Since it’s the beginning of a new year…and hopefully everyone got what they wanted for Christmas…and i’m sure that included a cameo…cause it’s the only present you will ever need….
well..that and some vinyl.
anyways..i thought i would start at the beginning and post all my silhouette love posts—a basic run down of all the how-tos (that i have figures out thus far!)
day 1…is basics of the basics…..
Each silhouette comes with the silhouette studio software that you upload on your computer. (the silhouette also works with other programs (i have the SCAL (sure cuts a lot) but as i go along and learn more and more..there is stuff this program does that scal can’t even compare with!!!!)
once everything is all downloaded…your screen looks like this….
one thing scal doesn’t have is open files like in the bottom left corner…makes it nice that you can jump from project to project…(but when you push x in the corner it will close out the whole studio…and if you haven’t saved your projects it will delete them…so save as you go!!!!)
and all the things up in the right corner are coming soon so stay tuned!
okay. to start….the software is pretty basic…
new document, open, save, save to sd card, send to printer, send to silhouette, copy paste cut, undo redo, zoom in and out with a button and with your mouse, and that last one is to make your screen resume to the normal view
the one you need to know is the A. (on the left hand side of your screen) it’s the text button. you are going to click on that and then click on your mat
if you take your mouse and drag it over to the left..it will smoosh in your words
there is also a free image every week…so make sure you go in and get it each week! they are so cute!
this is the cute one i just downloaded!!!! happy 2012 (um….2013!) If you sign up for the silhouette blog in your reader they will do a post about the free shapes to help remind you to grab them!)
when you get them they go into your library…(the book button) this software came with 51 free ones….(the ones you see here are all free) some great basic ones that can come in handy!
so. there you have it! the very basics of the silhouette!
or to just get rid of a part of the shape.
now go play around with it and get comfortable with it so next month we can start doing something fun…..
PLEASE let me know if you have questions about anything silhouette related! i want to make sure this is as helpful as can be!!!!
You have NO idea how excited I am for these posts!!! I got a Silhouette for Christmas and I'm so overwhelmed trying to figure it all out. There is so much to know!
Meredith Kaur says
Thanks Kimbo, this was really interesting. One thing I was wondering, where you talk about fonts up above there, I wanted to know if it uses any font you have downloaded to your computer, or only ones you have bought from the store? Thanks!
Happy 2013 🙂
Thank you so much for this post! I received a Cameo for Christmas and this was just what I needed to get started. I have now gotten through the installation and registering process and am now set to go and practice. I look forward to reading your posts as they come.I have about 700 fonts to play with. 🙂
Kimbo West says
all fonts you have on your computer are automatically uploaded in your studio..so the fonts you use are those! super fun and FREE!
I think I need that open and closed sign for neighborhood friends. I really do.
Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!!!!
Yep, i just got a silhoutte and am so scared and excited!!! LOL!
Thanks for this. I was a little worried about how complicated it would actually be but you make it sound pretty simple!
athena miller says
You rock! I got a Cameo for my birthday (used your code for the Thanksgiving sale, thanks!) and I used it to make a Christmas gift for my father in law.
I painted canvas and then put a soccer ball and a cleat on it. Doing a two colored soccer ball was terrible, I couldn't keep the super skinny pieces to stay aligned properly, they kept distorting to make the soccer ball look weird. After an hour, I finally got the ball to look normal, but it was awful.