Double-sided print and cut in SS

January 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm 24 comments

Once you’ve mastered print and cut with the Silhouette, the next logical step is double-sided print and cut. I see a lot of questions about this so I decided to make a video on how I do it. So many possibilities once you know the tricks!

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  • 1. bons589Bonnie  |  January 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Is there any way, in silhouette, to align shapes to a shape that doesn’t move? in your video you used the little rectangle to center shapes but when I do this all the shapes seem to move, including the one that was aligned where I wanted it, in the first place. Great videos!

    • 2. Kay  |  January 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Haven’t found the convention that works yet. If the bar moves I just leave everything selected and then use the arrow keys to nudge it back into place.

      • 3. bons589Bonnie  |  January 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        That’s what I’ve been doing, too, but I find it really annoying. Although, if that’s my only complaint I guess I’m doing OK! LOL.

      • 4. Kay  |  January 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        I put in a request to Silhouette product development about this. Maybe they’ll fix it in a future update.

      • 5. bons589Bonnie  |  January 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

        Thanks. Suggesting to Silhouette is a great idea!

  • 6. Debbie  |  January 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Wow! You know, I woudn’t have even considered the possbility of being able to do this. It’s a good thing some people (you, for instance) think outside the box. This really has me thinking now – thanks for the inspiration.

    • 7. bons589Bonnie  |  January 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      I use Corel Draw a lot (I’m probably the only one in the world who still uses it!) and when aligning objects the last object selected remains stationary.

      • 8. Kay  |  January 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        Thanks, I haven’t been able to figure out the convention in SS yet. I’ll double check that.

  • 9. Paula Gale  |  January 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial – when you print direct from SS – are there any margins that can make things off centred when it comes to cutting something that you’ve printed back to back? Just a ‘thinking out loud’ kind of question.

    Thanks again
    Paula x

    • 10. Kay  |  January 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Good question, Paula, but I have already accounted for that. So no, not if you follow the exact steps in the video.

      • 11. Paula Gale  |  January 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

        Thank you for that clarification Kay – opens up a whole new world doesn’t it?!! xx

  • 12. Debbie aka doodlingdebbie  |  January 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you so much! I love this! How marvelous to save on extra steps and paper. This will be one of my new favorite techniques to use in Studio. Bless you and your brilliance. Big thankful hugs, Debbie :-)

  • 13. Tine (Addie24)  |  January 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Fab tutorial, Kay! Thanks so much for the clear explanation – I wouldn’t have even thought about attempting double-sided printing like this at all. How fabulous!

  • 14. Deb  |  January 21, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Thank you so much! I am waiting for my Silhouette Cameo to arrive and I am sure there is a learning curve from the Cricut!
    You are amazing!

  • 15. Ruth  |  January 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    WOWZA! This is so…COOL!!!! TFS

  • 16. Tamara S  |  January 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Wow! Thank you so much! Just that one step of centering makes all the difference!

  • 17. kraftingkelly  |  January 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’m working on a project right now where this technique will be perfect! Thank you so much, Kay. :)

    • 18. kraftingkelly  |  January 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      My double-sided tags worked perfectly! It was more complex than your examples, but your tips gave me a great starting point. This tutorial was perfect timing, as I’ve never felt the need to make double-sided print & cuts until this one.

  • 19. Paula  |  January 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you for this awesome tutorial!

  • 20. gameloo  |  January 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Great vid.

  • 21. Lady Fair  |  February 25, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Great video! I used to create double-sided cards in CorelDraw. However, being able to create more complicated designs (like your window card example) in SS is very exciting. What paper do you use for double-sided PNC? I’m currently using cardstock from my printer’s manufacturer, which is only printable on one side (the other side is noticeably darker).

  • 22. Carolyn Milne  |  December 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I also use Corel Draw and still learning as I just got my Cameo and Designer software. Thanks for the video.

  • 23. Kasey Siferd  |  June 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Hi Kay!

    Thanks for posting this video! It was a huge help when I decided to make double sided tags for some of the products I make. However, I have watched this video 3 times and attempted it like 12… and I am still having issues with things aligning correctly. Have you had any issues with your token example? I am essentially making a page full of circular tags. I have calibrated my machine, paid careful attention to how it loads into my printer and I still only get maybe 2 out of 8 tags that actually cut centered. I don’t know what I am doing wrong!! Any tips would be greatly appreciated! =]

    • 24. Kay  |  June 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      All the single sided print and cut rules apply, so make sure go through the whole checklist. Also you should be able to hold the double sided print up to the light to see if the designs are lining up with each other.


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