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Silhouette Trace: Double Line Headaches and the Easy Fix

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Today's lesson is on tracing and how to avoid the dreaded double line trace in Silhouette Studio. Did you ever try to trace an image only to get a double cut line ? Of course you have...the default settings in Silhouette Studio are essentially set up that way which, in my honest opinion, makes no sense.

This easy fix will first show you why you're getting the double line and then take you through the one simple step to fix it so you only get the single cut line when you trace.


Let's start from the beginning...so bring your design into Silhouette Studio. I'm using a basic ribbon that I found in PicMonkey and saved as a jpeg.  (Click here for the tutorial on bringing any jpeg/gif into Silhouette Studio). As you can see, the basic outline trace won't work for this design because of the inner circle.

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Now if I Open the Trace Window > Select Trace Area > Highlight the design > Click 'Trace'....

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This is the trace I get...Ehhhh no thanks with all those double cut lines!

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What the program is doing is actually drawing a cut line on either side of that yellow trace line - as thin as it is.  The problem is that the default settings have 'High Pass Filter' checked. 

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Now that I've showed you why you are getting the double line trace, I'm going to show you the easy fix.  Ready??

Okay repeat the tracing process Open the Trace Window > Select Trace Area > Highlight the design.  Before you click 'Trace', uncheck the High Pass Filter box.  Now your trace will look something like this!

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Since the cut lines go on either side of the yellow trace area this is the resulting single line trace...

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That's a much better trace, wouldn't you say?!

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