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Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial – Raster & Vector Images : What’s the Difference? (Video)

Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial – Raster & Vector Images : What's the Difference? (Video)

Raster vs. vector images – what’s the difference? In this video in my Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial Series, I’ll explain the differences between the two categories of image files and why you would want to use each for printing and cutting.

Here’s a summary of what’s covered in the video:

Raster Images (file types : PNG // JPG // GIF // BMP // TIFF)

  • Resolution Dependent : resolution and file dimensions dictate the maximum size of the image, and you can usually scale the image down without problems but have very limited flexibility if you need to scale the image up.
  • Common Resolutions : 72 dpi / ppi (low resolution / web resolution) and 300 dpi / ppi (high resolution / print resolution)
  • Why Use : raster graphics are capable of rendering complex images with lots of detail, and pretty much any photograph or image that you see with that level of detail is a raster graphic. Also, these images can have lots of texture, soft gradients of color, and itty bitty small details, which make them more visually interesting. Raster file sizes are larger, but raster graphics are much stronger when it comes to the small details than vector images.

Vector Images (file types : SVG // STUDIO // GSD // DXF // PDF // AI // EPS // CDR)

  • Resolution Independent : while raster images are made from individual pixels, vector images are made up of paths, each of which has a fancy mathematical formula associated with it that tells the path how it’s shaped and what fill color and / or stroke weight and color it has. No matter how small or large you make a vector graphic, the mathematical equation will remain the same, so vector graphics can be scaled to any size without losing quality.
  • Can Be Saved As Raster Files : you can save a vector file as a raster file. For example, you can save an SVG as a PNG or a JPEG, but if you do this, the resulting file will be resolution dependent and won’t be able to be scaled to a size that’s larger than the size that you save it as without losing image quality. Raster files, on the other hand, cannot be saved as true vector files. They can be embedded in vector files, but they won’t actually be vector files.
  • Why Use : the big plus with vector images is their scalability. Their file sizes tend to be smaller, which is a plus, but they tend to have large areas of flat color, as opposed to lots of texture and color. You can recolor vector graphics in Silhouette Studio, which is another plus.

Check out the video below to find out more about the differences between raster and vector images:

Silhouette Print and Cut Tutorial – Page Setup & Registration Marks (Video)

Silhouette Print & Cut Tutorial - Page Setup & Registration Marks (Video)

The print and cut feature of Silhouette digital die cutting machines is what first attracted me to them years ago, and I love all of the options that this feature offers, especially if you’re into stickers, card making, and paper crafts.

This video is the first in a series of print and cut tutorial videos that will take you through beginner level through more advanced techniques using print & cut. In this first video, I’ll show you, step-by-step, how to set up your page for printing and cutting, and I’ll show you the options that are available for setting up registration marks.

I’m using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition in these videos, but most everything that I’m doing is available in the free version of Silhouette Studio, so you can follow along and become a print & cut pro over the next several weeks!

Check out the print and cut tutorial video below:

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Layered Stencils (Video)

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : How to Make Layered Stencils (Video)

I love making stencils with my Silhouette Cameo, and in the video below I’ll show you how easy it is to design layered stencils from a single layer cut file in Silhouette Studio 4.1. It’s just as easy to created a stencil with 10 layers as it is to create one with 2 layers. A registration mark or marks are the key, and they allow you to perfectly line up each layer to create stenciled designs that can be as simple or complex as your heart desires.

After we create our layered stencil, we’ll use it to make the pretty, stenciled background for the card above. One of the big bonuses of cutting your own stencils is that you sometimes end up with a bunch of super pretty die cuts that you can use as embellishments for projects. I used a few of the leaves from the leaf layer of the stencil to embellish around the sentiment on this card.

Watch the Silhouette Studio tutorial below, and learn how easy it is to make layered stencils for card making and other projects:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Leaves & Berries Stencil Cut Files

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition
Grafix Matte Dura-Lar .005

For the Card

Milled Lavender Distress Ink Pad Mini
Seedless Preserves Distress Ink Pad Mini
Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
foam daubers (similar to what I used)
Pretty Pink Posh Thoughtful Greetings Stamp Set
Post-it Tape, 1 Inch
Scotch Removable Double Sided Tape
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 Inch
painter’s tape
a non-stick craft mat

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