Copyright Silhouette School 2016. Powered by Blogger.

Use the Silhouette Studio Polygon Tool like a PRO!

Silhouette Studio, polygon tool, use

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?!

Silhouette Studio, polygon tool, use, draw a polygon

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. 

Silhouette Studio, polygon tool, use, draw a polygon

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!

Silhouette Studio, trouble, filling, color, pattern

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. By clicking on them and purchasing products through my links, I received a small commission. That's what helps fund Silhouette School so I can keep buying new Silhouette-related products to show you how to get the most out of your machine! 

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


 photo 2b820f06-c93b-4b24-929c-96287390140f_zpsf3cd3a23.jpguse twiter photo Twitter_48x48_zps4e06061c.pnguse twiter photo Twitter_48x48_zps4e06061c.pngUse Feed photo Feed_48x48_zps63f27a4f.png photo 2b820f06-c93b-4b24-929c-96287390140f_zpsf3cd3a23.jpgUse Feed photo Feed_48x48_zps63f27a4f.pngUse Feed photo Feed_48x48_zps63f27a4f.png

1 comment

  1. Hi Melissa, Thanks for this tutorial. I have a follow up question I hope you'll answer - is there anyway to pick the number of sides before drawing the shape.I always have to make the pentagon first and then when I work the slider, the orientation of my shape changes and I end up having to rotate the it back manually which isn't very accurate. Also then the bounding box that tells me the size of the shape is always unaligned to the orientation I want for the shape and so I can't figure out how to scale it exactly. Basically is there an option to reset bounding box the way there is in Adobe illustrator? I'm using the standard non-designer version of the silhouette software.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for leaving a comment! We get several hundred comments a day. While we appreciate every single one of them it's nearly impossible to respond back to all of them, all the time. So... if you could help me by treating these comments like a forum where readers help readers.

In addition, don't forget to look for specific answers by using the Search Box on the blog. If you're still not having any luck, feel free to email me with your question.