Software Usage Agreement
Silhouette America Corporation ("Silhouette America") hereby grants the
purchaser and authorized User (the "User") the right to use the software (the
“Software”) in accordance with the terms and conditions specified. By its
purchase and/or use of the Software, the User hereby accepts and agrees to
abide by the terms and conditions set forth herein.
All copyrights relating to the Software and accompanying printed materials such
as manuals shall be retained by the individuals or organizations indicated in the
Software or printed material.
The User may use the Software on one computer at a time.
3. Copying and modification
(1) The User may copy the Software for backup purposes.
(2) The User may not modify, combine, amend, or otherwise adapt the Software
by any means, including disassembly and decompiling.
4. Third-party use
The User may not transfer, assign, or otherwise dispose of the rights relating to
the Software or its use to third parties.
(1) Should the Software not operate correctly due to physical defects in the
Software installation CD, contact Silhouette America. The Software CD will be
exchanged in the case of a physical manufacturing defect, or a link to download
the software will alternately be provided at Silhouette America’s discretion.
(2) Silhouette America only guarantees the CD under the above situation.
(3) Silhouette America provides the Software on an “as is” basis. Neither
Silhouette America nor the supplier guarantees the performance or results that
may be achieved using the Software and accompanying documentation. Neither
Silhouette America nor the supplier gives any explicit or implicit guarantees
regarding the infringement of a third party's rights arising from the use of the
Software or accompanying manuals, their commercial performance, or their
suitability for specific purposes. Neither Silhouette America nor the supplier
assumes any responsibility for incidental, secondary, or special damages
resulting from the use of the Software or accompanying manuals under any
circumstances, including cases in which the possibility of that particular damage
arising is indicated to the User by the retailer. Moreover, neither Silhouette
America nor the supplier assumes any responsibility for claims from third
The company names and product names described in this manual are registered
trademarks of their respective owners.
Some of the software images used in this manual are those that were used when
the software was under development, and they may be slightly different from
those actually displayed. There are no differences between the functions and
setting layouts shown here and those of the actual version.
About this Manual
This manual is intended to provide an overview on how to use the Silhouette
Studio® software. While other cutting devices may be compatible, this manual
assumes the use of Silhouette electronic cutting tools. Instructions on using the
Silhouette cutting tool may be found in subsequent manuals regarding the
Silhouette hardware itself, including instructions on setting up the Silhouette for
cutting or sketching, loading materials, and using the SD card feature (SD and
CAMEO models only) to cut directly from the Silhouette hardware device.
(1) The contents of this manual may not be copied in part or in whole without
(2) The details and product specifications in this manual are subject to change
(3) The greatest effort has been taken to ensure the clarity and accuracy of the
information in this manual. Please contact Silhouette America or your retailer
with any questions you may have.
(4) Please note that Silhouette America assumes no responsibility for any
liabilities arising out of the use of this manual and product.
Silhouette Studio® is drawing/editing/output software that enables the creation
of outline and print data consisting of objects and text, and the output of the
created data to the Silhouette electronic cutting tool for a variety of applications
including cutting and perforating media materials for 2-dimensional projects,
fabricating 3-dimensional fold-together models from cut-out templates, and
sketching line art. The software is compatible with all Silhouette models. The
software also interfaces with other Graphtec plotter models CC100 – CC300
series models. Features and cutting results cannot be guaranteed for compatible
plotter units or electronic cutting tools not offered by Silhouette America. Some
features, such as print & cut applications, may not be available for other
compatible cutting tools not offered by Silhouette America. Silhouette Studio®
also supports convenient functions that enable the capturing of image data into
the software and the automatic creation of registration marks for print & cut
The following system environment is required to use Silhouette Studio®.
