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Silhouette Boot Camp: 20+ Mini-Lessons on How to Use Your Silhouette CAMEO

If you are new to owning a Silhouette CAMEO or just want to learn more about how to use the Silhouette Studio software to create your own unique designs and projects, then this series is for YOU!  Silhouette Boot Camp will share a short tutorial each week on a design function for your Silhouette to help you understand exactly how to use the software to it’s fullest, and enable you to create anything you can dream up with your machine!

Silhouette Boot Camp Lesson 1: File Types to use with your Silhouette CAMEO. Join in for over 20 lessons on the Silhouette Studio software. Perfect for beginners or those who just want to learn to use their machines better!

I am so excited to finally announce Silhouette Boot Camp!  In our Silhouette Inspiration Facebook group there are endless questions and pleas for help on getting started with Silhouette Studio, and understanding exactly how to use all of the powerful design functions that the software gives you.  When I put out a call to the community asking, “What do you not understand about your Silhouette?”  I got hundreds of responses with questions of all types on how to use the machine.

I got to work that very night putting together this series that will take you from the most beginner questions, to pretty advanced functions of the software so that you can really understand how to use it and design anything your creative mind can dream up!  This has been an absolute labor of love to put together, but here is what you can expect from the lessons:

  • Each lesson is a “mini-tutorial.”  This isn’t a huge book, but just a weekly mini lesson on a new feature each week.  It should be quick to read, easy to understand, and help you master the software in little bites each week.
  • Each lesson will have a video.  There are some things that would take me 1000 words to explain, or just 5 seconds to show you!  I know many of you are like me and are visual learners, so you will find a video in each lesson explaining the concept we are discussing that day.
  • Each lesson will have a text explanation.  I love video, and often it helps me get through roadblocks I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do, but sometimes life just isn’t optimal for a video, so each post will also have text to further explore and explain the topic.  That way if you need to scan or quick reference anything, it is all right there in multiple formats.
  • Each lesson has a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.  I have three small kids, so making these lessons, especially the videos, is  a feat in itself!  If these are helpful to you, make sure and pin the post or share it on Facebook, to help me spread the word about my site.  Also, comments are always encouraging and very appreciated!

So what do you need to do to follow along?  It is simple really!  I plan to post a new lesson here on The Pinning Mama each Monday.  You can check back here, or sign up for my Craft Email list, and you will get a notification right in your inbox anytime I post a new lesson or Silhouette freebie!  Also, as I mentioned above, pinning the posts not only helps me, but it also gives you a great spot to bookmark this series so that you can check back whenever you are ready to learn!  This post is the table of contents of sorts, as I will list below all of the planned lessons for the series and then update them with links as they become available-  so bookmark this page!

Silhouette Boot Camp Lesson 1: File Types to use with your Silhouette CAMEO. Join in for over 20 lessons on the Silhouette Studio software. Perfect for beginners or those who just want to learn to use their machines better!

Silhouette Bootcamp – 20+ Lessons on How to Use Your Silhouette CAMEO!

Here is what you can expect to see in the series.  Posts that have been published will be linked below.  If a post is not linked, then it has not been published yet.  Check back, or sign up for my email list, as a new lesson will come out each week! Also, even though I say Silhouette CAMEO below, almost all of these tutorials are applicable to Silhouette Portrait, Curio, and Mint as well since they all run off of the same Silhouette Studio software.

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***If you have a burning question you don’t see a lesson on below, please leave me a comment so I will know the things you want to learn as I plan the next tutorials for The Pinning Mama.

Silhouette Boot Camp – Lesson Schedule

  1. File Types you can use with your Silhouette CAMEO and how to use them.
  2. What are Compound Path, Group, and Ungroup functions and how to use them in Silhouette Studio.
  3. What is Convert to path and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  4. What is Crop and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  5. What is Divide and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  6. What is Intersect and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  7. What is Subtract and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  8. What is Subtract All and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  9. What is Weld and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  10. Review- Silhouette Studio Modify Panel
  11. What is Scale/ Shear and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  12. What is Kerning and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  13. What is Nesting and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  14. What are Nodes and how to use them in Silhouette Studio.
  15. What is the Align feature and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  16. What is Replicate and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  17. What is Offset and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  18. What is Trace and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  19. hat is Fill/ Gradient and how to use it in Silhouette Studio.
  20. How to use Page Set Up in Silhouette Studio
  21. Cut lines Explanation and Types
  22. Over cut Explanation
  23. Silhouette Software Editions Overview

Remember, these are just mini, bite-sized lessons each week so that you can continue to learn and sharpen your skills with your Silhouette each week.  This schedule is not binding, and may change and flux some, but I wanted you to be able to see the things that I have planned so far!  Again, don’t forget to pin this, and make sure to sign up for the emails so that you don’t miss a lesson!  I’ll see you next week for Lesson 1!

Silhouette Boot Camp Lesson 1: File Types to use with your Silhouette CAMEO. Join in for over 20 lessons on the Silhouette Studio software. Perfect for beginners or those who just want to learn to use their machines better!

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  1. Melissa Stracener says

    Thank you thank you thank you! I need this so much. There is so much potential in my silhouette that goes unused because I simply don’t know what to do. I am looking forward to everything you plan to cover! I know it takes a great deal of time and effort, so know it does not go unappreciated!

    • says

      Thank you so much Melissa! This is a lot of work but a lot of fun too! I really have a heart for teaching. I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  2. Patricia says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have had my cameo for quite some time but really need help as I don’t fully understand it! This Boot Camp sounds ideal and exactly what I need. I’ll say it again…Thank you.

    • says

      You are so welcome Patricia! I am so glad to hear that you think it will be helpful! That is exactly what I am hoping for. I am actually learning a lot along the way as I am deep diving into each topic and I can’t wait to share it all!

  3. Lynne Elliott says

    I have only had my silhouette for a month and I am looking forward to learning how to use the program better than my limited knowledge allows.

    Lynne

  4. Jodi Fisher says

    my new camo 3 should be here in a few days and while I’m so excited I’m also nervous I wouldn’t be successful in making the beautiful items made on the FB group I’m involved with. Your announcement couldn’t come at a better time!!
    Thank you so much!!!
    Jodi

  5. says

    THANK YOU FOR THIS ESPECIALLY WITH THREE SMALL KIDDOS, i REMEMBER THOSE DAYS, LONG SINCE PAST SO i AM READY TO LEARN ABOUT MY SILHOUETTE, SO THANKS ALOT FOR DOING THIS IT WILL BE SOOO APPRECIATED!!

  6. Stephanie S. says

    Help me understand why when I ungroup and a cut has dash marls it does not go with the full cut? Driving me crazy. Thank you,

  7. Lauren says

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make these amazing videos! By far this is the easiest to understand set of tutorials I have found. I can’t wait to learn more!

  8. Kerry Flowers says

    I can’t find a video on making the circle monograms that I can actually figure out. Any tips or suggestions? Thank you! Looking forward to lots of lessons! Also, will you be doing a heatpress video?

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