In some instances, you may not be able to see or use the Effects icon in Silhouette Studio (located on the right-hand side toolbar):

Can't See Effects Icon

The Effects feature requires V3.3 or higher. If you are running a lower software version: 

  1. Close Silhouette Studio 
  2. Download the latest software version availble
  3. Run the installation program

Error Message When Selecting Effects

If you are runnning the latest software version and can see the feature icon, but encounter an error message that the feature is not available, this would indicate a limitation with your computer's graphics card.

The Effects feature is a way to change the visual display of raster images (PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF) by applying graphic effects like Color Inversion, Brightness, Contrast, Gray Shade, and others. 

The Effects feature in Silhouette Studio relies on your computer’s graphics card in order to provide the functionality for the ability to use these effects. In other words, Silhouette Studio is "borrowing" the ability to change the color scheme of the images you see from your computer. If your computer doesn’t have the capability to provide these effects, then you will see an error message instead of the different Effects options.

If you are being directed to this page from Silhouette Studio, it means that your computer doesn’t have the physical hardware needed to utilize the Effects feature. 

In order to use the Effects feature you would need to install a new graphics card for your computer, or use an alternate computer that has a graphics card to support the feature.