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How to Use Two Sketch Pens in Silhouette CAMEO 3

Thanks to the dual carriage, the Silhouette CAMEO 3 makes it easy to use two tools at the same time - including sketch pens.

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Using two different color sketch pens takes a little set up in Silhouette Studio - which is what I'm going to show you today!

Start by opening up your work area. Open a design or create one like your normally would.  I used a combination of regular and sketch fonts for this design.  Keep in mind, regular fonts will NOT be filled in which is why single line fonts are so awesome!

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And since I always get questions about fonts I'm linking to them here:


Select parts of the design that will be sketched by the same color pen and group them together.  To keep things simple you should only have two groups since we're using two different color pens for this project.

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Now select one group and change the line color. The line color can be changed from the Quick Access tool bar or from the Line Style panel.

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Select the second group and change the line color of that group to match the second sketch pen color.  This does two things - it gives a visual of what the sketched design will look like and it will also help when we get to the next step.

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Click the Send tab at the top. By default you'll be in the Simple mode which we could use....

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Ironically it's simpler to actually set up the cut settings by using the Action by: Line Color options.

This is why we gave each group a line color. Now you can see both those line colors show up at swatches in the Action By Line Color panel.

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In order to have "Sketch" as an Action option (as opposed to Cut), you'll need to first change the Material type to something like cardstock or paper.  Do this for both color swatches.

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Also change the Action to "Sketch" for both.

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For just one of the swatch colors, change the tool by clicking the blue circle to the left of the color swatch. This is what tells the machine to cut everything that color with the tool that's in the blue carriage.

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Grab your Silhouette sketch pens and put one in each carriage making sure that the pen color that matches the line color goes in the correct carriage.

Here the teal pen (teal line) goes in the red carriage and the purple pen (purple line) goes in the blue tool housing.

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Load your Silhouette cutting mat - I prefer a light hold Silhouette cutting mat for paper so it doesn't curl when it's removed - into the Silhouette CAMEO 3.

In Silhouette Studio click "Send" to begin the sketching.

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The pen in the red tool carriage will sketch first followed by the second pen.

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