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File Types: Using .DXF .JPG .PNG .EPS and .SVG in Silhouette Studio {Silhouette Boot Camp Lesson 1}

A complete guide to the file types commonly used to design for your Silhouette CAMEO.  Covering how the Silhouette Studio software works with .Studio3, .SVG, .DXF, .EPS, .PNG, and .JPG and how to use them.  Also included, a free printable quick reference chart for all the file types discussed!

Everything you need to know about using files with your Silhouette CAMEO including a Free Printable File Reference Chart - Download this to have a quick guide on which file types work in Silhouette Studio

Welcome to Lesson 1 in the Silhouette Boot Camp.  This boot camp is all about better understanding the terminology in the software and how to really, REALLY use it well to create and modify designs to make them exactly the way you want them.  My goal is to alleviate the frustration you can feel when you are new to the software and don’t exactly understand how to do all the things you know it can do, by helping you understand all of the terms and functions in the software through short and simple lessons.

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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One of the first things to understand about using your Silhouette is what type of files you can design with, but it is also one of the most easily overlooked.  Today we are going to cover all of the different file types you might encounter.  We will talk about which ones work with which software platform and how to use each one.  As always, if you have more questions, make sure to leave them in the comments I read every one and try to answer as many as I can!

Compatible File Types for Silhouette CAMEO - Grab the free printable reference chart file for files that work in Silhouette Studio

Cut Ready File Formats for Silhouette Studio- .DXF, .EPS, .Studio3, and .SVG

.Studio3 File Format– Studio3 as well as .studio are exclusive file formats created and used exclusively with the silhouette software. These files will be ready to cut as soon as you open them in ALL software versions.  You can buy these files in the Silhouette Store, sometimes find them for free on blogs {see my list of my favorite blogs that have free Silhouette files here,} and if you create your own design in Silhouette Studio, you can save them on your computer as .studio3 files.

DXF File Format– {DXF= Drawing Exchange Format} This format is widely used in Autocad software, but can also be used with your Silhouette. This is a cut ready file, meaning that when you open it the design will have cut lines already on it, that can be used in the free basic Silhouette Studio software. You will be able to ungroup and/or released compound to be able to move the individual pieces around with this file.

Important note: Once you have opened this file up in your software you will need to select the design  and turn your cut lines on (see video for more details.)  If you just open the file and send to machine it will not cut, the cut lines must be turned on first.

SVG File Format– {SVG= Scalable Vector Graphics} This is a vector format created in advanced graphics programs like Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or Inkscape. The .SVG file format is only readable in Designer edition and Business edition of the Silhouette Studio software and will not work in the basic edition.  This format is pretty widely distributed on Etsy and even for free on many websites {see my favorite places to grab free SVG files here,} so make sure that you have the designer edition if you purchase or download this type of file in order to use it.  Like the DXF file format, it is cut ready and you will be able to ungroup or release compound to break apart your graphic to be able to cut in different colors and placements.

Important note:  Once you have opened this file up in your software you will need to select the design  and turn your cut lines on (see video for more details.)  If you just open the file and send to machine it will not cut, the cut lines must be turned on first.

.EPS File Format – {EPS= Encapsulated Postscript} This format is created in graphic software like Adobe Illustrator and is an advanced vector based image. You must have Business edition Silhouette Studio software to open and use these files. This image will be able to be ungrouped or released compound to be able to move the individual pieces around. Unlike the DXF and SVG, most often cut lines are on when these files are opened with the software, but could require you to turn them on to use them.

Other Compatible File Formats for Silhouette Studio {.JPG & .PNG}

Unlike the advanced file formats listed above, both of the file types listed below are image files.  Although they are compatible with the software and can be opened in Silhouette Studio, they will not provide any cut lines.  These are still very useful for designing since you can use the trace function to trace an image to cut around it, or add images to tags, banners, cupcake toppers, labels, etc. you might be creating by using print and cut.

Difference between .JPG and .PNG for crafts with your Silhouette CAMEO - Grab the free printable reference chart file for files that work in Silhouette Studio

.JPEG File Format– {JPEG= Joint Photographic Experts Group} this format is the standard format you will find photos and clip art in. IMPORTANT: This format is a flat image that will require you to trace your image or place it inside a shape in order to make it a cut file. One of the most popular functions for this file format is Print and Cut, although if your image is going on a background that is not white,  it can be more difficult to work with than a .PNG (see below.)

All versions of the Silhouette Studio software will open a .jpeg image.

.PNG File Format– {PNG=Portable Network Graphics} is an image with a transparent background (ie you won’t see a white square around the clip art if you paste it on a colored background, only the clip art with a transparent background around it) most popularly used for watermarks. IMPORTANT: This format is a flat image that will require you to trace your image or place it inside a shape in order to make it a cut file.  These are my preferred file type for print and cut since only the clip art retains color and the background is transparent so they can be placed anywhere in a design.

All versions of the Silhouette Studio software will open a .png image.

Free Printable Silhouette Studio Compatible File Types Chart

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Free Printable File Reference Chart - Download this to have a quick guide on which file types work in Silhouette Studio

Download your free printable Silhouette Studio Compatible File Types Reference Chart here!

Types of Files that work with your Silhouette CAMEO - Grab the free printable reference chart file for files that work in Silhouette Studio

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  1. Connie Gatewood says

    Kimber, thank you so much for taking the time to make these extremely helpful videos. I look forward to watching all of them.

  2. Nancy Sue says

    Great information–thanks so much for sharing it for free! One thing–I can’t open where it says “see my favorite places for free files here”. There isn’t a link to click. Thanks again!!

    • says

      Hi Monika- I am planning to make them available in sets as a pdf but don’t have everything put together quite yet. Good to know that it would be helpful!

  3. Joan M says

    I’m new to all this so I cannot thank you enough for the tutorials, etc. QUESTION – if someone has designer edition software, should they download a file in STUDIO3 or SVG format? Just wondering if there’s a benefit to one over the other.

    • says

      Hi Joan- I always think that if studio3 is an option it’s a great one! It is native to the platform so cutlines are ready and it should be as ready yo go as possible. The benefit of .svg is that it is a widely recognized file format so if you ever switch to another kind of machine or want to use more advanced design software you would be able to open it in those too. Hope that helps!

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