Silhouette studio Free basic edition vs other editions

Silhouette Studio will always start out as with Basic Edition, although there are other versions available as upgrades. These upgrades unlock more features within Silhouette Studio that can help you do more with your designs and your cutter, the differences in these upgrades can be confusing and it can be hard to figure out which one is best for you. Below is a chart outlining the differences between every Silhouette Studio upgrade and what features the upgrades unlock.

Features

Basic Edition

Designer Edition

Designer+ Edition

Business Edition

Create Designs and Send to Silhouette

XXXX

Basic Design and Text Tools

XXXX

Manipulation Tools: Move, Rotate, Scale, Align, Replicate

XXXX

Modification Tools: Weld, Divide, Crop, Subtract

XXXX

Cut by Line or Fill Color

XXXX

Font Access (for font files on your computer)

XXXX

Import JPG, BMP, PNG files

XXXX

Trace

XXXX

Image Effects (b/w, tint, color saturation)

XXXX

Print & Cut

XXXX

PixScan™

XXXX

Silhouette Library Storage

XXXX

Object on Path

XXXX

Offset

XXXX

Stipple (Curio and Cameo 3 only)

XXXX

Emboss (Curio only)

XXXX

Sticky Notes

XXXX

Pop-up Creator (Basic)

XXXX

Color Fonts

XXXX

Print Bleed

XXXX

Commercial Font Indicator

XXXX

Import SVG, PDF files


XXX

Layers (Including Cut by Layer)


XXX

Rulers/Guides


XXX

Nesting


XXX

Shadow Tool


XXX

Eraser Set Tools


XXX

Knife Set Tools


XXX

Eyedropper Tool


XXX

Shear


XXX

Sketch Effect


XXX

Trace by Color


XXX

Magnet Trace


XXX

Rhinestone Conversion


XXX

Glyph Support


XXX

Font Management


XXX

Basic Warp


XXX

Pop-up Creator (Advanced)


XXX

Ability to Import Custom Patterns


XXX

Lasso Selection


XXX

Warp Templates


XXX

Advanced Rhinestone Features



XX

Import Embroidery Files (PES, DST, EXP, JEF, and XXX)



XX

Flexishapes



XX

Puzzle Generator



XX

Advanced Warp (Conical, Perspective)



XX

Import Ai/CDR/EPS Files




X

Weed Line Feature




X

Multi-cutter Support




X

Matrix Copy Feature




X

Media Layout View




X

Automatic Nesting




X

Tiling




X

Barcode




X

Multiple Undo/Redo




X

Export SVG, PDF, JPG




X

Handwritten Font Creation




X

Digital Font Creation




X

Edition Toggle




X


Introduction To Silhouette Studio

Silhouette Studio is the primary software that is used with the Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Portrait, and Silhouette Curio. Silhouette Studio is compatible with both Windows and Mac machines as well as having low system requirements to run and utilize the software. Silhouette Studio is designed for beginners and advanced users alike with both free and paid editions to match your designing and crafting needs. Silhouette Studio is divided into four versions: The Free Basic Edition, the paid Designer Edition, the paid Designer Edition Plus, and finally the paid Business Edition. Each version unlocks more and more features within Silhouette Studio to allow you, the user, to select what version works best for you and fits your needs.

Basic Edition

Silhouette Studio Basic Edition will always be installed first, this is the free version of Silhouette Studio. Basic edition is great for beginners, those who are just getting into making vinyl products, or someone just wanting to experiment with Silhouette products. Silhouette Studio Basic Edition will give you all of the tools needed to get started designing and printing, without the confusion and intimidation that can some with more advanced designing and cutting software’s. Silhouette Studio Basic edition does not require an account or any information from you, so there is no worry about being charged or spammed. Information about activating a Silhouette Studio upgrade is at the end of this article.

Designer Edition

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition is the first paid upgrade in the Silhouette Studio family, it includes more features which allow designers to import their own artwork either from another designing software or purchased elsewhere in an SVG format. Silhouette Studio Designer Edition also allows users to create new designs using an expanded variety of design tools and software features, such as cut by layer, trace by color, basic rhinestone tools, and glyph support. Silhouette Studio Designer Edition is made for the user who is just looking to get a little more out of their software, they have played with basic edition, sure its for them and would like to dive into the more advanced features offered by Designer Edition.

Designer Edition Plus

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Plus is the middle ground between the lowest and highest tier paid Silhouette Studio Upgrades, it includes all Designer Edition features, plus additional options to import major embroidery file types (PES, DST, EXP, JEF, and XXX). Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Plus also unlocks additional features to let you do more with your designs, such as flexi shapes, a puzzle generator, advanced warp (conical and perspective), and unlocks advanced rhinestone features. Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Plus is made for the user who is sure Silhouette Studio is for them, they are ready to dive into the more advanced features that Silhouette Studio offers and incorporate it into their business or crafting hobby.

Business Edition

Silhouette Studio Business Edition includes all Designer Edition and Designer Edition Plus features and is the highest tier aid upgrade in the Silhouette Studio family. Do not be intimidated by the name, just because it is called Business Edition does not mean you need to have a business to get the most out of it.  Silhouette Studio Business Edition additionally unlocks further features, such as SVG export, multiple cutting unit support, advanced nesting, and the ability to import further design files such as AI, CDR, and EPS. Silhouette Studio Business edition is made for the user who wants to get the most out of their software and have access to everything it has to offer, they like the Silhouette Studio platform and they know it’s for them.

Activating A Silhouette Studio Upgrade

Upon purchasing a Silhouette Studio Designer, Designer Plus, or Business Edition upgrade, you are given a serial key to activate your upgrade. Please note that you will need to make an account with Silhouette to activate your upgrade. To start, you do not need to uninstall or reinstall Silhouette Studio to activate your upgrade, just make sure you are up to date. To activate your upgrade open Silhouette Studio and go to Help (should be on the right side of the top bar) and you should see an option that’s says “Upgrade Silhouette Studio”, click that and you will be taken to a screen that will prompt you to enter your Silhouette account information as well as your serial key. Enter that information in and press the Submit button, followed by the blue Next button, your new upgrade should be activated note that you may need to restart Silhouette Studio after activating your upgrade to access all of the features.

Glossary

Stipple = create your design using a series of small dots, normally only used on paper.

Emboss = Putting your design on paper my pressing to leave a mark.

CDR files = CorelDRAW files

AI Files = Adobe Illustrator files

JPG, BMP, PNG = bitmap file types, bitmaps are inherently not cuttable (unless you’re doing print and cut) and must be converted to a vector graphic.

Print and Cut = The process of printing your design on a separate printer using ink and then using a vinyl cutter to cut the design out.

Silhouette Library Storage = Store your designs on the Silhouette cloud or locally in easy to access libraries.

Flexishapes = Easy to use shape tool that can be used to draw over 60 shapes and easily adjust them.

Warp tools = fit your designs within a curve to fit an object/path after cutting.

Object to path = Make your object snap to a drawn path to curve/warp your design.

Glyphs = extra characters that are includes with some specialty fonts.

Lasso selection = Draw a circle around an area to select all object contained.

matrix copy = Copy objects within a grid to keep spacing equal.

Resources:

https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software/silhouette-studio-features-comparison-chart

https://www.therhinestoneworld.com/Silhouette-Studio-Business-Edition_p_2520.html

https://www.therhinestoneworld.com/Silhouette-Studio-Business-Edition-Upgrade-From-Designer-Edition_p_2518.html

https://www.therhinestoneworld.com/Silhouette-Studio-Designer-Edition_p_2524.html