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Open Files Directly in Silhouette Studio (Totally Avoiding the Library)

You don't ever have to use the Silhouette Studio library. I am always surprised by how many users aren't aware of this. 

You can not only open files but also save images without ever using the Silhouette Studio library. In this tutorial I'll show you how to open your images directly in the Design area.

The file I'm using is from So Fontsy's Gigantic Funny Bundle.  This bundle includes a 224 images that are all safely stored in my So Fontsy account until I'm ready to download and use them. 

I can download the whole bundle or just the images I want to use for my current project.  

After purchasing, go to your So Fontsy account area. To download the whole bundle at once click Download Bundle next to the bundle name. 

To download individual products from the bundle, click the + then select the products to download. 

Once downloaded, you'll need to unzip the zip folder. A zip folder just lets you download a large amount of files in a single download. 

On a MAC you double click the zip file to unzip it. On a PC you right click and select Extract All.  

Once unzipped, if there's just a single file in the zip folder it will be available among your downloads. You can see the PNG file here.  

If there are multiple files in the zip folder (usually due to multiple files and/or file types) they will be in a folder. 

With Silhouette Studio launched and a Design area open, select the image or SVG, PNG, JPEG file from the folder and drag and drop it directly into the work area.  

Want to add another file to the same work area? Simply drag and drop with another file. 

Here's a quick video to show you the full process if you prefer to see than to read. 


A few important thing to know. 

You can not drag a zip folder or folder into Silhouette Studio. If you get an error, make sure you're dragging a single file and that you have the correct version of the software to open it. 

You'll need Designer Edition or higher to open SVG files. The free Silhouette Studio version will open PNG and JPEG files.

Now when you're ready to do more projects (and you'll want to because there's a lot of awesome files included) included in the Gigantic Funny Bundle, you can simply return to your So Fontsy account and download more. 

Hurry and grab the bundle at 94% off before it retires!  The files can be used as cut files, DTF transfer images with our gang sheet builder, sublimation images, stickers and more!  

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