Grouping VS Welding – Silhouette Studio

Grouping Vs Welding

I am part of a Facebook group where Silhouette beginners can come and show projects or ask questions, especially if they are having difficulty on a project. One of the most common questions I see are about welding or grouping. It seems a lot of other Silhouette users are confused on the difference. So… let’s go over each option and some uses for them.

Group

Grouping is when you want to keep letters/shapes together allowing it easier to move around the design area without worrying you missed a part of the design. When using grouping, all lines will still be cut even if they are overlapping. Think of grouping like its a paper clip, keeping all the papers together but still ultimately separate.

The option of group/ungroup is available when you highlight all the parts of the design you want to group together. You can do this by clicking and dragging the cursor over all the parts of the design. Or you can hold down shift while clicking on each element you want to group. Once all elements are highlighted, you will right click on any part of the design and click Group to make it one or Ungroup to release to multiple elements.

I love using the group/ungroup tool when I’m working on multiple designs at once. If I want to keep each design in its on little pod, I will use group so I can move it all at once. It eliminates the need to highlight everything you want to move, every time you want to move it without leaving any part of the design behind. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed an apostrophe or period when I try and move a design in the design space. While using group, you can forget about this problem!

Welding

Welding is when you want to fuse multiple elements of your design that are overlapping, creating one fluid design. It is important to note that welding is permanent, you cannot unweld like you can ungroup. Think of welding like it is glue making everything one.

TIP: If you are unsure if you want to weld, copy and paste an extra copy of the design so if you mess up you have the original to work with.

To get to the Welding tool, you can highlight all parts of the design (like you do in grouping) then on the right side, find the Modify Panel (the icon looks like a Rectangle and Circle intersecting), and in the new pop-up window click Weld. Or you can right click on the design when it is highlighted and find Weld.

The most common use for welding is when I’m using a script or cursive font. If you cut the script font without welding it will cut each letter individually. You will have overlapping lines which will result in your design looking choppy.

Check out this quick video on the differences! I hope this help clears up a lot of questions! If you have any more please comment below and I’d be happy to answer them!

Why Silhouette Cameo has my Heart

I first heard about Silhouette Cameo in 2012 and I was so excited for all the possibilities! At that time, Cricut had also been selling a vinyl cutting machine, so I wanted to do my research to see which one was best for me.

The major reason I picked the Silhouette Cameo was I would be able to use my own images on my computer or ones I found on the internet. With a Cricut, you had to purchase cartridges for any images you wanted to use. The cartridges came with a bunch of designs that you paid for in a bundle… so you paid for the design bundle even if you didn’t want or use them all. The machine did come with a few basic designs but if you wanted something for a special project you had to pay for the cartridge. Hopefully they had the design you wanted because, if they didn’t, you were out of luck!

With Silhouette, I could search the internet, save an image, and use it in my project. It was much more convenient and inexpensive, especially since I spend a couple hundred dollars on the machine in the first place. Silhouette also had the options of buying shapes, but you only pay for the ones you want or need. Instead of paying $25+ for a kit, you pay $0.99 for the ones you want to use.

Silhouette also allowed you to use any font you had on your computer which was a HUGE bonus to me! I loved it because I could download a lot of free fonts off of the internet, instead of buying fonts through Cricut. I was sold! Silhouette was the one for me!

The information I shared on Cricut is now outdated because they do have newer models. It is worth noting that I’m still using the same Silhouette Cameo I bought in 2012. The software still works the same even though there have been newer models that have come out since! I absolutely LOVE it and I’m so glad I made the choice I did. Silhouette will always have my heart!


Why did I buy my machine?

In the middle of wedding prep, we decided to make almost everything… including invitations. We printed them all then we had to cut them out with an X-Acto Knife… well my (then) fiance had to do that ūüėČ and I glue them all together. They looked how I wanted but it was very tedious.

Once I heard out about a Silhouette Cameo I knew it would be so helpful to make other things for our wedding like the Mr & Mrs signs for the back of our chairs, the favor/seating chart and our guestbook.

Guestbook

I wanted our guestbook to be something usable that I could display. I cut out little hearts and lined them up with a the purple heart says:

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I made the entire guestbook with my machine. After our wedding I fell in love with all the possibilities!

Then I found I could make shirts by making stencils and using fabric paint. The ‘My 1st Presidents Day’ t-shirt for my nephew was the first project I made this way.

Using stencils was fun (and messy) until I came across iron-on decals. I could cut a design and simply iron it on the shirt instead of making a big mess with the stencil.

Once I discovered the iron-on decals, baby bodysuits became my favorite! At the time all of my friends started having babies and I love to make homemade presents for shower gifts, so it was perfect timing!

I started getting a few requests from people to make things then I decided to open my Etsy shop on the side. And once I had my daughter and became a stay at home mom, I decided to make it more full time!

I’ve learned a lot from those wedding decorating days! Lots of tricks and tips that I will share with you soon! So stay tuned, my friend!