how to create an svg file from illustrator

how to create an svg file for your silhouette die cut machine. I don’t know how to do it for any other machine but I assume it’s similar.

create your artwork. doesn’t matter what color it is. I suggest you keep it fairly simple at first.

okay so here’s a clock.

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here’s a close up. see, it’s just one shape.

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select all, then ungroup.

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ungroup until the ungroup option is grey, indicating that it is fully ungrouped.

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then to go file > export

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and then in the little pull down menu, choose dxf.

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I never change these export options. this is the default setting.

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now go to  the silhouette studio software, go to your library and choose file > import to library.

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go choose your dxf file. I never fill out these things either. I’m lazy.

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look! there’s my clock! alphabetically next to cat.

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double click it, there it is on the cut document. cool.

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now fonts need an extra step. type out your word. then select it and choose type > create outlines.

 

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remember to ungroup it before exporting!

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and there it is in studio!

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p.s. the clock is from a dingbat font called wmsymbols and the “arleigh” is in duality font.

 

15. May 2014 by arleigh
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