The Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software (V3.0 and higher) provides a Nesting feature, which takes images and sorts them into place automatically for maximum space efficiency of the cutting area available. To access the Nesting panel, you can go to the Object > Nesting menu, or click on the Nesting icon located along the upper right-hand side of the software screen:
The Nesting panel allows you to either Use Media (the material size space defined), or Use Selected (a selected image which you desire to nest all images into). In order to click on the Use Selected option, you must first click on an object and the click on the button labeled "Set Selected Shape as Boundary". Doing so will deactivate the shape from being a cut image and turn it into a boundary line to fit your other images into when using the Nest feature.
An example of a document prior to using the Nesting feature is shown below:
If no images are selected, pressing the Nest option will apply to everything in the document. Otherwise, if only select images are selected, then the Nest option will only apply to the selected images. An example of allowing all images to be nested is shown below:
The following options appear in the Nesting panel:
Align - This option will take similar shapes and attempt to sort and align them as efficiently as possible. An example of using the Align option is shown below:
Rotations - The Rotations option will allow or restrict the level of angles you may allow the images to be rotated. For example, a Rotations setting of "0" will hold the images exactly in their original angle of rotation whereas a Rotations setting of "2" will allow rotations of 0º and 180º turns for the images. A Rotations setting of "4" will allow images to be rotated at angles of 0º, 90º, 180º, and 270º. As the Rotations setting is raised, the number of possible rotation angles for each image increases. The setting is present because while the highest setting may attempt to make the most effective use of space, there may be instanes where the angle of images is important and it is more desirable to hold images in a certain angle.
Padding - The Padding option will place additional space between each nested image as the setting is raised.