dxf tips and tricks

With the recent removal of Studio files from my kits per Silhouette’s request, I thought I might share some tips and tricks on using the DXF file format for those of you with the just the standard Studio edition rather than having the Designer Edition.

Tip #1

DXF files cannot handle Print+Cuts. When you bring them into Studio, they are only in an outline form. If you have the multiple file formats to work with, you can use the outline from the DXF image in conjunction with the PNG/JPG image. Just open both, copy one to the other and overlay them.

Tip #2

You can make changes to the way Silhouette imports DXF files into the program by going under Preferences/Import Options and choosing from three different types. Mine is set as shown (middle option):

Please note, if you don’t have the Designer Edition, you won’t see the SVG as an option on this screen.

Tip #3

Some images may be overlapped depending on how it was saved. If it’s not in color, it may not be as apparent. So when you look at the lines and it appears that something is darker, just click on part of the image to see if it moves (you may need to Ungroup it). Here is an example of what one could look. Look at the ‘flowers’ on the stems and notice not only how it’s thicker, but how if you were to cut it, it would cut into the lines of the stems. The thicker lines are a dead giveaway. :)


Tip #4

And last, but not least, I have a video that will show you a very fast work around so that you can do a mass dump of files that originate as DXF into your My Library.



2017-02-07T18:27:55+00:00August 24th, 2012|dxf tips|11 Comments


  1. Sheri E. August 25, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Thank-you Kerri! That worked when nothing else would. I’m on a PC and ended up using import to library, saving didn’t seem to work. I also found it still seems to only want to do one at a time, but since I couldn’t get anything to work before I’m fine with that. Will play with it a bit more. You can ignore my desperate call for help email from a few days ago.

  2. Jean Cross August 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

    :) More than one way to skin a cat! Thank you.

  3. […] In case you missed the posts about the changes regarding .STUDIO files being removed from kits sold, please read THIS post and THIS post. For tips on using DXF files, please go HERE. […]

  4. Jane Saxton September 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Dear Kerri – I was thinking this was going to be so hard to download – for some reason I could never do the mass dump anyway, (I use a PC, it never worked & I finally quit trying to discover what I was doing wrong)- so it was all the same just different letters!! YAY!!!!

  5. Ann C. November 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Shoot – this doesn’t work on a PC. When I try to open the .dxf files, the list of programs that comes up doesn’t include Studio. Guess I’ll just have to open and save one by one inside of Studio.

    • Kerri November 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Hey Ann! It should work on a PC too. Make sure you have the most recent version of Studio going. There were a couple of versions where it didn’t work. But I’ve tried it on a PC and it does work. Hope that helps! :)

  6. Vera January 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Hey Kerri, thanks for the tips! I don’t fully understand tip #3. How do you fix the problem of the overlapping images?


  7. Tamekia January 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    First of all, let me say that I love your blog and truly appreciate the information that you are sharing. But, I am a little lost. I have been able to import the .dxf files into silhouette studio, but if I view the cut lines they are thicker than cut lines that I see in files that came from silhouette and when I downsized the image to the size I would like to cut the lines seem too close. Am I doing something wrong? How do I cut the .dxf files?

    Thanks in advance.
    p.s. I haven’t actually sent it to cut yet because it didn’t seem right.

  8. Rachel September 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm


    i am just wondering why is it that whenever i create something and import it from adobe illustrator it comes up a lot larger in the silhouette program than the size it is meant to be? any help would be great as I would just love to import and cut straight away without any editing. thankyou :)

    • Kerri September 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Hey Rachel!
      In your Preferences/Import Options you can change the way a DXF file imports.
      There’s a few different choices there, including ‘As Is.’
      Hope that helps! :)

  9. Bryan Shore June 1, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I’ve just learned here: http://www.coreldraw.com/en/pages/dxf-file/ how to edit .dxf files and with your great tips I can do even better. Thank you very much for sharing this is really helpful :)

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