Silhouette StudioTutorial: Draw, Trace and Cut

Silhouette Studio Tutorial: How to use the trace feature to transform hand drawings into cut filesI love my Silhouette Cameo because it helps me create customized projects and designs. I've had my Cameo for about three years (a birthday gift from me to me) and keep finding new ways to use it.

One of my favorite features is "trace." Let me show you how easy it is to transform a simple drawing into a perfectly cut pattern.


  • paper
  • black Sharpie marker
  • scanner
  • image editing software (optional)
  • Silhouette Studio
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait


This project began because I want to make a personalized Onesie for my baby niece with angel wings on the back.

I began by sketching out a design with a Sharpie. (This was my final drawing. At least 10 others ended up in the recycle bin.)
Once you have an image you like, scan it and save it as a .jpg or .gif on your computer. After scanning, I like to crop my image and get rid of all the extra white space by using photo editing software. It makes things a little easier to manage once you get into Silhouette Studio.

Open your image in your favorite photo editing software. I frequently use Photoscape. It's free to download and easy to use.

Crop your image to remove the extra white space and save.

Open up Silouette Studio and open your image file.

Even after cropping, my image was still rather large. If that happens to you, too simply resize your image by clicking and dragging one of the corners.

Once your image is the size you would like to cut, select the "trace" icon in the upper right corner of your screen. It looks like a little blue butterfly.

From the "trace"menu, choose "Select Trace Area."

Click and use your mouse to highlight the area you would like to trace.

If your image still has some black areas showing through, uncheck the "High Pass Filter" box.

I want both the inside and outside edges of my image traced, so I chose my Trace Method as "Trace." If you only want the outer edge of your shape cut, select "trace outer edge."

You'll notice the red cut lines around your image. To see them better, you can drag your original image away from the area to be cut.

You can also delete the original image from your Silhouette Studio file.

Finally, cut your image and use it in your own craft project.

If you'd like to experiment with the trace feature before drawing your own image, There are plenty of simple line drawings available for download on the internet or you can download my angel wings drawing. You are welcome to use it for any non-commercial applications.



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How to use the trace feature in Silhouette Studio
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