Silhouette Portrait Machine Frequently Asked Questions:
draw my own images with the Silhouette Portrait?
the Silhouette Studio software you may draw your own images to cut. The
software includes simple line drawing tools that will allow you to
shapes for cutting, printing or drawing within the Silhouette program.
have another drawing tool like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, you can
those programs and export GSD or DXF files. The GSD and DXF files can
imported into Silhouette Studio and used to cut.
may draw your own
images with friendly drawing tools found within the software programs.
If you wish to use Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or other major vector
programs with the Silhouette, you may consider upgrading the Silhouette
software to the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (http://www.fotobella.com/Silhouette_Studio_Designer_Edition_license_ke_p/qk-silh-studio-de.htm).
This version provides the ability to import SVG files directly which
have created in another vector imaging program, such as Adobe
CorelDraw. Further information on this feature may be found at http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/faq.aspx?solutionid=939.
file types can the Silhouette Portrait cut?
Silhouette Studio software included with the Silhouette can cut
Digital Download files, true type fonts loaded on your computer, STUDIO
and GSD/GST, DXF files. The software can additionally import a variety
common image file types (such as JPG and BMP files) and then trace the
using an auto-trace function to create cut lines. Please note, however,
Silhouette does not guarantee the quality of results of images not
them. You may also draw your own images with friendly drawing tools
within the software programs.
the Silhouette Portrait cut SVG files?
software that is included with the Silhouette does not allow you to cut
files (although it does allow you to import and cut GSD and DXF files).
said, there is third party software that allows you to cut SVG files
Silhouette. Both Make-the-Cut and Sure Cuts A Lot allow you to cut SVG
with your Silhouette.
program included with the Silhouette does not cut SVG files.
may upgrade to the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (http://www.fotobella.com/Silhouette_Studio_Designer_Edition_license_ke_p/qk-silh-studio-de.htm),
which will allow you to open and cut SVG files.
I cut thicker cardstock with the Silhouette Portrait?
includes a ratchet blade with 10 blade settings. We would
following the recommended settings for your blade as outlined in the
Studio software to obtain optimal results. If you wish to
blade exposure for thicker material types, you may opt to raise the
ratchet level to a higher setting, or use the “double cut”
this will have the Silhouette cut your image twice, thus ensuring any
areas are given an extra pass during the cut job. The
Silhouette Portrait is
able to cut a range of materials from thin films (such as vinyl) up to
thicker cardstock, such as a 90lb weight cardstock
If cutting on thicker textured cardstock, you may also opt to flip the
over and cut on the non-textured side. Doing this may not require as
thickness force and give you a better cut when using textured papers.
if you are cutting on the non-textured side with this method, you may
select your image prior to cutting and right-click to select the Mirror
Doing a “Horizontal Mirror” will flip your image and make sure that it
usable from the textured side. If you find for any reason there are
giving a clean cut, you may also wish to select the "Double Cut"
option. Doing this will have the Silhouette cut your image twice, thus
any problem areas are given an extra pass during the cut job.
long should a Silhouette mat typically last?
cutting mat for the Silhouette should last for over 100 full 8 ½ x 12
sheets worth of cuts (if you were to cut the same exact job
the exact same area). We are unable to provide an exact time-frame for
the mat should last as this will depend on the types of materials being
We do recommend keeping your mat well covered when not in use to
or other particles from collecting on the adhesive surface. This should
the mat retain its adhesive quality. Also, please note that select
that are more lint-based or fibrous in nature may wear down the
quality faster and degrade the mat. The mat should not need to be
unless papers or other materials you are looking to cut are not held
place during the cutting process.
Silhouette cut fabric?
may cut select fabrics (depending on their thickness of course) with
new fabric interfacing. This product is ironed on to your fabric and
fabric with the interfacing is placed onto a cutting mat with the
interfacing side down (fabric side facing up). You would then adjust
your blade depth and cut
at a speed of 3 – 5 and cut at a thickness of 25 – 30. Depending on the
you may want to double cut your design. One you have cut your design in
Silhouette, you would then take scissors or a craft knife to quickly
threads which may be connecting your cutout design to the rest of the
The new fabric interfacing is offered in two varieties: Clean Cut and
Silhouette Clean Cut Interfacing has a thicker adhesive that irons on
allowing you to cleanly cut designs in your Silhouette. Silhouette
Interfacing has a thinner adhesive that irons on to fabric allowing you
your cut-out design.
Silhouette cut chipboard?
Silhouette cannot currently cut chipboard.
Silhouette Portrait cut without being connected to a computer?
Silhouette Portrait can not cut without being connected to a computer. The
Cameo does have the capability to cut without being hooked
a computer. You may save images in a cut file format to an SD card on
computer (requires an SD reader on your computer) and then insert the
into the Silhouette Cameo machine. You may then use the machine's LCD
scroll through the file names you have saved and cut your pre-created
power outlet would be required for the Silhouette Cameo, but no
connection would be required to cut directly from the machine once you
your files saved on your SD card.