SILHOUETTE PORTRAIT 3 CUT SETTINGS

 

The settings below are for the Silhouette Portrait 3.  Please ensure you use a test cut on any new vinyl before using it for the first time, so you may check that the settings below work with your machine. The software offers you a test feature or you can use a small hexagon about the size of a 5 pence piece.  Test the cut.  If it cuts too deep please reduce the force. If it doesn't cut enough please increase the force and cut again, repeating the process if needed.  It is okay to increase the force a few times, as all machines vary slightly due to many variables effecting calibration. Please see how to test cut at the bottom of the page, full instructions provided below.

When using these cut settings it is worth bearing in mind the type of vinyl you are using, as some is more suited to fine, intricate detail; please see product descriptions for each vinyl's capability. If the test cut works well and the design you are using struggles it may be worth adding an offset line to widen it.

SELF ADHESIVE VINYL

Pattern Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl Matte    Blade-   Speed- 5   Force- 10    Passes- 1

Pattern Vinyl  On the APP  Cut setting – Vinyl Matte    then choose Cut and Autoblade

Metallic Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl Metallic    Blade-   Speed-  5   Force- 12      Passes- 1

Metallic  Vinyl  On the APP  Cut setting – Vinyl Metallic    then choose Cut and Autoblade

Holographic Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl Glitter    Blade-   Speed-  Force-  18 Passes- 1

Holographic Vinyl  On the APP  Cut setting – Vinyl Glitter     then choose Cut and Autoblade

Prime Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –  Vinyl Glossy   Blade-  1   Speed- 5   Force-15     Passes-1

Prime Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Glossy    then choose Cut and Autoblade

Gloss Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –  Vinyl matte    Blade-   1  Speed-  Force-  15   Passes-1

Gloss Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting – Vinyl matte     then choose Cut and Autoblade

Matt  Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl matte    Blade-  1     Speed-  5  Force- 15     Passes-1

Matt Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl matte   then choose Cut and Autoblade

Glitter Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –  Vinyl Glitter Blade-   Speed-  Force-  18 Passes- 1

Glitter Vinyl  On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Glitter  then choose Cut and Autoblade

Stained Glass Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –Vinyl Glossy   Blade-  1   Speed- 5   Force-15     Passes-1

Stained Glass Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Glossy   then choose Cut and Autoblade

Glass Etch Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl matte    Blade-   1  Speed-  Force-  15   Passes-1

Glass Etch Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –Vinyl matte     then choose Cut and Autoblade

Fluorescent  Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –Vinyl Glossy   Blade-  1   Speed- 5   Force-15     Passes-1

Fluorescent  Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Glossy   then choose Cut and Autoblade

Blackboard Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –Vinyl Glitter Blade-   Speed-  Force-  11 Passes- 1

Blackboard Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Glitter  then choose Cut and Autoblade

Paint mask Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl Frosted    Blade-   Speed-  Force-   10  Passes-1

Paint mask Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Frosted   then choose Cut and Autoblade

Rose Gold Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl Metallic    Blade-   Speed-  5   Force- 12      Passes- 1

Rose Gold Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Metallic   then choose Cut and Autoblade

Pastel Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl Matte    Blade-   Speed- 5   Force- 10    Passes- 1

Pastel Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Matte   then choose Cut and Autoblade

Oracle 651 Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –Vinyl Glossy   Blade-  2  Speed- 5   Force-8    Passes-1

Oracle 651 Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –Vinyl Glossy     then choose Cut and Autoblade

CARDSTOCK

Glitter A4 card On the computer  Cut setting – Glitter Card   Blade-  6  Speed- 3  Force-18    Passes-1

Glitter A4 card On the APP  Cut setting – Chipboard     then choose Cut and Autoblade

GMS A4 Craft card On the computer  Cut setting –Cardstock plain   Blade-  3 Speed- 4 Force-20 Passes-1

GMS A4 Craft card On the APP  Cut setting –Cardstock plain     then choose Cut and Autoblade

 

A4  INKJET PRINTABLE SELF ADHESIVE

ALL SHEETS SELF ADHESIVE INKJET/LASER ARE THE SAME SETTING

On the computer Cut setting –Washi sheets   Blade- Speed- 7 Force-17 Passes-1

On the APP  Cut setting –Washi sheets    then choose Cut and Autoblade

 

