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How to Convert Studio Files to SVG: Silhouette Tutorial

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I'm taking the day to relax, kick back and enjoy a whole lotta nothing..who am I kidding? I'm working away on the ebook and while I do I thought I'd have regular Silhouette School subs, Becky and Glenna from My Paper Craze, substitute today to bring you another fabulous tutorial!

Today the mom and daughter duo are sharing their tips on converting .studio files to SVGs.   First things first and I can't stress this enough this method is strictly for converting files for your own personal use.
The .studio extension is exclusive to Silhouette Studio which means other programs can't open Studio files and the newer versions of Silhouette Studio DE have taken away the ability to save as an SVG.  SVG files are "Scalable Vector Graphics" and are editable, readable and useable in far more platforms without losing resolution.  Read more here if you want to get all technical.  At some point in your Silhouette crafting adventure you may run across a project in which you need to convert a .studio file you've designed into an SVG to use in another application - such as for applique, a printable or web image, or to share with a friend (or yourself) who uses a different type of die cutter.  I know some of you out there have larger cutters like the ZING or have both the Sil and the this useful.
So the thing to converting a studio file to an SVG file is to have an intermediary software that can save as SVG. We use Inkscape (available for download). Once you have this done, the tutorial is quite easy.


Set up your file in the Silhouette Studio. This can be any design you choose, including an existing design if you have one (just open that baby up in Silhouette Studio). Just keep in mind that the colors and outlines you use will transfer into the SVG file. 

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For example, I chose to set up my design as one solid color so that when I convert it to SVG, only the outline will cut. 

If I were to set up the design with a thick black outline, the (future) cut lines would pick up on that and set up a separate cut line for the outline, which is not usually what you want to do.


Once you have a full screen shot of your design, take a screen shot by tapping the "PRT SC" or "Print Screen" button on your computer (Melissa chiming in here...I use the free MAC program 'Grab' to screen grab since I don't have a print screen button). This will copy your screen to your clipboard. 

Open the standard PAINT program that comes with Microsoft Windows (sorry MAC users, I'm sure you have something similar). Now paste your screen shot into Paint (shortcut is Ctrl+V). Crop your design down in Paint so that just your design shows.

(Melissa here again...can you tell I'm a MAC user?!  On a MAC > Open the screen grab in iPhoto > Export as a PNG)

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Save your screen shot design as a PNG file. Be sure to save it with a file name and location you will remember in just a few minutes!
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From your computer, open the Inkscape program you downloaded and installed earlier. Open the PNG file you just saved in the prior step by using "File" and "Open" on the main menu.
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Now just save your file as an SVG by using "File" and "Save As". Be sure to choose SVG extension when you save the file.
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Now you're ready to share that SVG file with all your crafting buddies or use with those "other" machines (you know which ones I'm talking about)! Just to prove it, we'll share our Chevron Shamrock Monogram design in both formats, Studio and SVG. Just don't forget to add your own monogram or initial in the center for a cute, personalized design! I'm using mine to create a St. Patrick's Day t-shirt for my little one with green glitter HTV!
Maybe you're on the other side and need help opening an SVG in Silhouette Studio? Check out this Silhouette School post: Opening SVGs in Silhouette Studio for Free (without Designer Edition)
As always, a huge shout out and thank you to Melissa for having us today! We hope to bring you more tutorials and projects in the future, so stay tuned!

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