11 February, 2014

Silhouette Hack 02: Multiple tools on one work

It's nice that Silhouette Studio lets you configure some lines as cuts and some as perforations, but what if you want to use a pen as well? Or cut at several depths?

The easy way is to just use print & cut, and define a separate file for each tool/setting.

But if you don't want to print & cut / can't print on that material, if you don't unload the cutting mat, the cuts will be in the same position relative to one another.

So, let's say you want to cut a birthday card and write "Happy Birthday". Here's what I would do:
  1. Design a file with both the cuts and words on it. Maybe make the words a different line colour.
  2. Make 2 copies of the file. Maybe name them _cut and _draw.
  3. Load the material and blade. Send the _cut file to the Silhouette. DO NOT UNLOAD.
  4. Swap the blade to the pen and send the _draw file to the Silhouette.
This is useful if you want to score (cut lightly) instead of perforate in certain places, or want to mix writing with cutting, or want to write with several pens.

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