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How to Move Registration Marks to Enlarge the Print Area in Silhouette Studio

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. 

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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!
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It’s best to start with a work area that’s actually the same size as you printable area so you know your printer can handle the design you want to print.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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You're not done yet!

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.

Silhouette Studio, registration marks, move registration marks, enlarge print 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.

Silhouette Studio, registration marks, move registration marks, enlarge print area

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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20 comments

  1. Thanks -- but you're three days too late... ;)
    Next project will most def benefit from your info. I appreciate it!

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  2. It drives me nuts that the default margins of print and cut are set so wide. I always adjust them to maximize print space. Is there a way to reset the default setting? Thank you for all you do! -Jamie

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  3. I've known this since the second or third time I made a print-and-cut, but it was a helpful article anyway. Now if someone could only figure out why Silhouette Studio crashes every single time I close the program. No one in tech support can seem to help me with a viable solution.

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  4. This information is so helpful!! I had no idea. I do print and cuts all the time and lose so much space. Thank you!!!!!

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  5. When I adjust my registration marks to the settings shown in your tutorial, my Cameo won't read the marks because they're so close to the edge of the paper. I've tried loading my cutting mat as media as well, but that didn't work either. How do you get your Cameo to read the marks? Thanks!!!

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    1. I'm having this same problem. My machine couldn't read the marks either! Looks like I'm going to have to waste the extra space since I'm now wasting a whole sheet of paper that my machine won't even cut!

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    3. I'm having the same issue! I've moved the registrations marks to the side so I can print and cut invitations on card. but the cameo won't read the registration marks now and fails to cut :( any ideas why? Also, I don't have that red line anymore showing the border. I don't know what happened to it!

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    4. Same here =( No matter what I do it won't read if it's set anywhere outside of the default. Any solution for this? I can't figure out the manual reg either =(

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    5. Same here. And the manual registration doesn't help either. Nor does shining a flashlight on it, or any of the other tips provided in helping to read the registration marks. Once you move outside the default, the cameo won't read it. I don't know if this is an issue with the latest version, because I know it has worked in previous versions. But with 3.6.57 de it won't work :-( and I have wasted more paper than I care to count trying to make it work. Such a same this feature of the software doesn't work anymore.

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  6. Have you tried cutting in those shaded areas? I think we are just assuming we can't. I've cut in them many times when I needed extra space. The first time the art had straight sides and I thought I would just make that cut by hand but to my surprise it cut! Just make sure you stay inside the lined rectangle.

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    1. Yes, it will cut, but DON'T print in that area! Anything that's just a cut shape will cut, but printing there will prevent the cameo from reading the registration marks.

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  7. Thank YOu , this enabled me to learn something I did not know. THANK YOU!

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  8. I can't make my Bottom Inset slide over at all. It's at 1.024 inches while the top goes to .625. So it's wasting part of my paper. Any suggestions?

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    1. Im having the same exact problem. Did you ever figure it out??

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  9. Doing the happy dance. I've been hating this limitation. So glad I can expand my print area. Yippee.. Thank you!!!!

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  10. Thank you!! I just switched to a Mac and all of my settings are thrown off. Your post saved me from hating my new computer. You are wonderful!

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  11. THANK YOU!! This just saved me from wasting sooo much paper for invitations. I can now fit two invites on one page instead of just one! YAY!

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