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Cut & Paste: How to Cut .png Files

Good morning Pink Paislee fans! We’re cutting and pasting today, with downloadable cut files.  Did you know you can use your electronic die cutting machine to cut files from other brands, like those from Pink Paislee?  It’s easier than you think and today I’m going to show you a few tricks for handling these files.

I created this layout using the Doilies, Decorative Frames, and Solstice Words.

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The Solstice “adventure” adds a bit of flair to my title area and the decorative frame provided a good background for the ephemera “2” but the doilies are the main embellishment focus on this page.

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I really love these doily cuts and I wanted to use them all over this layout.  But what if you want to open these cuts, .png files, in your Silhouette software and you don’t have Designer Edition? No problem!

First, open the .png file in the Silhouette software.  Click on the “trace” box to bring up trace options.  Select the trace area.


You want the software to select the entire image. Adjust the “threshold” slider up little by little until the entire image is yellow.


Now just click the “trace” button and there you have it!  Move the original black image to the side and you’ll see the red cut lines.

I used these doilies as a mat for my photo area.  They add a lovely girliness to support that sweet photo.

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There intricacy makes them all the more pretty however those teeny cuts make it hard to get super small versions.  So I simply removed the center details from each doily and cut a handful of mini doily outlines for the confetti under my picture.

I duplicated the shape and put the original to the side just to be sure I didn’t lose it.  Then all you have to do is select the image, right click, and choose “release compound path”.  You’ll see that each cut detail separates at this point and you can easily move just the outer border aside.  Highlight the middle details and delete them so you are left with just the border, which can be resized like any other shape.


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I hope I have de-mystified third party cuts for you a little. Don’t miss out on all the gorgeous cut files Pink Paislee offers to coordinate with your traditional paper supplies!

Pink Paislee collections used: Solstice, Color Wash