So you have a cut file or image and want to add in some text or maybe a year? You can definitely cut that out with another color vinyl and layer over the top, but it may be much easier and look nicer to just have your Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Portrait or other cutting machine just cut that text out for you!
For this tutorial, I am using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software, but the steps are the same with the basic Silhouette Studio software that came with your machine if you haven't upgraded it yet.
Pull up your Silhouette Studio and open or merge your cutting file. It may be an SVG file or Studio File purchased from the Silhouette Store. Or maybe you imported a JPEG file and traced it. Either way, get the design up in your software that you want to use. I am using our Whale Tail SVG File and added my son's name, Dominic, using AR Julian font.
Type out the text in the size and font you want and place it over the image where ever you want it cut out at. I am adding "2016" to the middle of the tail.
Using your mouse, click outside of the image and hold the clicker down and drag over the text you want cut out and the part of the image it will be cut from. So for this example I needed to select the black whale tail and the "2016" It will show a box around the selected areas.
Select "Object" at the top left of your screen, then "Modify", then "Subtract".
Now, your text will be subtracted from your image. If there are smaller pieces inside the text like the middle of the 0 and 6 in this example, they will not automatically be set as cutlines. When you click on "CUT" from the cut screen you will notice in the below image that the middle of the 0 and 6 doesn't have the red cutlines.
To fix this, click on your image, then right click and select "Make compound path"
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