This Silhouette Studio tutorial provides an easy break down and list of file types Silhouette Studio supports...and therefore which can be cut with your Silhouette CAMEO, Portrait, and Curio.
It's helpful to know what types of files can be used in Silhouette Studio for cases when you purchase a file or graphic bundle or have the option to download various file types from an outside source like The Hungry JPEG. Why import a file type that needs to be traced if you can actually open another file type that is easily opened in Studio with cut lines?!
For example, DXF files will open in standard Silhouette Studio with cut lines and all you have to do is turn them on. Other files types, like JPEGs, need to be traced to generate the cut lines.
Here's a break down of which file types are compatible with each version of the software so you can determine the best file type for import.
Basic Silhouette StudioThe basis Silhouette Studio software has the ability to import the following file types:
Only .Studio files and DXF files will open in Silhouette Studio with cut lines. However, the .Studio file type is proprietary so third parties can not sell that file type. That makes DXF one of the absolute best options for Silhouette Studio users when .studio files are not an option. Just like .Studio files, DXF files will open in Studio with cut lines! The other file types that are supported by basic Silhouette Studio will open, but will need to be traced to produce cut lines.
For example, let's say you want to convert a pdf to a Silhouette Studio file. You would have to drag and drop the PDF file from your computer's desktop into the work space in Studio. Use the trace tool to trace the PDF to produce cut lines. Now you can cut the file. When it's time to save this file: File > Save > Save to Library/Hard Drive. When you save from Silhouette Studio the file is automatically saved as a .Studio file.
Silhouette Studio Designer EditionSilhouette Studio Designer Edition has the ability to import all of the file types basic Studio can import plus:
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition PlusSilhouette Studio Designer Edition Plus has the ability to import all of the file types basic Studio and Designer Edition can import plus common embroidery file types:
Silhouette Studio Business EditionUsers with the Silhouette Studio Business Edition upgrade can import all of the file types listed above in the Basic, Designer Edition and Designer Edition Plus categories plus:
Silhouette Studio to SVG and Other Preferred File TypesFinally, I know you're going to ask "Can Silhouette Studio export or save as (fill in the blank)?" The answer is 'no' the large majority of the time. Silhouette Studio will only allow users to directly export files as .Studio files or PDF. If you're looking to convert a Silhouette Studio file to JPEG or PNG (or other file type) you can either export as a PDF and convert the file from there or use the Snipping (PC) or Grab (MAC) tool. Using one of these tools usually results in a .tiff file which you will then have to convert into your preferred file type. It's no longer possible to save or export from Silhouette Studio as an SVG.
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