Power tips for text to path in Silhouette Studio

December 11, 2013 at 11:27 am 51 comments

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If you’ve only been using “text to path” in Silhouette Studio to curve words into a circle, then you have barely scratched the surface of what this fun feature can do. Here’s a video that will start with the basics and move on to the techniques that will make you a power user.

And be sure to grab Border Bits, the font I demo in the video, here.

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  • 1. Carol W  |  December 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Another fantastic tutorial. It’s amazing how you pack so much information into a neat, succinct package. Thank you!

  • 2. Kris  |  December 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Your tutorials are succinct, easy to follow and I’ve learned a tremendous amount from watching them. I’m becoming pretty adept at using my Cameo thanks to your great instruction! Thanks so much!

  • 3. jim  |  December 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Nice presentation

  • 4. Elaine  |  December 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Fantastic video – hope you keep making them,
    Thanks Elaine

  • 5. Jenny  |  December 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I am so appreciative that you share you wonderful knowledge with the rest of us who are “silhouette challenged”! I’ve love everyone of your video tutorials! They are concise to the point and full of great tips! I’ve learned so very, very much from you! I get excited every time I receive an e-mail saying you’ve posted a new tutorial! Many, many thanks! I hope you are blessed in the way you need it the most just like you help the Silhouette community!

  • 6. Tammy  |  December 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    You are so helpful. I love your video’s and when I forget how to do something I know I can come back here for a refresher course. I sincerely appreciate your time and talent.

  • 7. melstampz  |  December 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    You are a genius! Thanks for sharing all of your clever tips. I may be brave enough to try curvy designs now. :-D

  • 8. Dottie J  |  December 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    what a fantastic video…. I just got my Silhouette and had no idea that text to path was even an option. By the way, I really appreciate the fine detail kerning you showed. So many typefaces out there seem to ignore kerning altogether and at large sizes certain letter combinations really look funny. I guess it is my training as a calligrapher that makes me a type geek, but I really appreciate knowing how to work around all the weird letter spacing out there. thank you!!

  • 9. Chelsea  |  December 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    You are just a Genius, Kay. Thank you sososososo much!!! I could have never figured all of that out. But now I have so much more I can do with my Silhouette!! Thank you so very much for this, and all you do to help us utilize this machine. You ROCK, Girl!!

  • 10. Phyllis Muscolino  |  December 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I am still having trouble getting the “petals” without the gap. Did you say to hold SHIFTand OPTION keys? What is an OPTION key please. Thanks Phyllis in Virginia

    • 11. Kay  |  December 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Sorry I forgot to mention in the video Option on my Mac equals Alt on a PC.

  • […] Power tips for text to path in Silhouette Studio – 1 freebie(s)? […]

  • 13. Jen  |  December 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I’m patiently …patiently… awaiting my Cameo from Silhouette. I’m assured it will be here any day. One day, after it arrives, I’m going to sit down and go thru all of your fantastic tutorials and start playing! THANK YOU for sharing

  • 14. Gisela  |  December 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Hey! Thanks for another great tutorial! I always had trouble changing the size of the font, that was a great tip!

  • 15. KarrenJ  |  December 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Fantastic tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing so generously.

  • 16. Carole  |  December 14, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Thank you for the fab tutorial and font. I’ve just made a lovely card thanks to you. C x

  • 17. Debbie  |  December 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the fabulous tutorial and the font :)

  • 18. Tammy Jones  |  December 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful video. I always learn so much!

  • 19. Jessica  |  December 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Awesome video with great instructions! I learned a lot- thank you:-)

  • 20. Peggy  |  December 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Thanks so much, great info.

  • 21. Iris Oliphant  |  December 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Great easy to follow video, and thanks for the lovely file.

  • 22. Robyn Josephs  |  December 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Brilliant tutorial. thanks!

  • 23. Jennifer  |  January 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Great tutorial! I have tried downloading the border bits font and it says it’s not a valid font!! Help!!

  • 24. Miranda  |  January 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!! I got a silhouette for Christmas and your tutorials are so easy to follow and are exactly what I’ve been looking for as I learn to use my new toy :) Thank you for all your time and efforts it is GREATLY appreciated!

  • 25. Border Bits – a new free dingbat font | Clever Someday  |  January 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    […] For a video on how to use this font and text to path in Silhouette Studio see this post. […]

  • 26. Sunny  |  January 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I also received a Silhouette for Christmas and stumbling upon your blog has been so helpful. I’m searching EVERYWHERE for instructions on how to bend or curve an image like a banner…can you help?? I would like curve a purchased image of baseball stitching and can’t figure it out. Is there a way to simply do this? The only thing close is to use the point editing and there are about 1000 points to deal with…help if you can ;)

    • 27. Kay  |  January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Silhouette Studio can not curve an image. You will need Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator or similar for that, and its not simple even then. Several people have used the chevron arrows in my Border Bits font to simulate baseball stitching and curve it as explained in this video.

  • 28. Karen Stimson  |  January 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Why can’t I see the video? There’s no preview and it’s not clickable :(

    • 29. Kay  |  January 28, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      Not sure Karen. Is working fine for me. Might be the crazy weather or something. Hope you will try again later.

  • 30. Belinda Savage  |  January 29, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Love this tutorial and all the characters! Thank you so much!!

  • 31. Christy  |  February 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I have been following you on Youtube for quite a while now. I feel silly but today I found out about your blog. It is like CHRISTMAS!!! I’m so excited! Love your stuff! Thank you!

  • 32. Lorena  |  February 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    What a fantastic tutorial and font!!! Thank you SO much for sharing :)

  • 33. Roberta  |  February 21, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I’m not scared anymore! You are awesome, awesome awesome. I think you make a great tutorial! Thanks!

  • 34. Sara  |  March 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you! Your videos are so helpful! The font is perfect too……thank you for sharing!!!!

  • 35. Becky  |  March 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you for a great video. Where can I find the fonts pharmacy and café rojo? their straight top and bottom would be great for PCS

  • 38. Tryna  |  March 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you so much for the font! I don’t have a Cameo (yet) but someday……until then, I am collecting like mad–thank you thank you thank you!
    I also REALLY appreciate your videos….I will be much more comfortable using the software because of you!

  • 39. Mary  |  May 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks so much for your wonderful video and the Border Bits font. What great information!

  • 40. Shirley  |  May 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Fabulous video. Thank you for it and the font.

  • 41. Gwen  |  July 3, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Wonderful tutorial and font! Is it possible to weld the Shift + C character around a shape to make 1 item? Each time I cut I get the border and shape separately nice but I wanted a mat. .

  • 42. Angela Young  |  September 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Great tutorial! Thank you! I’m a beginner on Silohuette and this helped tremendously!

  • 43. Natalee  |  March 26, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Love your video, very informative. When I try to use the toggle to move my work inside the circle it will not move. I can’t find anything online to resolve this issue. Please help!
    Thank you.

    • 44. Kay  |  March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Sometimes the “sweet spot” is not where you expect. Hover and circle around the area until the cursor changes to a plus with arrows and then you will be able to drag the “trolley”.

  • 45. Balloon Festival - katydidcards.com  |  July 30, 2015 at 7:01 am

    […] a cut file from the Silhouette store, but altered it using a “text to path” tutorial by Clever Someday to create the greeting.  The scene inside was created with free digital cut files by Bird’s […]

  • 46. Valerie Koenig  |  August 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Very Pretty and great Tutorial ! Thanks

  • 47. Rachel  |  August 30, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    My mind is blown! This is fantastic! And glad someone else asked what an option key is :)

  • 48. My Arrow Crafter font hits Dafont | Clever Someday  |  October 7, 2015 at 10:34 am

    […] For those of you who use Inkscape, Silhouette Studio, SureCutsaLot, Make the Cut or even MSWord, I’ve included many characters made just for text to path so you can make your arrows bend, curve or circle any way you want. Silhouette users can upgrade their text on path skills with this video. […]

  • 49. Sandi  |  November 9, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    When I clicked on the download ‘here’ button it takes me to page that has Border Bits and a download button. I click on that and nothing ever happens. What do I need to do to get this cute little font?

    • 50. Kay  |  November 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Box.com seems to be having technical difficulties. I re-uploaded a new folder and was able to download it. Please try again and thank you for bringing this to my attention. Hope you enjoy Border Bits.

  • […] If you’d like to use a different font for “EVERYTHING”, you can shape it into a curve by using the text-to-path tools in Silhouette Studio. This blog post is already way too long, so I won’t go into that here. For an excellent video tutorial on text to path, check out Kay’s How to be a Text to Path Power User. […]


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