31 Jan 2016

Help! Black SVG files in Silhouette Studio

If you open an SVG file in the Silhouette Studio software and the image is not coloured, but displays only in black, don't panic! 

At the time of writing, the current version of the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (V3.6.057) opens some SVG files without colours (and the same is likely with the Designer Plus and Business Edition). The developers have identified that this only affects some files designed and saved in Corel Draw and will put a fix in the next update. Unless you have designed the files for yourself you probably won't be aware of the software used to design them, so files that you have purchased or downloaded might be affected. If they do appear black on your screen there are some simples steps you can take to make your files more user friendly again.

You could either:
  • Revert to an earlier version of the software, or
  • Leave your software as it is and add colours to the file. 
I'll just demonstrate here how the second option can easily be achieved.

Here is the cute bunny chick file from the Easter SVG design I downloaded from Sanqunetti Design.

When it is opened in the latest version of the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (V3.6.057) it looks like this:

Simply select the separate parts in turn and colour in using the Fill function.

When all the parts are coloured it is easier to manipulate as you wish.
I decided to cut the pieces as laid out below.

Then I made it into this card re-sizing the chick's egg-shaped tummy to make a shaker frame and filled it with eggs made from the same shape.

The Easter SVG file, available from Sanqunetti Design, also includes sentiments/word art and an Easter truck. 

Wouldn't the 'Some Bunny' phrase look great on a baby garment!


Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Janet your card is gorgeous. All your tips are very helpful. Hugs Jackie

Janet Packer said...

Thank you Jackie. Hopefully this will be fixed in the next software update, and then this procedure will be totally irrelevant!