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Silhouette Studio is the name of the software design program that most crafters use to create designs with their Silhouette Portraits, Cameos, and Curios.
Silhouette Studio Versions
Silhouette Studio is available in four versions.
- Basic Edition: Free. Silhouette Studio Basic Edition is available to anyone who wants to download it.
- Designer Edition: $49. Silhouette Studio Designer Edition includes all the features of Basic Edition, plus additional
- Designer Plus Edition: $74. Silhouette Studio Plus Edition includes all the features of Basic and Designer Edition, Plus a few extras. Most importantly, it includes the ability to open embroidery files. If you sew/embroider you’ll want this edition.
- Business Edition: $99. Silhouette Studio Business Edition unlocks all features available in Silhouette Studio.
Silhouette Studio Version Comparison Chart
Silhouette America offers an awesome chart that lays out each feature of each edition. Silhouette Studio Version Comparison Chart.
What Silhouette Studio Version is the Best?
The best Silhouette Studio version depends what features you need. For example, if you need to be able to save as an SVG, you’ll need to purchase Business Edition. But, if you need to open embroidery files, you can purchase either Designer Plus Edition or Business Edition. And, if you are just getting started, feel free to stick to the Basic Edition until your outgrow it.
Personally, I use and love Business Edition. Also, if you are interested in learning to design SVGs in Silhouette Studio Business Edition. I offer an online class called How to Design SVGs.
Where to Buy Silhouette Studio
Can I Use Silhouette Studio if I Don’t Have a Silhouette Machine?
Yes. Lots of Cricut and Glowforge users use Silhouette Studio to create designs for their machines as well. As long as you have Silhouette Studio Business Edition and your machine takes SVG files – you can use Silhouette Studio to create your designs.
Read more about the unique features of Silhouette Studio Business Edition and whether Business Edition is worth it.
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.