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It’s about time for another design tutorial, don’t you think? Today, we are going to look at creating cut out text designs in Silhouette Studio. Cut out designs are easy enough for a beginning Silhouette user to create and look great on a number of products, so let’s go!
Here’s a few examples of cut out designs that I’ve shared on the blog before – and they’ve all been popular:
- Free Bring on Vacation SVG Cut File
- Free Easter Bunny SVG Cut File
- Free You & Me Valentine’s Day SVG
- Free ‘Oh Deer’ SVG Cut File
- Free Minivans are Cool SVG Cut File for Silhouette or Cricut
- Free Commercial Use “You Are My Sunshine” Cut File for Silhouette or Cricut
Cut Out Designs in Silhouette Studio Tutorial
- Start by finding a commercial use clipart design that you can trace. For this tutorial, I chose a free, commercial use unicorn image. When looking for images, find ones that have enough space for text and that are easily recognizable when cut in one color.
- Trace the unicorn design. In Silhouette Studio version 4, you’d use the “Trace” panel. Delete the original image once you’ve got the trace.
- Choose a font and type out the text to put in your design. For this tutorial, I chose Camica font and the words “I ride unicorns”.
- Right click the text and select “Ungroup”. This will leave you with each letter separated from the rest.
- Now, drag each letter to where you want it. The goal will be to cover most of the shape with the text. I like to let my letters overlap the shape a bit, but that is your choice.
- After your letters are arranged, select all the letters and group them together. In Silhouette Studio version 4, you’d right click and select “Group”.
- Now, we have to deal with the empty space in the design. To fill it in a little more, I just add some flourishes, dashes, and so on. I first drew one shape using the Smooth Drawing Tool (pencil icon, left side), then copy and pasted it and resized it to make more.
- Now, I like to turn my picture a solid color. Choose any color and fill in your traced image.
- Last, select the text and subtract it from the image. In Silhouette Studio 4, you’d select, “Object”, “Modify”, “Subtract”.
- That’s it! Here’s what the finished design looks like:
Or, here’s the design in holographic heat transfer material:
Now, get out there and try it yourself! Remember, unique designs pay off!
Download the file I created in this tutorial – free with commercial use license included at this link in .studio3 format.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.
Monday 9th of October 2017
Ok, I am so annoyed with my silhouette I almost want to throw it through the window. I am trying to make a onesie for my niece that says wild flower. was able to do everything, the spacing of the letters and lines so i could use the littlest vinyl as possible. Nothing is cutting. I traced the words after I wrote it out using cooper black font which comes with the softwear. Do i not need to trace the font in order to cut it out of the vinyl? When do i need to use the trace tool? And a lot of the tutorials i am find (PS i love the way you explain everything) seem to be based of the old software, my portrait is 3 months old and uses the 4 softwear, there isnt a thickness option in send (there is a force button, do i just use my thickness settings there?) There is also not an option for cutting heat transfer vinyl? and also when I go to cut i can either cut or cut the edge, whats the difference? like in your tutorial if i had just pressed cut edge would only the unicorn have been cut out not the words in the middle? I thought i was figuring it out ( i got a design to cut out of freezer paper using velium) made one good cut and now nothing is working..
Wednesday 11th of October 2017
Hello! No, you wouldn't trace the words, you would just type them. You use tracing when you are creating a cut path in a picture. The heat transfer vinyl setting on a Silhouette is "Heat Transfer, Smooth". Perhaps check to make sure your blade is seated correctly.
Monday 26th of June 2017
Excelent article. Thank you so much.
Tuesday 27th of June 2017
Always happy to write ones like this!
Sunday 25th of June 2017
Thank you for the new tutorial with Studio version 4. I can always count on you to help when I'm unsure of the next step!
Sunday 25th of June 2017
My pleasure! I love V4 so far!