How to Print and Cut using the Silhouette Cameo

You’re going to love using the Silhouette Cameo’s Print Cut feature!

Using the Silhouette’s Print/Cut ability opens a ton of new and fun crafting opportunities.  It’s not hard to do once you learn the basics!  By the way, I am using a Cricut mat in my Silhouette Cameo. ;)  It works great!

Import the files you want to use.

Step One: Import the files you want to use.  There’s help for that if you need it, on  my FAQ’s page.  I’m using the Lettering Delights Pandarama 2013 calendar and putting a frame from the Oblong Frames set around it to give it a different shape.  I changed the frame by adding a pattern fill.  Learn to do that here.

Once you have everything laid out the way you like it, it’s time to see if it’s going to cut where you want it to be cut.  Step Two: Select the entire object want to have cut.  With that selected, click on the “Cut Style Window”.  It looks like a pair of scissors.

So this is where it’s going to cut, huh?

The “Cut Style Window” shows you, using a red outline, what will be cut.  Step Three:  Choose from “No Cut, Cut Edge, Cut, Perforate Edge and Perforate” to determine the way you want your lines cut.  Don’t see any cut lines?  You might need to create them.  Click here to learn how to do that.

Your Cameo has to read these marks to know where to cut.

Your Cameo has to read these marks to know where to cut.  Please excuse my misspelling of the word “registration”.  Ugh!

Step Four:  Make sure to click on the registration marks button to add them to your project BEFORE you print it.  Why?  Because these marks are what the Cameo reads to know where to cut.  Without the marks your machine will cut wherever it darn well pleases…or not at all.  Click the “Show Reg Marks” box so you can see them.

Holy cow, can we finally print now? Yep!

If you’re happy with your layout and cut lines it’s time to print!  Step Five:  Click on the “Send to Printer” or “Send to Silhouette” buttons.  I like using the “Send to Silhouette” button when I’m planning to cut right after printing.  That’s what I’m using now.

Ta da!  Printed!

Ta da! Printed!

Step Six: Print.  You can see that my project has just finished printing.  See the registration marks?  Yep.  They’re printed on there just like they should be.

Now that you’ve finished printing you need to cut.  Step Seven:  Put your project on your mat and load it into the Silhouette.  Make sure that you place your project on the mat with the direction of the registration marks lined up like they are on your screen.

Step Eight: Click the “Detect Automatically” link so your Silhouette will look for the registration marks.  You can see that I’ve already done that and I have received the message “Detection of registration marks was successful” just above the #2 in the photo.  Step Nine:  Make sure your current cut settings are the way you need them and then click “CUT”.

I use a Cricut mat in my Cameo because it works better for me.

The Cameo just finished cutting out my calendar!

TA DA!!  A printed and cut project using the Silhouette Cameo.  YAY!

I hope this tutorial helped you!  Be sure to check my FAQ’s page for more help.

Have a Great Day!

Comments

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    says

    Joy, I’m so glad to have found your site! Learning so much more about what I can do with my Cameo! Question – what kind of printer do you use? I’m looking for something new that’s going to print great quality and color. Thanks so much!!

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      says

      Hi Lauren!
      I use the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer. It’s a great printer! It uses separate ink tanks for each color, which helps cut down on ink costs since you can just replace the one you’re out of. It prints 12×12 and has a ton of different settings depending on the project you’re doing. There’s a newer one out now called the Pixma Pro-100. If I were in the market for a new printer, I would try the new Pro-100. I’ve had my printer for a year and have never been disappointed with it. I hope that helps!
      ~Joy~

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    LeShay Reid says

    Hi,

    I tried to use the print and cut feature for the first time, last night without any success. I printed what I wanted to cut, but there were no cut lines. I added cut lines and it didn’t cut correctly. It actually cut a line through my image. Also, do you have to trace the image to cut it out?

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      says

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you so much for that awesome comment! I really appreciate it! Let me know if there is anything I can help you with…and say thanks to your friend for me! :)
      ~Joy~

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    says

    Hi there! I’m so glad I found this tutorial; it’s the best I’ve found on using the Print and Cut feature. I noticed that you used the Cricut mat instead of the Silhouette one. I’ve been having trouble with my Silhouette mat and it being too sticky for the cardstock I’m using. Does using the Cricut mat help with this? I’d appreciate any advice or help you might have. Thanks!

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      says

      Hi Molly!

      I’m so glad that this tutorial helped you! Thanks for letting me know that it did. :) I like using my Cricut mats because they’re stronger than the Silhouette ones, plus I have a bunch of these Cricut ones. LOL! However, when I first start using my Cricut, or any of my other machine mats (Silhouette, Sizzix Eclips, KNK Zing) when I first get them sometimes they are uber sticky. What I suggest is placing your hands on the mat and lifting you hands up, put them back down again and lift. Repeat that until it’s less sticky. Some people will even put a shirt or some fabric on the mat and lift it to remove the stickiness. You have to strike a good balance of making it less sticky and making it not sticky enough. I think mats try and drive us crazy. First they are too sticky, then they are not sticky enough. It’s an endless cycle. LOL! Good luck!

      ~Joy~

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    Debi says

    Hi Joy, I noticed you used the cricut mat, which I do for regular cutting and its always off a bit, any special instructions on using the cameo mat, on print and cut, placement the same?

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    Cathy says

    I am having trouble with it not reading the registry marks and I have to keep pressing it until it does or unload and reload and try it again. Then when it does cut it doesn’t cut properly. Or I create a page. Print. Detect Register. It cuts perfectly. I change some of the wording on the page or save it and come back to print more another time and it increasing the cut in size. Suggestions?

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      says

      Hi Cathy,
      One thing that has worked for me is making sure that there is enough light shining on the front of the machine so that the marks are well illuminated. You might even point a small lamp in that direction if you’re cutting in low light, shadowy area or time of day.

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    Toni says

    Curious why you like the Cricut mat better then the Silhouette one? Does it line up exactly like it should or do you ever have any problems using it? (Any tips?)

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    Vanessa says

    Hi Joy! Thanks for the tutorial and printer recommendation! I got the PRO-100 but I’m having trouble with the colors being off. I read on a photography forum to set to the paper manufacturer setting but I rarely print on photo paper. I was wondering what setting you use for printing on card stock, do you use “plain paper”? Any other tips/advice? Any help is appreciated – thanks!!

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      says

      Hi Vanessa,
      I most often use this cardstock and set it to plain paper with regular print (not fast/quick print). By the way, the paper I use used to cost about $6 a ream. You can still find it for that at some office supply stores and Costco. I hope that helps!

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