I love Silhouette Studio’s Print and Cut feature, but my one gripe is that the registration marks and the safe zone associated with them take up much needed space on the printed page.
Did you know, however, that you can actually move the registration marks to custom positions which can give you as much as an inch more space on each side and the top and bottom the page? True story!
Click the Page Settings tool and then from the drop down menu under Height/Weight click “Current printer.” If you have a standard size printer, this will make your work area the same size - most likely an 8.5” x 11. If you have a 12x12 printer - I’m jealous :) Also check the box to show the print border. You can't print all the way to the edge.
Now watch this - go to the registration marks tool (in blue along the top tool bar below) and click it to add registration marks to the page. You can see they’re placed .625" in from each side and up/down from the top/bottom. Plus, that area between them is grayed out because it’s an area that won’t be cut during a print and cut.
In this position, the largest work space I can print and cut on is 8.73” x 7.06” as indicated by the red box. That’s a lot smaller than the 8.5” x 11” page I’m going to print on.
But what happens if you want to try to fit a little more on the page or make your design slightly larger? You actually can! You won’t be able to make it the full size of the page, but you can move the registration marks out and up/down AND make them smaller to maximize your printing and cutting space.
See those slider bars under the registration marks drop down menu in the “Position” pane? Start sliding them all to the left as far as you can and you’ll see the registration marks moving closer to the edge of the work space.
By making the actual registration marks themselves smaller, as well, you can give yourself even more work space. In the dimensions pane, move the Length slider bar to the left. That will allow you to make the actual registration marks smaller to give you a little bit larger of a work area.
Now my printable and cut-able work area space is 9.73” x 7.681” as indicated by the blue area. That’s a full inch longer and almost three quarters of an inch wider than the default settings.
It may not seem like much, but sometimes every little bit counts and if you're printing and cutting a lot of designs it could be mean the difference between printing and cutting on sheet or two!
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