Today's tutorial is brought to you by the words: Popular Demand! That's right I heard you loud and clear - you want a tutorial on the Silhouette 'Knockout' technique. It's actually a pretty easy to do once you get the two main steps down..so here goes!
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And now carry on knockout-ers!Start by opening up Silhouette Studio.
Use the text tool to type out your text. For a knockout, I like to pick a font that's pretty bold like Arial Black. You can always put a slight offset around the font to make it even thicker if you want to.
If your design is not in .studio file, but instead a JPEG you'll need to trace it to get cut lines around it. Follow this tutorial to turn a JPEG/GIF/PNG into a cut file.
Place the design over the text where you want it. If you'd like it exactly centered, use the align tool to get it perfect!
Select both the text and the design > Copy > Paste to make a duplicate.
Then open up the Modify window.
Select both the text and the design of the top version and from the modify window click CROP.
Group it all back together by selecting all the pieces > right click > group. And then fill it with the correct color again.
Now you're going to work with the bottom version. Select both the text and the design again and this time from the Modify window click "SUBTRACT".
Now select the top piece of your design and drag it over the bottom "knocked out" text to line it up.
Now that you know how to design a Silhouette knockout design you need to cut it. But how you cut it will depend on what you're cutting it on...and that deserves a tutorial of it's own! I'll have part 2 of the Silhouette knockout method on the blog next week. So go get designing so you're all ready to cut!
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