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Little Known Silhouette Studio Selection and Drag Box Options

Did you know you can change the preferences for the selection or drag box in Silhouette Studio?!  tI's one those tools we use all the time in Silhouette Studio, but the options to change how it works are often overlooked.

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Silhouette School weekly contributor Becky Dykes is here to explain more about the two ways to use the Drag Box, depending on what type of project you're working on.

First, let's understand what a Drag Box is and how you create one. A Drag Box is when you left-click your mouse and hold while drawing a box in Silhouette Studio. When you draw a Drag Box or Selection Box, it looks like a gray, dashed-line rectangle. You would use it to select objects in your work area.

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The default setting for the drag box is to select any object that is touched by the drag box - but you have other options!

To find those options open up your Preferences window in Silhouette Studio. The Preferences menu is found in the top right of your Silhouette Studio (or bottom right); it looks like a gear.

Click on the Selection tab. The first option you have is "Select shapes touching drag box" and "Select shapes enclosed by drag box".

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The first option for "Select shapes touching drag box" is the default setting. This means that when you click and drag your mouse, creating a Drag Box, any shape that you even so slightly touch  with the Drag Box will be selected. This is useful when needing to select more than one shape at the same time, you can just use your mouse and select them both with a quick Drag Box.

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The next choice is "Select shapes enclosed by drag box". This means that the Drag Box must fully enclose a shape before it is selected. This can be useful if you are working with multiple shapes but only need to select one at a time. 

When "Select shapes touching drag box" is selected, you would select any shape that the Drag Box touches, which is sometimes not ideal when working in tight quarters. 

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So the difference between the two is minimal a lot of the time - BUT - if you find you're selecting too much or not enough of an area while designing you do have the option to change it!  In the end, it's up to you and what works best for your needs --- just know that there are multiple options available to you!

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  1. Thank you -- this tip is exactly what I needed!!

  2. Hi!
    Not sure if you read these but I am lost with my Cameo 3. I can't get it to cut and when it does it's completely off. It's stuck in paused status now and no matter what I do I can't get it out of it. I've tried unplugging restarting etc. Will the book you have help with the basics of just printing stickers? I've paid for classes and read so many blogs and YouTube and nothing's helped 😭😭😭😭


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