There have been mixed reviews about the new version of the Silhouette Studio software. I updated right away when it was released last week and haven't had too many issues, but many people have had problems and have reverted to the last edition of the program. There are a few things from Version 2 that I hope they will add back to the new version (such as dragging in digital papers to fill shapes) and there have been some glitches. I hope there will be a revised version or an update to the update soon.
One thing that was added that I really like is the ability to scan images directly into the program. This is the method I used to make a stamp background for a stamp that does not have a corresponding die or cut file.
This stamp was sent to me by my friend Joy. It is from Close to My Heart and it is called "Hope" (A1153). You can find this stamp on Joy's CTMH website HERE. I wanted to make a background for the image. The edges are very irregular and I know that I would not be able to cut this out nice and neatly - but I have digital tools and machines that cut things out!
I peeled the stamp off of the printed backing sheet and placed the backing sheet on my the glass of my scanner with a piece of white paper behind it. Then I chose "scan" from the File menu in Silhouette Studio.
The release notes say that the new scanning feature offers TWAIN support but I had to choose the WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) option to make this feature work. When I choose TWAIN, the program crashed (every time I tried that option, it crashed...).
You can choose either black and white or grayscale to get a nice dark image. I decided that the black and white option created the image that was the easiest to trace clearly.
On the printed clear backings sheet, there may be some extra information that isn't part of the actual stamp. In this example, the stamp number was in a spot that would change the trace of the outer edge. I used the eraser tool to eliminate this area (you could also make a shape and crop away the unwanted part of the printed image).
Next you do a trace of the image by checking the "Select Trace Area" option and drawing a box around the scanned image. You just need to trace the outer edge - in this case that is a fairly complicated trace since the stamp image is quite detailed and there is not a regular defined edge around the image.
When you select the image and offset, the default is for an offset .250 in width. I reduce that to .100 for a neat thin edge around the stamped image.
Once you have created the offset, you can delete the traced image since you won't need it for the final cutting.
Once you have deleted any extra inner lines, you will have the cut line for a mat for the scanned stamp image. You can make extra matting layers by doing an offset of the traced shape. I set up a group of the mat shapes to cut all at once and then chose the layer colors and cut the larger shapes after I was working on my project.
You can double or triple mat the stamped image. I made the second mat wider for this example.
Once you do this a few times, you can easily get a full set done in just ten minutes or so. Then whenever you want an image that you stamp to be cut out you can use this file to create the shapes instead of taking the time to do each one by hand every time you stamp the shape.
I hope this was helpful - please leave any questions in the comments. I would probably stay away from Version 3 for the time being if you haven't already installed the update. I have had the program freeze and crash multiple times (and I have never had any issues with the Silhouette software before this update). I think (and hope) that a new update will be coming out shortly.
I would love to see the direct scan feature added to the Design Space program for the Explore. We are patiently waiting on updates to that program as well...maybe it is time to step away from the computer and do some other sorts of projects...
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