Silhouette cutting files with cricut and SCAL

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Posted 6/14/2011 by Bing-a-ling in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 6/14/2011 12:10:22 PM
I love some of the cutting files I've seen in the Start to Finish videos featuring cutting files for the Silouette machine. Is it possible to purchase those files and use them with SCAL and a Cricut machine??? TIA

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Posted: 6/14/2011 12:14:20 PM
I'm pretty sure there's no way to do this. Silhouette files are in a proprietary file format (.studio). Once you buy them you have to download them into your Silhouette software, and there's no way to save them in a different format once they're in the software.

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Posted: 6/14/2011 12:17:50 PM
Okay, thanks for that information. Too bad for me, I really loved the titles and the fonts used to create them.

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Posted: 6/14/2011 1:05:53 PM
Actually you can. Before I got my Silhouette I posted the same question. If I remember correct, I believe you have to convert it using Inkscape. Personally I didn't think it was worth the trouble and sold my Cricut so I could upgrade to the Silhouette. But let me see if I can find the post for you.

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Posted: 6/14/2011 1:10:21 PM
I also agree, you need to convert them in the inkscape application to convert them to a file format for SCAL.

make sure you didn't upgrade SCAL or the firmware on the cricut because of the crack down.

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Posted: 6/14/2011 1:51:31 PM
So you can open the .studio files in Inkscape? For some reason I didn't think this was possible. So you would buy them from the Silhouette store and download them into the Silhouette software, and then what? I guess I haven't looked to see where on my computer those downloaded files reside!

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Posted: 6/14/2011 3:04:45 PM
maybe a goofy question but where DID YOU FIND THE VIDEOS? Thanks!

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Posted: 6/14/2011 3:09:06 PM
It is possible.

You have to open the image in silhouette studio then PRINT SCREEN it.

Then you can trace it in inkscape

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Posted: 6/14/2011 3:18:21 PM
OOOHHHHH!! Got it! So you can't just open the file in Inkscape and cut it...you have to trace it first, probably "clean it up" and then cut it.

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Posted: 6/14/2011 6:52:24 PM
Do you mean LITERALLY trace?? Like write over the image, or am I missing something???

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Posted: 6/15/2011 8:55:16 AM
BTT


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Posted: 6/15/2011 9:02:46 AM
There is a "trace" feature in most die cutting software programs. You import an image and then click "trace" (or something similar) and the program will create a line around the edges of the image. You usually have to "clean up" the line (eliminate or add points) to smooth the edges so it will cut better. If it's an elaborate image this can take a LOOOOOONG time to do...it can be a tedious task. But you can make some cool files this way...I imported a picture of the Vegas skyline, traced the edges of the buildings (I did this ALL by adding points, the program didn't do it automatically), printed the photo and then had the Silhouette cut it out. It turned out REALLY cool...but what a pain it was to do!

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Posted: 6/16/2011 8:02:23 AM
Is inkscape on MAC computers?

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Posted: 6/16/2011 8:31:01 AM
Hey guys! I just thought I might add that several of those titles that Nichol has used in her videos actually are ones that I have designed and sell on my blog . . . and they already include SVG for all you Cricut users, as well as STUDIO, DXF, and Illustrator version 8 for other cutters like Pazzles and such. Oh, and for digital scrappers? There's PNG files.

I thought maybe that might help if you started looking for some of those titles and couldn't find them in the Silhouette store.

You can find them all HERE.

Just thought I'd share that.
Kerri

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Posted: 6/16/2011 8:38:37 AM
OMGosh, Kerri, I LOOOOVE your stuff!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us here!

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Posted: 6/16/2011 8:39:18 AM
Kerri-THANKS!!!

Off to check it out now. I have to use my E w/SCAL until I get the Silhouette.


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Posted: 6/16/2011 2:01:01 PM
WOWZA GOTTA HAVE THE BOY ONE!!!!

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Posted: 6/16/2011 2:36:08 PM
Dumb question, and couldn't find the answer on Kerri's blog, but how do I convert an SVG file to a scut file? I have an old version of SCAL that won't open an svg file. It has been a really long time since I've used SCAL, but I'm inspired by Kerri's wonderful designs to try it again.

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Posted: 6/16/2011 2:40:34 PM
Never mind! FOund the answer in the obvious place!
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