Calibrating the Silhouette (for proper print & cut registration alignment)
Calibrating the Silhouette is only required for adjusting the cutting alignment as it relates to print & cut jobs. Calibration should only be performed if there are concerns specifically encountered with cut lines not aligning with the contour of printed images during print & cut jobs that use Registration Marks.
If misalignment is not universally the same distance off around the entire image, then calibration is not the proper course of action and further information about setting up print & cut files should be reviewed. If misalignment is universally the same distance off around the entire image and all steps for proper set up of a print & cut file has been reviewed, then you may proceed with the process of calibrating the Silhouette.
Steps to calibrate the Silhouette are as follows:
NOTE: If you have a sketch pen, it may be preferable to a blade in order to more clearly view the results and make adjustments accordingly.
Open Silhouette Studio®
Go to the Send to Silhouette menu
In the upper part of the window, in the empty area near the image of the Silhouette, right click and select Calibration
Once viewing the Calibration page, go to the File > Print option to print out a copy to your printer
NOTE: Do not make any adjustments to the Calibration Test Page on your computer screen
Place the printed sheet onto your cutting mat exactly as displayed on the screen
Load the cutting mat into the Silhouette.
If using the Silhouette SD - Select Load w/Carrier
If using the Silhouette Cameo- Select Load Cutting Mat
If using the Silhouette Portrait - Select the Load Cutting Mat button
Once loaded, use the arrow buttons on the screen to align your blade
As you move the blade, you should place it to be pointing to coincide with the first cross mark in the area that is represented in green on your computer screen. The area in circled below in red for emphasis:
Once the blade is in position, click on the Calibrate option. This will engage the Silhouette to attempt to read the mark and sketch/cut along the cross lines accordingly.
If either line is off, you will want to make adjustments according to the measurement of exactly how far above or below/how far to the left or right the resulting sketch or cut line was performed by doing the following:
Measure the distance between the original printed mark and the actual performed mark.
If the performed horizontal mark is above or below the printed mark, you will need to adjust the vertical slider bar on screen according to the precise measurement observed between the printed and actual marks.
If the performed vertical mark is above or below the printed mark, you will need to adjust the horizontal slider bar on screen according to the precise measurement observed between the printed and actual marks.
Repeat the steps above as needed by again using the arrow buttons on screen to align with the green area with the next cross mark and continuing to Calibrate.
The Distance Adjustment section is not necessary for print & cut alignment issues. This form of calibration is only necessary if the actual resulting size of an image as it is cut (i.e. a square) does not match the size shown in the software program.