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Silhouette Studio Word Art Tutorial (Shape Text: Heart)

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Last week I shared a quick monogram heart Valentine's Day shirt (you can find the red raglan shirts here) I made, with my Silhouette (duh), for my daughter. I got a few requests for a tutorial so I thought I'd share with you how I designed it in Silhouette Studio. Some people call this type of design word art others call it shape text.  Whatever you call it, the process works for three letter monograms and full words.

Open up Silhouette Studio.

Go to your library and find a heart. You must have a heart somewhere, right? I f you don't have a heart go find one in a google search and trace it in Studio.  Or purchase one from the Silhouette Design Store.

Using the text tool, type out your word or monogram.   I'm going to work with the word LOVE.

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  • From the font style window pick a bold, san serif font. My go-to for this type of project is Abadi MT Condensed Extra. 
  • Select the font and from the font style window slide the character spacing bar to the right to bring the letters closer together.
Enlarge the font and center it over the heart. I think its easiest to work in a large scale here..and then resize down later.  You basically want the edge of the word to line up with the edge of the heart. It's okay if it hangs over a little bit.

Silhouette Studio, word art, heart, love

Select the font again and ungroup the letters (Right Click > Ungroup).  This will allow you to resize each of the letters individually.  You want to stretch the letters up and down so that some part of both the top and bottom is hanging over the edge of the heart.

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Duplicate the heart (but not the text) and move the copy to the side.  You'll be using it in a minute. 

Go back to your original heart and text and select all of the letters and the heart at the same time. From the Modify window click "Crop."  You'll go from what's on the left below to what's on the right.

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It's not quite heart-like yet...but we're getting there.

Select the duplicate heart you made and from the offset window click "Offset" (circled below) and select a distance.

Leave the offset in place, and grab the inner (original size) heart.  Move it over on top of your word.

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Now you're going to go through and double click on each individual letter, one at a time, so that you can get the edit points (little gray or white dots). Then use the mouse to pull those edit points over the edge of the heart so there are no gaps.  For instance....the left side of the L needs to fill the left side of the heart; the bottom part of the L needs to take the shape of the bottom left part of the heart.

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You want to continue doing this for all of the letters (the O did not need any adjusting). It's okay if the edit points are not are going to chop that messy part off in a minute.

Silhouette Studio, word art, heart, love, edit points

Once you're to this point you want to once again select all of the letters AND the heart and from the modify window click "Crop"...just as you did before.

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Group all of the letters together so they stay in position.  Select > Right Click > Group.

Position the offset heart, that you created a few steps back, around your word art. Now pick what you want your finished design to look like...A or B.**

Option A: 
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Select both the offset and the text and make it a compound path (right click > make compound path).
Now when you fill in this design you'll get the above!

When you cut it you'd actually weed out the letters to reveal the heart with the word LOVE in it.

Option: B 
Silhouette Studio, word art, heart, love, fill colorSelect the heart only and not the text.

Add another offset around the heart.

Select both hearts (both offsets) and make them a compound path (Right click > Make Compound Path).

Fill in each letter and the heart frame using the fill tool (this just makes it easier to see what your finished design will look like).

After you cut...weed out the middle of the heart leaving the letters in place.

Again, this method for Silhouette Studio word art works for any kind of shape text and any word or group of letters.

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  1. wish there was a vidio of this ; )

  2. Thanks! This was a perfect tutorial! Just did it and it worked great!

  3. I got all the way through, but when I do the crop & group the letters disappear, & the outline of the heart is still there. what am I doing wrong.....?

    1. Erin, were you able to figure out your problem? This is awfully cute and I would like to try making it.

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    3. Erin, did you figure it out , I am having the same issue , what do I do ?

    4. Did anyone ever figure out this problem? I am having the same issue.

    5. Running into the same problem, anyone figure out what the issue is?

    6. The Same thing is happening to me and I have not been able to find an answer. Can anyone help?

  4. Thank you so much! I have been working for days on a project for my kiddos room and have been so frustrated that I couldn't figure this quick google search sent me here and this was super easy to follow!

  5. Hi there! I'm encountering an issue. During my second crop, not all of the letters are cropping, therefore I have some very rough edges of some letters outside of the shape's edge. How do I fix this? I've spent too much time on this design to start over :( Thanks.

  6. Thank you for the printed instructions, I do better with them than videos. Will comment again when I try it.


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