I just bought the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software. It has some cool upgrades from the regular version. My favorite thing is being able to import .svg files because I had a lot of them I needed to import. The coolest thing (to me) is the pattern knife function. You can check that out here. I was going to buy the Silhouette Designer software from Expressions Vinyl because they had a lower price on it than anywhere else, but I needed it right away and they were out of them at the time. You might want to check there for a good price. I ended up downloading the software by going through the “Help” menu on my regular Silhouette software.
Here’s how to import .svg files into the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software
From the “File” menu choose “Import to my Library”.
Choose the folder where you’ve saved your .svg’s. I had created a file for .svg’s of Lori Whitlock’s designs. You can download Lori’s designs from Silhouette or her shop. Then use the drop-down menu to choose the .svg extension. That will show all of the .svg files in the folder you chose.
Now I can see all the .svg files in my folder. From the .svg list let’s import the file called LW-Gingerbread House-Green.svg. I clicked that file and when it showed up in “File name” where the arrows are pointing I clicked “OK”.
After I clicked “OK” in the previous screen this is what showed up. You can see that the LW-Gingerbread House-Green.svg is now next to “Filename” in the pop up box. You can add keywords to help you locate your file. I added “Christmas”. Next I clicked the + sign so I could add another word. I chose to add “Gingerbread House” as my next keyword. Add any other pertinent information that you’d like. I wanted to know which files are specifically Lori’s so I added her name in the “Artist” field. Now click “OK”.
TA DA! There’s the LW-Gingerbread House-Green on the right hand side. However, it’s showing up under a folder called “My Own Designs”. I want to move it to a folder showing only Lori’s work. That’s easy! I just click the file on the right and drag and drop it into the folder I created for Lori. See the next image.
Not only do I have a folder just for Lori’s work, I created a subcategory especially for the Gingerbread files because there are several of them. Just right click on a white folder to create, delete or rename a folder. The grey colored folders cannot be added, deleted or renamed. Remember, just drag and drop your files where you’d like them.
After you have your files where you want them, simply double click the image to bring it onto the mat. Then you can get started with your project! YAY!