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Duplicating in Silhouette Studio Just Got Easier!

Duplicating….one of my new favorite features in Silhouette Studio Version 3. I’m going to let the video speak for itself. After all, it’s only a minute long.But, boy oh boy…what a minute!!! Is that not one of the coolest things like ever? Something so simple, but so awesome.Wish Illustrator worked like that.

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Patty Andersen - June 25, 2014 - 7:53 am

My favorite way to copy was to Ctrl and drag the item, but that no longer works and I was not a happy camper. This method IS awesome, Kerri, and I thank you for discovering and sharing.

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 8:00 am

Hey Patty! I always did Alt with the click+drag and that still works. You can do that in Illustrator too, so that’s what I’m used to using. And actually, I just tried the Cmd (ctrl) click and drag and it works for me. I’m on a Mac though. Maybe it’s a glitch for PCs? Or they fixed it in an update?

You can also do Ctrl or Alt Click and it will make a second copy right on top of the shape.

WhamBamPam - June 25, 2014 - 10:27 am

Hi Kerri,
You sound so happy in this video. You brought a smile to my face :D

Nashonne - June 25, 2014 - 10:42 am

Awesome, thanks for the tutorial!

Julie C - June 25, 2014 - 11:38 am

Love this!!!

LisaM6 - June 25, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Cool. I will try it now. Thanks so much! That will make my life much easier.

Sue Kimmet - June 25, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Weird, I just tried it and it did nothing. Can’t imagine why not, such a fast way to work!

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 3:16 pm

It may be a possibility it’s only available in the latest release that came out at end of May. There were a lot of fixes and enhancements made in that one. Your software won’t tell you there’s an update, but if you haven’t updated in the past month, then it try installing the latest.

Dottie J - June 25, 2014 - 3:23 pm

I haven’t upgraded yet, and I tried this in my old version. It just nudged the shape one pixel at a time.

That’s a valuable move tool and I would hate to see it eliminated. Is there another way to nudge in the new version?

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 3:31 pm

You mean besides just using the plain ol’ arrow key to move a shape?
Is that what you’re asking? I’ve just always used the arrow only, no key combo.
Works the same in both version 2 and 3.
It’s the Ctrl/Cmd-Arrow that has now changed between the two versions.

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 4:51 pm

FYI, this works in the latest 3.0.531 that came out May 27 and not before. There is a glitch in the previous version in that it won’t tell you that you need to update. But you can download the latest from their website under the Support link:

Lady Fair - June 25, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Ah, it’s the little things that make us happy. I haven’t upgraded yet, but I truly appreciate those who have and keep us all informed.

Sandy Evans - June 25, 2014 - 7:43 pm

You are so awesome to share things with us Kerri. Thanks

Carrie-Ann - June 25, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Thanks for the tip!

Lynette Ballard - June 26, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Thank you! This is awesome! I could have used it a few days ago, but I can’t remember what I was even doing! :) Thanks for all the awesome tricks, we appreciate it!

Denni - June 28, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Too flippin cool! LOVE this tip! Thank you :)

Did You Know: Adding Keywords To Library

If you haven’t heard the shot heard ’round the world….oh wait, that’s another story, but equally as pivotal in all things Silhouette Studio related…but if you haven’t heard about the greatest thing added to the May 27, 2014 release…. You can now add search words to the library and it is soooooo easy! Take a […]

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Lynette Ballard - June 4, 2014 - 12:46 pm

I had no idea there was another update! For some reason, when I checked in “check for updates,” it said, “nope!” I just went to the website to get it. I can’t wait to use this feature! So fantastic! I also like this because if it’s a picture set (such as: sun, tree, clouds, swing), I can add a keyword for each! Thank you for showing us!

Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 1:35 pm

It did the same thing for me too. Weird.
Just another bug for now, I guess. :)

Natalie (QSOgirl) - June 4, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Awesome tip!! Thank you so much for showing the video. I was always frustrated before that I couldn’t add/modify tags once I’d imported an image into my library. This is a wonderful step toward a solution (now if only they’d add that “X”! ;-))

Claire - June 4, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Does this only work in the Designer software? I do not have the option to “edit properties” in mine.

Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Have you updated to the May 27 release?
It’s version 3.0.531.

Claire - June 4, 2014 - 3:31 pm

The website informs me I have the latest software….

Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 3:46 pm

It did that for me too–and someone else that’s commented, but it wasn’t up to date. And if you haven’t updated in the last week, then yours isn’t updated either. If you look under About Studio, it’ll tell you what version you have.

The release notes don’t say that the this new feature is only for DE, which means it’s available across the board.

Claire - June 4, 2014 - 3:59 pm

My version is: 3.0.343ss. And I don’t know if that is the latest ? I do not know how to get an update if the website doesn’t offer it.

Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 4:41 pm

It’s 3.0.531 and you can go out to the Support link on their website and download what you need. :)

Claire - June 4, 2014 - 6:05 pm

The update was found and installed and I can now edit properties. It is a very useful update.
Thank you for your help.

Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Awesome! :)

Gilda - June 5, 2014 - 7:27 am

Thanks for this info, Kerri. Silhouette keeps getting better and better! I’m almost finished the ‘Here, There & Everywhere’ class and loving it.

Scale Tool? Workin’ Cool.

There was one thing that really bothered me about the Scale tool in the previous Studio software. It didn’t work right.  If you were to rotate a square 45 degrees and change the width, rather than it changing horizontally–from side to side, it still looked at it in that square form and would change it […]

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Lynette Ballard - May 16, 2014 - 5:54 am

Oh that is exciting! I had heard a lot of complaints about the new version, and downloaded it without realizing everything had changed. I was worried, and didn’t even touch it for a couple weeks. I finally got brave yesterday, and actually it’s not so bad! I love now that all the cut settings (including choosing cut lines) can be done in one window. SO much better than having to remember to switch windows five times before cutting! Keep these posts coming of the new stuff, because I feel like in some ways, it really is a brand new program!

Penne Beckett - May 16, 2014 - 8:55 am

I have not upgraded yet. I need to do my classes and wasn’t sure if I should upgrade.

Kerri - May 16, 2014 - 9:24 am

If you’re still working on classes, I would remain in the previous version if you want to have a parallel learning experience. I actually have both versions on my Mac, so I can switch between both. The newer version–second release of it–has been working okay for me, but I know it’s still got its quirkiness and other people have still been having bigger issues like the program crashing and stuff.

Eventually classes will be updated, but it’s going to take quite a bit of time. The generalness of the program does remain the same between versions though. Just some enhancements and visual differences have been added.

Penne Beckett - May 16, 2014 - 9:36 am

Thanks, I will do the old, then update later.

it’s a magicalness kind of day

So a couple weeks ago I shared a serendipitous moment that created a magical photo. Here’s a peek at those photos once more.   So of course that moment spurred a kit and a video to show it off! Therefore, here is the new Magicalness kit. This kit was created with using the designs as overlays […]

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Theresa - May 2, 2014 - 6:55 am


Cindy - May 2, 2014 - 8:52 am

I didn’t know you can print a photo using your Silhoutte Studio. How do you do that?? Love this kit and thanks for the video. I always learn so much from you!!

Kerri - May 2, 2014 - 9:54 am

You can open it like you would any other image or file. Just when you go to print it, make sure you’re choosing good photo settings.

Patti Painter - May 2, 2014 - 10:42 am

Glad I came back to check on the coupon code or would have missed this video. Love this set, thanks for the freebies as well.
Have a great weekend.

Kim Smith - May 2, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Another reason to reel me into getting a Silhouette! Thanks for the freebie and the new video!

yolande k - May 2, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Magnifique !!!! Thank you Kerri !

tiffany h - May 2, 2014 - 1:56 pm

The overlays look great on your photos. I think I’ll have to try them out. Thanks for the freebie. Since I only stop by your blog once a week I missed out on the other freebies but I appreciate you offering them.

