We, at Coffee & Peony, LOVE our Silhouette Cameos and will undoubtedly be sharing many our of Silhouette projects down the line. For those that aren’t familiar with it, it’s an electronic cutting machine that can cut anything from card stock to vinyl or fabric. It comes with Silhouette Studio software to generate your cut file which is very versatile and easy to use. A friend of mine, who owns a different cutting machine, recently told me about how frustrating the software that came with her machine is. Since Silhouette Studio is free to download, I suggested she use that to create her cut file and convert it to an SVG file to use for her own machine. There are other reasons you may need to convert a Silhouette Studio file to an SVG file as well so I thought this would be a good tutorial to share with everyone.
I’m working on a Windows machine so if you have a Mac, your instructions might be somewhat different. I’ll be using Inkscape, which is available as a free download for the conversion.
The first thing you need to create is your cut file in Silhouette Studio. The file I’m using here is one that I used to customize a ring dish for my cousin who is getting married. The symbol inside the ring is the Chinese “double happiness” symbol and their first initials are below it.
I filled the cut areas and lines with black so that they have the highest contrast. Once your image is ready, open your Snipping Tool and take a snapshot of your image.
Open your screenshot in Inkscape, accept the default values in the image import window and click OK.
Next, select your image by clicking on it and then go to Path > Trace Bitmap.
Use the following Trace Bitmap options and click OK. Then, close out the Trace Bitmap window.
Now, you can select your original image and separate it from the trace. Delete your original image and save the remaining trace as an SVG file. Voila!
If you like the file we used in this tutorial, you can down it for free below! Enjoy!
Ring with Double Happiness Silhouette Studio Version 2
Ring with Double Happiness Silhouette Studio Version 3