Here we will talk you through opening an SVG file in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or Business Edition software.

SVG files will not open with the Basic Edition software although this same method will work if you are opening DXF Files in the Silhouette Studio Basic Edition.

Firstly open up your Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or Business Edition software. It should look a little something like this:

There are a three ways (that I know of) to open SVG files in Silhouette Studio.

How to Open SVG Files in Silhouette Studio:

Method 1: Importing SVG Files Directly

  1. Launch Silhouette Studio: Open the Silhouette Studio software on your computer. If you haven’t already installed it, make sure to download and set it up.
  2. Create a New Document: Start a new project by clicking on “File” and then selecting “New.”
  3. Import Your SVG File: Click on “File” again, but this time choose “Open.” Browse your computer for the SVG file you want to import and click “Open.”
  4. Edit and Customize: Once the SVG file is loaded, you can resize, recolor, or customize it according to your project’s requirements.
  5. Cut Your Design: When you’re satisfied with your design, it’s time to prepare it for cutting. Make sure your Silhouette machine is connected, and follow the prompts to send the design for cutting.

Method 2: Using Silhouette Studio’s Designer Edition

If you have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or higher, you can directly open SVG files without converting them to other formats.

  1. Open Silhouette Studio: Launch the software on your computer and ensure you’re signed in.
  2. Create a New Project: Start a new project by clicking on “File” and selecting “New.”
  3. Import the SVG File: Click on “File” and choose “Open.” Locate the SVG file on your computer and click “Open.”
  4. Customize Your Design: Now, you can resize, modify, and prepare your SVG design as needed.
  5. Cut and Create: Once your design is perfect, follow the prompts to send it to your Silhouette cutting machine for precision cutting.


Using SVG files with Silhouette Studio opens up a world of creative possibilities for your crafting projects. Whether you’re making custom apparel, intricate papercraft, or stunning home decor, the combination of SVG files and Silhouette Studio enables you to bring your unique ideas to life with ease. So, go ahead and explore the endless opportunities for crafting and personalization with SVG files and Silhouette Studio! Your creative journey awaits.

As previously mentioned this method will also work when opening DXF files in Silhouette Studio. DXF files can be used without having to purchase the paid editions of Silhouette Studio.

The design shown above is part of a set of Patterned Cross Designs, available in SVG, DXF and EPS formats. If you are interested in purchasing this design you can do so by visiting my Etsy store, please click the link below to take you there.

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