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Silhouette Studio Transfer Properties Tool Tutorial: A Gem of a Design Tool

There's a little gem of a tool hidden along the top tool bar of Silhouette Studio in Designer Edition. It's the Transfer Properties tool. If you haven't used it - you're totally missing out on a shortcut in designing!

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To keep it simple, the transfer Properties tool does just that - it transfers or copies properties such as fill color, line color and font style to another line of text or shape.

Let's start with a line of text to show you how easy this is to use.

Open up Silhouette Studio and type out a line of text. As you start typing out the text, you'll get the default font style...Boooooring.
TIP: Now type out another line in a separate text box. This is how I design almost all of my text-based designs - everything gets it's own text box. It make editing and designing much easier when you can manipulate everything on it's own.  (Just a little mini lesson there for you).
Select the first line of text and pick a new font style from the Text Style window.

Also fill it with a color or pattern or gradient using one of the three Fill tools along the top tool bar. You can see here, in this example, I selected font "Bauhaus 93" and filled with pink and gave the line both a green color and a weight.

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In just two clicks we're going to give the second line of text the exact same properties as the first.

First,  select the second line of text.  Then click the Transfer Properties tool icon along the top tool bar. Your mouse icon will become a little "color picker".  Use it to click on the first line of text..anywhere on the first line of text.


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Ta Da! The properties from the text line or shape you clicked are transferred to the shape or text you have selected!

Silhouette Studio transfer properties tool, Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Studio

This also works for shapes....

Here I have three bunnies. The first I filled with one of the default patterns from the Fill Patterns tool (in blue along the top tool bar below).

Silhouette Studio transfer properties tool, Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Studio

In the screen grab below you can see all three of the bunnies.  The middle bunny I selected > clicked Transfer Properties too > clicked the line of text that reads "transfer properties" and the same pink fill, line weight, and line color are transferred from the text to the bunny shape!

And of course on the third bunny I transferred the properties from bunny #1 by simply clicking it with bunny #3 selected.

Silhouette Studio transfer properties tool, Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Studio

Don't you love when you learn about a fun shortcut in Silhouette Studio! If Silhouette Studio Designer Edition wasn't worth it for you already, I'd say this definitely makes it worth the one time upgrade.

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18 comments

  1. What a wonderful tool. Thank you Melissa, you are a saint!! However, I cant seem to see that magic little button called Transfer Properties. I do have DE.

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    1. Marlene - check the bottom of your screen. There are shortcuts there that are on the top of the screen in Melissa's Business Edition. I use V3 and found it on the bottom of my screen.

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    2. Thank you very much Linda (my sister's name too). I found the button at the bottom of the screen where you said it was. You're a star!!

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  2. I can transfer the colors but not the font to the added text. What am I doing wrong??

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  3. Me neither, and I also have DE.

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  4. Merci Mélissa pour cette nouvelle astuce.
    Bien amicalement
    Bises de France

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  5. It appears that neat little trick/button is only available on BUSINESS DESIGNER EDITION because I have plain DE and don't have that button either.

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    1. The button is at the bottom left of the screen to the right of the group/ungroup buttons almost to the end. In the Business Edition it is at the top. I just can't get it to transfer the font style only the colors.

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    2. My button is on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. I noticed though that the button is greyed out until you are actually using the Text Tool. I managed to get this to work with my Designer Edition. Thanks for the tip Melissa.

      I haven't experienced using the Open Layers Pane button. A tuition on it would be appreciated for us beginners. Thanks again, Natasha

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  6. You can the "ctrl" too for this!

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  7. I have standard Designer Ed. (Not Business) I have been using this for a while. In my edition, it does transfer all properties, including font changes, fill and outline color, even font size.
    Cheers,
    Jerry

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  8. PS: It does transfer Kerning, but not character or line spacing.

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  9. Wow...You are always teaching us something new !!!! what a time saver this little button will be.

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  10. Whoo-hoooo! Thanks for that tip!

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  11. Thanks for info. Also, can you tell me how to relocate my transfer properties tool bar from the bottom of my SIL screen to the top?

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    1. Dee, you have to buy the Business Edition upgrade to get the button on the top.

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  12. I recently received the latest update to Windows 10. It was driving me crazy that I could not find this button because I knew it was there the other day (and I've used it often). Finally realized that somehow my computer was reset to V3 vs. V3 Designer Edition. Had to re-register using my license key. Fortunately, it worked and all is well in Silhouette Cameo land again! Hope this helps someone else.

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