• How to Cut SVG Images With the Silhouette Machine

    In addition to a wide array of other digital products, Designer Digitals sells cutting files for use in a die cutting machine.
    In this series of tips, we'll help you get the most from these files by showing you how to load and use these products in the Silhouette Cameo. As an added bonus, some of the cutting file products in our store contain SVG cutting files. To use these, you need to upgrade the Silhouette software to the Designer Edition. You may wish to do this since SVG files are easy to use in the Silhouette software. To use SVGs, you’ll use the Offset Window to trace the files. Here’s how:

    1. Download and unzip your purchases. (You'll get an error message if you forget to unzip them before opening them in the software.)
    2. Open the Silhouette Designer Edition software. Click “Show Drawing Area” from the menu on the left side.
    3. Choose File > Open.
    4. In the Import dialog box, click the "Files of type:" drop-down menu. Choose SVG. Then use the "Look in:" box at the top of the dialog box to browse your computer for your unzipped downloads.
    Double-click the image you want to import.
    It will populate in the drawing area as a black and white image.
    5. Now you’ll need to create the cutting lines so that the machine will know where to cut.
    To do this, click on the image to make it active. You will see a bounding box appear around the image.
    6. In the top right corner, choose “Open the Offset Window.” The Offset Window will appear on the right side of the screen.
    7. Click Offset. You’ll see red cutting lines appear outside of the image.
    8. Drag the Offset Distance slider to the left until the cutting lines are even with the image, then click Apply.
    9. Click the black shape and drag it down. Click it again to select it and press delete or backspace on your keyboard to delete the black shape.
    You’ll be left with a red outline of the shape that you can send to the Silhouette for cutting.

    The Offset function tends to be more accurate than the Trace function used in the previous tip, saving you time. Whenever an SVG file format is offered, it’s the better choice for importing into the Silhouette Designer software.

    If you don’t use a Silhouette machine, you can use "Make the Cut" software to send images to your die cutter.