Copyright Silhouette School 2016. Powered by Blogger.
www.silhouetteu.com

How to Fill an SVG with a Photograph in Silhouette Studio

There's no better way to customize your projects than using your own photographs! 

silhouette 101, silhouette america blog, silhouette studio v4, digital patterns, designer edition, fill design

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to fill an SVG design with a photograph in Silhouette Studio.

Start by opening the SVG in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (or above). You do need at least Designer Edition to both open SVG files in Silhouette Studio and to import photos as fill patterns (which is what we'll be doing to fill the SVG with the photograph. 

If necessary, ungroup the SVG if you want to only fill part of the design with a photograph.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos

The commercial use football SVG we are using comes from the Southern Belle SVG Bundle available at So Fontsy.

Silhouette SVG, Cricut SVG, Silhouette fonts, Commercial use SVG, Silhouette cut files


How to Import Photos into Silhouette Studio 

Click the Library tab in the top right corner, and click to open the Patterns folder. 

Note: if you haven't imported any of your own patterns, then your Patterns folder will be empty.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos


Open the File Explorer on your computer and navigate to where you have the photograph saved on your computer.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos


Click and drag that photograph into the Patterns folder in the Library.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos

Your photograph should be in the Patterns folder.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos



How to Fill a Design with a Photo in Silhouette Studio

Click the Design tab to return to the design workspace.

Open the Fill panel and click the Fill Pattern tab. Scroll down through the fill patterns until you reach the photograph you just imported into the Patterns folder in your library.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos


Select the SVG design in your work area. Then, click the photograph in the Fill Pattern tab. The photograph will fill the shape.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos

Now, what you can do is make some edits, if necessary. Click the down arrow next to Advanced Options to open more customization options. The "Pan Pattern" option is very helpful. Click the photograph filled SVG, then click Pan Pattern.

An icon will appear in the center of the SVG. Now, click and drag that to move the photograph within the SVG.  This tool is helpful if you want to position the photograph on a certain portion of the SVG.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos

You can only "pan" so far as to the edge of the picture and the pattern (the photograph) will repeat, and you'll see the edges of it in the SVG.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos

We'll now print this design on Siser Easy Subli HTV with our sublimation printer to transfer onto a cotton t shirt.  Note: we added a brown offset so the design will really pop when transferred onto the t shirt.

digital patterns, designer edition, fill design, patterns, photos

To see how we used Siser Easy Subli HTV with this project, check out the How to Use Siser Easy Subli HTV blog post on the So Fontsy blog.

siser easysubli, easy subli htv, sublimation, htv, sublimation printer, heat press

And you can grab this Football Yall design from the Southern Belle SVG Bundle also available at So Fontsy.

Silhouette SVG, Cricut SVG, Silhouette fonts, Commercial use SVG, Silhouette cut files

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. By clicking on them and purchasing products through my links, I receive a small commission. That's what helps fund Silhouette School so I can keep buying new Silhouette-related products to show you how to get the most out of your machine!


Get Silhouette School lessons delivered to your email inbox! Select Once Daily or Weekly.


www.silhouetteu.com

No comments

Thanks for leaving a comment! We get several hundred comments a day. While we appreciate every single one of them it's nearly impossible to respond back to all of them, all the time. So... if you could help me by treating these comments like a forum where readers help readers.

In addition, don't forget to look for specific answers by using the Search Box on the blog. If you're still not having any luck, feel free to email me with your question.