One of my very favorite features of my Silhouette is that I can create my own cut files. I’ve found that an easy way to do this is by using images from free printable coloring pages. If you have kids (or are just a big kid yourself) this can be a lifesaver since you can customize everything with their favorite characters. Now, I’d like to point out that any licensed images should only be created for personal use. Anything else just isn’t right. PSA over… now on with the fun!
First you have to find the image you want. I have a great list of printable coloring pages here. You can also do a search for “character name coloring page”. I’ve never had a problem finding what I need with a little help from Google.
When browsing, try to find high quality images with clean lines. Simpler is better in this case. This image of Flounder was exactly what I was looking for. The quality is great with just enough details. Save the image to your computer.
Open up Silhouette Studio. Find the coloring page image by clicking on “File” and then “Open”. Click on the image you saved and it should open in a new tab.
Now open the trace window. Click on “select trace area” and draw a box around the image. Adjust the filters until the lines are filled in with yellow. Every image is different so you’ll have to pay around with it to find just the right combo. Select “trace”.
Separate the image you opened from the lines you just created and you should end up with a cutable image.
To save it just go to “File” > “Save As” > and then “Save to Library”. You can now find it in your library under “my own designs”.
Do you want to know how I turn these images into colorful layered vinyl designs? Be sure to check out my full tutorial here…