How to Create Hand-Lettered Silhouette Cut Files. This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Your price is the same but I get a small cutback which helps cover the costs of maintaing this website and sharing fun freebies! Did you know it’s actually really easy to create your own hand-lettered Silhouette cut files you can use with your machine? It is and today I’m going to show you how!
What You’ll Need:
- Sketch Pad
- Pencils ( love Palomino Blackwing 602 pencils)
- Markers (I used a Twin Tip Sharpie)
- Camera (I use my iPhone)
- Silhouette Studio
Creating the Lettering
Start by sketching out a phrase or even a doodle in pencil. Trace over it with marker. Allow to dry and erase out your pencil lines.
Snap a bright, clear picture of your lettering with your camera or phone.
Right on my phone, I crop the photo close to my lettering and turn the photo black and white (using the “edit photo” function on my phone).
Then I sometimes add a filter, like Noir, which turns the text really black, which is helpful for the tracing step we’ll do soon in Silhouette Studio.
Now, email the file to yourself and move to your computer. Open your email and save the photo to your desktop. Open Silhouette Studio.
For this part, I made you a little video!
The Basic Steps shown in the video are as follows:
- Within Silhouette Studio, go to File>Open and locate the photo of your sketch on your desktop. Open the image.
- Re-size it to fit the mat.
- Open the Trace window in Silhouette Studio. Click Select Trace Area and select your drawing/lettering.
- Play around with the hi-pass/lo-pass filters to get your drawing/lettering all yellow.
- Now click Trace.
- Now you can delete your image, leaving just the red outlined cut file behind.
- If you need to do some editing on the cut file, go to Object>Release Compound Path. Then you can delete stray points or do point editing you’d like to do.
- Select all and go to Object>Group.
- To save your creation to Silhouette Studio, go to File>Save As>Save to Library.
And there you have it! Your custom cut file is ready to use. 🙂