To do this, I used the trace feature within Silhouette Studio. First I googled the Mississippi State logo, copied it and saved it to my computer. (Disclaimer – the Mississippi State logo is trademarked and copying it is illegal. I am not selling this or making any profit from it – it is for my personal use. This tutorial is not meant to teach you to do illegal things; I am just using this as an example for you to use the trace feature on perfectly legal images.)
In Silhouette Studio open your .jpg or .png image file – 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 image 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.
In my last trace tutorial, I just used Trace Outer Edge. However, if we did that here, we would not get the letters STATE. So here we need to click Trace. This will remove the yellow lines, and turn them red – which will be the cut lines.
At this point, the red cut lines 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 larger so it would be easier to work with by hovering over the lower right corner until the mouse arrow turned into a black arrow, and then I clicked and dragged my mouse out until the image became the size I wanted.
Here you can see that there are extra lines that we don’t want. In order to delete the extra lines you will need to use the Delete Point feature in Point Editing. To do this click on the point editing button to show the points.
Then click on the first section of line you want to delete, and then click delete point.
Once that section is deleted, it will automatically move to the next connected section.
Continue clicking delete point until all lines in that section are deleted. Then click on a new section and once again click delete point.
Continue selecting points and clicking delete point until all the extra lines are deleted. You may need to remove the points from view to make sure you have deleted all the lines. In my picture, there were two sections around the S that needed to be deleted.
However, when the points were showing, it was very hard to determine which points needed to go and which needed to stay.
So I enlarged the picture so that I could see this section better.
And then selected the points and deleted them.
Then my design was ready.
For the monogram on the front of the shirt, I wanted the monogram inside the shape of the state of Mississippi. So from the Silhouette store, I purchased a Mississippi shape, and opened it in studio.
It had the word Mississippi in the shape along with a star for the capital, but I did not want these in my design. So to remove them, I selected the image and then clicked object – ungroup. This separated each of the images so I could then delete the word and star.
Next I typed my monogram – for this I used the Circle Monogram font by Harold’s Fonts that I purchased from Font Bros. You can purchase the fonts individually, but Harold’s Fonts has several monogram fonts, and they sell a collection so you can get all of them for less than purchasing them individually.
Then I moved the monogram into the state shape and sized it to fit the shape.
Then I selected the images and grouped them so it would become one image that I could then resize. Then I sized both the monogram and M State images to the size I wanted, and flipped them horizontally so they would cut correctly on the heat transfer vinyl.