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Silhouette Studio is the name of the software design program that most crafters use to create designs with their Silhouette Cameos or Portraits. Silhouette Studio is available in three versions: Basic, Designer, and Business. The Basic version is free, while the Designer Edition and Business Editions are available as upgrades. The internet and social media are full of tips, tricks, and tutorials for both the Basic and Designer Editions, but there is nearly zero documentation on the Business Edition. I have had the Business Edition since shortly after it launched in October of 2014. This week, I will spend several posts detailing the Silhouette Studio Business Edition.
A comparison of the three versions, provided by Silhouette America:
A few features of the Silhouette Business Edition that are not mentioned in the comparison chart include: a matrix feature which allows you to create multiple copies of the same design with variable data (example: names), a job repeat function which allows you to cut the same job multiple times without interruption, and the ability to open AI, EDS, and CDR file formats.
The Costs and How to Get Each Edition
- Basic Edition: Free, Included with all new machines on a CD. If your computer does not have a CD drive, you can download it directly from Silhouette America.
- Designer Edition: $49.99 when purchased through Silhouette America as either a physical download card mailed to you, or a digital license code sent via email. Amazon.com generally has the Designer Edition as cheap as you will find it online. Buy it directly from Amazon – pricing changes daily, but it is generally around $26.
- Business Edition: First, it is important to note that Business Edition is meant as an add-on to the Designer Edition. If you already have the Designer Edition, you only need to buy the upgrade from Silhouette America (available as a digital download) for $49.99. If you do not have the Designer Edition, you have a few options: 1) Purchase the Business Edition from Silhouette America for $99.99 or 2) first purchase the Designer Edition from Amazon for $26(ish) dollars, then purchase the Business Edition upgrade from Silhouette America for $49.99. The second method saves you around $24, and makes the Business Edition around $75. You can also find the Business Edition from a few online sellers for between $75 to $84 at the time this article was published.
If you choose to purchase the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition from Amazon.com, I will make a small commission based on my recommendation. This does not cost you anything additional, and helps keep the content of Cutting for Business free. Let’s continue on to look at each of the Business Edition features in depth.
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