Patty G. - May 2, 2014 - 8:45 pm

You never cease to amaze me! Thanks for the video and all the freebies this week. I can NOT wait to try this new kit!

Carrie-Ann - May 2, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Thank you! Have a great weekend :)

Karen Peterson - May 2, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Thanks so very much Kerri for sharing these freebies and also teaching us how to use your products; so much more helpful when I have a demonstration on how to use something!! Hope your date was fun; I got my hair done today too but no date (dh is in Seattle ;(

a ‘tiny’ tip for silhouette cutting

I just made the itty bittiest of cuts using a handwritten cut file from the Happy Stuff kit and thought I’d share a couple tips for cutting the tiny things on your Silhouette. 1.  Add a slight Offset to thicken up the itty bitty parts.2.  Change your blade depth to one set higher than what […]

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Lizzy Hill - April 25, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Thank you! All help gratefully received & listened to regarding the Silly machine!!! Tips noted & hoping they work as well for me as they did here for you:):)

Luba Andrews - April 26, 2014 - 6:49 am

Can you tell us how to “add a slight offset?” not sure if I understand that….. ;)

Kerri - April 26, 2014 - 7:24 am

I have a little tutorial on how to do that HERE.

Kirsten - April 26, 2014 - 10:47 am

By “higher” do you mean deeper or shallower? Is 5 your usual setting or the adjusted setting? (Adjusted=you usually cut at 4?) Thanks for understanding my babbling!

Kerri - April 26, 2014 - 10:55 am

Yup, I usually cut at a 4, so I upped it to 5. :)

yolande k - April 26, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Merci pour ce tuto, tr-s utile ! Ta découpe est superbe !

Lindy - April 26, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Thank you for these tips, Kerri! I’m always trying to cut tiny things and it’s a challenge. Slowing the speed down can help, too.

friday freebie | wizarding fun

This past week we did our annual girls camp. Love this time. Love spending some QT with my daughters and my dear friends–Lisa Bearnson + Kristy Banks–and their daughters. It’s always an adventure and we never seem to have enough time. Games, food, laughing, crafting . . . it’s all good fun up in the […]

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Cynthia B. - August 16, 2013 - 4:30 pm

So cute! My daughter will have me buying some transfer paper now (something I haven’t done before). Thanks so much!

Sandy_in_MD - August 16, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Thanks so much!

Sandy Evans - August 16, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Just wayyyyy to cute. You always amaze me.

Kathi Z - August 16, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Very cute! Thanks for sharing Kerri! :)

cari - August 16, 2013 - 6:50 pm

So cute, Kerri! Thank you!

Ruth G - August 16, 2013 - 7:25 pm

I love these designs! They are so super fun! Now I know why I didn’t scrap my daughter’s Harry Potter party from so many years ago ;-)! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

LinhC - August 16, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Very cute!

Stephanie @ BeeTreeStudios - August 16, 2013 - 9:22 pm

You rock, these are AWESOME! Thanks =)

Phyllis B. - August 17, 2013 - 2:38 am

So, so cute! Glad you had such a fun trip! Thanks for the Freebie!

Renee - August 17, 2013 - 5:01 am

Love it! Thank you so much.

Mary - August 17, 2013 - 7:01 am

What could be better, spending time with family and friends, surrounded by nature, and crafting! Thanks for the freebie.

vicki doyle - August 17, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Thank you so much for this file — it’s perfect for my HP fan daughter and niece! My daughter is leaving for her first year in college – this will make a great care package gift!

I met your friend Lisa several years ago. CK sponsored a contest and a friend of mine from Buffalo won it. The grand prize was a scrapbook retreat at Lisa’s home in the mountains. So off we flew to Utah and had the time of our lives! We shopped our socks off, laughed ourselves silly — and were able to scrap the wedding pictures of a friend of Lisa’s who’s husband was very sick. Great trip!!
My fav memories was Lisa throwing ice cubes at me at lunch when I was pretending to know her friend in Rochester NY – when I confessed that I really didn’t know her friend, she pelted me with ice cubes LOL!

