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Stop Welding Script Fonts in Silhouette Studio (V4.2 Tutorial)

Forgot to weld your text before you cut?  No problem! Silhouette Studio has your back.

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In the latest version of Silhouette Studio - 4.2.471 - text automatically defaults to Cut Edge which is essentially auto-welding. But there is one thing you should look out for.
We've all been there - cut out a text design using a script font and the letters cut into each other because you forgot to weld.

No more.

If you update your Silhouette Studio software to V4.2.471 or a later version - which as of this publishing is the most recent version of the Silhouette software - you will automatically gain this feature. (I can not stress this enough...this auto-weld feature is not in OLDER VERSIONS of Silhouette Studio.)



There's nothing more you need to do - just type out your text in a text box.

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Go to the Send panel and you'll notice the cut lines are thicker than normal. That's because they are not the standard "Cut" lines, they are "Cut Edge" lines which appear thicker in the Send panel.

Look closely and you'll see that only the edges of your text will cut which means the areas that connect and overlap will NOT cut into each other - even without welding.

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Cut Edge is now the default for all text.

Since you no longer need to weld, that means your text will keep its text style characteristics including allowing you to CHANGE the text as well as check the font name - two things that disappear after a weld.

WARNING: Transparent Text with Increased Line Weight

Now here one thing you need to keep in mind about the new default Cut Edge on text: If you increase the line weight on transparent text you will get a double cut line because the increased line weight has two edges on it.

In this example I changed the line color to blue (to make it easier to see when we switch to the Send panel) and I increased the line weight to 2pt

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 When the fill color remains transparent...but watch what happens when I go to the send panel.

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BUT if you increase the line weight AND add a fill color...

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The Cut Edge works as expected:

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3 comments

  1. If you are using the foil quill, would you still need to weld before filling with sketch fillings?

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  2. This will only happen in the send screen, if I go to the "line" part of the screen it still cuts everything out, meaning I have to weld? Great idea and thanks for letting us know.
    Faith

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  3. I just updated and mine still had "cut" and not "cut edge".

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