There are so many aspects of the Silhouette from the machine to the software to the products and more. The terminology and acronyms are a vital part of your expanding knowledge of your Silhouette. Do not be afraid to ask if you do not understand something.
631 - Oracal 631 is the industry standard for indoor/matte/removable vinyl. It is meant for interior walls. It is adhesive backed, but not considered permanent. It’s not meant for outdoors and should not be used on items that need to be washed or will be handled often. Orcal is also known as Orafol.
651 - Oracal 651 is the industry standard for outdoor/glossy/permanent adhesive vinyl. It is meant for outdoor and permeant use and holds up well on items that will be in contact with water. It's still recommended to be hand-washed only. It is not intended for walls as it could peel the paint.
AE - Air Eraser is a tool used for glass etching. It is a small sand blasting tool.
Compound Path – On your design in Silhouette Design Studio where two or more layers are merged or compounded together to make a single layer design.
CU - Commercial use
CU4CU - When you make an item or design for others to use for commercial use.
Cut Lines - Cut lines are the thick red or gray lines on a design. These tell the Silhouette where to cut and without them the machine will not cut. Cut lines are necessary for cutting, sketch pens, etc.
Decal - A design is generally made utilizing vinyl. The decal can be placed on a variety of surfaces.
DE - Designer Edition is an upgraded version of Silhouette Studio that gives you access to additional features and tools.
Edit Points – Edit points are the edge of the design that show where lines curve and move to make the shapes. Edit points can be adjusted, deleted, etc to manipulate the shape of the design.
EULA - End-User License Agreement details the specifics of how software is to be utilized.
Grouping - Grouping is when you take two or more objects into a 'group' that will allow you to move the objects.
HTV - Heat Transfer Vinyl is used for ironing or heat-pressing vinyl onto fabric.
Kiss Cut - A kiss cut is when you layer two pieces of material and the blade only cuts through the layers but leaves the backing uncut.
NMP - Not My Picture, Photo, or Project.
Offset - Offset is a way to create an equal distance border around the edge of a design.
OP - Original Post, Poster, Picture.
PIC - Picture in Comments
PixScan Technology - PixScan is a specialized Silhouette cutting mat that you can cut pre-printed materials or fabric by taking a picture and loading into the Silhouette Design Studio. The mat maintains the correct proportions of the object.
Print and Cut - The method of printing a colored design then cutting it with the Silhouette. Usually it is necessary to use registration marks.
PU - Personal Use
PVPP - PVPP stands for Paint, Vinyl, Paint, and Peel. PVPP is a great way to make signs. The Silhouette School has a great tutorial on the PVPP method, here.
Registration Marks - The identification marks utilized in a print and cut design that the Silhouette recognizes to know where to cut.
Reveal Grid – Exposing the grid lines, from the Page Settings window, on the work area in Silhouette Studio. Grid lines on the virtual mat correlate with grid lines on the Silhouette cutting mat to make placement of material easier and more accurate.
Reverse Weeding - Removing the area of the vinyl that would normally be left behind...most commonly used when cutting stencils.
S4H / S4O - OK to use files to create FLATTENED scrapbook pages and images for other
Scraper – A tool to help smooth transfer paper, tape and vinyl when layering vinyl. Also used to apply and burnish decals.
Shear – A tool in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition that allows the users to slant the design or text by a certain degree.
Siser EasyWeed - Frequently used brand and type heat transfer vinyl (HTV)
Sketching - The same action as cutting, but instead of using the blade to cut the material a sketch pen, pen, pencil or marker replaces the blade which causes the machine to sketch or draw an image or text. Silhouette Sketch Pen must be selected from the list of materials in the Cut Style window in order to sketch.
Spatula - A tool to help remove small pieces, usually of paper, from the mat.
Sticker - Different than a decal in that it’s removable and made on paper-type non- waterproof material.
SVGs - A file format commonly used in graphic design. SVG files can only be opened in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.
SVG - Scalable Vector Graphic - a file type commonly used with Sil software
Trace - A function in Silhouette Studio which allows users to create cut lines around imported files including JPEG, GIFs, PNG, and PDF files.
Teflon - A sheet needed to go between an iron or heat press and htv to prevent the htv carrier sheet from melting. A thin piece of fabric - such as a pillow case can also be used if teflon is not readily available.
Text to Path - The process of manipulating text by curving it around another object such as a circle. When the text is converted to a path, it will maintain its new shape, even when the object in which it was wrapped around, is removed.
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TOC - Table of Contents
Transfer Tape / Transfer Paper - A clear or paper tape used to hold an image together while transferring it to your glass, board, canvas, etc
Vector graphics - graphics that use lines and shapes through control points or nodes to achieve a graphic that can be resized without loss of information. Commonly used in the sign industry and an essential part programming software such as Studio or other CAD programs to communicate with die cutters. Examples of vector graphic files are .svg, dxf and .studio.
Weeding - The process of pulling away the unneeded vinyl, HTV, cardstock, etc.
Weeding Lines - Additional cut lines in the negative space that make it easier to remove excess materials.
Welding - Welding is who you take two more shapes or characters and form them into one solid piece with a single cut line around the edge of shape. When a design is welded it will cut as one single piece.
Work Area - The Work Area is the virtual mat area where you design in the Silhouette Studio software.
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