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Old 10-28-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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I have two questions about resizing images in a Silhouette either Cameo or Portrait.

There are a gazillion images in the Silhouette Store. Can all of them be resized?

There are also a lot of square shapes with decorative borders. Can those shapes be changed to be rectangles without distorting the pattern on the edges? I make 5" x 7" cards

The cost of dies is getting out of hand and I am giving serious thought to getting an electronic cutter .

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You can resize any shape in silhouette studio. If you want to change square shapes with borders, you'd have to do more manipulating of some kind to change the proportions or they will end up distorted. I would resize to the bigger side and then somehow (not sure exactly how this part works) cut out part of it to reduce it to the smaller side. Later tonight if I have time I'll try to do that and see if it's possible in silhouette studio.
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You need to go to the scale sizing section, and click on the box on the left that keeps thing in their original proportion. This is where you can reduce the height and width and keep it orogonal looking.
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If I scaled something wouldn't still be a square, just larger or smaller square?

Or could I elongate each side, top and bottom to keep the same pattern but in a rectangle shape?

I found the 52 page user manual on the Silhouette site, but I could not find the answer in there.
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you can specify 6.075 inches x 4.075 inches (don't check the box to keep things original in this case). The best videos I found on you tube -
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This is a useful you tuber that is very informed on how to use the Cameo.

you don't need to check the keep in scale box if you are making a square to a rectangle.
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If you scale a square and keep the original proportions, it will be a bigger or smaller square. If you scale a square and it has something other than straight sides, and you don't keep the original proportions, the *other* shapes in it will be distorted.
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I played a little and it looks like you can do some manipulating to make a square frame into a rectangle, but because of matching up the pattern you may not be able to make it a certain size. It depends on the repeat of the pattern. I am not sure if all this is possible (major editing) in the free version of silhouette studio. The only shapes I have that aren't plain are scalloped square frames.
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This is a useful you tuber that is very informed on how to use the Cameo.

you don't need to check the keep in scale box if you are making a square to a rectangle.
unless it's a plain square, it will stretch the design (or make it squatty, depending on which way you're resizing).
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This is a useful you tuber that is very informed on how to use the Cameo.

you don't need to check the keep in scale box if you are making a square to a rectangle.
Thanks those are helpful videos!!

I am not a techie so I felt a tad overwhelmed by the technology available for this hobby. But the more I see what it can do I realize I need to learn to use it.

I will not only save money but have what I want.

My kids aways ask what I would like for My Birthday and Christmas. I think I will ask them for money to buy a Silhouette.
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I played a little and it looks like you can do some manipulating to make a square frame into a rectangle, but because of matching up the pattern you may not be able to make it a certain size. It depends on the repeat of the pattern. I am not sure if all this is possible (major editing) in the free version of silhouette studio. The only shapes I have that aren't plain are scalloped square frames.
Gale, Thanks for trying this!! That is what I suspected. It is like the MS Punch Around the Page punches. They only work for specific sizes based on the width of repeat of the pattern .
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I have made squares with scallops into rectangles, you have to make a couple of the squares, then cut off the left and right sides of both with the knife, you then have the option to make a longer square part into a rectangle by welding the scallops at the point where you want to make a rectangle. You may need to scale the scallops down to fit the size that you need. Hope that helps..
I agree, the dies are so wonderful, but the price isn't!
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