The native file format for Silhouette Studio is .studio. It cannot import .svg unless you have upgraded and bought the Designer Edition. If you do not wish to pay for the upgrade, we suggest using .dxf files. The disadvantage to .dxf files is that they do not come in layered like a .svg file. It can also be difficult to see what they are as there are not thumbnail images of them until they are imported into your Silhouette Studio Library.
You can choose to open a .dxf file by clicking "Open" and changing Files of type filed to "All Files" or "DXF". Navigate to the folder where your LD .dxf files are stored, choose a file and click "open".
One of the lesser known features available in MTC is the ability to change colors and textures of imagery. This comes in handy when you need imagery to match a specific project you are doing. The following video explains the process:
The only Cricut machine that is capable of using .svg files is the Cricut Explore. To import .svg files, you must use Cricut Design Space.
Cricut Design Space is online software. You don't need to download software on to your computer. That is a great pro unless you don't have internet connection.
To import .svg files to Cricut Design Space do the following:ottom right-hand corner. The cutting process will begin.
Most people who use MTC and cutting files are very aware of how wonderful vector files are. They are completely re-sizeable without any loss of quality. Sometimes, however a crafter, especially one who blogs needs a raster file. A raster file is not re-sizeable. They are typically the files you see on the web. They are .jpg, .png, and .gif formats for the most part. As a crafter, you may have created something that you do not want people to easily copy and reproduce. MTC has the perfect solution.
To create a raster image from MTC do the following:
- Once you have created a file the way you want it to look in MTC, select all layers
- Right mouse click and choose Export> Selection to Raster File
- A dialog window opens that allows you to choose file type (.jpg doesn't support transparency and while .png does support transparency you can choose to have a background behind your image if you prefer in your dialog box)
- Dialog box allows you to choose drop shadow and other elements (for example you can add a watermark to help brand your image
Cricut Design Space has made life easier for people who want to keep the cutting process simple. Unfortunately in doing so, you may find your score lines jump off your project and land on a mat by themselves. There is an easy fix for it.
- After your file is opened in Cricut Design Space, make sure you have only the elements you want grouped together on your mat.
- Click on Select All
- In the Layers Palette click "Attach"
The preferred file format in MTC is .svg. Importing and using .svg files in MTC couldn't be easier. MTC is fully integrated with your LD Library. You can access your LD Library and all the LD inventory in three ways:
- The art icon button in the top menu
- Under the File menu, choose Import>From Lettering Delights
- Under the View menu, click on Lettering Delights
Older versions of Cricut Design Space did not always open up .svg files true to size. You no longer have to worry about sizing issues in Cricut Design Space. If you do want to resize an image, upload it to your mat and drag the image smaller or bigger by clicking on double arrow icon in the lower- right hand corner.
When you purchase product from LD it will be made available just as soon as you complete the check out process. It will also be available through your account in your "Downloads" area as well as your Order History.
Lettering Delights zips all it's product into zip files. Zip files allow us to compress many items within different folders into one "zipped" storage folder.
Make The Cut software is fully integrated into LD. You have access to LD's entire library of images as well as being able to access your own purchases easily.
To access products in MTC, simply do one of the following:
- click on the art icon in the top menu
- go to File>Import>From LetteringDelights
- go to View>LetteringDelights
Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) can open the following file types:
A .zip file is a commonly used file format that compresses files to make them easier to download. There are many programs available online that allow you to unzip/extract these files, some are trial based or require a purchase and others are free. Most every device comes with a free way to access your files that are "zipped". In Windows, right mouse click over the .zip file and you should have options to "extract" the file. On a Mac, doubleclick over the .zip file. Take care where you are extracting the file. As you "unzip" a file, you will be given an option of where you want to store it.
A thin Font is a single-line font. A person can put a pen, crayon, or a number of tools right into the "claw" of a cutting machine rather than a blade and use the machine to "draw" instead of "cut". When you do that with a regular font (.ttf or .otf) the machine traces the outline of the font so rather than having a single line, you get a double line.
When you use a font (.ttf or .otf file) on your computer, it will typically look something like this example (unless it is an outlined version of a font):
SCAL vs. 2 was the last version of SCAL capable of cutting files with the Cricut Expression. If you have SCAL 3 or higher, you can prepare your files and take advantage of newer features and then still send your file to SCAL 2, to be cut with your Cricut Expression.
To do this, simply go through the steps you normally would to prepare and alter your files for cutting in SCAL 3 or higher. When you are finished do the following:
- Open Sure Cuts a Lot 2
- Go to File > Send To > Sure Cuts a Lot 2
- Your design is transferred and should be ready to cut.
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