I’ve been meaning to do another Silhouette Studio tutorial for a while, as my previous tutorials have been some of the biggest hits on the blog. Plus, they have been pinned thousands of times on Pinterest. How cool! In case you want to read those, here are the links:
- I Just Got My Silhouette Cameo… Now What?
- Eek! Silhouette Cameo (Problems and Solutions)
- Loving the Silhouette Cameo
- Monograms with Vinyl: How to Apply Cut Vinyl to Projects
- Offsetting and Shape Words
- Clipart with Silhouette Software
Today’s tutorial will cover two topics:
1. How to piece a sign together if it is longer than the size of a cutting mat, and
2. How to edit fonts.
Part 1: How to piece a sign together if it is longer than 24 inches (the size of a cutting mat)
*All images can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Pick how long your finished product will be and make the changes in the “Page” setting. I always like to design in real-size, so I can get an idea for proportions. In this case, the sign will be 29 inches long and 12 inches tall… just a tad too long for one sheet of 12×24″ vinyl and a cutting mat.
Open up a text box and type in your text. From this step, we are going to skip to the final look of the text that we want. If you want to know how to edit the text, skip down below for that tutorial.
Voila! After playing around (remember to skip to the tutorial below if you want to know how to fix the font), we have the exact font and size we would like!
We can even play around a little bit by changing the color of the font, just to make sure. I always do this, as I am very visual and like to see how it will look as close as possible. This is also helpful if you are showing mock-ups to customers. First, highlight all of the text. Then go to the “fill” box (on the top right string of icons).
Pick your color. You can get more advanced, but for a quick change, you can just pick one of the colors listed.
You will notice that the red lines are still outlining the text, so I like to get rid of them. It also will help you see proportions a little more, as those outlines will distort the look of what gets cut and what stays the same. Click on the “line color” icon.
And then click the cross-hatched option, which means “no color.”
Now, the rest of the tutorial will continue as if we didn’t change the color. Highlight all of the text and click Object > Modify > Weld. This will make each of the letters act individually of each other.
In order to weld, you can also click the icon, located at the bottom left of the screen.
Now, everything is by itself.
You could take any of the letters and move them around.
But don’t do that. In order to keep the words together, I like to group them together by highlighting a word at a time.
And pressing the group button, found on the bottom left row of icons.
Once you have grouped the letters in both words, you can independently move the words around. If you wanted to, you could stop here and cut one word (in this case “Happy”), move it out of the white area, load another piece of vinyl, move in “Holidays” and then cut that.
However, if you want to get it all cut at once, , you can get a little creative with your layout by rotating the words to fit on one page. Remember you will want to stop at that vertical red line, as that’s where it will stop cutting because of the mat size.. If you are using this as a stencil, remember to give yourself plenty of space around each word.
Part 2: How to Edit Fonts
So, starting with the font that automatically comes with the text box. You can do some playing around with the box and size. Start by moving that vertical bar back and forward. You can get rid of all that extra space, or you can collapse the words so that they are on two lines. You will need to use that bar later on.
In order to make the text larger, you can take the corner (any of the corners) and click-and-drag. Your text can become huge!
I also sometimes like to get rid of the grid, by clicking on the grid icon and unchecking “Show Grid.” The grid is helpful when I’m about to cut (I can count and make sure I have the vinyl placed correctly), but normally it’s just too distracting while I work.
Back to resizing. In the font selection screen (top right row of icons, looks like a letter A), you can make changes to the font. I never worry about the font size in this screen, as I manually change it.
Some fonts you pick will be huge and go onto two lines.
That’s when you will take that bar (you may have to double click the text box to get it to show up), adjust it to be longer, and then scale it down.
Keep adjusting until you are happy with it. You can also stretch the font vertically by dragging the middle square (when the text is selected) or horizontally by clicking on either of the side squares.
Remember, when you are changing the font, you will want to either highlight the text itself and make the change OR if you are changing everything in a text box, just click on the text until it looks like the pictures above. I like this option because I can then click on one font and then use my down arrow and scroll through the other fonts, seeing what they look like in the words I will use. Again, visual learner here and it’s what works best for me.
So how were these tutorials? Clear as mud? Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification!