How to Use Silhouette PixScan | A simple tutorial for how to use the Silhouette PixScan Mat and Technology. There are so many awesome uses for PixScan and it’s much easier to use than you might think!
Hi crafty friends! It’s Dawn from Dawn Nicole Designs here with you today! I have a confession. I’ve had the PixScan Mat since it very first came out. That means it took me over a year to get brave enough to try it. And of course, it’s so much easier than I’d feared. If you’ve been putting it off like I did, I want to show you just how easy it is to use. And then you’ll be hooked like me!
To show you how to use it, we’re going to do a simple project: Creating a set of Canning Jar Gift Labels.
Let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Silhouette CAMEO
- PixScan Mat
- Cardstock or White Stick Paper
- Canning/Mason Jar Labels (download the set I created here)
Step One: Print the Labels and trim down to about an 8×10 size. Place on your PixScan Mat and take a photo with your phone or camera. (Use the standard photo size, not square).
Step Two: Email the photo to yourself and save it to your computer desktop. Open Silhouette Studio and go to File>Open PixScan Image. In the PixScan window, choose Import from File and select the photo from your desktop. Silhouette Studio will import it and calibrate the image.
Step Three: Open the trace window and Select Trace Area. Select the area around all the labels and play with the high pass filer to get the entire label edges yellow. The trace method you want to apply for these is Trace Outer Edge. You may need to select the traced area, release the compound path (Object>Release Compound Path), and delete any extra areas it traced. (More on this in the coming video).
Step Four: Open the cut settings window and make sure the edge of each label is set to Cut Edge, as indicated by a thick red cut line.
If you’re a visual learner, I’ve put together a short video to show you the above steps live.
Step Five: Insert PixScan mat into your Silhouette machine (the labels should be stuck to it still). Select the material you are using in the cut settings window. I used white cardstock. Adjust blade level as needed and let your machine go to work doing the cutting!
Now that you’ve seen how easy it is, will you be using the PixScan Mat anytime soon?
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Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind Dawn Nicole Designs. She is an Air Force Wife and mom of 3 who believes that kindness changes everything. While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating.
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