In this article, we will give you some pointers when it comes to using the Silhouette Cameo 3, an excellent cutting machine that can be used in crafting. The first thing to do, of course, is to get your new machine out of its box. Then the fun begins!
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Once the Silhouette Cameo 3 is unpacked, you will want to head on over to Silhouette’s website (www.silhouetteamerica.com) and click the button on the top right-hand corner of the screen that reads, “Update Software.” A link will then pop up that will allow you to download the Silhouette Studio. Choose either the Mac or Windows version depending on which option best suits your computer.
Once the software has been installed, you will then be able to connect it to your Silhouette Cameo 3. Plug the Cameo into a supply of electricity (using the A/C adapter) and then use the USB cable to link it to your computer. Next, go ahead and start the machine up and allow it to guide you through set-up. Your computer can also guide you through setting up your machine. All you have to do is follow the prompts that appear onscreen. Keep in mind that if you wish to connect the Cameo to your computer wirelessly you can do so using Bluetooth.
Ready to start using your Silhouette Cameo 3? Using your computer, open up the software. You will see a blank page that pops up. This represents the cutting mat that came with your machine, and it will serve as a canvas for your designs. However, you can change the dimensions you are working with using Page Settings.
Now it’s time to get to work with design! Using the studio, you will be able to whip up shapes, text, and you can even make use of the tools that allow you to draw freehand-style. Before you ship off your design to Silhouette, however, make sure you have played with the Cut Settings in order to ensure that the finished and delivered design is of the utmost quality that it can be.
Once you have gotten used to designing with the studio, we recommend that you invest in specialist software such as Sure Cuts A Lot, Adobe Illustrator, or Corel Draw. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy getting to know your new Silhouette Cameo 3 and you create many beautiful designs for years to come.