Has anybody used a Silhouette to cut images out of MDS?
I just purchased a Silhouette digital cutter and wonder if it can be compatible with MDS??? It will cut any font that is on your computer, so I am assuming (BAD) that I can create phrases, etc in MDS and have it cut them??
Yes, you can cut images from MDS with the new Silhouette software (could with the old as well). Let me start by saying that I am not master of all things MDS or all things Silhouette, but I was determined to be able to cut images from MDS. Here's the way I do it:
Create image in MDS -- most often I have just made a sheet full of images I want to print/ cut.
Save and export project to a JPEG ("Share Project" menu -- export to JPEG)
Open Silhouette Studio.
File -- open -- browse to find JPEG you just created (you'll need to change "files of type" pull-down menu to include all files.)
Open that file.
Now the tricky part is adjusting the size. It seems that these images always come in way bigger than they really should be. Maybe one day I'll be good enough at this to give good advice here, but for now you'll have to play with it. The good news is that the new Silhouette software gives measurements right on the image, so it's better than it used to be. :)
Open the Trace Window (icon is in the row of icons on the top right of the screen)
In that window, first choose "Select Trace Area." Then you can draw a rectangle around your image. Then, in the next set of choices, I usually choose "Trace Outer Edge." This will create your cut line. Do this for each image you have on the page.
From there, you choose whether to proceed with a "Print and Cut" or just a "Cut."
One tip I've learned -- you can do this same process for punches, but before exporting from MDS, give the punch a color or fill with paper. I just did black. Then I removed that image altogether and left only the cut line, since I truly wanted to use it as a "punch" on the paper I was sending through the cutter.
Also, some images will need more doctoring on the lines than others. Sorry, but that's another thing I'm not good at yet. I just need time to spend in the Silhouette software -- and that probably won't happen until this summer. (I'm a teacher. I love summer!)
I just wanted you to know that it is certainly possible. Hope this helps some. :)
Both Make the Cut (MTC) (windows) and Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) (Mac/Windows) will both work with Silhouette Studio Software.
Silhouette Studio Designer Software allows more options with .SVG files
With MDS 2 you can now export files as .SVG to use in other digital cutting machines! (See the tutorial in the videos section of this website)
However, the most recent versions of SCAL and MTC will not work with current Cricut machines due to Provocraft filing a lawsuit against these third party companies.
Hugs and Blessings