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Silhouette Studio Tutorial: How to a Create Sketched Shape SVG

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Design with Me is a new regular feature on Cutting for Business! Each Friday, I’ll bring you a new Silhouette Studio tutorial featuring how to design an SVG.

Let’s design some a sketched shape SVG today in Silhouette Studio.

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Silhouette Studio Tutorial: Sketched Shape SVG

  1. In Silhouette Studio, use the ‘Draw a Curve Shape’ tool (it’s located in the ‘Line Tools’, which is the fourth icon on the left hand side) to draw a heart. Don’t stress if it isn’t perfect.
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2. Double click the heart to open the ‘Point Editing’ Panel. Fine tune your heart. Personally, I find ‘Smooth’ and ‘Simplify’ to work great for this.

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3. Navigate to ‘Panels’, then ‘Line Style’. Increase the thickness of the line. In this tutorial, I’m using a line thickness of 6.

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4. Right click the heart, then select ‘Duplicate’ to make a copy.

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5. Drag the duplicate on top of the original, but offset it slightly. You can also resize it a bit or stretch it slightly.

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6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 once (maybe two or three times – you’re the designer so it’s your choice!).

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7. Navigate to ‘Panels’, then ‘Trace’, and trace your stack of hearts. Why? Right now, if you attempted to cut this, it will cut three hearts because these are simply lines. By tracing, you make it into a shape.

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8. Delete the original line shapes. You’ll be left with a sketched shape.

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9. (Optional) Zoom in on your design and double click to open the ‘Point Editing’ Panel. Delete any pieces that might be hard to weed. This is especially helpful if you plan to cut the sketched shape in vinyl.

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10. Fill your design with color.

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While I demonstrated this technique with a heart, you can use any shape: star, rectangle, square, circle, oval, polygon, and so on.

My finished designs looks like this:

Sketched circle spice jar label:

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Sketched heart Valentine’s Day wrapping paper:

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Don’t Forget to Save!

To save your new SVG creation, head to ‘File’, ‘Save As’, ‘Save to Hard Drive’, name the file, then select ‘SVG’ from the dropdown menu.

Want More SVG Tutorials?

View more Design with Me SVG tutorials.


Saturday 13th of January 2024

Love your tutorial! Rather than Trace what you have created, there is another option to get the outside edges to cut when you increase the Line Width. With all the shapes selected, open the Modify Panel and click Detach Lines. If your shapes overlap, click Weld (permanent) or select Cut Edge (temporary) in the Send panel. Detach Lines changes the cut line from a single line down the middle of an increased Line Thickness to the outside of the thicker lines. So easy... IMHO.


Friday 12th of January 2024

This is so useful Christine and something I intend to try. Thank you :)

Christine Schinagl, Cutting for Business

Friday 12th of January 2024

Awesome, Peggy! Have fun!