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Silhouette Sketch Pens Tutorial for Beginners (V4)

If you're new to Silhouette Sketch pens this beginner tutorial will walk you through step by step on how to draw with your Silhouette cutting machine.

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It's best to think of a Silhouette sketch pen just like the auto blade or ratchet blade as far as how it will draw. Instead of cutting however, when a pen is in the carriage, the machine will sketch.


To use Silhouette Sketch pens for the first time, start in Silhouette Studio by opening your design in the Silhouette design space aka work area.  Pretty much any design that can be cut can be sketched.

To practice, find a design from your Silhouette Studio library that you want to sketch with a single color sketch pen.


With the design open, size it, and position it on the virtual cutting mat so it's in an area that will be covered by paper on your actual cutting mat.

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When you're ready, click the Send button along the top to open the cut settings.

From the material list pick Cardstock or another type of paper.

In the same panel under Tool Type select "Sketch Pen." This will automatically change the Action by: "Cut", "No Cut" and "Cut Edge" to "Sketch", "No Sketch", and Sketch Edge".  Make sure "Sketch" is selected so the sketch lines are turned on which is indicated by bold red lines.

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In Silhouette Studio, the design will look the same as if you were going to cut it.

Take your sketch pen and place it into the left tool carriage on your Silhouette CAMEO 3, Portrait 2 or Curio. If you have a Silhouette cutting machine with just a single carriage, place the pen in there.
Sketch pens can be used in all of the Silhouette CAMEOs, Silhouette Portraits, and Curio.

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Press the pen down so it falls completely into the carriage and then lock it into place by pressing the locking mechanism on the tool holder fully in.

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Place your paper on the Silhouette cutting mat and load it into the Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machine.  Remember, to load the mat you want to gently line up the top edge of the mat next to the rollers while the left edge of the mat is lined up with the line/arrows on the left side of the front of the machine. Then press Load or Load Mat on the touch screen depending on which Silhouette machine you have.

Back in Silhouette Studio, still in the Send panel, click "Send" or "Start" and your machine will begin sketching immediately.

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If you experience any issues with your Silhouette sketch pens - such as skipping or stray lines or you want to know how to use two sketch pens in the same down - check out these Silhouette sketch pen tutorials

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for a great tutorial, I’m definitely going to be getting those fonts and it looks like it would be worth upgrading to the premium Silhouette Studio for this type of thing.
    My friend got me some of these pens for Christmas but when I try to use them they just seem to skip and not draw properly like a cheap ballpoint pen. I’m using the recommended settings for sketch pens on 160gsm paper. Any Ideas what might be causing this?

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  2. What if you want to do more than one color, how does that work if you have one cartridge?

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