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What is Silhouette Studio?

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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.
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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

You can download or purchase Silhouette Studio through Silhouette America, authorized resellers, or Amazon.

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.


Wednesday 27th of September 2023

If you the business addition do you still have monthly fees to be able to have full use of the program? If so how much is the fees..

Christine Schinagl, Cutting for Business

Friday 29th of September 2023

Hi Carol! No, Silhouette Studio Business Edition is a one time purchase. There are no monthly fees.


Monday 7th of February 2022

how do I purchase silhouette business? I don't want the other stuff.

Christine, Cutting for Business

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Hello! Here is a link:


Sunday 2nd of June 2019

Is the business edition a one time cost or a subscription release? (ie yearly, montly,)

Christine, Cutting for Business

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

One time cost.

Zulala Rahman

Wednesday 27th of December 2017

Hi recently upgraded from a basic edition to a business edition. Because I need to use the print and cut version often... Hitherto I have been working on the basic edition and all my files are in that... what will happen when I export my print and cut. Will I still be able to cut as usual? And more importantly, will I have to give the printing place my license key? So that the business edition will run smoothly.

Please advise

Thank you so much Zulala


Friday 29th of December 2017

Everything should work as it does now. Basically, Business Edition unlocks additional features but doesn't change the current ones.

carolyn Moshtagh

Tuesday 11th of October 2016

What type of files can I export from the business edition? Can I export SVG?


Tuesday 11th of October 2016

Hello! There is no additional exporting file versions for Silhouette Business Edition, although you can import other file types. You cannot export to SVG.