I’ve really been wanting to figure this out for a little while so I did some research and found out how to do it! I found this tutorial that guided me. I liked the tutorial so I’m going to follow that pretty closely to show you how I did it!
1. You will need to download InkScape which you can get for free here.
2. Next you will find an image that you want to use for your shape. I typically “google” what I’m looking for and click on images and make sure you look for a “medium” or “large” photo. I do this so that if you want to cut a larger image, you can enlarge it without compromising the quality of the image. Make sense?
Save the image on your computer. I usually save temporary files to my Desktop and delete them when I’m done using it.
|**See on the left you can select to search only “medium” or “large” photos.|
For this project, I was looking for a University at Buffalo logo to make a decal for my husband’s laptop case. 🙂
3. Next, open up InkScape.
4. Open your file that you saved on your computer. Again, I always save it to my desktop so that I can remember where it is. I’ll forget if I don’t do this. Believe me!
Go to File > Open.
It should open like so…
5. Select your image. Make sure it has the black arrows showing. This means your image is selected.
6. With your image selected, go to Path > Trace Bitmap
7. You should see your image in the box to the right. If not, click on the Update button in the bottom right corner of the window. You may want to play around a little with your settings to make sure the image looks good and clear. I selected “Brightness cutoff” and it worked very well. Some images will be easier than others!
**If your Trace Bitmap window does not close automatically, you may need to manually “X” out of it. (or click the red dot “close” button if you’re using a Mac, like me.)
8. Your image should open like this. Your new image should be a black and white version of your original image.
9. Save your image. File > Save As.
Make sure the “Append filename extension automatically” button is checked and name your image and save it as a Desktop Cutting Plotter or .dxf file. (Again, I always save things like this temporarily to my desktop.)
10. Click OK.
11. Open your Silhouette Studio software.
14. Rename your image (if you want) and you can add keywords and descriptions of your image here. Under category, I select “regular cut”. Click OK.
15. Go to My Library > My Own Designs.
16. Then you’re done! You have your Silhouette image ready to cut and you are now ready to create! I’m ordering colored vinyl for my husband’s laptop decal. If you guys want, I can show you a tutorial on how to apply vinyl designs as well! Let me know if you’re interested in that.
So that’s it! Did you hear about the Silhouette Cameo coming out?? It cuts 12″ vinyl instead of just 9″. It’s running $299.99 right now on their website. I am completely content with my original Silhouette SD but it would be nice to upgrade someday 😉
PS. Silhouette America is NOT compensating me talking about their products, although maybe they should be 😉 jk jk! I really do love it so much! It is so fun to try out all of their products and I LOVE that I can make my own vinyl designs!
Like these ones! <3 Don't worry, if you don't have a Silhouette,
you probably closed out of this post a long time ago you can order these from my Etsy shop or send me an email! classyclutter4 (at) gmail (dot) com.
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