I wanted to put together a quick and easy tutorial on how to load our SVG cutting files in Silhouette Studio to prepare them for the cutting mat! The first two things you are going to need is your SVG cutting file and your Silhouette Studio Designer program. For this tutorial, we are using one of our SVG cutting files – a yummy cupcake! Lets get started!
The first thing you need to do is open your Silhouette Studio program and make sure you are in the “design” mode. Once there, go to File > Open at the top of the program and choose your .SVG file.
When your file is initially loaded onto the screen, it will likely be larger than you’d like as well as one combined image. We need to resize the pieces and separate them from one another. First, resize your pieces by clicking them to make them your active highlighted object.
Next, hold down your SHIFT key and drag the corner of the highlighted box until your desired size is reached. It usually helps to look at the height of the box rather than the width to get an idea of the size as you go. (You may also un-join the objects first before resizing but I like to keep them together so that they are completely uniform with no mistakes.)
Now, we can ungroup the layers! This is super easy and hassle-free. Simply right click the highlighted combined object and look down the pop-up list for “Ungroup”. Click that option and voila! Your one joined object should now be multiple layers.
Once you have your layers all separated, you are going to want to place them onto your cutting grid in their own designated areas by clicking them and dragging. It’s usually best to allow plenty of extra space for each of the colors you are using for your design. In this case, we have four different colors. For example, the main cupcake body (shown in yellow below) takes up a 3×3 space comfortably. Place all of your layers onto the grid in the same manner.
It’s just about time to start cutting your SVG but first we need to establish the cut lines! When you have all of your layers in place, either click and drag or press CTRL + A (CMND + A for Mac) to select all of your layers.
With all of your layers now selected, look for the “Cut Settings” icon in your toolbar and click that button. We are going to establish how you would like to have your files cut. (It looks like the cutter blade and may be located next to the Cameo symbol in the far top-right area of your program.)
There are a few options that will come up on this next screen area but for this SVG, we are going to choose “Cut”. Once you click the “Cut” option, your layers should change slightly to now show red lines which tell you where the blade will do its cutting. There are also a few other options on this menu that you may change to your liking such as the paper type but I will cover that at another time. Once you are ready and your cutting mat with its paper is loaded, click on the “Send to Silhouette” icon located next to your cut setting in the toolbar. Cut & have fun crafting away!