HEAT TRANSFER VINYL

 

Pattern Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Vinyl Frosted    Blade-   Speed- 5   Force- 10    Passes- 1

Pattern Vinyl  On the APP  Cut setting – Vinyl Frosted       then choose Cut and Autoblade

Eco press Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –     Blade-   Speed-  Force-     Passes-

Eco press  Vinyl  On the APP  Cut setting –    then choose Cut and Autoblade

Eco press Vented Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –    Blade-     Speed-    Force-   Passes- 

Eco press Vented Vinyl  On the APP  Cut setting –    then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Bubble up Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Glow in the dark  Blade-  2   Speed- 6   Force-10     Passes-1

GM Bubble up Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Glow in the dark    then choose Cut and Autoblade

Chameleon Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Iridescent  Blade-   2  Speed-  Force-  10   Passes-1

Chameleon Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting – Heat Transfer Iridescent   then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Glitter  Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Heat Transfer Glitter    Blade-  3    Speed-  5  Force- 33     Passes-1

GM Glitter Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –   Heat Transfer Glitter   then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Glitter Vented Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Heat Transfer Glitter    Blade-  3    Speed-  5  Force- 33     Passes-1

GM Glitter Vented Vinyl  On the APP  Cut setting –   Heat Transfer Glitter   then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Chrome Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –Heat Transfer Iridescent  Blade-   2  Speed-  Force-  10   Passes-1

GM Chrome Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Iridescent   then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Light Active  Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Heat Transfer Glow in the dark  Blade-  2   Speed- 6   Force-10     Passes-1

GM Light Active  Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –Heat Transfer Glow in the dark    then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Reflective  Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Heat Transfer Glow in the dark  Blade-  2   Speed- 6   Force-10     Passes-1

GM Reflective Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –Heat Transfer Glow in the dark    then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Glow in the dark  Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –Heat Transfer Glow in the dark  Blade-  2   Speed- 6   Force-10     Passes-1

GM Glow in the dark  Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Glow in the dark  then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Heat Active Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –Heat Transfer Iridescent  Blade-   2  Speed-  Force-  10   Passes-1

GM Heat Active Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Iridescent  then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Brushed Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Faux leather Paper  Blade-   Speed-3  Force-  33  Passes-2

GM Brushed Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Vinyl Frosted   then choose Cut and Autoblade

Pastel  matt Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Heat Transfer Iridescent  Blade-   2  Speed-  Force-  10   Passes-1

Pastel matt Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Iridescent  then choose Cut and Autoblade

Pastel  glitter Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Heat Transfer Glitter    Blade-  3    Speed-  5  Force- 33     Passes-1

Pastel glitter Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Glitter   then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Turbo Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –   Heat Transfer Iridescent  Blade-   2  Speed-  Force-  10   Passes-1

GM Turbo Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Iridescent then choose Cut and Autoblade

GM Stretch Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –   Blade-    Speed-    Force-   Passes-

GM Stretch Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –     then choose Cut and Autoblade

Premium On the computer  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Iridescent  Blade-   2  Speed-  Force-  10   Passes-1

Premium Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –Heat Transfer Iridescent    then choose Cut and Autoblade

Holographic Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting –Vinyl Whiteboard   Blade-  2  Speed- 5   Force-33    Passes-1

Holographic Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting – Vinyl Whiteboard  then choose Cut and Autoblade

Flock Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Faux leather Paper  Blade-   Speed-3  Force-  33  Passes-2

Flock Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Faux leather Paper then choose Cut and Autoblade

Metallic Stretch Vinyl  On the computer  Cut setting – Heat Transfer Iridescent  Blade-   2  Speed-  Force-  10   Passes-1

Metallic Stretch Vinyl On the APP  Cut setting –  Heat Transfer Iridescent  then choose Cut and Autoblade

 

 

A4  INKJET PRINTABLE HTV

DARK

On the computer Cut setting –Washi sheets   Blade- Speed- 7 Force-17 Passes-1

On the APP  Cut setting –Washi sheets    then choose Cut and Autoblade

LIGHT

On the computer Cut setting –Washi sheets   Blade- Speed- 7 Force-10 Passes-1

On the APP  Cut setting –Washi sheets    then choose Cut and Autoblade (BUT THIS IS NOT ADVISABLE FOR INTRICATE CUTS ON THE APP DUE TO NO ABILITY TO ALTER FORCE)

 

How to Improve Cut Quality with a Test Cut

The Test Cut feature is a great tool to help fine tune your cut settings and improve your overall cut quality. With this handy feature you can find the right settings to cleanly cut all the different materials you want to try.

