Cameo (or SD) Silhouette and designing your own designs
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Posted: 1/4/2012 1:15:43 PM
I am considering and fully looking into getting a Cameo. My question is what if you can't draw to save my life. If I were to design something, would it look terrible? Are there preset "shapes" you can use to help you?

I've been looking on youtube for videos on using that feature. Is there a good one you can recommend?

Thanks!


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Posted: 1/4/2012 1:40:23 PM
there are basic circle, square, rounded square that you can use and resize. I've never tried to design my own...It's easier and quicker to me to buy the shape I want from the store. I see my time as worth more then .99 (actually less since I have a subscription) that I'd rather cut and then go on to do something else.



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Posted: 1/4/2012 3:18:49 PM
I can't draw a straight line with a ruler. But I have become pretty good at manipulating images to use with my machine.

And you have all of us if you are looking for something particular. I'm often up for the challenge of getting someone exactly what they want.


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Posted: 1/4/2012 3:23:08 PM
Thanks! The reason I ask is because I cannot use their designs on things I want to sell, so I would have to design some stuff myself if I am going to use it for my creations (though I have a hard time believing you can't use basic shapes and even scalloped shapes for use--that's half the reason I want it). I do have some digital items that I would LOVE to use the Cameo with to cut out since I can't cut a straight line!
I do actually want to try my hand at designing some things to take that creativity up a notch!


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Posted: 1/5/2012 8:05:44 PM
Bumping this b/c I want to know more about the design capabilities. Is it just basic shapes, are there other shapes, objects that you can pull together?

Dh and I talked about going up to Archiver's tomorrow to check it out (hopefully they have it!)


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Posted: 1/5/2012 11:49:17 PM
I don't have the Silhouette, but I do have the Wishblade. The machine and software is similar since they are made by the same company. The software does have basic shapes, as well as straight and curved line tools.

From an art standpoint, just about everything is made with basic shapes, curves, and straight lines. Once I got the hang of the tools and how they worked, I was able to draw and make anything I wanted. I do have some art talent, but I am not phenomenal by any means.

I suggest you make yourself familiar with the tools. Once you are familiar with the tools, you might be surprised at what you can create with them just using basic shapes, curves and lines. Look at just about any object in a room. Notice what shapes could be used to draw it. Once you can pick out how frequently shapes make up everyday objects, you'll find it easier to create your own cutting designs.

Back when the Wishblade was the only cutter available, few people wanted to bother with the tools that came with the software, but I found that a great deal could be done with them, and I put them to work. I created my basic design, then tweaked it with the editing tools till it looked good. I got some great designs for the end results that were entirely my own.


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Posted: 1/6/2012 1:10:44 AM
The software has the basics like circles, ovals, lines etc. which actually work pretty good.

Another thing you can do is to scan in hand drawn designs and trace them and make cut files. I have done this with my writing too as have other designers and its really easy.

Also, making designs can be done via Illustrator, I don't have this program but it can be done this way.

If you can save something as a JPG, you can trace it and cut it.

I've also used elements from items that I have purchased. Like a scallop strip or zigzag. Added them to my design via welding and then saved a new file using a new name.

There are quite a few things you can do without having to know how to draw.


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Posted: 1/6/2012 8:53:33 AM
Since Illustrator has been mentioned, I will add that it is an awesome program for creating designs. However, it has a very steep learning curve, and it is very expensive to buy. The student version is more affordable, but legally you can't use the student version to designs things for sale.

I use Illustrator for my own personal design work, but I don't sell anything. I bought the student version solely for welding titles, which was not a function available to early Wishblade users. Learning to use it took me a lot of determination, persistence, what tutorials were available, and a huge investment of time. That was surprising to me since I was adept at using Photoshop (full version, not just Elements), so I thought I would be able to learn Illustrator quickly.

I also was one of the few who actually relied on the manual to learn how to do things not covered in tutorials, since none of the tutorials available to Wishblade users covered certain things I wanted to be able to do. I can now use Illustrator to create literally anything I can conceive for a cutting file design, but it took a long time for me to get to that level of ability.

While I don't have experience with either SCAL or MTC, from what I have read, they would probably be a more affordable and user friendly alternative to Illustrator.


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Posted: 1/6/2012 1:48:13 PM
I seriously wish that there were more tutorials on how to do this. I've been playing around with mine but sometimes I find that it takes too long to design something so instead I just hit the store and search for what I'm looking for! I definitely do change things up that I buy, but I'd love to see more tutorials on designing with the software.


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Posted: 1/6/2012 10:46:37 PM
Poster above, that's why I was asking about it. I haven't seen much so far as how to use that software. That's the one thing I am afraid of if I do buy the Cameo. I need to be able to design things myself if I want to use the machine for things for sale (I mean besides a few of the SVG files I have).


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Posted: 1/7/2012 5:16:46 AM
There are a lot of tutorials on the UKscrapper site in the Craft Robo forum on how to do different things.I learned how to do lattice designs from there.


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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:54:51 AM
Anyone else have any insight on this? I have looked on you tube and google and haven't found much. I would love to learn to make my own designs. Any help would be appreciated

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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:54:51 AM
Anyone else have any insight on this? I have looked on you tube and google and haven't found much. I would love to learn to make my own designs. Any help would be appreciated

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Posted: 1/12/2014 5:48:47 AM
Check Kerri Bradfords classes, I have taken Design Secrets, Designer Edition and Hello There and in all of these there are instructions on how to do and/or manipulate shapes in different ways.

Kerri also have some free video tutorials.

You can download the Silhoutte Studio Software for free before you have the machine and check it out. If you want to get into designing you probably want the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition, that way you can also use free SVG-files.



