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How to Make and Edit Shapes in Silhouette Studio


Did you know you can use the drawing tools to make and edit shapes in Silhouette Studio? To get started, open Silhouette Studio and create a new canvas by going to File > New or use the shortcut Ctrl + N.

 

Choose a Drawing Tool


Click on the Drawing Tools icon in the left toolbar.

 

Silhouette Studio Drawing Tools

 

Click to create one of four shapes: rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, and regular polygon.

 

Drawing Tools RectangleDrawing Tools Rounded Rectangle

Drawing Tools EllipseDrawing Tools Regular Polygon

 

Drawing different Shapes


Draw a Rectangle Tool


The Draw a Rectangle tool allows you to draw a rectangle by clicking and moving the cursor diagonally. You can also draw a square by holding down the shift key while clicking and moving the cursor diagonally.

 

Silhouette Studio Draw a Square

 

Draw a Rounded Rectangle Tool


The Draw a Rounded Rectangle tool allows you to create rounded rectangles and rounded squares by drawing the rectangle or square. Then you can adjust how rounded the corners are by adjusting the red dots. Adjust each side individually by clicking and dragging each dot. To adjust the corner symmetrically, hold down the shift key and click and move one dot and the other will adjust as well.

 

Silhouette Studio Draw a Rounded Square

 

Draw an Ellipse Tool


The Draw an Ellipse tool allows you to create ellipses or circles. Draw an ellipse by clicking and moving the cursor diagonally. Draw a circle by holding down the shift key while clicking and moving the cursor diagonally.

 

Silhouette Studio Draw a Circle

 

Draw a Polygon Tool


The Draw a Regular Polygon tool allows you to create many-sided polygons. By default a 5-sided polygon will be created. Click and drag the slider in the middle of the polygon to decrease or increase the number of sides on the polygon.

 

Silhouette Studio Draw a Polygon

 

Resize Shapes in Silhouette Studio


Step 1 - Click on the Select tool (mouse cursor icon at top of left toolbar).


 

Silhouette Studio Select Tool



Step 2 - Click and drag one of the white, square dots to adjust the size.


Click and drag the left-middle or right-middle dot to adjust only the width. Click and drag the top-middle or bottom-middle dot to adjust only the height. Click and drag a corner dot to adjust both the width and height.

To keep the same proportions while resizing, hold the shift key down while clicking and dragging a corner dot.

 

Mirror Shapes in Silhouette Studio


Select a shape, then go to Objects > Mirror. Choose to either flip horizontally or flip vertically.

 

Silhouette Studio Mirror

 

Arrange Shapes in Silhouette Studio


Arranging shapes is useful with multiple shapes and want to layer them differently. Select a shape, then go to Objects > Arrange. There are 6 options:

Bring to Front


(shortcut Ctrl + Shift +]) This will move the selected shape in front of all other objects on the canvas.

Bring to Back


(shortcut Ctrl + Shift +[) This will move the selected shape to be behind all other objects on the canvas.

Bring Forward


(shortcut Ctrl +]) If there are more than 2 objects on the canvas, this will move the selected shape one level closer to the front. Click this multiple times to continue to move the shape up one more level.

Bring to Back


(shortcut Ctrl +[) If there are more than 2 objects on the canvas, this will move the selected shape one level away from the front. Click this multiple times to continue to move the shape down one more level.

Bring to Front of Layer 


When working in multiple layers, this will move the selected shape in front of all other objects in its own layer.

Bring to Back of Layer


When working in multiple layers, this will move the selected shape to be behind all other objects in it’s own layer. Learn more about the Silhouette Studio Layers Panel.

 

Silhouette Studio Arrange

 

Align Shapes in Silhouette Studio


Select a shape, then go to Objects > Align. There are many options to choose from:

 

Silhouette Studio Align

 

Align Center-Middle 


Moves selected shape to the center of the canvas


 

Silhouette Studio Align Center-Middle

 

Align Left


Moves selected shape horizontally to the left of the canvas (no vertical movement).

Align Center


Moves selected shape horizontally to the center of the canvas (no vertical movement).

Align Right


Moves selected shape horizontally to the right of the canvas (no vertical movement).

Align Top


Moves selected shape vertically to the top of the canvas (no horizontal movement).

Align Middle


Moves selected shape vertically to the center of the canvas (no horizontal movement).

Align Bottom


Moves selected shape vertically to the bottom of the canvas (no horizontal movement).

Center to Page


Moves the shape the same way as choosing align center-middle.


 


If the canvas has 3 or more objects (shapes) selected, the spacing tools will be available.

Space Horizontally


Adjusts the objects so they are evenly spaced horizontally based on the center of each shape.


 

Silhouette Studio Space Horizontally

 

Space Vertically


Adjusts the objects so they are evenly spaced horizontally based on the center of each shape.


 

Silhouette Studio Space Vertically

 

To learn more about all the features Silhouette Studio has to offer, check out our other Silhouette Tutorials.

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