Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tutorial: How to save a Silhouette Studio file to JPEG, PNG, or PDF for printing.


One of the limitations of the Silhouette Studio program is that files designed in the program can only be saved in the proprietary .studio format. Since no other programs can open a .studio file, whatever designs that were created in Silhouette Studio can only be opened by the same software. So what happens if you had used the program to design for, say, an 11" x 17" sheet of paper but your printer can only print on letter-size papers? How can you export the design into a jpeg or a pdf so that you can have it printed at the office supply store?

Today's tutorial was written by Shirley Swoope. By using multiple screenshots, Shirley will show you how you can use the Bullzip PDF printer to "save" your Silhouette Studio file into a jpeg, png, or even pdf for printing.

You can download Bullzip HERE and Shirley's tutorial HERE. You can also find Shirley at her blog HERE.

Thank you, Shirley for sharing your tutorial with us and thank you, Sandra Gerber for helping me reach out to Shirley.

18 comments :

  1. Jin, I was happy to share the file. Thanks Sandra for asking the question, that made me sit down and write the tutorial.

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    1. I installed bull zip and went through the steps, but when I open it, there is nothing there.

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  2. I have been looking for something that would export my files from Silhouette ~ will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing. ;)

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  3. Thanks for sharing the great video.
    Blessings Jocelan

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  4. Has anyone had problems getting Bullzip to show up in their list of printers when you go to print a file? I've tried this in the past and again today without success. I can't get Bullzip to show up as a printer.

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  5. Jeri, check your slide bar (or arrow) by your printer selections (That's how I found mine) I just slid it over and there it was :)

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  6. Is there a Bullzip program that works with a Mac computer?

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  7. I have the same question... and couldnt find a way to see the replies to the previous person.

    IS THERE A BULLZIP PROGRAM FOR MAC COMPUTERS?

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  8. I don't have a mac...I read somewhere that you don't need bullzip, you actually have the feature. Hope that helps.

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  9. Hi! If you own a Mac, you just need to go to: File/Print/PDF/Save as PDF
    Hope it helps!

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    1. I own a pc, but I'm sure the program bullzip function is similar. The program can not save traced silhouettes. Got any suggestions?

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  10. the bullzip program works when converting an untraced silhouette to JPEG and PDF. but it doesn't work after the silhouette is traced.

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  11. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've been trying to share design ideas with customers for quite some time and couldn't figure out how to do it without taking a pic of my computer screen with my phone. Yes...I did that...hahaha!

    This was so easy to follow and I really appreciate you putting it together! So happy to look professional going forward!

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  12. Hi does anyone know if i can take a silhouette cameo file and convert it to a jpeg file using a a mac

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    1. You can print/save to pdf on a mac then open the pdf in preview and "export..." to change the format to jpeg. Adjust the resolution of the jpeg before you save.

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  13. Check out PDF Creator. I was a big user of Bullzip - but it now watermarks at high resolution settings for JPG and PNG. PDF Creator does not :)

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  14. I've managed to 'print' pdf files of my work space, but unlike pdf files I've found online they won't convert properly to dxf files using inkscape.
    Why are my pdf's different from the ones I find online? I want to make pdf's that will convert to dxf files so I can keep dashed lines as cut lines and not outlined holes when converting to other cutting programs. HELP!

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