importing GSD/STUDIO files into silhouette

I thought perhaps today would be a good day for a quick tutorial on how to add your purchased GSD/STUDIO files into the Silhouette Studio.

Open your Silhouette Studio and click on the Show Library icon on the left.

Expand your My Library and highlight My Own Designs.
Or, right click on My Library and create a new folder with a new name.

Click on File/Import to My Library

Pull up the directory where your GSD/STUDIO files have been saved and select the needed file.

From here you can choose Keywords to search by, add a Description, and even name the Artist!
You can also specify what kind of shape it is–a regular cut, a sketch design, etc.

The shape will now be in your directory. 

Now you when you click on My Library, you can enter in any search terms needed to find the shape you’re looking for. For example, say you’re looking for Christmas shapes, if you enter the word “christmas”, it will come up with ALL shapes–Silhouette or other shapes–into the Library window.

And be sure to check out this You Tube video tutorial on how to import multiple files at one time:

2018-03-01T18:01:34+00:00January 4th, 2011|silhouette, tips and tricks|45 Comments


  1. vegetablog January 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This is so fabulous! I had no idea that I could do this. Thanks so much for the tutorial… now I'll be spending lots of time today organizing my designs, haha!

  2. Issy January 5, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Thanks for this tutorial Kerri! I'm battling with a new computer with a different OS to what I was used to. I'm trying to cope with the new Silhouette studio, which is GREAT,..BUT new and scary and I haven't really had time to play with it because my old computer couldn't import it…..So ohh! It's fabulous to have new toys, but I need all the help I can get to "drive" them! Happy New Year and Love from Scotland!

  3. Kerri January 5, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Issy, I get ya on the new OS….went from PC to Mac myself. It's nice now that I've got the hang of it. Can't imagine ever switching back!

    And I just have to tell you we (well, hubby had it on)were watching American Choppers and they went to Scotland, England, Ireland and I'm just loooonging to go back! Hubby said he really wants to go to your neck of the woods because it looked so beautiful there. Ahhhhh, maybe someday….

    (i'm dying i want to go so bad. ;) )

  4. dawnelaine January 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks so much for the tutorial, Kerri! I have been feeling somewhat "out of the loop" since the new Sil software has been released. Cannot wait to get home and try this on my home computer where I have my Silhouette and YOUR files!

    Thanks again! Love your designs!!

  5. Amy Rohl January 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    You are the bestest, Kerri! Thank you so much for the tute…would love to see more of these as I'm such a newbie!

  6. Anonymous January 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Kerri – I was wondering if you could tell me how to get my files from the old ROBO software to the new software

  7. Kerri January 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    If you're talking about the files that you've purchased from Silhouette directly, here's what you'll need to do:

    1. Click on File/Purchase Online
    2. Click on My Account in the upper right and then you'll have an option to Recover Downloaded Files.
    3. When you click on that you'll be prompted for your password and it should begin the download of those images that you've purchased.

    That's more or less the process. :)

  8. carilackner January 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    THANK YOU for this tutorial!!! I am currently putting in all your files and I am so thankful to be able to access them directly in Studio instead of having to remember all the great shapes I have of yours! You rock!

  9. pianomama January 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    So – after I've imported the GSD – how do I get the correct image to show up on the library icon – right now it's random – the title is correct, but the thumbnail is not. Hmmmm – learning curve.

  10. Charlie February 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks so very much! just wondering…can we import more than one file at a time?

  11. Kerri February 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Charlie, I'm not seeing a way to import multiple files at one time. You can only select one file at a time this way. If I find something else out along the way, I'll be sure to add it.


  12. Scrapthat March 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for the Tutorial Kerri!
    I've been avoiding doing this because I knew I would have to relearn everything…the new Studio program looks so different! Every little bit helps with the tutorials! Thank you!

  13. MrsMarch March 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial, although I'm following the instructions and are simple enough they are not showing up in my library in any of the folders. under my files there is an empty space but nothing appears, i even tried re-indexing my files and nothing? Any suggestions?

  14. Kerri March 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I just want to make sure you are using the most recent version of Silhouette Studio. To check, go up to the toolbar and click on either Silhouette Studio or Help and then About. It should be version 1.5. I think the one prior to that release is the one I used for this example here, so it should work.

    Sadly, I'm just not that great of a troubleshooter–I leave that to the experts there at Silhouette. They have an amazing support team and could help you with your question. I'd just send them an email. They are really good at getting back to you. Their email is:

    Keep me posted though. I'd kind of like to know what the issue was too. :)

  15. Mendi March 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

    This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks so much! :)

  16. Lisa Cutler May 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Is there a way to import folders of files at once or do we have to go one at a time? PIA!! (pain in the 'tush').

