Let’s Explore v4 – Saving a file as a svg from Silhouette
Did you know that you can save a file as an svg file directly from the Silhouette Studio software if you have the Business Edition upgrade?
So first, what is a svg file?
A .svg is a Scalable Vector Graphic.
This means that it is an image that can be scaled up or down without losing image quality.
In general, it is a common cut file that can be used by many different programs and platforms.
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There are a couple of things that have to be considered before you can save as a svg file.
1 – You must be using a software version of v4.1.197 or higher. This was the version released in August 2017, so it’s been available for quite some time.
3 – The design cannot contain any pieces or parts of a file from the Silhouette Design Store. If you try to export as a svg file with a part from the Design Store, it will give you an error message.
But, you can purchase the svg file from the Silhouette Design Store if it is an option and then download it direct to your computer and use it.
This can be opened in Silhouette Studio to be added to and then exported as a svg or used direct in another program.
If you have already purchased the .studio file for a design, you are only charged the difference from the .studio to .svg price when you checkout in the Silhouette Design Store for that svg.
How do you save as a svg?
Well, this is the easy part. As long as you meet the #1-3 above, then it’s as simple as File > Save As in the Silhouette software.
I am going to use the Snowman design that I created using the tools in the Silhouette Studio software in this post – Designing in Silhouette – Snowman Pieces.
Design the file or open the file that you may have previously designed.
Then choose File > Save As > Save to Hard Drive in the top left corner of the Silhouette Studio software.
Then choose the location to save the svg file to.
Choose the File Name and then change the File Type to whatever you want to save it as.
In this case, choose svg.
And you are done!
View the svg in the folder where you saved it as.
If your svg files are showing with a different icon than a Silhouette icon, it is most likely that your computer’s default program is not set to open a svg file direct with Silhouette.
You can change that!
Find step-by-step instructions on how to change that here in this post
– Reasons svg files are not opening in Silhouette Studio.
Now, something to note here is that a user may need to turn the cut lines on when they open a svg file if they are using some versions of the Silhouette software.
This is normal and not that the file has been saved wrong.
It is just how it is and a simple step to turn them on.
Select the object by clicking directly on it or the red cut line.
You can tell an object is selected because a gray selection box will appear around all selected objects.
Then click on the Send tab in the top right corner.
If the cut lines are off, you will not see bold red cut lines around the design.
The cut line designation is set to No Cut or they are turned off.
With the object selected, choose Cut and the bold red cut lines will turn on.
The BIGGEST factor here is that the object has to be selected in order to change the cut lines on or off.
If nothing on the screen is selected you will not be able to change the Cut Action setting.
Make sure the object is selected by clicking on it first.
And you have created your own svg file that could be used in many other programs.
I am seeing more and more users get the Silhouette Studio Business Edition to be able to design and save using the features of the Silhouette software, but use the files in other ways, such as with a Glowforge as an example.
I would love to see what you are creating!
Feel free to post on my Silhouette Secrets+ Facebook group!
Have questions? That is the best place to start troubleshooting too!
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