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How to Use AutoTrace Feature in Silhouette Studio

AutoTrace is a new function in Silhouette Studio 4.4 that will automatically show your cut lines for any PNG that is transparent.

If you are a visual learner, this video is a great reference on how to use the auto trace feature. Find written instructions below.



 

In this tutorial we will teach you how to use the auto trace feature and how to turn it off, it you prefer to not use it. We are using an American Flag Heart PNG design from our Plus Hub.

 

Step 1 - Make sure you have 4.4 Silhouette software.


You can check or upgrade to 4.4 by going to silhouetteamerica.com and selecting Software > Desktop Software > Legacy Version > 4.4

 

4.4 software autotrace silhouette studio

 

Step 2 - Open your "PNG."


Inside silhouette studio, select "file" and "open." Browse to find your PNG. Once selected, select open. Make sure the PNG you open, has a transparent background.

 

open a png in silhouette studio 4.4

 

select a PNG and open in silhouette studio

 

Step 3 - Check trace lines.


You should immediately see red trace lines around the outside of the image and the areas it is transparent.

 

autotrace lines in silhouette studio

 

Step 4- Resize image.


Resize the image to fit in the cut board by "selecting" the image and dragging the corner up.

 

resize a png in silhouette studio

 

Step 5- Send to cut.


Select "send" in the top right corner. This will allow clearer trace lines to be shown.

 

autotrace lines in silhouette studio

 

Step 6 - Turn off auto trace in the cut screen.


If you don't want the trace lines, it is easy to turn off. While in the "send" option, simply select "no cut."

 

cut off autotrace lines in silhouette studio

 

Step 7 - Turn off auto trace in the design screen.


If you step back to the design screen by selecting "design" in the top right corner, you will see the lines are still there. You easily cut them off by selecting your image and then changing the "outline color" to no outline.

 

turn off autotrace in silhouette studio

 

If you liked this tutorial make sure to check out our other beginner Silhouette tutorials such as how to use digital papers and how to make a print and cut.

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