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 panel may be found in the right-hand side toolbar.
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 you 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), you may consider upgrading to the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition or Silhouette Studio® Business Edition, https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/shop/software-and-download-cards/silhouette-studio
The Designer Edition 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®). Business Edition allows the import of PDF, Ai, and CDR native files which all include vector cut lines as well.
Further information on this feature may be found at https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/faq/solution/file-types-silhouette-studio-can-cut.
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 http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/faq/solution/silhouette-connect-plug-in-overview