Learn how to weld text in Silhouette Design Studio so it cuts as one piece and fix cuts through your vinyl letters.
Learning how to weld letters in Silhouette Studio is one of my favorite features in Silhouette Design Studio, and super helpful when using your own installed fonts in Silhouette Design Studio. When you weld letters in Silhouette Studio, you can use beautiful commercial use fonts to personalize gifts for friends or make beautiful items for yourself.
Are you stumped with having each vinyl letter cut individually? One simple click can help.
In this video tutorial, I show you how to create a whole word that gets cut as one shape, without cut lines in between each letter using calligraphy fonts in Silhouette Design Studio. This is a great Silhouette Cameo Beginner Tutorial.
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I wanted to show you guys a really quick screen recording tutorial today because I’ve seen this come up in a bunch of different groups and it seems to be a question that a lot of people have and that is how to get your letters to look like one word and I’ll show you what I’m talking about.
I’m going to type my name here, Lisette.
When you have a bunch of really cute fonts some of you may have downloaded some like calligraphy fonts or some script fonts. Those when you type them into Silhouette Design Studio, the letters are all individual, so it doesn’t cut them as like one whole word. You get cuts in between each letter. I’m going to show you kind of what I’m talking about with one of these script fonts.
Okay, so here you can see it. When I go ahead and zoom in a little bit, you can see all these little red lines, those would be cut lines. And so what would happen is my vinyl would be cut. These don’t end up being like one entire word.
Why does my text have cut lines in between?
For some people, it’s super frustrating and you can’t figure out why is your vinyl cutting each individual letter. And that’s because the way silhouette design studio interprets it is as individual shapes. So what you want to do is you want to weld this into one complete shape and then we’re gonna make it a compound path to officially make it a shape.
How to Weld Letters Into One Shape
You’re going to click on your word after you type it in. And this little icon right up here is weld selected shapes into one shape, you would hit that.
You see how those cut lines disappear? I’ll go back, see they’re back. So those cut lines everywhere that you see overlapping red lines and like intersecting shapes, that disappears when you weld everything together. And so I’ll do it again so you can see,
See, it makes it all one shape.
Making a Compound Path in Silhouette Design Studio
Now if you don’t make this a compound path, what’s going to happen is see what happens when I move it, my little I, the dot from the I didn’t come with it. It’s because it’s not considered one shape. So, you could do it like this and group it and then everything would move together.
I like to just go ahead and make it a compound path. That way you can resize it, you can go ahead and change your dimensions here. If that’s what you want to do and it will go ahead and all cut as one shape for you.
So, if you are struggling with getting your script letters to all look like one pretty calligraphy shape, this is how you do it.
Again, you’re going to use the weld tool and you can also right click and do it, and if I was gonna not have this be a whole shape, I would release the compound path and it separates all these little shapes that are involved in this one whole word.
I hope that again, that that was helpful. Now you know that you can easily weld your script letters, make them a compound path. Then you have what’s treated just like a normal shape and silhouette studio.
How should text look before cutting?
Actually, what I’ll show you here is if I was going to cut it, I’ve got my cut lines right there and it’s all one really nice shape. So hope that you enjoyed this.
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