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Silhouette: How to weld (joining letters and numbers)

Weld, join, letters, numbers, Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio
Joining or 'welding' letters, numbers and design elements in the Silhouette is one of the first things I learned to do when using my Silhouette.  Think of welding as linking all the letters together so they cut as one big word instead of individual letters.

Of course, you can weld more than just words and numbers, you can weld pieces of a design so they cut as one unit instead of individual pieces.   In today's lesson I'm going to show you the basics of welding and how you can use it for fonts ... then tomorrow we'll talk about welding design elements.

First up on the lesson plan: Welding letters.

Type a word into your work area.  If it's a script it may appear to be overlapping already.  This doesn't necessarily mean it's all one piece though.  If you see those little circles between the letters like in the below example it means they are overlapping, but not welded together.  

Weld, join, letters, numbers, Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio, overlapping

To weld the letters into one word highlight the entire design > right click > select Weld. 

Weld, join, letters, numbers, Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio

Now your design should look like this....everything is welded together (except the period).

Weld, join, letters, numbers, Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio

Let's talk numbers...

Okay type some numbers into the work area (this would be the same process for non script fonts, as well). When you do this your numbers are all grouped together even though they look like individual numbers.  You can tell they are grouped because when you click on the numbers a single large box appears around all of them.  To weld them, you need to move the numbers closer together so you first need to ungroup them.  Highlight all the numbers > Right click > ungroup.

Weld, join, letters, numbers, Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio, ungroup

Now that they are ungrouped you can physically move the numbers closer to each other by dragging the individual digits with you mouse.  I'm going to let this next graphic do the talking....

Weld, join, letters, numbers, Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio, ungroup

Here's what the welded 2014 looks like when it's cut.

Weld, join, letters, numbers, Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio

Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School.  If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!







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13 comments

  1. I love this very easy to follow description for doing this. I pinned it 👍

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    1. Thank you @Carolyn and glad you found it helpful :)

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  2. Perfectly described how to weld. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  3. Wow! Thanks for the detailed instruction. It is really helpful. Love it :)

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  4. Simple but so helpful :)

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  5. I was wondering if anyone could help me...I need to know how to edit my text once it has been welded. I use my cameo machine to address my client's wedding invitations and it is incredibly time-consuming to have to start from scratch after each envelope because I can't edit my type once I have welded it (and I have tried so many times). Any ideas? Thanks so much!

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  6. Great post, thanks for sharing, really helpful indeed !

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  7. Is it possible to weld together separate lines of text? I'd like to print it's a girl on two lines. Does anyone know of a design like this?

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    1. Hi, just move the lines up so they touch, the same way as side by side, and weld.

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  8. Hi i am trying to weld my letters together, however when i do, the inserts of the letters e and g disappear. How can i over come this?

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    1. Hi, A bit late, but here is a youtune link to a very good tutorial on how to do this. https://youtu.be/gAh4VDkHFPA

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  9. I have a quote that I've made curve along a circle. I want the letters welded together, but I can't figure out how. How do I get this done?

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  10. I have a quote that I have curved along a circle. I'm trying to weld the letters together, but I can't. It seems I can weld, but not get it to curve, or I can curve it, but can't get it to weld. How do I get both done?

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