- this page on how to use PixScan to create Minc foilable pieces
- this page for a tutorial on fussycutting
- this post to learn how to cut out stamped images
So, here's what you need:
- New PixScan cutting mat
- Silhouette Studio v. 3.1 or higher
- Your camera - I used my iPhone 5
- A printed image - I stamped a few things on a spare piece of white cardstock
The first thing you need to do after getting the new version of Studio is to click on the PixScan icon:
The PixScan area will show up with the PixScan menu area on the right-hand side. Click on the arrow to the left of "Import from File". Ignore my stamped images for now :)...
You will see the Camera Calibration area:
Click on the arrow to the left of "Camera Calibration" and click on "Show Calibration Test Card".
This will populate a dotted sheet in the drawing area:
You need to print this sheet out. Now, when I printed it, there were a couple of rows that had dots not evenly spaced and it looked like my printer had messed up. But I printed it out on another printer and it was the same, so I decided to try it.
Your next step is to place the printed calibration sheet onto the PixScan mat and then take a picture using the camera you wish to calibrate. Make sure you are on a flat surface and you take the photo as straight-on as possible.
Important! For this step, you next need to go into your photo and crop it so that the photo is ONLY the dotted area (no mat or anything else included in the photo)...note: it doesn't have to be the COMPLETE dotted area -- it can be a portion. BUT -- and this is important (and I learned the hard way) -- you must crop this in the same aspect ratio as your camera takes photos or it will not calibrate correctly.
Once you've cropped the calibration sheet and saved it on your computer, click on the plus sign in the bottom right of the calibration area:
and navigate to and choose your calibration file when the window opens.
Once you open it, Silhouette will begin calibrating. If there's problems with the calibration, it will tell you what may be wrong (and you may have to take a new photo of the calibration sheet on the PixScan mat). If it's successful, you will see your profile pop up. Modify if you want (I put my name at the beginning of the profile), and then save the profile.
Now you are ready to use the PixScan mat! I tested it using a few stamped images. First take a photo of your images on the PixScan mat. For this, you have to make sure your image shows the full PixScan mat with the images. It should be on a flat surface, and you should try to take the photo straight-on (or as close as possible).
Here's what mine looked like:
And it didn't matter that it was rotated sideways and had extra stuff beyond the PixScan mat! So click on "Import PixScan Image from File":
Choose your image file and hit "Open". Silhouette Studio will process the image, and then you will see a screen like this on the right:
And like this in the drawing area:
You are now ready to choose the images, trace the edges, and cut as you normally would! It's very important that you don't move the images on the PixScan mat after you have imported the photo because the cut won't be accurate if the placement has shifted on the mat.
I hope you found this tutorial useful...I've been having a lot of fun with it and am so happy for this new feature!
Have a great, crafty week,