Next Steps in Silhouette Studio
Discover how to use Silhouette Studio's Designer Edition software to make personalized, professional-quality projects with Silhouette designer Lori Whitlock. You'll begin by learning the different file types you can work with. Move on to colorizing a cupcake topper with the Print and Cut feature. Then you'll start to customize images with tracing tools, pattern fills and borders. Ready for more complex designs? Lori will help you organize and simplify intricate files with compound paths and grouping. Take your skills even further with techniques for drawing custom shapes and making perfect floral designs. Next, you'll use edit points and the knife tool to create a fun, personalized party hat project. Lori will finish class with tips and tricks for modifying fonts, working with specialty materials such as vinyl and making cuts like a professional.
Lori Whitlock has more than 20 years of experience working as a graphic designer. She's been designing for Silhouette America for the past six years and has created thousands of custom designs for the Silhouette Design Store. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on all things Silhouette by answering and troubleshooting customer questions on her blog and teaching at a number of paper crafts retreats.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, Lori Whitlock, and learn all about the file types you can use with Silhouette Studio and how they differ. Lori will explain how to find and import your designs. Then, you'll get started with customization by colorizing a simple Print and Cut.
The sky's the limit once you've learned to trace images for use in Silhouette Studio. Lori will teach you how to transform images into cut files or use them to add beautiful dimension to your projects as pattern fills! Finally, you'll create new layers by adding borders with the offset path feature.
When you open a complex project full of cut, score, and drawing lines, you might wonder how to make sense of it all! Lori will help you sort it out. Then, she'll explain the difference between compound paths and grouping, and you'll learn how to use each.
Take your designs to the next level with Silhouette Studio's drawing tools. Lori makes it simple by explaining how to start with basic shapes. Then you'll learn to draw your own! She'll also teach you the secret to perfect flowers with the rotation tool.
Now you're ready for more advanced editing. Lori explains how to modify an existing piece by resizing, welding and scoring. Then you'll learn to use edit points to fine-tune your design. Finally, Lori will show you how to create custom shapes with the knife tool.
In the last lesson, you'll learn the ins and outs of Silhouette's text tool, including how to weld fancy fonts and place text on a custom path. Then, Lori will share her tips to get professional cuts from specialty materials such as vinyl.