Monday, July 30, 2012

Tutorial: Opening a PDF file in Silhouette Studio (for Windows)

Bullzip PDF Printer is a great program for Windows users of Silhouette Studio.  Using Bullzip, you can (1) save a Studio file as another file type and (2) use this free program to turn a PDF into an image file for tracing in Studio.  This tutorial shows how to save a PDF as an image file supported by Studio.

 

These instructions work for Windows 7 (and probably earlier operating systems) using Adobe Reader:
1. Download and install Bullzip PDF Printer.
2. Open your desired PDF file in Adobe Reader.
3. Choose "Print" to open the print dialog box.
4. Select your printer as Bullzip PDF Printer.
5. Choose "Print"
6. In the "General" tab of Bullzip PDF Printer:
  • Choose the Format: PNG (JPG works in Studio, too, but PNG files stay the correct size)
  • Choose a file name and folder
  • Click Save
7. In Silhouette Studio:  Open (All Files), find it, choose "Open"
8. Trace as usual ("Trace & Detach" is my favorite option for tracing and separating multiple images from a single page)

26 comments:

  1. That is great Kelly - much quicker than the tedious way I have been doing it. Hilary

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  2. Downloading it now as it is an easier way. Thanks for the link. Once in awhile I do find a PDF I would like to use in Studio.

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  3. Thanks for much for this info. I've "pinned" your video on my Cameo Board.

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  4. Adding my thanks. Not that the zillions of files from the Silhouette Online Store could not satisfy for a lifetime; but it's nice to know that when we see a PDF we just can't live without, we can easily download in a way to let the machine do the work of cutting.

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    1. Ha! Ha! My thoughts exactly. I can't stop collecting files from the internet in whatever form, so I'm trying to get my Cameo to cut them all. So far so good!

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  5. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks thats awesome and answers a lot of questions

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  7. Thank you so much for this usefull and easy to follow tutorial, Kelly!!! Just had to pin it ;)

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  8. I have Adobe Pro (which has an Adobe PDF printer) and can't seem to install the Bullzip PDF printer. :( Great idea though for those who can use it. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  9. Hello!

    I would like first to thank for that tip and also say that I did a PAP about it in Portuguese and posted on my blog today, at the end of the post I mentioned the claims citing the address of your blog that was where I saw the hint.

    http://jannascrap.blogspot.com.br/2012/08/transformando-um-arquivo-pdf-para.html

    Kisses and thanks,

    Janaina

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  10. Thank you so very much, Kelly! :) Appreciate your tutorials!

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  11. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I own a Mac and found out after a little google search that I can save the PDF as a PNG or JPEG using Preview.

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  12. Thank you for this video! You are talented!

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  13. OMG... it works!! I have a bunch of pdf files that have a pattern with pages of the pattern in different colors. I didn't know how I was going to use them.
    Now I can save each current page as a png file (adding the color to the file name) and drag and drop it into the Patterns folder! The Patterns folder is picky and won't take a lot of file, but it takes these. Thank you, Thank you!!

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  14. Thank you so much this worked great

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  15. I do not have a general tab when I choose the bullzip printer

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    1. Maybe they have changed the options. Does it give you an option to save it in any format other than PDF? On my version of Bullzip those choices are just on the main tab when the program opens.

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  16. Hey girl! Great tutorial!! I would never have figured that out.....one question....if you are lacking a cut line, then how do you add one in....I am trying to cut out birthday invites and it didn't give me a cut line down the middle (two invitations printed on one 8.5 by 11 sheet).

    Thanks!
    Kristal

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    1. You can get cut lines by either tracing an image or by drawing your own. Depending on how you want to divide the invitations on your page, you may want to use either the Rectangle Drawing Tool or the Line Drawing Tool. When drawing a line in Studio, hold the Shift key down while dragging it out to get a perfectly vertical or horizontal line.

      I hope that answers your question, Kristal!

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  17. Thanks for this tutorial. You also mentioned you can save Studio file as another file type.
    How do you do this?

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    1. Send the Studio file to the printer, but choose Bullzip as your printer. When the dialog box pops up as to how you want it saved, choose PNG or JPG or PDF. (See step 6 above.)

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    2. Yes! I finally figured how to make the cut line a print line!!
      Thanks

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  18. This is exactly what I was looking for! But...when I import the png to Silhouette Studio it is about 4x3 inches. How do I fix this?

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    1. Please disregard my previous comment. My pdf was smaller than 8.5x11. One question though, under Page Size and Handling, I see you had "Fit" selected. Does it make a difference if "Actual Size", or "Custom Scale 100%" is selected?

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    2. I usually just leave the default setting. The default below the "Fit" portion has a check box to let the PDF document choose the size. "Actual Size" might be a problem if it's an A4 paper and you use letter. 100% would probably be fine unless you've got the A4 vs. letter problem again.

      In the end, probably all are fine since you have to trace the image once it's in Studio, anyways. You can resize it there to fit your printable page before tracing.

      I hope that helps.

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