You can use your own images created in other programs with the Silhouette. The Silhouette Studio® software program is able to use external images that are in a basic raster image format (such as PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, and TIF file types). These files can be opened through the File > Open option. Once in the software, the image then needs to be converted into a cuttable image that has lines present for the Silhouette to recognize as cut lines. A Trace feature is included in the software for this purpose.
The Trace feature may be found in the upper right-hand side of the screen:
Once accessed, a panel will open on the right-hand side of the screen where options are provided to trace imported images in order to create cut lines. Silhouette America cannot support or guarantee results from files not offered by our company. Not all image files are designed to be traced and converted well into a cutting format.
Steps to bring in an external image and trace it to create cut lines are as follows:
Performing these steps will create cut lines for the imported image.
Alternately, if users wish to use Adobe Illustrator®, CorelDraw®, or other major vector imaging programs with the Silhouette Studio® program (to bring in file types that can be cut directly without tracing), they may consider upgrading to the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition. This version provides the additional ability to import SVG files directly which you may have created in another vector imaging program (such as Adobe Illustrator® or CorelDraw®).
Or, if you do not wish to go through the Silhouette Studio® program, an alternate plug-in called Silhouette Connect™ allows users to send jobs directly from Adobe Illustrator® or CorelDraw® to the Silhouette.