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Silhouette Cameo News!

Thank you for Pre-Ordering your Silhouette Cameo from FotoBella! We have just heard that the first batch of Silhouettes is due to arrive at Silhouette America next week! As soon as they "land" they will be packed up to ship out to us... so we can ship them to you. Pre-Orders placed before 9/27, you will be getting one of the machines from this first batch. Orders placed 9/28 or later will receive their machines about 1-2 weeks later. To find out when your order was placed visit http://www.fotobella.com/orders.asp.  

Here are some FAQs about the Silhouette Cameo to help tide you over until your great new machine arrives.


Can I draw my own images with the Silhouette Cameo?
With the Silhouette Studio software you may draw your own images to cut. The software includes simple line drawing tools that will allow you to create shapes for cutting, printing or drawing within the Silhouette program.

If you wish to use Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or other major vector imaging programs with the Silhouette, you may consider upgrading the Silhouette Studio software to the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/silhouetteStudioDE.aspx). This version provides the ability to import SVG files directly which you may have created in another vector imaging program, such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. Further information on this feature may be found at http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/faq.aspx?solutionid=939.

What file types can the Silhouette Cameo cut?
The Silhouette Studio software included with the Silhouette can cut Silhouette Digital Download files, true type fonts loaded on your computer, STUDIO files, and GSD/GST, DXF files. The software can additionally import a variety of other common image file types (such as JPG and BMP files) and then trace the image using an auto-trace function to create cut lines. Please note, however, that Silhouette does not guarantee the quality of results of images not created by them. You may also draw your own images with friendly drawing tools found within the software programs.

If you wish to use Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or other major vector imaging programs with the Silhouette, you may consider upgrading the Silhouette Studio software to the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/silhouetteStudioDE.aspx). This version provides the ability to import SVG files directly which you may have created in another vector imaging program, such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. Further information on this feature may be found at http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/faq.aspx?solutionid=939.

Will the Silhouette Cameo cut SVG files?
The Silhouette Studio program included with the Silhouette does not cut SVG files.  However, you may upgrade to the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/silhouetteStudioDE.aspx), which will allow you to open and cut SVG files.

The Silhouette Cameo is not yet compatible with Make-the-Cut or Sure Cuts A Lot (but rumor has it this will be coming soon). 


How can I cut thicker cardstock with the Silhouette Cameo?
The Silhouette Cameo includes a ratchet blade with 10 blade settings.  We would recommend following the recommended settings for your blade as outlined in the Silhouette Studio software to obtain optimal results.  If you wish to increase the blade exposure for thicker material types, you may opt to raise the blade’s ratchet level to a higher setting, or use the “double cut” option.  Doing this will have the Silhouette cut your image twice, thus ensuring any problem areas are given an extra pass during the cut job.  The Silhouette Cameo is able to cut a range of materials from thin films (such as vinyl) up to a thicker cardstock, such as a 90lb weight cardstock

How long should a Silhouette mat typically last?
The cutting mat for the Silhouette should last for over 100 full 12 x 12 sheets worth of cuts (if you were to cut the same exact job repetitiously in the exact same area). Silhouette is unable to provide an exact time-frame for how long the mat should last as this will depend on the types of materials being used. We do recommend keeping your mat well covered when not in use to prevent dust or other particles from collecting on the adhesive surface. This should help the mat retain its adhesive quality. Also, please note that select materials that are more lint-based or fibrous in nature may wear down the adhesive quality faster and degrade the mat. The mat should not need to be replaced unless papers or other materials you are looking to cut are not held firmly in place during the cutting process.

Can the Silhouette Cameo cut fabric?
You may cut select fabrics (depending on their thickness of course) with the new fabric interfacing. This product is ironed on to your fabric and then the fabric with the interfacing is placed onto a “Thick Media Mat” with the interfacing side down (fabric side facing up). Depending on the fabric, you may want to double cut your design. One you have cut your design in the Silhouette, you would then take scissors or a craft knife to quickly trim any threads which may be connecting your cutout design to the rest of the fabric.

The new fabric interfacing is offered in two varieties: Clean Cut and Sewable. Silhouette Clean Cut Interfacing has a thicker adhesive that irons on to fabric allowing you to cleanly cut designs in your Silhouette. Silhouette Sewable Interfacing has a thinner adhesive that irons on to fabric allowing you to sew your cut-out design.


Can the Silhouette Cameo cut chipboard?
The Silhouette Cameo cannot currently cut chipboard.

What fonts can the Silhouette cut?
The Silhouette can cut true type fonts (TTF) installed on your computer. You do not need to download these into the Silhouette software. True Type fonts installed on your computer in your Windows "Font" directory will show up as an available option for cutting letters once the Silhouette software is opened. Please note that some fonts may not be designed for optimal cutting, so we cannot guarantee that every true type font will cut well with the Silhouette. While you may obtain TTF files from many online locations, Silhouette does offer fonts also through their online store. You may access the store and search for "fonts". You should find a selection of fonts offered that have been selected to be optimal for cutting purposes and which may be purchased and downloaded to your computer. These fonts once purchased and downloaded will be immediately available in the Silhouette software.

What are the measurements for the Silhouette Cameo machine?
The Silhouette Cameo measurements are:
Width: 21 inches
Height: 5 ½ inches (allow 9 ½ for open lid)
Depth: 6 ½ inches (allow 14 inch clearance in front and back to accommodate material feed-through)


Will the Cameo be compatible with my current Silhouette Studio and Silhouette Online account purchases?
The Silhouette Cameo will be compatible with the Silhouette Studio software, though you will be required to update to a newer version once the Cameo is released.

Updating to this newer version (once available) will not require you to re-download your images and all previously downloaded content from the Silhouette Online Store or other files you may have created will be compatible with the new Silhouette Cameo model.


Will the Cameo be compatible with my current Silhouette consumable products?
The Silhouette Cameo will be compatible with the existing Silhouette consumable products. The blade holder will hold the current Silhouette Pens and current Silhouette Blade Holder (although you will love the new Rachet Blade). The cutting area can accomodate 12" wide materials as well as 9" wide materials. 
 

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