SiskiyouSue - August 18, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Hi. I’m new here, just signed up for your e-mail post. Love your files, especially this one! And enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

Heather - August 20, 2013 - 9:48 pm

I LOVE this! My nephew and I are HUGE Harry Potter fans. I could think of all kinds of things we’d use this for!


RobinD - October 14, 2013 - 12:30 pm

THANK YOU. Your t-shirts and the Harry Potter file made me smile!

notoes - October 15, 2013 - 8:08 pm

I haven’t tried the heat transfer material yet, does it come out as a vinyl-ish feel or like a t-shirt knit feel? I’m currently using a white knit fabric with an iron on adhesive to give a white background base for dark shirts since I spray paint the stencil designs I cut with my Portrait. I need the softer knit feel to hold the paint.

Kerri - October 15, 2013 - 8:11 pm

It actually comes in a vinyl-ish feel as well as a fuzzy-feel. The ones on the shirts I made are fuzzy. But Silhouette also has fabric paints that work with stencil material. So I don’t know if any of that works for you…

notoes - October 15, 2013 - 8:16 pm

The fuzzy feel might work for me. It’s so hard to figure some of the materials out when none of the stores nearby carry any of the Silhouette stock. I’ll have to looking the paints, there are times I like to just use the spray can and times I like to get “hands on” with things.

Lisa - October 16, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Do you have any tips for using the heat transfer vinyl? I’ve made 2 shirts and both of them have had places that peeled up after washing and I didn’t even put them in the dryer. I don’t want to use it to make gifts if I feel like it’s only good for one time wear. :(

Kerri - October 16, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Hey Lisa!
All you need to do is iron it down again. I’ve had that happen and just did another iron on that spot and all was well. Even after many washes, it will still iron down. All it means is that it just didn’t quite get that security in the heat that it needed. When I iron them, I like to put down a thinner-ish bath towel (not a big fluffy one) on my bathroom counter and then use a thin dish towel over the top of what I’m ironing on. I like the hardness of the counter combined with a bath towel. It seems to work well for me.

Hope that helps!

TessC. - October 18, 2013 - 11:28 pm

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Dawn - November 8, 2013 - 5:31 pm

I have never Done anything like that. All new to me. Am a newbie to all this. Beautiful. Am slowly learning. Am disabled and can only sit a short time before my back starts. So am from Antioch, California. Good luck ya’ll


mary - December 18, 2013 - 8:25 am

I absolutely LOVE this!! Love HP! But I have questions…I don’t have a silhouette so is it possible to do this without one? I haven’t done anything like this before either. So, any guidance you can give would be awesome!
Thanks! :)

[…] year we made these sweatshirts, and so I thought it only appropriate that we continue our shirt-making tradition this year. Last […]

[…] we make bracelets (and I still have every one of them) and last year we made Harry Potter shirts (see here) using the Silhouette Heat […]

thickening the handwritten words

While the handwritten words work pretty darn well because Silhouette cuts so beautifully, occasionally you may want to cut them smaller or on something more paper-like where it will require them to be thicker. Did you know you can thicken ‘em up yourself? It’s sooooo easy. Take a look.   (‘blue skies’ word is from […]

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Ann - August 13, 2013 - 6:34 am

Great tip. What font is that?

Kerri - August 13, 2013 - 6:37 am

It’s actually my handwriting. :)

Beth - August 13, 2013 - 7:32 am

Thank you!! I knew to use the offset, and I’ve done that a lot, but I always did the offset and then removed the “inside” shape. This is just THAT much easier!!

Julie Learned - August 13, 2013 - 8:17 am

This is great! Thank you! Now, how about a tutorial on how to get our handwriting as a font. Yours looks awesome!! :)

Janay - August 13, 2013 - 8:19 am

Thank so you so much for making this tutorial!! I love your handwritten words but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to thicken them. =)

kelly thompson - August 13, 2013 - 1:58 pm

cha ching- I have been wanting to know forever- how to thicken letters! The fonts are so pretty but when I go to cut them they are too thin! thanks a bunch!

