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Opening Silhouette Design Store Preview Images in Silhouette Studio


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Did you ever purchase a design from the Silhouette Design Store and when it comes into Silhouette Studio it looks absolutely NOTHING like the preview image in the store?  First off - it's not in color, but instead a bunch of cut lines and secondly it's about 18 different pieces and who knows what goes where.

Being able to look at that preview image while working in Silhouette Studio is extremely helpful.  Unfortunately there's no easy way to do this without flipping back and forth between windows....until now.   
There are a few steps involved here so just follow along and soon you'll be able to get a preview right into your work area.  If you'd prefer a video tutorial, you'll find that at the bottom of the written instructions.
Let's take this 3d Tulip design, for example.  This is the preview you see in the Silhouette Design Store (as well as in your library after purchase and download).

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But when you double click the file to get it to open in Silhouette Studio it comes in like this...

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The problem is if you want to go back and see what the finished project is supposed to look like you're constantly flipping back and fourth between windows.  So...this is where this little trick comes in handy.

If you're on a MAC follow these steps. If you're on Windows (or if this method won't work for you for some reason)...see below at the *

Go back to the Silhouette Design Store and find the design again.  Double click it so it opens up like you're going to download.

Select the image...you won't be able to right click, but you should be able to draw a box around the image to select it. It will turn a shade of blue.

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Now while the design is still selected go to up to File > Save Page As.  Name the file and save it to your desktop.

Two things will be saved a file and a folder.

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 Double click the folder to open it.

There's a whole bunch of junk in there...but among them will be a .gif image of the thumbnail preview.  Select it and drag and drop the image into Silhouette Studio.

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Method 2

(You must have a Pinterest account to do this)

Go to the Silhouette Design Store and double click the design so it opens to the preview.  Click on the "Pinterest" icon to the right of the preview image.

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Pin the image to a board.

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Once you've pinned it, click the red "See It Now" bottom.  

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Drag and drop the image onto your desktop.

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Now from the Desktop drag and drop the image into the work area in Silhouette Studio.

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Once it's in Studio you can use the preview image several different ways:
  1. To help determine what color paper pieces should be cut  (definitely a plus for designs with lots of pieces)
  2. By using the color picker within the Fill Color window, you can get exact color matches for print and cuts
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And if you'd prefer to watch a video tutorial of how to add a design preview to Silhouette Studio...here you are!



Also of note: MAC users can also use the Grab tool and Windows users the Snip It tool to take a screen grab of the image, save and drag and drop into Silhouette Studio.

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