Frequently Asked Questions

Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition overview

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Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition ( is a version of the Silhouette Studio® software program which users may upgrade to. It is intended for users who want to unlock and explore further design features the program can offer. The Designer Edition also allows users of other vector imaging programs (such as Adobe Illustrator® or CorelDraw®) to import SVG files that have been created with other such programs.

Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition retains all of the capabilities of the basic Silhouette Studio software. It is not a completely different program but rather an upgrade version of the Silhouette Studio® program that can be purchased (at a suggested retail price of $49.99 USD).

A comparison chart showing the differences between the Silhouette Studio and Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition may be found at

License key limitation

The Designer Edition license key allows you to upgrade up to three personal computers. This may not be shared with other users and is tied directly to the account where it is originally applied.

When migrating to a new computer, you may simply load the license key in the same way it had initially been applied to the original computer. You will need to ensure you use the exact same account information (since the license key is locked onto your account). 

If the maximum license application limit is reached, you can remove your license key from an older computer in order to place it onto an alternate computer. To do so, simply go to the Help > De-Activate License Key option. You can then use the license key attempt toward an alternate computer.

If you cannot access an older computer (due to a computer crash or reformat) and require the license key to be reset in order to allow it to be re-applied onto a new replacement computer, contact the Silhouette America Support Team at to report the nature of your request. We are happy to attend to special requests in special situations and reset the ability to apply the license key onto a replacement computer.

How To Apply

The following steps can be taken to apply a license key and upgrade to the Designer Edition version.

  1. Open the Silhouette Studio® software program
  2. Go to the Help menu
  3. Select Upgrade Silhouette Studio
  4. Enter the following:
  • Designer Edition license key
  • Silhouette account email address
  • Silhouette account password
  1. Click on the "Submit" button

The license key will then be applied and the software will be upgraded immediately.

If you need to locate this number, you may find it by signing into your account either in the Silhouette Design Store in the software, or by signing into your account through the website. Once logged in, you may go to the My Account page. Your license key code will be listed under Silhouette Studio Keys. In the Silhouette Design Store, the number is listed at the bottom of the main account page.

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