How to Size Images and Text

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So you have an image you’re opened into the Silhouette Studio Software.


As you can see, this particular image is 7.834 inches by 2.067 inches (I colored it in blue just to make it easier to see).  I’m not happy with the size and I want to change it.  There are at least two ways to make this happen.  The first is by grabbing any one of the white squares on the corner of the selection with your mouse and dragging it OUT (to make it larger) or IN to make it smaller.  If you drag the square boxes between the corners, it will stretch the design or squash it depending on which way you drag the mouse.

The second way to resize an image is to look on the Quick Access Toolbar.  The Quick Access toolbar is found directly under the new, open, save and print icons. In order to see the part of the toolbar we need, the image must be selected. Please keep in mind that I have the Business Edition of the software, so your icons may NOT appear in the same places that you’ll see mine in.


As you can see, the Quick Access toolbar has several items on it, and they change, depending on what the software thinks you might want to do.  In this case, since the image is selected, it thinks you MIGHT want to size the image.  The software happens to be correct in this ccase.  As you can see, the width and height are listed in the boxes and there’s what looks like a padlock next to them.  The padlock is to keep the aspect ratio between the height and width the same.  If you leave it unlocked; you can change the two independently.

Here’s a software “quirk” that you need to be aware of.  If you want to change the width AND the height, you can use the tab key to go from the width to the height, but you MUST use the return/enter key after you change the Height to make both “stick” in the software.

There is a third way to adjust image size.  On the side panel, you should see the icon for the transform panel (don’t confuse it with the same icon in the quick access toolbar, that’s for centering,)

icon(– The Transform panel icon.

When you open the panel, you have five tabs at the top to choose from.

transform panelThese are centering, scale and dimention, rotation, move and Shear.  We want the scale tab for this.


From here; you can scale your design either by percentages as well as specify the dimensions you specifically you want (be sure to pay attention to the padlock for aspect ratio).  You can either choose the set percentages, use the slider bar or the up and down arrows to the right of the number to set your scale.

Be sure to click Apply once you’ve made your selection for either scale or dimension.

That is one of the nice things about Silhouette Studio there is generally at least two ways to do everything!

Sizing Text:

Sizing Text is a little different.  There is one rule of thumb to remember about text.  I’m going to assume you already know how to put text into the design field.  When you enter text, it’s surrounded by a green box.  That’s the indicator that what you have is actually text (and I’ll explain why that matters later.)  If you’ve clicked off of the text box and you need to access it again; just double click on the word(s) and the green box should appear.

Text Box

While the text box is active, take your cursor and highlight the word(s) you want to resize.  Once those are highlighted click on the Text Box to the right side.

Pay attention to which font icon you choose.  The left font Lfontallows you to enter text, the one on the right, font (the one with the bar) is where you choose your text STYLE and font size.

font1At the top of this panel you should see “Arial” and then “72” pt.  72 is the font size (and as you can see from the text box above, it’s very close to an inch high.  That’s fairly huge for letters.  You can change the font size to one of the presets using down arrow beside the 72 or you can enter an arbirtrary number, it’s up to you.  When working with fonts, an Arial 72 isn’t necessarily the same size as say, a Times New Roman 72.  Each font is different, so you have to work with it to find what works for you.

A second way way you can resize your font is to treat it the same way you did when working with images.  You can click on it once, and then drag any of the corners in our out to adjust the size.  The nice part is at least with version 4.1.206; it leaves the font as, well a font.

In previous versions a while back, if you used this method, it turned it into an IMAGE; and you lost the ability to change the words or the font; and it didn’t scale it in the font size window.  This is a VAST improvement over the previous version.  That’s AWESOME!

So there you have it.  How to size an image and text!