    Thanks for a great tutorial!

  17. Celia May 19, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Hi All
    I see most of you wanted to know how to import more than one file at a time.

    I copied all my GSD files into my Robo master Templates directory. Open Sil Stud and just say import from Robo Craft (some times it will freeze due to the age of the file) – just take the file out and individually import it

    Trust me – it works

  18. Anonymous June 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Please advise – I love these kits – so many cute shapes…..but I have a Cricut and also Sure-Cuts-Alot program. Would I be able to cut these shapes with these or do you need a Silhouette.

  19. Kerri June 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Hey Sally! As long as your SCAL and Cricut still communicate (after Provo Craft putting the nix on updates of SCAL), you are good to go! The kits include SVG files that you can use with SCAL.

    Hope that helps! :)

  20. Suz D. July 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Any updates on importing more than one file at a time? I just got a silhouette and have a lot of files to import. It is so time consuming one by one!

  21. Kerri July 8, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Ohhhh how I wish it could! But as far as I know, it's still just Ugh. Maybe that's a program enhancement that everyone should email Silhouette about and maybe they can get it added to the software. :)

  22. Carla Crosby September 6, 2011 at 7:11 am

    thank you sooooo much….love my silhouette!

  23. Judy September 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Thank you!! With you help I’ve downloaded my first images in my library.

  24. Ronda September 8, 2011 at 11:14 pm


    I don’t use SVG files. I have Cricut Design Studios and the Cricut Gypsy. Can your files be converted to this type of file? Thanks for your help.

    • Kerri September 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

      Hey Ronda!
      It used to be that you could use SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) or MTC (Make The Cut) with your Cricut. However, Provo Craft sued both companies this spring to ban them from making their programs work with Cricut. So unless you have one of those older versions, you can’t use it with Cricut. Or unless PC comes out with something that can handle SVG files…. Cricut users can wish, right? :)

  25. Adriana Noleto September 13, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Well, it’s been 2 years since I’ve got my silhouette, but I have never used it, can you believe it?LOL
    Once I’ve tried to install and use the machine but pointless, so I’ve decided to forget about it!
    I’ll try once more!Let’s see the results!
    Thank you for helping us!

    • Kerri September 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Okay Adriana! What are you waiting for?! :) Once you start, you won’t be able to stop!
      Oh, and if you’re having issues getting it hooked up and working, contact Silhouette. The guys there are amazing to work with and will get you set up in no time!
      Have fun!

  26. Eveline van Heijst September 22, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Thank you.

  27. Lidiya September 24, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Hi Kerri! Thanks so much for the helpful tutorial! Many thanks for the freebies as well!



  28. Colleen December 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    As a new Silhouette Cameo owner, can you please tell me if I purchase you Christmas kit with shapes and printable designs, which format do I choose? Will this import in to my Silhouette library with the capability to do both print and cut? Thanks!

  29. Karen February 11, 2012 at 9:46 am

    IT WORKED!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

  30. Zima July 7, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  31. Kim Davis September 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    HEY EVERYONE>> I FOUND OUT HOW TO IMPORT MULTIPLE FILES AT THE SAME TIME!!!!! Woo Hoo!. Ok: You make Studio software box smaller so you can see where your file you want to import are. DO NOT click import file to my library. Make sure the file you want them to go to is highlighted in your library. Then go to your files list (on your desktop or where ever) and click on the first one, hold down shift key and click on the last one (this will work since you didn’t click import) the hold down mouse and drag files over to the large window to the right of the library files….NOT TO THE FILE SYMBOL but to the screen where it displays the contents of your file. Woo Hoo! It works!!!! Lovin it!! Good luck everyone! I am glad we finally have a solution to this!!

  32. Rita Schildknecht February 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Thank you Kim Davis! You just made my day with the multiple importing of files. It was taking me forever.

  33. Lisa O'Donoghue February 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm


    I am perplexed as to why I can’t import/drag multiple files over to the Silhouette Studio program. I have tried and tried and yet nothing happens! I am selecting two or more images in Windows, dragging them to the large square to the right of the folders list in SS and yet nothing! It doesn’t matter what file type I’m trying; jpg, bmp, gif, jif (only kidding on the jif!) it’s so FRUSTRATING because I will be here all year importing images one by one.

    I have also tried “importing portfolio cd” and that doesn’t work, my program didn’t come pre-loaded with any images (is this normal?) and the free image from Silhouette’s own website also fails to download/install into the program….I’m going insane trying to get this to work and I haven’t even begun cutting and I’ve had the machine for 4 days lol!

