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How to Change a Perforated Line to a Score Line in Silhouette Studio

If you want to change a perforated line to a solid line in Silhouette Studio, there are two ways to go about it.

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This is necessary if you'd prefer to score a line rather than cut a perforated fold line. 

Depending on how the original line was created, the file type, and how the designer saved the cut file, you may or may not have the ability to change  the line style from perforated to solid. However, you want to check whether this is an option first because it's hands down the fastest and easiest way.

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Ungroup the file down as far as you can without ungrouping the perforated lines if you can help it.

With the perforated lines selected, expand the Line Style dropdown menu from along the Quick Access Tool bar. Select the solid line.

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If the line style changed from perforated to solid you are among the lucky ones :) 

If you are unable to change the line style this way you have a little work to do.  The second option to change from a dashed line to solid line in Silhouette Studio is to manually re-draw the lines.

Select the Draw a Line tool from the left sidebar. Use your mouse to draw out the solid lines and place them exactly over the perforated lines.

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Once you have drawn out all of the new solid lines, select all of the perforated lines and delete them.

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Tip: From the Line Color tool on the Quick Access Tool Bar, change the color of the now solid fold lines to a different color than the color of the edge lines on your design.  This will allow you to use Cut By Line Color in the Send panel.

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No matter how you made it to the point of converting perforated lines to solid lines, you now need to make sure those lines do not cut through your material, but instead score it.

In the Send panel, go to the Line Color tab.  Change the Action for the fold lines to "Score".  The Action for the Edge lines should be "Cut".

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When using an Autoblade the blade will adjust the depth and force between cutting the two lines. If you are using a ratchet blade add a pause between the two line colors so the machine pauses giving you time to manually adjust the blade depth.

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1 comment

  1. This would make my life a whole lot easier! But what is the blade depth?

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