accessing your GSD files

In light of a little thread going on over at Two Peas, I thought perhaps I might share a little step-by-step on how to access the Silhouette GSD files from me or any other GSD source–not purchased through Silhouette.

One note to remember, the GSD files that outside sources make to use with Silhouette cannot be used in the My Library software that comes with Silhouette. The GST files that Silhouette sells are proprietary in that they can only be used with their software–through My Library.

To easily peruse and access GSD files that you have purchased via outside sources (like me ;) ), open a new document in Robomaster and click File/Thumbnail Browser.

Then you’ll see this screen (below). Choose the directory where your GSD files are located and the thumbnails of all the GSD images in the directory will display. I would keep all my GSD files in one directory. However, you could also sort the files by creating additional directories. For example, create directories called Nature, Birthday, Travel, Phrases, etc. (In my example I have them separated the way I need them for what I do with selling them–so don’t go by that.)

Next, click on the needed image and voila! You are good to go!

I hope this helps all you Silhouette fans. :)

2018-03-02T18:37:56+00:00September 7th, 2010|silhouette, tips and tricks|23 Comments


  1. Carrie September 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    This is great! For some reason, I never even noticed this menu item – it will definitely come in handy :)

  2. vegetablog September 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    this is super helpful–thank you!

    p.s. i used a modification of your filmstrip freebie on a recent layout– it was perfect!

  3. Cassie September 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you so much! I never even realized that there was that menu option. It inspired me to try it and then I cleaned out my designs that I keep there too. Perfect!

  4. Scrapthat September 7, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    that is THE most fabulous tip!! I love it! TFS!

  5. Rhadonda September 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you. Very helpful. I wondered if there is a way you can have a preview picture of each kit so that we can easily see what was in the kit w/o opening the file. Does that make sense? I know as you sell more and more designs that would be helpful. Previews are something i have learned and love from the digital world of kits. But i don't have a clue how hard design-wise that would be to accomplish. Just wondering because you needed something else to do right? ( :

  6. luvmysilhouette September 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Sooooooooooooo much Kerri, between You and Nichol mabe I will learn all the neat little things this Silhouette can do…

  7. Amy September 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you so so much!! This helps a ton!!!

  8. Darlene Melvin September 8, 2010 at 4:26 am

    OMG!! i had a wishblade for years..all those files i never go to because it was just too time consuming.. THIS ROCKS! Thank you so much for this tip. It has made my week!

  9. dawnelaine September 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for tips, Kerri. They are always so helpful! I actually PRINTED OUT your instructions for making a P&C out of a regular design, the one with the two birds on the tank top – 17 pages!! (I know – LAME!! What can I say – I do not retain well!!) I can't tell you how many times I have used that information! Thanks so much!!

  10. Kathy September 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    You make being creative so much simpler!! Thanks a bunch, Girl:)

  11. Luv2stamp September 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Good Gosh that is one awesome tip..TX so much it will come in handy, since I have loads of other GDS images from other sources.Thanks once again for sharing!!

  12. ColoradoCropper September 12, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Well, heck. I followed the directions and it didn't work for me. None of the files will open up. Is because they're zipped and I have to unzip them? As you can probably tell, I'm not very tech savy. HELP! The little icon next to each file is a stack of books if that helps.

  13. Kerri September 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Hey ColoradoCropper!
    Yes, you need to Unzip the files first. You need to use something like WinZip or StuffIt to do that.

    Usually when I double click on the ZIP file (or even right-click on it), I will get an option of what to Unzip it with. I use StuffIt because that's what I had on my computer when I bought it. It will ask for a Destination folder–where you want to Unzip the files to–and I just specify where I want it at that point. Then once it does its little Unzip magic, you'll see the GSD/SVG/DXF/JPG/PNG directories as each type of file is sorted into their own directories so you can use the ones as you need.

    I hope that helps. :)

  14. Angela September 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    That is way cool, I have a ton of GSD files that I down loaded a long time ago and never used them because I hated opening them to see what they where.

    Thanks a bunch

  15. Sandra Correale October 8, 2010 at 2:30 am

    How do I access them now with Silhouette Studio? There is no thumbnail browser.

  16. Kerri October 8, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Hey Sandra!
    I'm waiting to get my new Mac before downloading Silhouette Studio. Then I'll be able to work through all those details. In the interim, I did find this information on how to open GSD files in the new Studio program.

    This is what it said on Silhouette's FAQs:

    "Silhouette Studio does allow for the opening of GSD files. When using the "Open" feature, make sure you click on the "File Type" at the bottom of the window that looks for files to open and set to "GSD" rather than "Studio". This should enable you to open your GSD file."

    I'm hoping to get my Mac here in the next few days…so stay tuned… :)

  17. Sandra Correale October 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks so much Kerri! I appreciate your quick response. I just ordered your Halloween kit – so excited to play with it. Have a great day ;)

  18. Cutiephinphin November 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hi Kerri

    I'm contemplating on getting a Silhouette SD but I'm really wondering how it's gonna work together with my Mac. I do see that there is a Mac version of the Silhouette Studio but I'm worried about being able to use the digital shapes from outside sources. Would love to have your insight on that.

    P.S Pls do update once you've worked on the Silhouette with your Mac. Thanks!

  19. Penny May 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm


    Thank you so much for the information, but when I tried this I get an error message that says, this is a new version of file and cannot be opened by this software. Any insight?

  20. Kerri May 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Hey Penny! What version of Studio are you using? On the Mac you can find the version by going to Silhouette Studio/About Silhouette Studio (above the Toolbar). On a PC it may be under Help. I'm not sure.

    The current version I have is 1.5 and I know that if your version of the software is lower than what the file has been saved in (from Silhouette or anyone), then there's usually a compatibility issue.

    Maybe check that out and see if that might be what's going on and let me know.

  21. Penny May 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks Kerri. I've downloaded two other versions. I'll let you know if it works this time. Thanks again.


  22. Penny May 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Okay, I have downloaded 2.4, 4.0 and 5.1. I still can't get the files to open. I don't have any idea what I'm doing wrong.

  23. Penny May 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I figured it out, Kerri. Thanks anyway. The files I downloaded from you were not GSD files.


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