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Let’s Explore v4 – Merging files

Let’s Explore v4 – Merging files

Have you ever wanted to add designs to the same work space you are currently working on? You can always use the copy and paste method if a design opens on a new design mat, but there is also the option to use the Merge feature and it will add it to your current workspace on the software.

Depending on where the files are located will depend on how you access the Merge feature.
Let’s take a look at how you can merge designs onto the current workspace.

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Merging files from the Silhouette library

Open up Silhouette Studio and set up the page as you would like to get started.
I am going to create a 5″ x 7″ card for this project.

Click on the Library tab in the top right corner.
Right click on the design you want and choose “Merge”.

Now, the design will come in on your workspace that you have set up.

Thank You Word Phase by Samantha Walker – Design #13766

Note: In some versions of the software & some files, if you double click it will also place it on your current design mat. But this is not universal for all files or all software versions.

You can add more design elements to your file using the same steps listed above.
Keep in mind that the more objects or text on your file increases the size of the data of the file.

Merging files from outside the Silhouette software

Open up Silhouette Studio and set up the page as you would like to get started.
I’m going to use a 12″ wood round as an example project, so I’ve drawn a 12″ circle and added a light brown color to it.

I use shapes often when I’m designing to gauge the size that a design should be to fit onto my project.

Next, choose File > Merge in the top left corner.
Or use the keyboard shortcut – Ctrl+Shift+O

Locate where the file is saved and select it. The file will “merge” onto the current design mat.

Arrange the design as you want for your project. Add more elements to the design mat by repeating those same steps each time.

Drag and Drop onto the current workspace

Another way to add designs to the current workspace is to drag and drop from the Explorer folder (Windows) or the Finder folder (MAC).

This feature may only be available for some users if you have the Designer Edition upgrade or higher. This may depend on the software version you are using.
Find out more about the upgrades here – Software Upgrades – My Favorite Features
I tested this in Silhouette Studio v4.4.552 and it would allow the drag and drop for png and jpeg files.

With the software open on the desktop, open the Explorer folder (or Finder folder) where the file is located and simply grab the file and drag and drop it onto the design mat.

Here is a quick video showing the drag and drop process.

Keep in mind that the level of software you have will determine what file types you can open.
A software upgrade will unlock additional features and file types you can open. For instance, with the Designer Edition upgrade or higher, you can open svg files.

There are so many options available in the Silhouette software!
The Merge function is just one of many cool things!

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Enjoy!

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