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Silhouette Studio Zoom Tip

  Silhouette Studio Zoom Tip


I’ve been playing around creating projects with my Silhouette Cameo machine for a few weeks now, and as I find things that could be helpful to others I will share them on my blog!

If you are familiar with other graphic programs, like Photoshop, you may have used a zooming shortcut that is extremely fast and useful by using the scroll wheel. So of course I went about trying to find a way to do that in Studio.

The most common function of the scroll wheel on a computer mouse is for scrolling up and down on a page. It’s quick and fast to use and much more convenient than moving your mouse over to the side to grab the vertical scroll “bar” and move it up or down.

In Photoshop I was able to change the preferences in the software to use my mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out on the project. I use this all. the. time. It’s so quick and convenient!

When I started using Studio I would move the scroll wheel out of habit to zoom in, but of course that didn’t work, because it just scrolls up and down the project.  After doing extensive research (a.k.a. “Googling”) it looks like you cannot change preferences in Studio to make the wheel function as a zoom tool. You really have to click on the Zoom In or Zoom Out buttons on the toolbar to zoom.  However, I did find in the Studio Manual that there are a couple other useful zoom tools that you may not have used.

Silhouette Studio Zoom Tip Selection Tool

The “Selection Zoom” tool allows you to zoom to specific areas of your workspace by drawing a box around the area you wish to zoom into.  So you just click on this tool in your toolbar, then draw a box. And it REALLY magnifies that area! This is very fast and convenient to use!


Silhouette Studio Zoom Tip Drag Zoom Tool

The “Drag Zoom” tool works the most like the scroll wheel on a mouse. After clicking on this, your icon will appear a double-ended arrow. Just click and hold down your mouse to zoom in or out to any size. But, as soon as you let go of your mouse the drag zoom icon disappears. You will have to click on it again to zoom. So it’s not quite as convenient as using the scroll wheel, but it definitely gets the job done.



Silhouette Studio Zoom Tip Fit to Page Tool

The last zoom icon is the “Fit to Page” tool. As soon as you click on this icon your page will immediately fit the full workspace to the center of your screen. This is a super fast way to get back to a normal view after you’ve zoomed in to work in a concentrated area.


These zoom tools are all very handy for working in small areas, especially when you want to weld text or do some detailed point editing!

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  • kraig December 8, 2017, 1:34 pm

    I wanted to tell you that you can use the scroll on your mouse to zoom. The same way that you can scroll up and down with your scroll on the mouse, you hold ALT and scroll it zooms in and out. Also if you hold CTRL and scroll it will move the view left and right. I used to work with AutoCad and it is very similar to this. Hope this helps.

  • Christian December 28, 2017, 6:48 pm

    I cannot believe Silhouette doesn’t offer this as an option. I spend SO much more time moving my mouse to the zoom button, performing one small action and then have to go back and click up to the zoom. How incredibly frustrating.

    Sorry, just wanted to vent. I am not a fan of this program (always freezes when I am setting up a cut) and wish there was an alternative…..

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