Do you have an online subscription to the Silhouette Online Store for purchasing images? I do, and I love it! However sometimes they don’t have exactly what I’m looking for. As in this case, I needed a scales of justice and an inkwell image. This is a custom piece for some newlyweds. One is a lawyer, the other a newspaper editor.
I located this image online, saved it to my computer, then I was ready to work with it in my Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition.
After opening my software, I click File-Import to my Library
When the window opens, browse and choose your file.
My file was Scales of Justice. You can see that it was placed into “My Own Designs”. Then you will click on your image and put it into a new project.
Choose the Trace option.
Under the red arrow, click select trace area.
Draw a box around the image. It will turn yellow.
Click Trace (can you see that it’s red under the black?)
move the black image and you will see the red image behind it. I delete the original black image from my project.
On the top, click Object, then Release Compound Path, then ctrl a (select all) and you will get all the bits and pieces. I just want the silhouette of the image, not the inner parts. Now that they are separate, I can click on them and delete the ones I don’t want, leaving only the outer traced line.
You can click this design, and save it to your library so you won’t have to trace it the next time you want to use it.
Now I’m ready to trace my second image and create my design.
The font is Brock Script. You can see that I have traced my images.
I cut the design out of Silhouette Premium Vinyl (black)
I get to work on my board, which happens to be a cabinet door I picked up at a local Peddler’s Mall.
Because the door was going to be painted, I had to sand off the finish.
I tape the back of the door to prevent any overspray.
After I get the edge taped, I then tape and cover up the entire back of the door.
I used some white semi-gloss paint from Mythic for this door in my HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer
The finish I got was perfect!
I cut my design out of Silhouette Premium Black Vinyl. You may notice the “W” is a little thin at the top. The font is pretty dainty, and there just wasn’t enough area to keep the “w” together. Back to the drawing board I go.
You can see that the cutting problem was not with the CAMEO, but with the font. See how thin it is?
I’m sure you’ve seen this screen before. I accidentally get it often, and have to click off of it to get it to go away. This time I needed to use it. I clicked the “points” and separated the lines little by little, trial and error till I got enough space that I felt the “w” would cut right.
It doesn’t flow as perfect as it should, but I’m pleased with it.
I used the opportunity to cut out two other quick designs so I didn’t waste vinyl.
Using my Silhouette tools, I carefully removed the original “w”.
While the vinyl is still on the slick backing I line it up and get it just where I want it, then apply some painter’s tape to “hinge” it.
I removed the slick paper and carefully lay the transfer paper and the vinyl on the door.
I burnish the new “w” in place.
Much better! However it was raining, so I didn’t get an “after” shot. I delivered it to store so the lady could pick it up.
So, I’ve taught you two new things you can do with your Silhouette—how to trace images and how to repair and change up an image/font. I love that my CAMEO will cut “most” fonts I have on my computer without any problem at all. I have a LOT of fonts!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.