Windows –XP/Vista/7 (
32-bit & 64-bit
Mac – OS X 10.6.8 or later
CPU: Pentium III 800 MHz or higher
Memory: 1GB RAM recommended
Monitor: 1024 x 768 True-color recommended (
compact button mode available
for notebook computers
Mouse and/or Graphic Tablet
CD-ROM drive (
Supported cutting tool: Silhouette (
), Silhouette SD, Silhouette CAMEO®,
Silhouette Portrait™, Craft ROBO, and Graphtec models (
Supported printers: Windows-compatible or Mac-compatible printers (
printers strongly recommended for print & cut applications
The Silhouette Studio® software includes, but is
limited to, the following
software features and benefits:
Imports a variety of file formats
Print & cut technology (
Download exclusive digital content
Organize and optimize the library collection of images
Cut font files already installed on your computer
Manipulate Text with:
Word and letter wrapping
Letter spacing control
Fit text to path
Draw your own images in printing and cutting formats, including
Circles, Squares, and Rounded Rectangles
Polygons & Curved lines
Free-hand drawing tool
Resize images to exact specifications
Un-group/Group sets of lines for manipulation
Edit and manipulate points of text and images
Erase image parts with freehand eraser tool
Weld images together
Create shadowed mat effects
Arrange images with following abilities:
Manipulate line types for differing cutting actions
Create your own
print & cut
images by filling images with custom
colors, gradients, pattern fills
Unlimited “Undo” and “Redo” actions
Software File Formats
The Silhouette Studio® software uses a proprietary .STUDIO file format, which
art for line and color/gradient fill type data intended for printing
and/or cutting. The Silhouette also is able to open
formats in a
Ready to Cut
The Silhouette Studio® software can also import some other
file formats for the purpose of being able to trace these images to create cut lines
for Print and Cut images. The following additional file types can be imported:
In addition to files that may be opened or imported, Silhouette Studio® can also
access font. Please note that Silhouette America cannot guarantee the quality or
success of fonts not offered by our company as not all fonts are designed with
cutting or sketching in mind.
You are also able to create your own images to cut with the Silhouette software.
There are simple line drawing functions built into the Silhouette software that
will allow you to do so from within the Silhouette program.
Not all features of these file types may be able to be imported into the Silhouette Studio® software.
Available Digital Content
The Silhouette Studio® software comes pre-loaded with 50 ready-made designs.
These become available as you connect and power on your electronic cutting
Pre-loaded shapes will vary between Silhouette electronic cutting tools.
Additional content is available through the Silhouette Online Store (
through the Silhouette Studio® software
). The online store will allow you to
access and purchase additional digital content for the software, available both
from Silhouette America artists as well as independent artists and various
companies, thus ensuring a variety in look and feel of available pre-made
content. Further information on the store and downloading content will be
provided later in this manual.
Installing Silhouette Studio®
Installing on PC
1. Insert the installation CD into your computer’s CD-ROM drive.
2. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: You may need to allow permission to
run the installer program that is automatically launched, or select to
if given the option to do so.
3. When the installer is launched,
4. The license agreement will then be displayed. Carefully read and review the
information provided and then click on
to continue the installation process.
5. Continue to follow the prompts to install to the desired directory and complete
the installation process.
NOTE FOR WINDOWS USERS ONLY
: Upon hooking up the USB cord from the
Silhouette electronic cutting tool to your computer and powering on the
Silhouette unit, you may be prompted with a “New Hardware Wizard” to install a
driver. You may proceed to automatically find and install the driver as located on
the installation CD. The driver is
required for proper operation of the
Silhouette Studio® software, but may be installed to resolve the Windows
automatic “Plug and Play” feature of prompting to install a driver for the
hardware whenever the Silhouette is powered on.
2.2 Installing on Mac
1. Insert the installation CD into your computer’s disc drive.
2. Drag and drop the
program into your Application folder to
launch the installation process.
3. As the program is initially launched, the license agreement will be displayed.
Carefully read and review the information provided and then click on
continue to complete the installation process.
Basic Software Overview
Opening the Software
To open the software on PC, locate the desktop icon and double-click. If a
desktop icon was not created during installation, go to the Windows
and select to run Silhouette Studio®.
To open the software on Mac, open the Applications folder and launch
The Silhouette Studio® icon will appear as follows:
Once opened, the software should show an available starting document and
workspace as shown below:
The software offers several sectioned areas. Details as to each button’s specific
function are discussed in later sections. However, so that you may be
familiarized with where everything is located, a brief overview is provided for
each of the sections.
General Document Management
This section along the top left-hand side of the screen is for general document
management functions, such as opening, saving, and sending documents to a
printer or your Silhouette electronic cutting tool.
Standard Editing Tools
This section along the top left-hand side of the screen is for basic
copy/paste/cut and undo/redo actions commonly found in many programs.
This section along the top left-hand side of the screen is for basic zoom-in or
zoom-out functions to view parts of the document from a closer perspective or at
a more distant range.
Silhouette Studio® Tools
This section along the top right-hand side of the screen provides
a range of tools for filling images, altering lines, adjusting text
attributes, adjusting and replicating images, and adjusting page
and cutting conditions
This section along the left-hand side of the screen provides tools used for
selecting, and drawing images as well as the ability to drop text directly into your
Library and Store Tools
This section along the left-hand side of the screen provides tools
used for accessing the library and online store section.
Image Manipulation Tools
This section along the bottom of the screen provides a range of tools for
grouping and selecting images, duplicating and deleting items, image placement
priority (such as bringing images to the forefront or sending them to the back
behind other images), welding, and offsetting.