Lisa (ThePurplePlace) - August 13, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Thankfully, I did know that and it’s because I learned it from YOU or from taking one of your Silhouette classes!

Very excited for the new class and I’m already signed up and raly to learn some more wonderful tips/hints!! You work that machine like you designed it!! Amazing!!

Thanks for sharing your wisdom with all of us!

vicki - August 13, 2013 - 4:44 pm

THANK YOU! OMG – I am a fairly new Silhouette user – this info is so helpful! You just saved me hours of fussing — and I am very appreciative.

Sandy Evans - August 13, 2013 - 5:20 pm

You are so amazing. Thank you for the tip Kerri.

Amanda S - August 14, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Thank you! I was doing it with more steps than this – perfect!

Jes - August 23, 2013 - 6:29 am

Many thanks for this tutorial! very useful!!

Sheila - November 28, 2013 - 12:34 am

Thank you for this information. I just bought the Silhouette Cameo with expectations to cut fabric appliques using my machine embroidery patterns. I started with one that has block numbers.

The designs I use provide a ‘tack down stitch’ which can be used to create a .jpg outline the Cameo can open. But the applique needs to be slightly larger than the tack down stitch, otherwise the machine stitching won’t hold it in place.

I followed tutorials specifically for using the Cameo for this purpose and they all talked about resizing to add anywhere from 1-2mm. None of these tutorials mentioned the offset function. The resizing doesn’t work for this purpose because it stretches the design which doesn’t always move the outline in an outward direction.

I googled Silhouette Cameo Resize Issues, and saw your information on thickening. The offset design thickens the outline moving all lines an equal distance out, and that is exactly what I needed. Great information and very much appreciated.

Sophia Allison - February 10, 2014 - 5:11 am

Thanks for sharing , what a great tip…

[…] Need help  using Offset to thicken letters? Check out this tutorial HERE. […]

yolande k - April 26, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Génial ! Merci kerri !

Liz Fox - August 10, 2014 - 9:58 am

Thank you Sheila,
That is exactly why I bought the Cameo. Embrilliance update (July 2014) added the ability to save the cut line of an appliqué as a Studio file (or SVG). I haven’t tried it yet, but this might save having to do the offset. Besides it’s a great embroidery app for the MAC!

altering the freedom circle freebie shape

As promised, here is the video on how to add your own word to the Freedom Circle Freebie that came out for the Fourth of July. So now you can . . .   Take a look!

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Ruth G - July 16, 2013 - 3:04 pm!!! I hand-placed letters around a circle previously and while it turned out wonderful, the way you did it is so much quicker and I’m sure more accurate! Thanks so much for sharing this! I will be sharing this post wherever I can!

Gwen Lords - July 16, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Thanks so much for this tutorial Kerri, I love how you explain things.

Roberta - July 17, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Wow, I learned a lot from your tutorial-thank you! You’ve got some serious skills!

Christine - July 17, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Thanks Kerri! You have a gift of teaching!!

I am off to try new skills :)

Nashonne - July 18, 2013 - 6:44 am

Thanks for the video! I learned something new about the software I never used before (Make Compound Path).

Margaret R - July 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Hi Kerri,

I just stumbled upon your blog via Nichol. Your videos are awesome! I can’t wait to put these techniques into practice. I received my Silhouette Cameo (present) on the 17th – opened the box on the 18th and had a go. It’s so much fun.

Ann Wright - April 19, 2014 - 5:21 pm

oh my, I have searched for 6 months to find someone to teach how to do the Silhouette Cameo DE and not put me to sleep. You are great! You are a great teacher.Love how you teach! Hopefully next month I will be able to take your lessons. Thanks for sharing this one with us. I wish I could save it and watch it over and over.

Kerri - April 22, 2014 - 11:49 am

Thanks Ann! :)