Silhouette Cameo

Get Started with the Silhouette Cameo

Looking to get your craft on? Look no further than the Silhouette Cameo! The software and machine help you create your own designs, using images, different fonts, shapes, and your imagination! The Cameo machine cuts a wide range of materials like fabric and adhesive or heat transfer vinyl. With super, easy to use cut settings and a touchscreen on the machine, your delightful designs are cut to precision every time!  

Whether it’s creating a design for a mug, t-shirt, wooden sign, mailbox, popcorn bowl, or really any surface that isn’t water, the Silhouette Cameo has you covered! Using the Silhouette Studio software and Cameo cutter, you’ll design and print your project on vinyl. And spoiler alert, the vinyl comes in so many fun colors and patterns, that you could spend days trying to decide which one to use!

To start designing, simply download the free Silhouette Studio Software from the Silhouette website. You are able to design from the comfort of your own home on either a Mac or a Windows computer. Better yet, once the software is downloaded, you do not need internet connection to enjoy the program. Once you have the software downloaded, I would recommend taking a gander at the Silhouette Handbook, which will give you a complete tour of everything you’d ever want to know about the Silhouette.   

The software is very easy to use and built to accommodate beginners to advanced crafters. There are so many fun tools to use and master, you’ll likely spend hours having fun playing around with all the features! Get creative with customizing different elements of your design and projects! You have the option to use designs from the Silhouette library, create your own design by drawing it, or trace an image you find elsewhere. There’s also an online Silhouette Store, where you can purchase a design and customize it to your heart’s content.  

The Niles-Maine District Library has a Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine in our Makerspace that you can use! If you’re a NMDL cardholder, you can make an appointment to use the space by calling 847-663-6606, and if you are a reciprocal borrower, you can walk-in (please note the Makerspace and the equipment is based on availability and is subject to change). 

We can’t wait to see what you design and create! If you’re looking for a summertime project (it’s almost that time!), why not design your very own Summer Drink Koozie with Alexa from the Digital Services Department. 

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