PNG files are raster images that can handle graphics with transparent or semi-transparent backgrounds.

Opening PNG Files (Importing)

All editions of the Silhouette Studio software can open PNG files, including the free Basic Edition.

To open a PNG file:

  1. Open Silhouette Studio
  2. Click on the Open icon
  3. Navigate to the file
  4. Select the file and click "OK"

Some PNG files may have transparent backgrounds. The default behavior of Silhouette Studio will open these images with auto-traced cut lines around the edges of the transparent image.

This auto-trace feature for PNG files can be toggled on/off as follows:

  1. Open Silhouette Studio
  2. Go to Edit > Preferences > Import
  3. Check or uncheck the "Autotrace" box under the PNG section
  4. Click Apply
  5. Click OK

If the auto-trace feature is off or the image does not have a transparent background, then the image will not immediately have cut lines. You can use the Trace feature to create cut lines as needed.

Saving PNG Files (Exporting)

The Business Edition upgrade is required to save files in PNG format.

To export a PNG file:

  1. Open Silhouette Studio
  2. Create your design
  3. When ready to export, select all parts of the design that you want to be included in the PNG file
  4. Go to File > Save Selection > Save to Hard Drive
  5. Navigate to where you'd like to save the file
  6. Click on "Save as type" and select the PNG option
  7. Click on OK
  8. Select your desired export settings
  9. Click on Save

If you are attempting to export a PNG image with a 'Transparent Background', in addition to checking this option, the image will need to be devoid of any white space backing. As needed, you may wish to use the Trace & Detach feature for this purpose.