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5 Beginner Silhouette Studio Classes – 2 – Drawing Tools

Welcome to Step #2 of Getting Started with Silhouette!!!!

This week we will be going over the drawing tools in class.

Here is the link to the video.

Below you will find a few notes that are from the Silhouette America Site which you may find helpful. I hope you are enjoying the classes so far. We have only just begun……to liiiivvvveee… (are you singing with me???)

Anyhoooooo wait til you see next week’s lesson! We are gonna begin getting into the FUN STUFF!!

~PattyAnne

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 The Select Tool determines which image is selected as the active image and allows you to move images around on your screen. This is your default tool to click on images to show they are selected.

 To enter the Point Editing Mode, you may either double-click on a selected image, or use the Edit Points tool. This tool will allow you to edit any points of your image to move them around or remove them. Only single ungrouped line selections may be edited. Ungrouping will be discussed in later sections.

 Line Tools

  • Line Tools allows for the creation of single straight lines. Holding down the Shift key on your keyboard while drawing will force a straight vertical, horizontal, or 45 degree increment line from the start point.
  • Polygon Tool The Polygon Tool allows for the creation of multiple straight lines. A point will be created upon each mouse click. Lines will continue to be drawn until the image is closed by aligning the end point with the starting point, or by double-clicking the mouse to stop drawing. Holding down the Shift key on your keyboard while drawing will force a straight vertical, horizontal, or 45 degree increment line from the start point or last point dropped.
  • Curved Shape Tool The Curved Shape Tool allows for the creation of multiple curved lines. A point will be created upon each mouse click. Lines will continue to be drawn until the image is closed by aligning the end point with the starting point, or by double-clicking the mouse to stop drawing.
  • Arc Tool The Arc tool allows you to draw any size arc on your page.

 Drawing Tools

  • The Rectangle Tool allows for the creation of a square or rectangle. Holding down the Shift key on your keyboard while drawing will create a square, while holding down the Alt key on your keyboard will make the initial cursor point where your image is started as the exact center of your object.
  • Rounded Rectangle Tool The Rounded Rectangle Tool allows for the creation of a square or rectangle with rounded corners. Holding down the Shift key on your keyboard while drawing will create a rounded square, while holding down the Alt key on your keyboard will make the initial cursor point where your image is started as the exact center of your object. As a rounded rectangle is selected, you will find two red control points on the rectangle’s upper left-hand corner. These may be dragged to adjust the curves of the rectangle’s top and bottom or sides, or you may select both simultaneously by holding down the Shift key on your keyboard and dragging one of the control points.
  • Ellipse The Ellipse Tool allows for the creation of an oval or circle. Holding down the Shift key on your keyboard while drawing will create a circle, while holding down the Alt key on your keyboard will make the initial cursor point where your image is started as the exact center of your object.
  • Regular Polygon The Polygon Tools allows for creation of shapes of different number of sides. The default number of sides is five, but the slider bar in the middle provides a method of raising or lowering the number to produce different shapes, such as a triangle.

 Freehand Tools

  • Freehand Tool The Freehand Drawing Tool allows for the creation of a continuous free-form line. Lines drawn with this tool will continue until the mouse button is released, or the image is closed by aligning the end point with the start point.
  • Smooth Freehand Tool The Smooth Freehand Drawing Tool allows for the creation of a smooth, continuous free-form line. Lines drawn with this tool will have smooth transitions and no sharp angles. Lines drawn with this tool will continue until the mouse button is released, or the image is closed by aligning the end point with the start point.

 Text Tool Silhouette Studio® has the ability to utilize any font that is installed on your computer. You do not need to install these fonts into the program.Silhouette Studio® will simply access all installed font files and display them for you as you go to create your desired text.

  • Creating Text To use your fonts, click on the text tool located on the left-hand side of the software screen. Clicking this will allow you to place a text cursor onto your workspace and begin typing directly onto the screen. The red blinking line is your cursor to show where you are typing. You may back up or move forward by either clicking your mouse or using your computer’s right and left arrow keys. The surrounding green box is your text box. This box may be adjusted by clicking and holding the black bar on the right edge of the text box. Dragging this bar to the left will allow you to wrap your text. Dragging this bar to the right will allow you to bring text back toward being on a single linear path. You may double-click or click outside of the text to exit the Text Editing Mode. You may return at any time to re-edit any words or letters by doubleclicking again on your created text.

 Draw a Note Tool This tool allows you to add notes to your projects. You can include fonts used, where you purchased the file etc. The note will not print or cut.

 Eraser Tool You may erase any part of any image using the Eraser tool to easily and immediately remove inner parts or edges of the line image. The Designer Edition of the software features several options for eraser shapes and allows you to choose between creating an open or closed eraser path.

 Knife Tool You may segment images using the Knife tool. This tool delivers a straight-line cut to separate parts of images to create a new separate independent shape. The Designer Edition of the software features several options for knife path shapes and allows you to choose between creating an open or closed knife path.

Welcome!!! Please leave your comment! ~PattyAnne