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Silhouette Studio Shadow Tutorial (No Designer Edition Needed)

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial
I've gotten this question a lot over the last few months: How do I make a shadow on a font in Silhouette Studio.  Well...if you have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition there is a handy dandy little button that lets you create a shadow with the click of a button. But if you don' are not left out in the cold.
For this Silhouette shadow tutorial I'm going to pick a very basic font just so it's easiest for you to see the shadowing technique.

Start by opening up a blank work area.  Click on the text tool and type out your text.  Size it.

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, text

Select the font and duplicate it (copy/paste) so you have a total of three copies.

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, text

Using the fill tool, fill in two of the copies the color that what your text to be when you cut it on vinyl or paper or HTV and fill in the third the color you want the shadow to be.  I'm going with red for the text and black for the shadow here.

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, text, filled in

From now on I'm going to refer to the black copy as the 'shadow' and the red as the text.  

Grab one of the texts and move it on top of the shadow until you get the shadow in the position you want.  (Leave the second text piece alone for now.)

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, shadow text

Highlight the overlapping text and shadow pieces now at the same time.  Open the modify window and click "Subtract."  Now you're left with just the black shadow pieces.

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, modify, subtract

It's a good idea to select the shadow pieces and group them together they stay together. If you're going to resize again be sure to resize the black shadow and the remaining red text together.  If I remove the fill, here's what the cut lines looks like...

I know it looks odd, but obviously the top is the shadow area and the bottom would be your top layer of full text.

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, shadow text

If you're having trouble imagining what it will look like once it's cut, you can fill in the colors again and move it the two pieces back on top of each other.

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, text

ADD: to help you better envision what the text and shadow will look like cut, I have cut one letter to demonstrate.  The white is obviously the letter and the shadow was cut on black.

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, cut
Then the vinyl is layered to bring together to get the shadow effect. 

Silhouette Studio, shadow tutorial, cut

Few notes: 
If you cut these on HTV, be sure to mirror them and then cut on separate coordinating pieces of heat transfer vinyl.  Check out Silhouette School's lesson on Heat Transfer Vinyl tutorial for beginners for more tips.

If you're cutting your shadow and text on adhesive vinyl, you may want to use the no-fail vinyl layering method to get them spot on. 

And that's all there is to making your own shadow in Silhouette Studio.

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