Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Silhouette Studio Grid

I do love my new Silhouette Cameo.  It cuts so precisely and there are tons of great images to choose from in the Silhouette store.  The software has tons of features.  There is one thing missing though that has had me wondering from the beginning.  Why?

There are no indications on the Studio software for measurements.  I want to match up where my elements are to cut with where the paper is on the mat as I often use several small pieces of papers and cut several items at the same time.  There are marks on the actual cutting mat but not the one on the screen.

I understand the designer addition has a ruler but I don't want to upgrade at this time.  I'm using the free software anyone can download from the Silhouette site.

So I created my own grid markings and I'm sharing them with you.  (ETA: These are the numbers going around the outside.  The lines are part of the Grid option on the software.) The numbers are in a Studio file.  They will not print or cut on the Cameo.  They are just to help us see where we are on the mat.  Here is what the file looks like when loaded.

Download the file here:

Silhouette Studio File - Grid Markings

This video has instructions on downloading and adding the file to Studio.

For the video, I'm doing a trial of SnagIt software which allowed me to capture my work on the computer for video.  I combined it with some images in Movie Maker.  There is a little volume drop I'll have to work on.  There are a few other issues so I'm still shopping for a good, inexpensive software for this type of thing.

So I hope you find this helpful.  If you haven't already, be sure to put your name in for a chance at the giveaway in yesterday's blog post.  Some fun summer product for a lucky winner.


  1. I'm so sorry to break this to you now that you went to all that work, but the software does have a Grid option - on the top menus click view, and you should have "Hide Grid" (not the one you want!) and "Grid Options" where you can chose the grid size and even divisions - so you can have a one inch grid with a lighter line showing 1/2 or 1/4 inch. You can change the line color and some other stuff.

    But man! I totally applaud your ingenuity with creating your own grid! And, I absolutely love your YouTube videos! :)

    1. I have the grid turned on. What I created were the numbers going around the outside. That's what I was referring to as 'markings.' I suppose I should have just said numbers or labels. Anyway, I haven't found any way to get the numbers on there without doing it myself. Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you like the videos!

    2. Aaah! Gotcha! I have the DE, and I forget the differences. Now I'm really, really impressed with your ingenuity!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this, Lisa! I find it difficult at times not having the numbers there. This is so helpful!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this file with all of us. I was getting tired of counting ;)


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