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Silhouette Weeding Lines Tutorial: 7 Steps for Beginners

Silhouette, weeding lines, steps for beginners, beginners, Silhouette tutorialIt has come to my attention that perhaps a simpler version of the weeding lines tutorial is needed....and so today I'm going to give you bare bones weeding lines.

In just 7 steps you'll be all set to cut and weed easier.

If you're unfamiliar, weeding lines help cut the vinyl in the negative space down into smaller, easier to manage sections so it's easier to weed and you don't risk the excess sticking to the actual design while you're trying to weeding.  Alight let's get started..

1. Open up Silhouette Studio.

2. In your work area, using the Draw a Line tool...draw a line.
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3. Select the line > copy and paste it.  

Repeat until you have about 10 or 12 lines (the number of lines you need depends on how large your design is...but for this example we're going to use large design that takes up the entire work area.)  

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4. Move the lines so they're about an inch or two apart and all pretty much aligned (they don't have to be exact). 

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5. Select all of the lines > right click > make a compound path. 

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6. NOW open up the design you want to cut.   You do this second so the design is "in front" of the lines.  As you can see it appears the lines are cutting straight through the design.

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7. To fix that, select the lines AND the design at the same time and from the modify window click "Subtract all." 

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And now you can see you have added weeding lines in the excess space of the vinyl, but they do not cut through the design.  This makes weeding a breeze! 

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12 comments

  1. THANK YOU!!! Been weeding for YEARS but never had the ability to do this (just got a cricut and silhouette... was using a professional cutter but the software wouldn't allow this) THANK YOU!!!

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  2. Thank you! This was a fabulous tutorial!!

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  3. This is some of the best advice ever. I wish I always remembered to DO it when I am cutting vinyl. Still learning!

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  4. thank you, thank you

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  5. Thank you!! This is a life (and work) saver!

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  6. I'm following step by step but it isn't working. :-(

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    1. me neither. When I click subtract all it's still showing the lines going thru the image

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    2. What worked for me. After selecting the lines and making a Compound Path; send the lines to the back; next copy and paste the image on top of the lines (making sure the pasted image is also a compound path). Next "Select All" (lines and image), select the Modify Tool then "Subtract All".

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  7. Thank you....thank you.....thank you

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  8. This rarely works for me. It doesn't subtract anything and Sil Studio just locks up. Has anyone else had this issue?

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