How to Weld Letters With the Silhouette Machine

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Silhouette is a precision paper-cutting machine that connects to your computer to make embellishments for scrapbooks and other craft designs. With the Silhouette machine, crafters are able to create personalized nameplates in any font that is in the word processing software on your computer. Thousands of free fonts are available for download online, so the possibilities are endless. When using the Silhouette, you many not want each letter cut separately --- the program allows shapes and letters to be "welded" to form complete words instead of just individual letters.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Silhouette machine
  • Paper
  • Select the text button from the left-hand toolbar and select the font you wish to use. Fonts that are scripts work better when welded, as they are already close to cursive writing.

  • Click on the area where you would like to begin your text.

  • Type the letters or words that you want to weld together.

  • Size the words to whatever size you want them, and select the entire word as a group. Click and drag a box to contain the entire word. Looking at the word, you can see after each letter a line. This is the cut line --- the line that the Silhouette machine will cut.

  • Select the button that says "Weld shapes." Before, each letter would have been cut individually, but now the cut lines are gone, and the word will be cut into one continuous shape.

Tips & Warnings

  • Non-script font can also be used. In the menu, adjust the "character spacing" so that the letters are touching, allowing them to be welded together.

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