using the trace function2

If you have a Silhouette machine and haven’t quite figured out how to trace objects or shapes you find on the internet then this tutorial is for you.   This will go through the steps of taking an image and tracing it to be able to cut it out in your Silhouette studio program.

using the trace function

I wanted to make a pennant banner using the varsity type letters that looked stretched mimicking the Pottery Barn Kids one that is sold for $52.   pottery-barn-kids-personalized-pennantsUnfortunately the Silhouette Studio program has yet to have a way to stretch letters.   But never fear when there is a will, there is a way.   So today I want to show you how to use the trace function in the Silhouette Studio program to cut out virtually any image on the internet.

trace button

1. I ended up downloading the Varsity Regular font from and designing the actual stretched lettering in Open Office Writer but Microsoft Word has the same stretch type feature in their Word Art function.

2.   I changed the paper size in Open Office Writer to 12” x 30” and then used the Fontworks (a.k.a “Word Art” function in Microsoft Word) feature to spell out “Austin” and make it stretched to look like a pennant.


3. Click once on the font to change the shape to the pennant shape.


4.   Next I used my snipping tool and snipped the entire word and pasted it into my Silhouette Studio program.


5.   Then in my Silhouette studio program I clicked the “trace” button.   Then I clicked “select trace area” and made a square around the entire Austin.   Then I clicked “trace outer edge”.   Then I was able to remove the trace from the copied font from Open Office.


6.   As you can see everything was traced but the inside of the “A”.   Now I could go back in and trace the middle part of the A but it was just as easy to use the “line” function to trace the little triangle and then move it to my cut out Austin and group them together.

7. I deleted my copied Austin so I just had the red cut out. Next I changed my paper size to a 12” x 30” and drew two lines in the shape of the pennant so I could get the gist of the spacing on my felt banner.   Then I adjusted the font larger to space it on my pennant.


8.   Once spaced correctly I deleted the pennant lines and changed the paper size back to 12” x 12”.   Now the Austin doesn’t fit in a 12” x 12” space.


8.   You will have to cut out your letters on two separate sheets of 12” x 12” paper.   If you just move your letters inside the 12” x 12” area it will just cut those.   Then move your letters over to cut the rest.

Cut #1 (cut out the A, U, S)


Cut # 2 (cut out the T, I, N)


And there you have your cut out letters to then trace onto felt to make the personalized pennant.   I will show you the actual tutorial for the pennant tomorrow.


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  1. Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial Beckie. There are so many things my Silhouette can do that I just haven’t learned yet, can’t wait to try this out!

  2. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I just received a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday and have been trying to figure out how to use the darn thing! Very overwhelming at times!

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  4. Looks great. Thanks for the tips on the letters. I have one suggestion for you. You can actually right click on the letters and ungroup them. This way you can move around each letter individually and be able to fit it on one 12×12.

  5. Thank you for a great tutorial!! I have a new Cameo and am trying to figure out how it all works! I followed your instructions, using Microsoft Word, but I can’t figure out how to get the word art that I created onto my Silhouette page. Copy and paste doesn’t work. What am I doing wrong? I really appreciate your help and the time you take to show us how to create amazing things!

  6. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I!’m confusing myself trying to cut this using two different colors. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I never start with the easy stuff

  7. Hi Karen, I would love to help. Can you tell me more about your project? Are you trying to cut a name? How are you using the two colors?

  8. Thanx for the info, this was awesome never even knew that was part of word even tho i’ve seen it a hundred times!

  9. This is Fantastic! Thank you for breaking it down! My Silhouette has been sitting on my table unused for almost a year because I couldn’t get started! Sinful I know!

  10. Oh my gosh, what a great tip about using that “word art” function to make your word shaped like a pennant. I never thought of that! I have access to Illustrator so do a lot of my more complex designing in there and would have tried it that way. But sometimes, the fancy programs take a little more time then just popping open Word and doing it there. Thank you so much for this post! I suddenly have a bunch of new ideas…uh oh 😀

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