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Make Any Design a Split Design in Silhouette Studio

Split designs are perfect for adding customization so they're really popular with Silhouette crafters.
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But did you know you can actually turn any design into a split design in just a few minutes in Silhouette Studio?  This Silhouette tutorial will explain exactly how.
Start by opening up your design in Silhouette Studio. I'm using this anchor design I had in my library.

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Click the Draw a Rectangle tool from the left sidebar and draw out a long narrow rectangle.

Duplicate the rectangle. To duplicate it exactly below so the rectangles stay centered I use the Command + Down Arrow key method.  (Read more on this replication method in this post on my 7 favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for Silhouette Studio).



Select the bottom rectangle and hold down Shift while tapping the down arrow a few times until the two rectangles are spaced to your liking.

Group the rectangles and place them over the center of your design.  If eyeballin' it isn't your style you can use the align tool to make sure the rectangles are centered over the design.

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Select the rectangles and the design this time.  Go to the Modify tool along the right tool bar.

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Click 'Subtract All' and the space 'behind' the rectangles will be subtracted or deleted.

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The little space between them is still there and needs to be deleted.  If you can't click that little piece right click > ungroup (or click the Ungroup tool along the top tool bar) and then delete that area.

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Now you have your two rectangles and your anchor design is split in half. However, nothing is overlapping so if you try to weld at this point nothing will happen because the rectangles are next to, but not overlapping the original design.

The easiest thing to do is select the top rectangle and, using the arrow keys on your computer, tap it up a few taps until it overlaps the top half of the anchor.  Do the same with the bottom rectangle tapping it down.

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Once it's slightly overlapping, select all of the pieces > right click > Weld.

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And there you go! 


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Now just add your text in whatever font you want!

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TIP: If you need a little more space for the text, select the bottom half of the design and use the arrow keys to move it down a little bit. The reason you want to use the arrow keys and the not the mouse is so it stays aligned with the top half of the design.

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13 comments

  1. After looking at your post, I sit here wondering if you live in Lewes Beach DE? I'm originally from DE...

    Anyway, thanks for the tutorial. I love your blog because I learn so much!

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    1. I don't live in Lewes, but I do live in New Castle County. I've spent every summer of my entire life in Lewes.

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  2. Great tutorial. So easy to follow and makes it so clear. Thanks for posting this, I'll surely use this often.

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  3. Merci pour cette astuce.
    Bises de France

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  4. Avec ce blog on est meilleur a chaque publication. Merci pour le partage.
    Salutation du Quebec

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  5. Wonderful tutorial, I think I can do it now LOL.
    Faith
    x

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  6. i AM SOOOOOOOOOO LOST:( Have had this machine for a while, generally not stupid but I cannot get it to do ANYTHING. I cannot even get the white rollers to move, let alone insert vinyl with no mat. Can you help???? I feel really stupid, but generally, am not. THANKS.

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  7. Thanks Melissa. Love it. What type of vinyl is good on the car?
    Have a great weekend

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  8. I made Little Monster to put on my son's truck, I used regular vinyl and works great.

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  9. When I do my final weld, there are small black areas that appear at the corner of the rectangles. DO you know what may cause this or how to stop it?

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  10. I am unable to get the small square between the 2 bars I create to disappear like it's supposed to. Please assist. :)

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  11. I am unable to get the small square between the 2 bars I create to disappear like it's supposed to. Please assist. :)

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  12. Can you then fill with two separate patterns?

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