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How to Put a Selection Box Around Multiple Edit Points in Silhouette Studio FAST!

Did you know it's possible to select multiple edit points in Silhouette Studio at the same time and then delete or modify them in some way - whether it's moving or deleting?! OMG this totally just changed  designing in Silhouette Studio for me!

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So here's what you're going to do...let's say you want to modify this flourish.  First you need to access the edit points.  If double clicking the design doesn't bring up the edit points, you'll need to right click the design to make it a compound path. Then double click to get the edit points.

Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio screenshot, multiple edit points

Now before I learned this trick I would click one point and then either hold down shift and click a bunch more and perform the action (delete, move, etc). That works well..but I like stuff that is FAST and easy which is where this little edit points trick comes in.

On a MAC you want to...

Hold Down Shift + ALT on your keyboard while using your mouse to drag a selection box around the points you want to select.

On a PC you want to...

Hold Down SHIFT on your keyboard while using your mouse to drag a selection box around the points you want to select.  

Silhouette tutorial, multiple edit points, PC and MAC

Once you have the edit points selected, the area will turn red while the selected edit points will turn from gray to white. Now you can click one of the actions from the edit point window on the right.

Watch what happens when I click Delete Point... all of the selected edit points are deleted and the two at the cut off point are automatically joined.

Silhouette tutorial, multiple edit points
I mean how fast and easy is that?! I love Silhouette Studio hacks!! Here are 7 more of my favorite Silhouette Studio keyboard shortcuts!
 
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7 comments

  1. Once again I find out I didn't know as much as I thought I did!

    Thank you.

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  2. Looking at this I realized that this could be also used to set points for rhinestones. Even beads.

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  3. I have used this a couple of times, but I wondered whether there is a way to move the selected points without using the arrow keys. In other words, if I want to stretch a design by moving all the points on one side, do I have utilize the arrow keys for movement, or is there a way to use the cursor and move all the selected points together?

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  4. Oh! and I spent AGES moving the points on a print and cut as some were too close, thanks for this.
    Faith
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  5. OMG is right! Mind blown!!! Future hours saved :-) This is a game changer for me. Thanks Melissa!!!

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  6. Is there a way to "join" two intersecting paths in the Sil software? As in, I have 2 separate segments that I want to join to create a single closed path.

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