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How to use a PNG file in the Silhouette Alta software

Posted on 11th October 2018
1- Open Silhouette Studio software (free edition) Click on open file.


2- Select the PNG you would like to use.


3- Select your PNG and then click on the trace icon. We need to trace the image as when you use a PNG file there are no cut lines. In the Silhouette studio software we can trace and make cut lines that will work in the silhouette alta software.



4- Trace the image. When tracing the PNG to use in the Silhouette alta, we will need several layers so the software can create a 3D model of a flat design. This trace will be the base of the design.


5- Remove any parts of the design by ungrouping the parts.


6- Fill with colour so you can reproduce the design with cut lines and will know which part is which and where it needs to go. I am using a PNG from the cupcake graphics and illustrations bundle from designbundles.net


7- Repeat the above process of tracing all the different parts of the PNG.


8- Colour the individual parts that you trace.


9- If you would like to have a raised part and then a border. (for eg if you want an edge so you can hand paint your design) you can use the internal offset icon to create a border.


10- Create and borders you would like on your design. I am creating 2 with the icing on the donut so i can paint the inside of it with acrylic paint.


11-Once you have traced every part of the PNG select everything and group.


12- Resize the design to the size you would like in your 3D software. then save as a studio file.


13- Open the silhouette alta software. Click on the open folder icon.


14- Select your silhouette studio file and open.


15- Click on Extrusion.


16- Your flat PNG file will now be a 3D file ready to print.


17 - Click on the 3D print file to print.


18-Once printed you can see below that you can now paint the design. If you have a silhouette cameo you can even us the design that you first created to cut vinyl pieces to place on the 3D print ed object.

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