Monday, February 16, 2009

NEW SILHOUETTE SOFTWARE ROCKS!!


...the new Silhouette software is up and running. I cut this title the day I installed the new software onto my computer. It is very easy to work with and does amazing things. I've only had a little bit of time to work with it, but have thought of endless possibilities with the new features.

Check out this layout - I created a welded star border, then added a shadow. It certainly adds some interest to an otherwise simple layout:



Here are some general software tips that I have discovered so far:
WELDING TITLES:
To weld a title, type your text as you normally would for script fonts or other fonts that join together when typed. If you want the letters to be closer together, adjust the space from 0 to a negative number to make the space between letters smaller.
Then you click on the 'weld' button (looks like a green square and circle overlapping towards the upper right of the screen).Now if you are doing a font with independent letters that you want to join, you should make one text box per letter so you can move them around closer to each other and tilt them if you want to make them funky.
Once you have them placed the way you want, highlight all letters and click the 'group' button. Once grouped, click on the 'weld' button described above.
WELDING SHAPES:
This is easier than titles. Simply add your shapes to the page and connect them at some point. Then group the shapes together by clicking on the 'group' button, and then click the weld button.
A note on welding shapes - if you connect 2 points of a star for example, the weld feature will weld everything between those 2 points - so that you end up with a blob. I asked QK about this issue to see if there was anyway to weld only the connected points, and that is not possible at this time.
SHADOWING:
This works for regular shapes and titles regardless of welding. Simply 'group' what you want to shadow and then copy it so you have 2 of the same shape. When you copy and paste shapes, the copy is placed right on top of the original, so you will need to separate them. Then select one of the copies, click on the 'offset' button which is the green square button with small red arrows in the far right of the screen.
You can select the type of shadow (rounded, mitered, or beveled), and you can also change the amount of offset by adjusting the offset value and miter limit value.
Hope this helps!!




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