May 20, 2011

Silhouette Studio Know How - Make Your Own Rhinestone Image

Stephanie contacted me yesterday with a question about Silhouette Rhinestones. She wants to make an image she has into a rhinestone file, so instead of just emailing a reply, I thought it would be helpful to many Silhouette users to post a tutorial on how to make your own rhinestone image!


Let's begin with the simple details. Silhouette has 3 sizes of Rhinestones: 10ss, 16ss, and 20ss. That means you can choose from 3 different sizes, or a combination of the 3 to go in your very own image. I opened one of the Rhinestone images I have and found all 3 sizes in it. Instead of making you do the same - here is a Free Downloadable file with all 3 circle sizes. This will be your starting point!

1. Open the Rhinestone Sizes file in Silhouette Studio.

Rhinestone Sizes File

2. In a new window, open the image you want to turn into Rhinestones.  This does not have to be a Silhouette Studio file, you could use a jpg file as your inspiration or anything else you can open in Silhouette. For this tutorial I'm going to use the Treble Clef from the "Musical Flourishes" file I bought.

New File

3. Resize the image to the size you want your Rhinestone image. Remember the circles have to be a specific size for the rhinestones so you can't resize the image after you make it, you have to do it BEFORE!

4. Copy the circles from the Rhinestone Sizes file and Paste them to your newly opened image. (Drag over the circles to select them all, then hit Ctrl+C keys to copy, on the New image hit Ctrl+V to paste the circles.)

Copy & Paste Circles

5. SAVE the new file now. Remember to save often as you work on images so you don't lose too much work!

6. Now comes the work, you get to choose what size rhinestone you would like and where. I try to follow the original image design. Here I'm filling in the image the best I can, so I'm using all 3 sizes of Rhinestones.

Fill in your image with Rhinestone Circles. Try to evenly space your rhinestones (if you are following a straight line this can be made a lot easier by following this Silhouette Tutorial for Replicating an Image and choosing the space you want between the rhinestones). I leave the original circles in the corner until I'm all done. I just select the circle size I want and copy and paste it, then move it to the spot I want it.

Fill in the Image

Tip: Once you have copied a circle size you can re-paste it until you copy something else. (Don't keep going back to copy unless you need a different size.)

When you have two lines of rhinestones meeting up with each other don't forget to align the circle with both lines. In this case, I have several places where paths cross. I paste the circles and then fiddle around with them until it feels right. In the very center I decided not to try to align the paths, but focus on getting bigger circles in there to follow the image better.

If you're not sure about something just leave it and come back to that spot when you're finished the rest.

7. Once you have the image completely filled, deselect everything and look at the completed image. Move things around until you are completely satisfied.

Completely Filled

8. Move the original image to the side. Compare the two images and make any changes you see necessary. I moved a few of the circles and decided to change the size of one of the circles to reserve the large ones for the end points only.

Size Change

Can you see the difference in these two? It's small changes, but the After looks so much better to me.

Before & After

9. Delete the original image and the Rhinestone Size circles.


10. Select all the circles. (Drag the mouse over all of them, or Ctrl+A.)

Select All

11. Group the circles. (Ctrl+G or Object->Group.)


Your image is complete! Don't forget to Save it again! Remember DO NOT RESIZE IT now or the rhinestone holes will be the wrong size.

Tip: If you have a larger image than what I showed you here you may want to do more than the outline - and actually fill the inside with rhinestones. I suggest looking online at the Silhouette images to get ideas for how to fill it. You can use straight lines, diagonal lines, chevron style, scattered rhinestones, or many other styles you can think of. It's your design so play around until you love it!

You can easily do this with fonts and add on simple words to your image! Notice how the "i" and the "n" are really similar? I copied the "i" and pasted it to start the "n"! When you're working with fonts, try to notice things that are the same. It will save you a lot of work!

Sing Rhinestone Image


Julie said...

Thank you very much. I didn't have a clue how to go about it. I thought I was just dependant on Silhouette and their artists. I'm so excited.


Shawna said...

OMGosh! Thank you for this tutorial!!! I have been wondering the same thing. Fabulous tut!!

Christine said...

I've thought about trying that a couple times, but hadn't gotten around to the details. Thanks so much for sharing your method! This will save a ton of time.

Your blog is awesome, btw. I'm loving it!

Cori @ MTS said...

Hi! Love your blog! I put a link to your page from my own rhinestone tutorial- hope that's okay.


Mary Lu said...

Does the software have the ability to make larger size holes for larger rhinestones? I make costumes and want to use the Silhouette and Studio software with 30ss stones and possibly shapes. Any ideas on how to make that happen in the software?

pbrenner said...

Wonderful tutorial, thank you! I make rodeo queen/horseshow shirts and jeans, and this will help me immensely! I know it's been a few months since your post, but to answer Mary Lu's question (now that I see the secret to how it's done, lol) - any size rhinestone can be accommodated - measure their diameter, then create a circle with the same (barely larger) diameter and bam! you have another rhinestone template. For other shapes - create a shape (oval, square, etc) that mimics the outside shape of the stone ... I think I'm going to be having some fun!


skays said...

Thank you! This makes using my Silhouette even more fun than it already was. Shelly

Unknown said...

You put great post for able to us easy to understand. This kind of a project is my next work in my list. I'm having a great time. Nice effort


JamieSheets said...

I just received my rhinestone kit! Do I have to have the Design Edition in order to recreate this tutorial? I have the standard cameo software and cannot seem to figure out how to do any of this. Thank you in advance!

Maggie Muggins said...

Jamie - This tutorial doesn't require Design Edition! Have fun with your new kit.

Unknown said...

Just found this and it is awesome. Not sure if the link expired but it won't allow me to download it. Can you repost or email me?

Maggie Muggins said...

Mz Sheda - I've updated the link - let me know if that works.