How to save your Silhouette designs and why would you want to save your designs to your computer?
Basically, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen to me! #MurphysLaw
In all honesty, I have never lost a file from a Silhouette upgrade but I have heard of others who have. Never say never!
2 is 1, 1 is none. Ever heard of that? I heard it somewhere and I believe it comes from the military and I adopted this over the years from shopping for groceries to saving my designs, lol!
I have a LOT of personalized files I have created these past 2+ years and I would hate to lose any of them!
One strong lesson I learned from working at the Albia Granite Company is to save your designs.
For those of you that do not live in this area, the Granite Co sells monuments and brass plaques. Many monuments are purchased in advance and later, when needed, final resting dates or kids and grandkids names are sometimes added onto the monument later.
Adding this information is a lot easier if you have the original information or design. It’s not impossible if you don’t, but it’s a lot more work!
I had my own example just last month with one of my first personalized Couples signs I made. The couple who contacted me are getting married later this year and wanted their wedding date added to the current sign or a have a new one . No problem, with their consent I updated their current sign!
Whether you’re using your personal cutter for a business adventure like I am or for crafting, saving your designs is a great idea!
First: How to save your Silhouette designs
Currently I use a Silhouette Cameo for my cutting needs. I have on the top of my list to purchase the Cricut Maker! I have big plans for this! Plus like my designs, I want a second cutter as a backup just in case! #MurphysLaw
So this demonstration is currently for Silhouette users only, and I am using the Designer edition. I am also using a Mac laptop.
In general, the instruction should be similar for a PC.
Once you have your design made, on the top left of the screen next to Silhouette Studio, click “file” to open up the drop down box
Here you will scroll down to “Save as” and click on “Save to Library”. As shown below.
Here in the Silhouette Folder click the button in the secondary box that says in blue-green “OK”.
Now you can access you file on your Silhouette program by going to the “Library” located in the top right of the program
Second: HOW DO I SAVE MY DESIGNS TO My Desktop?
Saving your files to your desktop helps to ensure you will have access to your files in the future.
First, with your design open.
Once again go to the to the “File” next to Silhouette Studio and click open the drop down menu. Go to “Save as” and click on the “Save to Hard Drive”.
A secondary box will open up that will have a generic name. I always change this to what I want to call the design. Here I am renaming my file “Melissa Peterson Designs Logo”. Also notice on the left side of this box, is a list. Here is where I highlight “Desktop” before I save this file by clicking the “Ok” button.
I always save my designs initially to my desktop so I can find it easily. From there I organize it and save it where I want in one of my designated folders.
Third, consider saving your files to a USB stick or a Online Backup server
I have lost or misplaced several USB sticks in the past to know this route is not right for me so I opt to use an online service backup.
I have a subscription to Carbonite. It’s a program that runs in the background and saves all my files. We have had two computers/laptops die on us and without this subscription we would have lost everything! Including records of our tax receipts and documents!
Let me know if you have any questions!
Let me know if you have any questions I did not address here or if there is anything I need to clear up! Last week I wrote a post about What is an SVG file is and discussed the basics.
I also have a post that discusses how I used an SVG file to make a stencil so I could paint popular puppies for a special request, click here to see how! I had a serious roadblock on figuring out how I was going to complete this request. Hopefully, my struggle will help you in any future projects!
Also, don’t forget, I have a library of free SVG cut files for your Silhouette or Cricut crafts if you join my tribe! You can join below or click here to join!
Hope you have a great week and I hope to hear from you soon!
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