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Trick to Creating (Better) Silhouette Studio Library Thumbnails for Your Own Designs

I get asked quite a bit about how to make better library thumbnail images in the Silhouette Studio library for user created designs.

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When you purchase a design from the Silhouette Design Store a thumbnail image or preview of the design in its final form is automatically generated for you.

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But if you design your own files in Silhouette Studio - and hopefully you are (ahem with the help of the Ultimate Silhouette Guide to Designing ecourse- sometimes the thumbnails in Silhouette Studio aren't ideal.  Sometimes they show up so small you can't tell at a glance what the design actually is. Look at that design above the arrows in the screen grab above as a good example of a bad thumbnail image.

The trick is all in how you lay out your design in the work area before you save it.

Let's take this flower for example....if I keep all the pieces separated in the work space when I save the flower design to my Silhouette Studio library, that is exactly the thumbnail that will be generated.

So this...

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saves as this...

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That's kinda not helpful.

But if I build the flower in Silhouette Studio as it would be put together after it's cut and assembled (no matter how big it is the work space), including filling it with color using the Fill Color tool, and then save the design to my library, I get a much more ideal Silhouette Studio library thumbnail image.

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Keep in mind, if you have anything off screen, but still in the same work area, it will show up in the thumbnail image, as well.

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That means it's not possible to save a finished version on the virtual mat with the separated layers off to the side without the design preview saving just the same way.

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So that's all there is to it - if you want easy to view thumbnails in your Silhouette Studio library, you have to build your designs in their final form before you save!

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5 comments

  1. THANK YOU. I SOMETIMES FORGET THAT I HAVE SOMETHING IN THE BACKGROUND AND WHEN I SAVE IT SHOWS AND THEN I HAVE TO REDO. I REALLY LIKE HOW YOU HAVE THE FINISHED LOOK AS WELL AS THE APART LOOK SAVED AS ONE.

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  2. Is it possible to save a number of different items under one thumbnail? To be specific - say I wanted to save a 3D project but they are all saved as different SVGs but I have a jpeg/png of what the final product looks like, is there a way to save those seperate pieces of the 3D project under the jpeg/png final image I have? I have noticed that a number of the files I buy through the Silhouette Design Store have this set up for the more complex items with numerous pieces & wonder if we can do it as well. Hope this makes sense :)

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  3. I think it would be super-awesome, if when hovering over the Library thumbnail image, it automatically magnified, like it does in the Silhouette Design Store. Just sayin,...

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  4. You can also change the thumbnail (a.k.a. file preview) if you use a Mac and store your files on your hard drive. With the file open in Studio, take a screenshot (cmd+shift+F4) of what you want the preview to be. Open the screenshot in Preview, select all (cmd+A), and copy (cmd+C). Then, in the Finder, find the file and open its info (cmd+I). Click on the icon in the upper left corner so it becomes highlighted, then paste (cmd+V). Both the icon and the file preview will update to be the screenshot you took. It's a little cumbersome, but you can make the preview whatever you want regardless of how the file is saved!

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  5. how do you import new 'patterns' into your library? since upgrading to the version 3.8.150 i haven't been able to get them into my library. also, with this new upgrade, i have 'double's' of some patterns i imported with my older version. i don't like this 'cloud' storage at all but this seems to be the only version i can use with my new cameo 3.

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