Print & Cut with the Silhouette

Silhouette Studio has a feature called Print & Cut. I like this feature and use it to print pictures and cut them with the Silhouette. I then use them as a motif on cards and other things I create.

We start from the beginning and take a look in Silhouette Store. How do I know that the file I buy is a Print & Cut?

Silhouette Store

To begin with, you can use Filters if you are sure that it’s a Print & Cut file you want. Otherwise, you will see it on the little blue box with a P next to the price.

Silhouette library

After purchasing a file and it is located in your library you find the same symbol at most of the files. I have no knowledge of why not all are shown with the symbol, it can be rally annoying sometimes. The rose in the center of this picture is also a Print & Cut, but it’s hard to know without the symbol.
If you know why, please leave a coment to this post. I whant to know!

Change the properties of the file

My solution to this problem is to change the name of the file. You do this by right clicking on the image and choose Edit Properties.

Edit properties

Here you can change the search term, information and the name of the file. I choose to add PnC to the filename.

New name

Close the library and open it again (or change file), now you see the new name and you get a clue as to what file it is.

Shall we get started then? With the actual printing and cutting?

Start by changing the paper to A4, letter or what size your printer use, especially if you use a Silhouette Cameo. Since we are printing these shapes, the paper must fit in to your printer.

Shapes on the mat

Choose your shapes and place those on the mat, just as you do when you want to cut out a shape. If you look at my figures you will see that two have white backgrounds. That’s not important, it’s more that the person who made the file might not have been as accurate as I would like.

Registration marks

Open the Registration Marks. You’ll find it right in the tool menu.

Use Registration Marks

Change the settings needed. Right now, just change the type of machine you have. I have an old friend, so I choose Original. The positions can be left as is, even though they can easily be moved to save paper.

Registration marks on the mat

As you see now, I have my shapes at the wrong place. It is the black corners that will be printed with your shapes. These corners can be moved (see above), but we are content to have those where they are this time.

Move the shapes

Move the figures inside the markings.
Then cut the paper you want to use in order to fit your printer. A cardstock or similar paper (12″x12″) you cut to 21×29,7 cm (A4).
Place your paper in the printer. Remember to have any structure in the right direction if you want it visible or not in your figures. Make sure you printer are online.

Print you shapes

Usually it’s about now that you click Send to Silhouette, but we should send it all to your printer instead. Click on the printer icon and print the same way as you normally print documents. I recommend to print in high quality when you know you really want to use the shape.
Don’t do anything with the document in Silhouette Studio while the printer is working.

Fresh from the printer

Now you have a paper that should look something like this. The mark in the bottom corner is not visible on this picture. If you have a Cameo, you may have other types of marks.

Feed it to the machine

Attach your paper to the cutting mat and feed it to the Silhouette just the way you usually do. My old model is practically hand cranked, so do as you are accustomed to do.

Cut Settings

Now you’re on familiar ground. Select the type of paper you used, in this case, cardstock, and start the cutting.
Your paper will go in and out of the machine when it tries to find the black markings. As soon as that’s done the Silhouette starts to cut.

All Done

Now you have one or more shapes to decorate what you want with.

As you probably noticed in this blog, I like to craft with paper, but I know that it is possible to print on a certain type of vinyl and other media. The procedure is the same, but I can not answer how these materials behave or how you use them.


All files aren’t great, you might have to work a little by your self to get them the way you want. The cow I have used have the cut line a few millimeters off the edge, and the rose isn’t cut between the stems. (A little hard to see here, but it’s easier of the previous photo)

Quality of the shapes



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