    I’m using the most up-to-date software (v.2.7.6) on Windows 7 (64bit), I have tried using the program from an earlier version of Windows, but that doesn’t work any better, I have spent days looking for help and advice and I’m really hitting a dead-end, can anyone offer some advice please?

    Thanks in advance,


  34. Kim Davis February 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Lisa- Do you have Silhouette Designer Edition? That is what I have. But let me tell you something that I have learned since the last TWO updates to the regular silhouette software. The best thing to do is make a file on your desktop of the non-silhouette store files you have. Then when you want to use one of those files, open your silhouette software and click open (file icon) then go to that file on your desktop-select which one you want and double click it.
    Here is why you don’t need to import multiple files anymore….if you import them into your library and then open them, they won’t have the cuts (red lines). I have NO IDEA why but I called Silhouette and complained about that after an update or two ago. They said if you don’t put them in your library, and just open them from your file the cut lines will be there. WEIRD I know!!! I am on computer all day so if you still have problems, let me know!!

  35. Kim Davis February 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I meant I am on the computer all day TODAY (Sun., Feb 24).

  36. Lisa O'Donoghue February 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Kim,

    I have the standard program of SS, which came free with my Portrait machine – does this make a difference as to why mine had no free images?

    Tomorrow I shall have a look to see if the red cut lines are on some flowers I just put along the edge of an A5 document in SS, unfortunately my eyes are dropping as it’s just gone 1am so I darn’t open the prog again to check as I’ll never get to bed!

    Without looking at the A5 doc I’m working on I’m just guessing, but I’m sure the lines around the flowers I copied and pasted had the red (cut) lines you mentioned, which is odd because they are in ‘my library’ aka I had imported them across from my PC to the program itself one by one (they came from a DVD sent by the company I purchased the machine from). So you saying that images I have in my library won’t have the cut lines is something I’ll have to check in the morning!

    Am I right in thinking your in a different time zone to me? I just need to be aware when posting as I might be waiting hours for any help lol!

    Thanks so far Kim, you have been very helpful and I will check the cut lines tomorrow and get back to you and I might even get around to actually cutting something ;)

    Best wishes,


    • Kerri February 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Hey Lisa!
      So it sounds like you are trying to import graphics (JPG/PNG)–and peanut butter (ha ha)–into Studio. This is something that can only be done in the Designer Edition. If you have DXF files, you can import them using the drag+drop found in the tutorial here:

      Maybe let’s start with that and see where we go from there.

  37. Lisa O'Donoghue March 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Hi Kerri,

    So even though I have the option in the ‘File/Import Portfolio CD’ this isn’t available in the standard Studio? Sounds a bit stupid having it there if it’s unavailable!

    Some good news – I worked out why my program seemed empty of any free images, the mistake I was making was installing the program and then having a play with the software ‘before’ plugging in my Silhouette machine. Once I plugged in the machine and turned it on, (I had to manually install the driver which is on the CD anyway, so just keep the CD in your laptop), I registered the machine and bobs your uncle, my program started installing the free graphics that were obviously on the CD but hidden away!

    I was also having problems downloading the free image from Silhouette’s website, I placed the order and got the “thank you, your image will be downloaded when you run Silhouette Studio” or words to that effect, but nothing – no images were sitting in my ‘recent downloads’ folder. The mistake I was making with this one, was actually going to Silhouette’s website via my Chrome browser – how I got it to work was going to their website via the Studio program, logging into my account, going into my account history and re-downloading them, this then installed them into the correct ‘recent downloads’ folder!

    What a pain but sorted!

    So, I’m still stuck with importing any files one at a blinkin’ time as I can’t mass import or drag and drop, so that’s a pain and I don’t see why drag and drop is SO standard across many computer interfaces now, yet not with this Studio program?

    Thanks for your link, it didn’t help really as the files I wanted to mass import are jpg/svg type and not DXF but thank you anyway :)

    Best wishes,


  38. Joanne January 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

    can you tell me what it means when i tfr files to S Studio it said I was out of video memory then it closes the program

  39. Sally February 15, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Thanks for this video! I wanted to copy my GSD files from the Craft Robo into my Silhouette library, but NOT one at a time. This is great!

  40. darkan9el March 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Please title your video correctly, it should state that this is for Mac, even if you can do the same thing in windows.

    The fact you are using mac to do this is misleading to windows users because mac can do things windows can’t and you don’t state this in the video title.


  41. Lorie P November 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I have purchased your Jingle all the way. I transferred it into my library but it won’t cut. Sil says I’m connect. looks like it sends but it won’t cut. I tried a Sil cut pattern & it worked. Help!!!

    • Kerri November 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      If you’ve imported the SVG, then you need to turn on the cut lines.
      Let me know if that’s the issue. :)

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