November 12, 2012

I often get comments or emails from people who are struggling with importing DXF files to Silhouette Studio. This post goes over cutting from Adobe Illustrator on your Silhouette SD or older models. At the bottom it contains some directions for exporting a .DXF file from Adobe Illustrator and importing it to Silhouette Studio. I'm going to review that in this post and add a few more details in hopes that I will answer many of those questions.

Export a .DXF file for Silhouette Studio

  1. If you have TEXT make sure it is path. (Type->Create Outlines, then do steps 2 and 3 OR Check the box "Outline Text" in the dialog box when you do the export.)
  2. Completely UNGROUP all parts of the image.
  3. Release all COMPOUND PATHS.
  4. If you have multiple layers in your file you can export them all at once. Just make sure Steps 1-3 are completed on each layer.
  5. Do not bother with fills and line colors in Illustrator. None of this is imported from the .dxf file.
  6. Export the file from Illustrator as an AutoCAD Interchange File (*.dxf).

Import a .DXF file for Silhouette Studio

  1. Go to "Open" a file.
  2. Change "Files of type:" to AutoCAD Interchange File (*.dxf)
  3. Find the .dxf file and select it.
  4. Press OK.
If the .DXF file doesn't OPEN in Silhoeutte Studio

If the file did not open at all go back through all steps of exporting a .DXF file or try different export settings.

If the .DXF file opens and NOTHING SHOW UP in Silhouette Studio

One of two things has occured:
  1. The file was imported in miniature. Press Ctrl+A or go to Edit->Select All. If the file was imported as a small version a small square will get selected. Enlarge it and your objects should be all there.
  2. Another way around this is to change your import settings in File->Preferences. Then go to "Import Options" and change the setting under "When Importing DXF" to "Fit to Page".
  3. Another problem is if your lines are white in the .dxf file they may just not be showing as black lines in Silhouette. Go to File->Preferences. Then go to "Import Options" and under "When Importing DXF" check the box for Make White Lines Black.
Silhouette DXF Import Settings

If none of these steps helped go back the instructions for exporting and make sure you didn't miss anything.

If the .DXF file opens and PART OF IT IS MISSING in Silhouette Studio
  1. The most likely issue is that the part not showing is an item that was left grouped or had a compound path still. Go back to your Adobe Illustrator file and ungroup the item, then release the compound path.
  2. If only text is missing refer to the Step 1 in the export instructions. You have most likely not turned it into a path.
I think that about covers things. It really isn't a difficult process. Remember - color doesn't import into Silhouette Studio - just the lines. I have tested all sorts of settings to get it to work without success - but if you do find a way of importing please let me know!

November 8, 2012

My Grandfather would look at our world today and be amazed by the many amazing things he sees. I remember his amazement when he learned about the internet, email, cell phones, and many other things. It was like magic to him. He was amazed by progress. My memories of him are many. Fishing, camping at his place, or on his back patio, going to the river, the beach and the golf course with him, his smell, his smile, and his absolute love for his grandchildren rank right up there along with many other memories. But there is one, that now as I look back saddens me. As he grew older he and Grandma watched the news together frequently. It was their thing that they did together. (As long as a good Hockey game wasn't going.) That was when he would start going off about how terrible things were. He'd bring up the good times from his past and wonder how things could have changed so much. Occasionally I was there when he told a war story. I really don't remember much of them, but I remember his pride in having fought for his country. Now I look back on those moments and remember a time when the world was even safer than it is now, and I wonder, what would he think now? I have not forgotten him, but a lot of things that he and his fellow country men fought for have been long forgotten.

The poppy is a flower that Canadians wear as part of the celebration of Remembrance Day. The words "Lest We Forget" are a reminder to us that we should not forget where our freedom and liberties came from. Lest means "for fear that". I never want to see a day when we have forgotten the past, the people that fought for our freedom, or the terrible wars that have rocked the nations of this world. I sincerely hope that remembering and honoring veterans each year on Veteran's Day or Remembrance Day will help us remember to protect our homes, families and countries in order to keep safe the wonderful freedoms that we now enjoy.

Lest We Forget Silhouette Sketch File

The above image is a Silhouette Sketch File of the poppy. It is about 5x7" in size for you to use on a card, frame, on a scrapbook page, or however you would like.

FREE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY - By downloading this file you agree to the following terms: This file is for use in your own creative projects; not for commercial use. Please do not sell or offer these downloads as your own creations. Please do not distribute these files to others, but refer others here to download for themselves instead -- these files are given freely for download from my site only. Thanks for your understanding! Your own designs created with these files may be submitted to magazines, contests and Internet galleries, with proper credit given to Maggie Muggins Designs. If you have questions about the use of a file please contact me through email.

Don't forget to take the time to teach your children about members of their families who deserve to be honored for their sacrifices.

November 5, 2012

A while back I had the pleasure of taking photos for my friend of her adorable little baby boy. He's so cute I sometimes want to sneak home with him. I know she wouldn't let me but I still consider it, briefly.

We had fun with a few different outfits and props - he really wanted to go play with the other kids running around in the backyard - but we got in some really fun shots. These are all post editing. I played around with some fun colors and textures in Photoshop.

Close Up Baby Photo

Black and White Baby Photo

Eating the Football Baby Photo

Radio Flyer Baby Photo

Barn Background Baby Photo

Ready to Roll Radio Flyer Baby Photo

Adorable Baby Photo

November 1, 2012

Over the last 6 months we have been in the process (a very long and drawn-out one) of buying a new house. Yesterday the deed was recorded with our names on it! I can't begin to explain to you how excited we are to move out of our townhouse into a home with a FENCED BACK YARD! That was the number one thing we were looking for in our next house. Packing is already half done and there is lots to do to get ready.

The house is older but in pristine condition. We purchased from the original owners and she has probably the cleanest house I've ever seen. Regardless of that, this house still needs our own personal touches. Our first change will be the boy's bedroom. I'm so excited about this room that I have to show you some of my plans already. I'll keep some of it a surprise for later when I show you before and afters.

This is the board I made on Polyvore with my son helping me out. He's had 70% say in the design process. He wants a traffic themed bedroom still (he has one now) so we're using a lot of the stuff we have now.

Traffic Themed Bedroom

Traffic Themed Bedroom by maggiemuggins on Polyvore

We'll be tearing out the carpet and putting in a new floor. The type of floor is still undecided but I want it to be a similar color to above. The paint colors will be green, blue and grey and I am going to be having some fun on those walls. Some photography as well as traffic signs and other items will be awesome decorations. I also have plans for the bedding which I will show you soon. I'm so excited about it. The closet doors and bedroom door will probably be replaced as well. I can't wait to show you the completed room - but first we have to do all the work.