"I want to do some rhinestone lettering in "single line" lettering. Everything I try comes out with double or an outline of the letter."Oh I feel your pain, Shari! Just like sketching, rhinestone text designs sometimes get lost in translation.
Because the Silhouette cuts an outline of every letter, it creates an outline in Rhinestones, as well.
But to get around that if you eliminate the outline enough you can force single line letters. The key is combining the offset tool and the align tools!
Remember, you must have Designer Edition to create your own custom rhinestone designs.
In Silhouette Studio type out your text.
Select it and click the "Offset tool". Create an internal offset (the distance will depend on the size of the font you are using) that is "in enough" that it will create a single line. For me, this was .069...but if you're font is smaller, it could be .039. Whatever it is, you are looking for something like this...
Select "Edge" for the Rhinestone Effect and pick a size. I was working with 6ss. You should now have something like this. (I filled the rhinestones in so you could more easily see.)
To gain access to each individual rhinestone, scroll down further in the window pane on the right. With the design selected, click "Release Rhinestones."
With a selection box around each rhinestone, you now have the freedom to move each individual rhinestone. You certainly could try to adjust them all one by one. But for the love of rhinestones....let's just let the software take care of that.
Click off the design so everything is de-selected. Now focus on straightaways like the vertical line of the "D". Select all of the rhinestones in that line and from the Align tool click "Align Horizontally/Align Center."
Do this with all of the straight vertical and horizontal rows of rhinestones...so now that slightly crooked 'l' is nice and straight (compare it to the second 'l' in 'little' below to see the dramatic difference)!
By working on the straight areas with the align tool you should be able to straighten about 90% of the rhinestones. Go through and make any adjustments to any out-of-place rhinestones that remain by selecting the rhinestone and moving it with the arrow keys or the mouse.
And just to show you what you've done...here's a progress report!
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