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.
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 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!