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How to Select by Color in Silhouette Studio

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If you've ever worked with a multi-piece design, especially paper or vinyl, you know how pain-stacking and time consuming it can be to select and move each and every piece individually.  If you have Designer Edition, you're in luck.  By combining the Select By Color and Nesting tools you can get multi-color pieces on the mat and be ready to cut very quickly.
The first thing you want to do in Silhouette Studio is give each of your pieces a color fill.  Since this is not a print and cut, the fill is simply acting as a reminder as to what color material we will cut on.

Optional: Change the line color to lines both me on filled designs. Just sayin'.

Once all of the pieces are filled with a color, click the Select By Color tool along the bottom tool bar.  You'll get this window on the right side.  The "By Line" color will pop up first. Since I have no colored lines, the window is blank.

Silhouette Studio, select by color tool, Silhouette tutorial

But if I click on the "By Fill" tab...I am given a swatch of each of the fill colors used in the design.

Silhouette Studio, select by color tool, Silhouette tutorial

Click on one of those swatches and all design pieces filled with that color will be selected at the same time.  

I started  by clicking on the dark orange swatch....and you'll see that by clicking on that swatch the two orange carrots are selected automatically.

Silhouette Studio, select by color tool, Silhouette tutorial

Now you can drag them onto the virtual mat and manually arrange them. 


You can get really fancy shmancy and click on the Nesting tool (another DE tool).  Now all of the designs of the same color will be put into the smallest possible area without overlapping. This maximizes your mat and minimizes material waste.  Read the Nesting Tool 101 tutorial here

Silhouette Studio, select by color tool, Silhouette tutorial, designer edition, nesting toolStill looking at the above screen grab as an example...let's say you filled a few pieces with the same color, but not exactly the same the pink, in this example.  I intended for them all to be cut on the same color paper, but I didn't pick the exact shade so there are actually three pink swatches in the "Select By Color" window.

If you click on the first pink swatch and then hold down SHIFT while clicking on the second and third, all of the pink pieces will be selected together.  Then you can repeat the process with the nesting tool.

I managed to fit all of my pieces on the mat with the exception of the large white pieces, which will have to be cut separately.

Silhouette Studio, select by color tool, Silhouette tutorial, page settings, cutting matIf you go into the Page Settings tool and reveal the grid you'll get the grid lines and grid numbers on the virtual mat. Now you'll easily be able to see where to place each color paper/vinyl on the cutting mat so it cuts exactly.  For example the black piece would need to cover row 1 grids 10-12 and the yellow piece would need to be a 4"x4" piece placed in the bottom left corner of the mat.

Still not convinced Designer Edition is worth the price? Check out these 13 more reasons why you should invest in DE!

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