Use the Silhouette Studio Polygon Tool like a PRO!
Friday, July 4, 2014
There's a little button on the left tool bar in Silhouette Studio that you may have passed by thinking "I don't need a polygon." Well, my friends, this button is actually pretty powerful...and it may end up saving you a bunch of frustration with the other tools, including the fill tool. (More on that in a minute...)
When you click the Draw a Polygon tool and then hold down your mouse and pull out the design in the work area, you automatically get a pentagon (a 5 sided polygon). "Yeah...so?" You're asking, right?!
But take notice of the little slider bar on the inside of the shape. That is where the awesomeness comes in.
Slide that bar to the left and right and you'll get more or fewer sides. Slide it all the way to the left and you'll get a polygon with 3 sides...aka a triangle. Slide it gradually to the right and you'll get a square, hexagon (6 sides), heptagon (7 sides) all the way up 60 which makes a perfect circle.
Now, If you've ever tried to make a triangle (or other shape) in Studio by drawing the lines manually, you know you can run into trouble filling the designs in with color or pattern. That's because if the lines aren't perfectly connected at the corners, the fill tool won't work. The polygon tool eliminates that headache of trying to figure out where the break is that's causing the fill tool to not fill!
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