Understanding Silhouette Cameo File Formats

Please Read through if you are asking how to open or use any of the design files.As I'm starting to create more and more design cut files, I'm getting a lot of questions of how to get files to work coming from a lot of newbies to the cutting vinyl community. I'm happy to help but answering the same questions a dozen times a day ends up taking up a lot of my time so I've decided to create this post.When starting in this venture of selling my designs, I wanted to follow the standards of what most designers use which in a lot of cases, only offer SVG files since this is typically pretty universal for most dicut machines. However, I'm finding out there are several people wanting other formats which I'm starting to include (mind you requires a lot more dedicated time in creating designs, uploading and creating listings). Beyond this I'm finding out...

Inkscape Free Design Software used to create Vector Images

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Long before I had decided to purchase and upgrade my Silhouette Studio Software to the designer edition I had to figure out how convert my Illustrator SVG files to a format that I could then open in my standard version of Silhouette Studio. Lucky for me having a design background I already had Adobe Illustrator at my leisure to use.I know how expensive Illustrator is and know it isn't a practical solution for most people to have as a design software. In my search to try to find a solution of converting files I stumbled across a FREE Design Software that other Vinyl Designers often use called Inkscape. It's a great free and powerful alternative to Illustrator and has a lot of functions that Illustrator would have to create vector images. However, my main use for this program was to simply open my Illustrator .SVG files in the program so I could...