To make custom tags using the shape of my logo, I used the Silhouette trace feature. This was the very first project I did upon receiving my Silhouette so, of course, I Googled it. I could not find a tutorial that had all the information I needed to complete the project (many of the tutorials assumed I knew the basics of the Silhouette, when in fact, I knew nothing ). So here I will give detail instructions on how to complete this project.
In Silhouette Studio open your .jpg or .png logo file (or other picture you want to use) – Click on File in the upper left corner, then open, and then browse to where your file is saved (you may need to change your File Type at the bottom of the open screen to see the file). This will open your logo into the Silhouette program. Next, open the Trace Window (either by going to Object – Trace; or by clicking the Trace icon from the tool bar.) From the trace menu, click on Select Trace Area.
Then Select the image you want to trace by clicking above the top left corner of the image and dragging your mouse down to the bottom right to draw a box around your image. This will create yellow lines that will become cut lines.
To just get the overall shape to cut, click on Trace Outer Edge from the Trace Menu. This will remove the yellow lines, and turn the outer edge red – which is the cut line.
At this point, the red cut line and your image are two separate items. So you can move your image out of the cut line by clicking on it and dragging it.
Here I resized the image to make it a bit smaller by hovering over the lower right corner until the mouse arrow turned into a black arrow, and then I clicked and dragged my mouse toward the upper left corner until the image became the size I wanted. Then I moved the image back into the red cut line.
Then I selected both items by clicking above the top left corner and dragging my mouse down below the lower right corner to where it will place a box around them. Then to make the two items into one, click on the top menu Object – Group.
This will group the cut line and the image into one item, so you can move it around or resize it. To print the tags, go to the Page Tools Window and change the paper settings to letter.
Then click on the open the Registration Marks Window and click on Show Reg Marks, and reduce the Reg Mark Margins to .395.
The registration marks are what the Silhouette uses to line up the printed page to cut correctly. So now you can resize your image and copy it (simply right click the image and select copy, then right click and select paste) to fill up the page.
You can rotate the image using your mouse on the green dot above the image to be able to fit more items on a page.
Once you have the page filled, send it to your printer (either by clicking the printer icon, or File – Print).
The three marks that print out are the registration marks that tell the Silhouette where to begin cutting so the images line up with the cuts. My printer has messed up these lines a couple times, and I had to re-print the page. Then place the page on your cutting mat.
Open the Silhouette Cut Settings Window, and select the correct paper and adjust your blade accordingly.
Insert your mat, and let your Silhouette go to work.
Now you have custom shape tags.