One thing to keep in mind with tracing layered images is you need to combine a lot of Silhouette Studio tools and build on the basics that you know about compound paths, fill colors, grouping and ungroup, edit points and the Modify tools to successfully trace a layered image. For this reason - please know this should be considered an advanced Silhouette tutorial.
Why not just use trace and detach? Trace and Detach is one of my favorite tools - for print and cut. But when you want to layer vinyl or heat transfer vinyl or give paper dimension, as many Silhouette Crafters do, trace and detach literally falls flat.
While this Silhouette tutorial will lead you through tracing a multi-colored layered design, please
Let's walk through this multi-layered tracing tutorial using this cupcake as an example. While you're tracing this image make sure you do not re-size any of the layers or the original at all! By the way, this design is from The Hungry JPEG and like many of the designs in their bundles, if you download the PNG (because you don't have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and can't use the SVG) you will need to trace to break up the image into parts.
Start by bringing your design into Silhouette Studio and opening up the trace tool. What you are going to do is trace several times. What you are NOT going to do is try to trace this entire thing in one foul swoop. It will never work.
Click "Select Trace Area" and draw a box around the design. Just part of the design gets a yellow line around it right off the bat. In this case it's the brown areas with a little of the green. If I uncheck "High Pass Filter" as I almost always do, now only the brown areas are filled in yellow. This is exactly what we're looking for.
Now click the "Select Trace Area" again and, again, draw a selection box around the design. This time we want to focus on another section: the icing. Again, uncheck High Pass Filter, but this time adjust the Threshold bar a little bit until another section is filled in yellow. Click "Trace" and move the layer away from the original design.
This was actually a two for one...and this is where your knowledge of how other Silhouette Studio tools work will come in handy.
If you right click > release compound path you will gain access to two layers. First, delete the sprinkles - you already have them.
Then separate the two icing layers and fill each with color.
Select only the bottom brown part and the pink icing at the same time. Go to the Modify window and click "Subtract all."
Move the icing layer away and ungroup it. Delete what you can.
Whatever is still attached to the main icing piece can be deleted by deleting individual edit points. Double click the design to access the edit points and then start deleting them. If you're not sure how to delete multiple edit points in out foul swoop, check out this Silhouette Studio shortcut!
Click 'Trace' and again, repeat the process as necessary: release compound path (2) > ungroup > separate > modify (3) > delete (4). Remember, you may not need all of these steps depending on the image you're tracing.
And finally, after you've traced all of the sections of your design, you should have something like this...which can be now used to cut on vinyl, paper, heat transfer vinyl or whatever layered design you're going for!
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