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Disassembling Silhouette Shapes to Use Part of a Design

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Did you ever have a design in your library (or a JPEG that you've traced) that part of it would be perfect for your project, but how to just pull that one section out. I try, at all costs, to avoid the eraser tool because it just freezes up my software and basically drives me to crazytown. So...this is my anti-eraser disassembling method.

I recently was working on a card and I needed a bow. I searched my library, but the only bow shape that came up was this...

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Yeah...the little leafy branches just aren't going to work on my baby onesie card. BUT the bow would definitely work if only I could separate it from the branches. 

Oh but I can....

The first thing you want to do is open the shape in Silhouette Studio. 

Select the design.  Now we want to release the compound path. Do this by right clicking > release compound path. You may have to do this several times to get 'down' far enough if there have been several compound paths created.  You may also have to ungroup - again depending on how the shape was designed.  You'll know you've disassembled far enough when you can start pulling the design part.

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Since I wanted to keep the bow intact, I pulled away the branches and the outline which were all one big piece.

You can see a few stray pieces remained so I just selected them and clicked 'delete'. 

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I'm left with what resembles a bow, but what is really just a bunch of pieces.  To put this thing back together I need to make it a compound path again.  So right select the pieces > right click > make compound path.

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If I cut like this it will cut in like 8 difference pieces..this girl doesn't have time for that!    The easiest way to fix this is to put an offset around the entire design.  So select the design >  click the offset tool > offset.  An now I have this! Wahooo...a bow I can use. Remember, personal use only if you don't have the commercial license.

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I filled it in and the image on the left is what I got.....but what if you want the image on the right?

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Well, then, you need to click the image and release the compound path...and you'll get this image on the right...kinda, sorta, no.

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Now ONLY select the offset and fill it in with white.  Can you hear the angels singing?!  That's a thing of beauty!

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And that's how you go from this to this to this

Disassembling, Silhouette shapes, design, Silhouette Studio

And here's a look at how I used my bow!

Disassembling, Silhouette shapes, design, Silhouette Studio

Tomorrow I'm going to show you how I got the faux stitching on there!

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1 comment

  1. That card is so stinkin cute. I love it. And the color is awesome. Can't wait to see how to do the faux stitching.

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