbar).
Next, let’s draw the mouth.
Using the Draw Ellipse tool on the left side, hold down the Shift key and draw a small circle.
Fill the circle with black using the Fill Color Panel.
Use the Replicate Panel to replicate the circle 5-6 times.
Arrange the circles in the shape of a smile by clicking on each and moving.
Select all of mouth pieces. Use the Align tools to space them Horizontally from each other.
Arrange how you like. Select all the mouth pieces, right click and choose group.
Now let’s draw the carrot nose shape.
Click on the Flexishape lighting bolt. Draw a small shape.
Then adjust using the red dots as desired.
Right click on the shape and choose Convert to Path.
Then double click to bring up the Edit Points.
Hold the Shift key down and drag to select across the entire design.
This will select all of the edit points at once.
Choose Make Curve.
Click on individual edit points to delete a few on the inside. Adjust the design as desired.
Fill with Orange from the Fill Color Panel.
And now the eyes, choose the Draw Ellipse tool and draw a small oval.
Fill it with black from the Fill Color Panel/QAT.
Then duplicate and move to the right.
Select both of the ovals, use the Align Middle tool and group them together.
The final piece to design is the hat.
To do this we will use the Draw ellipse and rounded rectangle tool.
Draw one oval for the bottom brim.
Make a copy and move it above the first.
Scale the 2nd oval down for the top of the hat by grabbing the corner bounding box and moving it in.
Use the Align tools to center the ovals together.
Then draw a rounded rectangle between the ovals.
Use the Align tools to center the shapes together.
Make a copy and pull it off to the side.
Select both ovals and the rounded rectangle, right click and choose Weld.
Make a copy of the welded design and pull it to the side.
Then fill the original design with black using the Fill Color Panel.
Next, make a copy of the bottom oval on the hat shapes copy.
Bring it over to the and place it were the brim meets the stack of the hat as shown.
Select the hat and the 2nd oval and use the Align tools to align the middle.
Next, with both objects still selected, open the Modify Panel and choose Crop.
Make a copy of the bottom oval again and drag it to the top of the cropped section. Use the Align tools to align the middle of the 2 shapes.
With both shapes selected, choose Subtract under the Modify Panel.
Fill the hat band with color and move it on top of the original hat.
Use the Align tools to make sure it’s aligned middle.
Arrange the snowman pieces as desired to see how it will fit on your space.
Congratulations! You created your own design!
Now, that may seem like a lot of steps or using a lot of tools, but like I said above, it is a design you have drawn yourself and the more you use the tools in the software, you will start to use them without even thinking about it.
Hopefully you picked up on the fact that we continued to use the same basic tools over and over.
If you are cutting the finished design, arrange all the pieces to cut out of the different colors of vinyl.
Check out this video showing all of the steps to create the snowman as well.
4 rolls of TP per snowman
New plunger – Target $4.99
Clear gift basket bag
Silhouette Studio Software
The more you use the tools, the better you will get. And sometimes, I’ll be honest, the only way to know what is going to work for the design you are creating is to push the buttons and use the UNDO button.
I would highly recommend getting into the software and just start creating!
Even if you do not cut the snowman, I would love to see the snowmen design that you make or any other design you have created using the tools in the software!
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