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Posted: 1/12/2014 9:19:44 AM

The reason I ask is because I cannot use their designs on things I want to sell,


You can buy commercial licenses for the designs. If you look under the part where it says "PERSONAL USE ONLY" on a design in the Silhouette store - click on the blue link that says "more info". It shows that you can buy a license to use the design on items you sell. It has a graduated price. For the first 1-100 items it is $8 plus the cost of the file, usually .99.

You can also create things using fonts - check out Font Squirrel for commercial use fonts that are available for free Font Squirrel - free commercial use fonts

You can also buy designs from places like My Vinyl Designer that grant you commercial use. They have tons of designs, and they cut wonderfully! You can also personalize a lot of their designs! My Vinyl Designer Check out their gallery and also follow them on Facebook to see some fantastic ideas for using their files. They often have a "strut your stuff" Friday where people send in pictures to their facebook page with ideas on how they used the files.

Here is a link to the free test files from MVD - My Vinyl Designer - free test files They have some fantastic freebies! Download the svg format if you have Silhouette Studie Designer Edition. If you don't - get the gsd format. You might have to turn on the cutlines in the Silhouette software before cutting - a simple one click thing.

You can also trace designs with the Silhouette Studio software. So if you have something that you want, you can easily trace it. (I am sure you will want to find things that are royalty/copyright free though)

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Posted: 1/12/2014 9:35:17 AM
You can download the Studio software for the Cameo, and try making your own shapes to see if you are happy with them, before you buy the machine.

Also, you can buy shapes in the Silhouette store for professional use, so you can cut and sell.






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Posted: 1/12/2014 1:21:23 PM
Here is an example of something you can do with a commercial use free font. It is the Regal Font, split in two. .


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Here is a great tutorial video on how to make the project - you "split" the letter to put the name in the middle. It will teach you some good techniques like welding, grouping, etc. Seems complicated at first, but once you work through it - you will learn so much and things become much easier to work with.

You can split any letter or design to do this. I have seen them applied to boards, tiles, hurricane vases,glass blocks.. etc. Very nice looking.

One thing to note about the video. The software has changed just a bit since it was made, I think. When you go to "subtract" - you click on OBJECT->MODIFY->SHOW MODIFY OPTIONS-> and then you will see the "subtract all" function on the right side of your screen. It doesn't appear in the drop down anymore.

Also - get the latest update on the software - it was just released Friday. It fixes some of the problems with the software that was causing it to run SUPER slow when doing projects like the above...

Video tutorial - SPLIT LETTER

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Posted: 1/12/2014 5:54:20 PM
I like to trace images that I see on google and use those for cutting, plus they are FREE! For instance, I can trace a clip art image of a tree and then cut it! I also love that I can download free fonts and cut any of those.



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Posted: 1/12/2014 6:46:56 PM
Ohh ahh love the split letter. Thanks for the tutorial.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 11:30:47 PM
You do not have to design your own..you can use any clip art you find, any font you find....if you find some embellie, you can use it to. you can scan stuff * use it. like old paper peicing patterns, snoopy patterns, any pic that you want. digi files too I know people use punch borders..punch pieces...If I have a scallop circle..I can scan that. There are hundreds & hundreds of free cut files out there. Just search pinterest...Disney, airplanes, bikes,cars, trains, dinos, dogs,any animal, cartoon carachters, any food, cupcakes, etc, school cuts, boy, girl stuff, baby, christmas, halloween, any holiday, flowers of all kinds, houses, teddy bears, storybook people, any type of borders (like punches) any type of shape. flourishes, tags, labels, whole paper with edges trhat are cut in many different ways...same categorie..hearts.. zig zag, cars, trains, roses, & tons more..

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Posted: 1/13/2014 1:10:08 AM
I suggest you download the *free* software from SilhouetteAmerica and see what you can make. It'll give you a real feel for your capabilities and any learning curve there is. For me it was incredibly intuitive but I'm very computer savvy.



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Posted: 1/13/2014 8:22:35 AM
I chimed in when this thread was two years old, but it was brought forward again by someone with the same question. I want to mention a couple of things.

When I was learning my first electronic cutter (a Wishblade), there were very few tutorials, none of them video.

I had paid a staggering amount for my cutter (the price came down by $300 six weeks later), so I was determined to learn how to use it. I essentially blocked off an afternoon, sat down at the computer, and played with each of the different tools. ALL. AFTERNOON. By the end of the four hours I had set aside, I understood how the tools worked, and I was able to use them to create literally anything I wanted.

Yes, tutorials are helpful, but so is practice. I never considered myself an artist, although I do have some art talent. I could create designs faster and easier with the software and a mouse than I could by hand.

So once you find good tutorials, practice, practice, practice!

Can you use files designed by others for items you sell? Yes, there are some designers that allow that. However, I was able to create things totally different than anything I found online. There is something very satisfying in being able to design what you want, have it when you need, and not have to spend hours searching for something that might work.

The Silhouette tools can do far more than the Wishblade tools ever could, and the Silhouette is so much easier to use.

Good luck!


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Posted: 1/13/2014 9:03:00 AM
Whoops! I didn't even notice the OP was from 2012! I did look at the date, but didn't process the year!

I agree ScrapN Nanna ... practice practice practice!

I learned so much by trying just one project, like the split letter. It makes you explore the tool and learn how to use the features in the program.

Same for Print/Cut. It took me a while the first time out - but now it is super easy. Boy was it frustrating - but I learned how to use it.

My best advice - don't try to learn how to do something when you are working on a deadline. Don't try a complicated project, when you have never used the software, and have to have it done in a short amount of time. You will have nothing but frustration!!!!
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