You will note there are two different sections in your workspace:
Grey holding area
The white workspace notes the active document area. Images may be placed or
drawn onto this area, or they may be placed or drawn in the grey holding area.
Any images in this grey area are invisible to your cutting tool or printer. You may
wish to place images off to the side to be set aside as you do not wish to include
them in your job to be printed and/or cut.
You will note a red border inside this white workspace. The red line represents
the active cutting area. The cutting tool will only be able to see and be able to cut
what is inside this red line. All images being sent to the Silhouette to cut should
be within this red line area.
Though opening the software will always provide you with a new document, you
may select a new workspace to start a new project at any time. To start a new
document you may either use the
option from the File menu, or select the
To open existing files you may either use the
option from the File menu, or
You will then be prompted to navigate to the location where your desired file is
located. Through the
feature, the Silhouette Studio® software has the
ability to open the following cutting-type files:
STUDIO (Silhouette Studio® files)
GSD/GST (Graphtec “ROBO Master” program files)
Silhouette Studio® supports the following DXF features only: Arc, Circle, Ellipse, Line, DWPolyline,
Spline, and Text
feature can also access simple image file types that are not in cutting
format, but may be imported for printing or tracing purposes. When using a PC,
you will need to select “All Files” under the type of file as you seek to open
another type of file format.
A list of recently used documents may also be accessed from the File menu
You may also use the
option from the
menu to open any file into the
same workspace you are using rather than opening a new document workspace.
Finally, compatible file types may also be accessed by dragging the saved file
from your computer directly onto your workspace in the software.
Each new document or opened document will provide you with a new document
tab at the bottom left hand corner of your screen.
The tab will be labeled as “Untitled” until you save your file with a name, or if you
have opened a file that already had a name, in which case the file’s name will be
displayed. The white tab will always be the active document while all other
opened inactive documents will be grey. You may click on any inactive tabs to
make it the active workspace and toggle between open documents. Clicking on
the “X” will close any open workspace.
When a new document is opened, the default document size will always start at
a standard Letter size (8.5” x 11”) for the original Silhouette, Silhouette SD, and
Silhouette Portrait™ models or a 12” x 12” size for the Silhouette CAMEO® model.
To adjust your document size to another setting, you may either use the
option from the View menu, or select the
will allow you to alter the width or length of your document.
There are pre-set common sizes you may select, or you may set measurements
manually for any custom page sizes of material you may wish to use.
With custom page sizes the
may be adjusted up to a maximum 8.5 inch
material width (original Silhouette, Silhouette SD, and Silhouette Portrait™) or a
12 inch width (Silhouette CAMEO®) depending on the cutting model used. The
minimum recommended width for a custom size is 3 inches. The
adjusted up to any desired measurement. However, the maximum recommended
height is 40 inches. While longer materials ranges may be selected, lengths
exceeding 40 inches may have the possibility of becoming misaligned on the
Silhouette machine’s rollers as the cutting process continues beyond this
maximum recommendation. The minimum recommended height for a custom
size is 3 inches.
While viewing the
menu, if your material is sized to fit onto the
cutting mat, the cutting mat will be displayed to help you see how your material
may be placed onto the cutting mat to feed into the Silhouette when it is time to
cut. Later, as you go to cut, this will also be displayed to help ensure you are
feeding your material into the Silhouette correctly. This cutting mat animation
may be selected to always be displayed under the
(discussed in section 3.9).
When the cutting mat is shown, you may select the
Reveal Cutting mat
menu in order to show exactly on your mat where images will
be cut in reference to the grid that is printed on the actual cutting mat.
As you slide the bar to the right or increase the percentage number, the white
page workspace will become more transparent and show the cutting mat
beneath. A setting of 100%, or having this bar slid all the way to the right, will
allow you to see the cutting mat completely and your white workspace will be
When viewing in this manner, the red line will still represent your cutting area.
Images falling outside of this red cutting area will not be cut. The darker area on
the cutting mat represents your printer’s print margin area and is only for
Documents may be viewed in Landscape or Portrait orientation. Depending on
how you may wish to view your workspace, images being sent to the Silhouette
will vary based on your orientation.
is the default orientation whenever a new document is opened.
When a document is in landscape orientation, it will be sent to the Silhouette
with the upper left-hand corner of the screen coinciding with the upper right-
hand side of your material, as seen below:
orientation is an optional orientation that may be switched to through
. Using this orientation will provide you with a screen that appears
as the following:
When a document is in portrait orientation, it will be sent to the Silhouette with
the upper right-hand corner of the screen matching the upper-right hand side of
your material, as seen below:
also provides the ability to rotate how you are viewing your page.
will dictate the way your cutting job is being sent to
the Silhouette to cut, the
option will simply rotate your workspace
on the screen for a different perspective.
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