What is a Test Cut?
The Test Cut is an option in the Cut Settings panel. Once you have selected a material and adjusted your blade to the suggested depth for that material, you have the option to perform a Test Cut. Your Silhouette machine will cut a square with a triangle inside, using your chosen settings.

Cut Settings Window - Test Cut

You may need to click on the material and scroll down to see the “Test Cut” button below the cut settings of blade, speed, thickness, etc.

The purpose of a test cut is to check whether the settings you have chosen for a specific material are appropriate. If the test cut doesn’t cut all the way through or doesn’t cut cleanly, then you know you should alter the Force. If the force is at the maximum of 33 and you need to increase it more, take the blade depth up to the next one but decrease the force back to 2 or 3 and start at a lower force.

How do I move the Test Cut?

If you simply load your mat or material and click on the “Test Cut” button as shown above, the cut will be made at the upper left corner of your media, right where the blade is positioned.

But what if the test cut fails?

If it doesn’t cut all the way through or doesn’t cut cleanly, you need to adjust your settings and test cut again. Do not perform a test cut in the same place as before.

Depending on your machine, there are various ways to move the test cut. This will move the actual blade holder of your machine.

  • Use the arrows in the software, just to the left of the “Test Cut” button. This is the only way to move the test cut on the Portrait or Curio.

Note: See our tutorial on the deep cut blade for more helpful information on test cuts with Curio.

Test Cut Arrows - software

  • Use the arrows on the touchscreen of the CAMEO 2 or CAMEO 3. Unload the mat, then load again. You can press on the small arrows icon of the main screen to access the touchscreen arrows.

CAMEO 2 touchscreen arrows for test cut

  • Use the physical arrow buttons on the original CAMEO machine.

CAMEO 1 arrows for test cut

Where do I position a new Test Cut?

  • To find a clean spot for subsequent test cuts, simply reposition the blade so it is to the right of or below any other cutouts. (See photo below.)
  • The position of the blade will become the upper left corner of the test cut square. Technically, it will actually cut a millimeter or two further right and down of the exact blade position.
  • Be sure to position the test cut so it won’t interfere with the layout of your actual project. You don’t want little squares missing from your final design!
  • You will need about a half inch of clear space for the test cut.

For illustration purposes, I’ve used a sketch pen in the photos below. You can see I positioned my blade/pen to the right and underneath previous test cuts. The resulting test cut has plenty of room.

Position for Test Cut

Test Cut Results

Note: See our tutorial on the deep cut blade for more helpful information on test cuts with Curio.

Write down your successful Test Cut settings!

When you find a good setting combination for a certain material, record your successful result—record the blade depth, speed, thickness, and whether to use the double-cut feature or not.

A few helpful tips:

  • Use a sticky note and attach it to the pack of paper
  • Keep a spreadsheet of successful settings for your machine
  • Add a custom setting for new materials in the Cut Settings Window by clicking on the “+” sign, typing in the material type, and using your mouse to change blade/speed/thickness

How can Test Cuts help me?

If you are willing to do a little experimenting, you can really dial in great cut settings for materials that may not cut perfectly for you on the default settings.

Test it, tweak the settings, test again.

You can also gain confidence in trying new materials that are not in your default list. For example, look at the fairy project below; using thin glitter card stock, clear presentation covers, and holographic paper. Look at these intricate cuts!

Intricate Cuts Thanks to Test Cuts

Green fairy in a bottle (design ID #140636)

None of the materials mentioned above are in the Silhouette Studio® default list, and sometimes you might even find that the default settings don’t work for the specific materials you’re using. (For example, the default vellum settings were way off for me.) But multiple test cuts get your settings where they needed to be without wasting a lot of specialty paper.

 

 

 

 

2020-09-14T21:58:09+01:00