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Using 'Merge' to Open Multiple .Studio Files or (Layered) SVGs in a Single Silhouette Studio Work Area

Did you know you can open two or more .Studio files or SVGs in the same work area without manually copying and pasting them? It's true - it's called the Merge function in Silhouette Studio.  Let me show you how it works and why you might want to use it.  (I've included the written tutorial and below I've also included a YouTube video for those who prefer to watch than read.)

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The first thing you want to do is open Silhouette Studio to a blank work area.

Find and open your first design as you normally would. This can be a design from your library or from elsewhere on your computer.  For this example, I'm going to use a sticker sheet border template that I use with lots of my sticker sets....it basically allows me to cut a border around the stickers so the registration marks get cut off.

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Now let's say I want to place sticker designs on this same work area.  If the design is in the Studio library you can simply go to the library > find the design design > click it > and it will open in the same work area. BUT if the second design is on your computer, when you perform File > open it will open in a new work area. Then I'm left copying it from one blank work area and pasting it in another.

Instead, we can use the merge function to open both designs in the same work area very easily.  To do this in Silhouette Studio, we can click File > Merge.

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This will give us a pop up window. Navigate to where the second design is...in this case I have it in a folder on my desktop.  (Insert shameless plug: this set is also a freebie and comes with my latest ebook www.silhouetteplannerstickers.com).

Find the file, select it and click 'Ok'.


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The second design will open up in the same work area as the first! No more multiple work areas where you're constantly copying and pasting back and forth.

You can merge as many files or layers as you want into the same work area!  Just repeat the File > merge process.

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The merge function is really useful when it comes to SVGs which are often made up of several layers.  It works the same ways as the multiple studio files, but I know some of you learn better watching than reading, so I've recorded a short video (about 3 minutes) to walk you through. In this example I used a free SVG file from SVGCuts.com.


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