How To'sday | Sketch Titles with the Silhouette Machine by Melanie Carey

For those of you that have the amazing Silhouette machine, and haven't explored a lot of the incredible capabilities, today's tutorial by Melanie Carey will get you excited to try some new things out. And for those of you that are still on the fence about the Silhouette, this tutorial will help you realize what a fantastic tool the Silhouette machine truly is.


This tutorial will show you how to use sketch pens to create a title or outline an image to be cut out.

After creating your image in the Silhouette Studio you'll want follow these instructions.

Note: If you want to add an outline to sketch around an image that you will cut out later you can use the offset feature.

Step 1: Select Objects to be Outlined

If you do not wish to add an outline to sketch around an image begin with this step:

Step 2: Deselect Items Not Included In Sketch

You will notice those lines are now a faint red color. In order to have the outline (which was automatically included as part of this font) separated from the text, you need to first release the compound path. This will allow the ability to create the outline with the sketch pen and then later cut the text with the blade.

To do this:

Step 3: Select Media Type

Next in the Silhouette Cut Settings select "Silhouette Sketch Pen" as the media type. If you want to make sure that you have a dark sketch line then select the double cut option.

You may need to run it through more than once depending on the color of ink and paper you are using.

Step 4: Cut Out Your Shape

Step 5: Create a Background

Here is the final product. Enjoy! :)


Thank you Melanie for a great tutorial on expanding our abilities with the Silhouette.

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Have a great Tuesday and we will see you tomorrow for some mojo!

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