Silhouette Lessons

Are you new to the Silhouette family? Do you have a large, expensive paperweight in your craft area because you don’t know how to use it? Or do you want to increase your Silhouette skills? This is the place to start! I’m hard at work adding lessons for all the basics of Silhouette Studio so you can get to know this software and use your machine to its full potential. My goal is to help everyone love his or her Silhouette machine as much as I love mine.

Silhouette Studio is used for all Silhouette cutting machines (CAMEO, Curio, Portrait, SD, and the original Silhouette.) These Silhouette lessons are most helpful in order if you are starting as a new Silhouette user. If you are searching for a specific topic, please check the description below each video.

Scroll down to see newer videos. These are currently in order so you can start at the top and work your way down.

(Things to note: You can find the password for each video under its description. Also, you may get better resolution by watching the videos directly on Vimeo.)

Update Silhouette Studio and Load Designer Edition

This video shows the very basic steps of updating your Silhouette Studio software to the most current version (pre-Cloud < v3.7), and how to upgrade your Basic Edition to Designer Edition once you’ve purchased the upgrade. For all Silhouette Studio users (Basic and Designer Edition). Run time = 04:06. Note: The most recent update was 6/16/2015.
Password: Update1

 

Silhouette Studio Preferences: Part 1 of 3 (General, Defaults)

This is the 1st of 3 lessons showing how I set up my Preferences for Silhouette Studio (versions 3.3.451 through 3.6.057: DE and Basic, with exceptions noted in the video). Run time = 08:03.
Password: preferences1

 

Silhouette Studio Preferences: Part 2 of 3 (Display, Editing, Import)

This is the 2nd of 3 lessons showing how I set up my Preferences for Silhouette Studio (versions 3.3.451 through 3.6.057: DE and Basic, with exceptions noted in the video). Run time = 09:55.
Password: preferences2

 

Silhouette Studio Preferences: Part 3 of 3 (Selection, Devices, Advanced)

This is the 3rd of 3 lessons showing how I set up my Preferences for Silhouette Studio (versions 3.3.451 through 3.6.057: DE and Basic). Run time = 13:01.
Password: preferences3

 

 Silhouette Design Store (#1 of 3): Overview

This is the 1st of 3 lessons about the Silhouette Design Store. This is a brief overview of the Design Store. This video applies to both the basic version of Studio and the Designer Edition (version 3.3.6…).  Note: As of Aug. 22, 2015 the design store was updated so it will not look the same. Run time = 01:48.
Password: DS1

 

Silhouette Design Store (#2 of 3): Account Details

This is the 2nd of 3 lessons about the Silhouette Design Store. This video talks about account settings like changing passwords and notifications, along with where to find your subscription information and enter codes for download cards, etc. This applies to both the basic version of Studio and the Designer Edition (version 3.3.6…).  Note: As of Aug. 22, 2015 the design store was updated so it will not look the same. Run time = 05:13.
Password: DS2

 

Silhouette Design Store (#3 of 3): Purchasing Designs

This is the 3rd of 3 lessons about the Silhouette Design Store. In this video I cover purchasing designs and the differences between accessing the store through Silhouette Studio versus accessing the store through a web browser. This applies to both the basic version of Studio and the Designer Edition (version 3.3.6…).  Note: As of Aug. 22, 2015 the design store was updated so it will not look the same. Run time = 02:51.

Please note that you must update to Studio version 3.3.622 (released 6/10/15) or higher if you want to purchase Silhouette designs from the Design Store. Older versions (with the exception of v 2.9.106 Legacy available here) will not have access to the Design Store through your software, and designs purchased through your browser will not be retrievable. This was a security patch.
Password: DS3

 

Silhouette Studio: Library

This Silhouette Studio lesson talks about the Library in your software. How to search for shapes you already have, how to sort your shapes, how to use and create folders and subfolders for organizing your designs, and more. This applies to all (pre-Cloud < v3.7) versions of Studio (both Basic and Designer Editions). Run time = 10:02.
Password: library123

 

Design Page Settings Window


This Silhouette lesson discusses your options on the Design Page Settings Window in Silhouette Studio. For Basic and Designer Edition, all v3 releases. (Recorded with v.3.3.451.) Run time = 10:01.
Password: page

 

Quick Menu and Shortcut Buttons


This Silhouette lesson shows the different quick-menu and shortcut icons that make working with Studio quick and easy. I talk about each of the icons along the top and bottom of your Studio screen that are quick tools, including zoom tools. This lesson also points out several common shortcut keystrokes. Both Basic and Designer Edition features are covered. (Recorded with version 3.3.451. Applies to most releases of v3 as well.) Run time = 11:57.
Password: shortcut

 

Silhouette Studio: Select by Color


This short video shows the “select by color” feature in Silhouette Studio. This applies to both the Basic and Designer Editions, with one small difference noted for DE. For Silhouette Studio version 3. Run time = 03:12.
Password: color

 

Silhouette Studio: Text Tool


This lesson explains how to use the Text Tool in Silhouette Studio (both Basic and Designer Edition). Learn all the options for fine-tuning your text size, spacing, alignment, etc. (Recorded with version 3.3.638.) Run time = 07:12.
Password: TEXT001

 

Grid Window

This Silhouette lesson talks about the Grid Window in Silhouette Studio. There are extra features for the Grid Window in the Designer Edition, so the video covers basic features first, then the extra features added for Designer Edition users. (Recorded with version 3.3.638.) Run time = 10:50.
Password: grid-1

 

Common Functions in Silhouette Studio


This Silhouette Studio lesson covers basic, frequently-used functions. I explain the variety of saving options and what they do, along with several ways to copy & paste and to group & ungroup. All of the functions discussed in this video apply to both Basic and Designer Edition. (Recorded with version 3.3.638.) Run time = 09:24.
Password: functions

 

Line and Drawing Tools


This Silhouette Studio lesson goes over all of the Drawing tools: Line, Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Curve, Freehand, Smooth Freehand, Arc, and Regular Polygon. For both Basic and Designer Edition. (Recorded with Silhouette Studio version 3.4.436 but still applies to most versions.) Run time = 09:52.
Password: draw34436

 

Move Window and Rotate Window


This lesson discusses the function and uses of both the Move Window and the Rotate Window in Silhouette Studio. For both Basic and Designer Edition. (Recorded with version 3.4.436.) Run time = 07:35.
Password: MR9876

 

Fill Windows


This Silhouette Studio lesson covers the three Fill Windows– Fill Color, Fill Gradient, and Fill Pattern. The bulk of the lesson is on Fill Patterns. For both Basic and Designer Edition. (Recorded with version 3.4.436.) Run time = 12:27.
Password: FILL123

 

Adding Patterns in Designer Edition


This lesson shows how to add digital patterns from your computer into your Pattern Library of Silhouette Studio. For Designer Edition only (there is a separate lesson below for adding patterns in Basic Edition). Recorded with version 3.4.436. Run time = 03:26.
Password: patternDE

 

Loading Digital Pattern Papers – Basic Edition


This lesson shows how to import digital pattern papers from your computer into your Silhouette Studio Library with the Basic Edition. (There is a separate lesson above for Designer Edition.) Although not quite as simple as with the Designer Edition, you can still load patterns from your computer to fill shapes in Studio, and then manipulate those patterns with the same advanced options as in any version of Studio. (Recorded with version 3.4.436.) Run time = 04:11.
Password: patt-B

 

Line Color & Line Style Windows


This Silhouette Studio lesson covers the Line Color Window and the Line Style Window. For both Basic and Designer Editions. (Recorded with version 3.4.436.) Run time = 08:23.
Password: Line-2