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How to Make a Glitter Fill in Silhouette Studio

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If you work with Glitter HTV or Glitter Vinyl a lot you may have found it necessary to create a mock up in Silhouette Studio only to realize that a solid color doesn't even come close to the glitter look.

Adding solid colors and patterns to mockups is relatively straight forward - simply fill the design using the Fill Color tool.  But when you want to get a real sense, in Studio, of what a glitter material will look like you need to do a little more work.  You will need Designer Edition for this tutorial...if you don't have it - it's totally worth the $30 or so bucks it will set you back for these 13+ reasons.

NOTE: I've included a video version of this tutorial, below, as well if you'd rather watch than read.   

The first thing you want to do is snap a picture of the sheet of glitter HTV or vinyl.  You can do this with your phone by emailing the image to yourself and then downloading on your computer.

Open up Silhouette Studio.

Click on the Library icon > click on the My Patterns folder.

Now simply drag and drop the photo that you snapped of the glitter vinyl/HTV from the desktop into the window with all of your patterns.

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Go back into the work area in Silhouette Studio.

Open up the design you want filled with the glitter pattern.

Select it and click on Fill Patterns.

Scroll down to where you'll see "My Patterns".

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Then click on the glitter pattern/image you added.  

And now your design is filled with glitter rather than a solid color.

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If it's not "glittery" enough for you (you can see it's 100% in the above screen grab) on the "Advanced options".

Move the Scale Pattern bar to the right.  The glitter effect will increase as the pattern is enlarged.

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To get the best looking mockup or filled design, click the design and change the line color to transparent.

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  1. Super cool ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Help ... This is awesome but when I try this tutorial it give me a small no symbol on the file as I try to transfer it into my pattern folder. The glitter image is saved as a .png. It will allow me to put in my library folder. Can you tell me what I may be doing wrong. Thank Tanya

  3. can you save glitter images like off of Google and use that rather than send pictures and save?

  4. Apparently, this only works in the designer edition. I cannot add anything to my regular version using these steps. Any suggestions?

  5. You have to buy Designer Edition as Melissa stated in the second paragraph of her article. "You will need Designer Edition for this tutorial...if you don't have it - it's totally worth the $30 or so bucks it will set you back for these 13+ reasons." I agree with her, it is totally worth the cost.

  6. So, I followed directions in the article and when I go to the patterns they are just black squares. Now if I double click on it, it will open as the jpeg pattern. How do I get it to display the actual pattern like it does for the pre-installed patterns or like you have it on your screen shot that is listed above?


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