What’s better to do today than master The Replicate and Rotate Tools in Silhouette Studio? (LOL)
Today, I’m showing how I use the advanced replicate and rotate tools to make many of the Cutting Files that I share here at GetSilvered.
Don’t let that word “advanced” deter you though as it’s not hard at all and I’m sharing an easy rotate reference table to take the guesswork and (math) out.
First though, I’m showing how to make a basic doily shape by replicating and rotating a circle. If you’re new to the Advanced Rotate & Replicate features I suggest following along exactly with my measurements and instructions to see how it works to get a feel for it.
Step By Step Make a Doily
- The Centre of Rotation (COR), is the set of small cross lines in a circle found in the middle of each shape. If it’s not visible turn it on from the Settings menu. >Settings > Defaults > and Check “Show Centre of Rotation”.
- Draw a Circle. In my example I’m using a 1.5 inch circle.
- Select Circle and Internal offset it by .250 inch.
- Select Both > Right Click > Make Compound Path. It will look like a donut/washer shape.
- Drag down the COR to the bottom outside edge of the donut shape.
- Open Replicate Menu Window and Scroll down > Click on Advanced options
- Insert 7 for Number of copies (Figure 2) and set Degrees at 45 (figure 1)
- Scroll down a bit and Click >Replicate
- With all rotations still selected > Right Click >Weld.
- Done! – Admittedly, it’s a simple shape. Read on to see more options to designing with Replicating and Rotating and getting more variations 🙂
More details on the options when rotating and replicating….
- TLDR/Summary: In the replicate Window: The angle of degrees you set in Figure 1 must divide evenly into 360 degrees. Figure 2 equals the number of times it divides into 360 less 1. (see pic below)
- Remember our big plastic circular protractors back in Geometry class? A full circle is 360°. So if we have an object in Silhouette Studio we wish to rotate and replicate, and we set the angle of rotate to 30°, (#1 on pic below.) we’ll need 12 objects spaced at 30° intervals to create an even circular design. That’s because 360 divided by 30 equals 12. With me?
- But…in Advanced Replicate settings in Silhouette Studio we would set the number of copies (fig2) at 11, not 12. Why? Because you already have your original shape there, so you need only 11 more rotations at 30° intervals to make up the total 12 rotated shapes needed for a 360° full circle.
- If the geometry isn’t your forte, I’ve made a handy chart below, with other examples of settings that make up a perfect 360° design when using advanced rotate. Pin as a reference, or Click image for a bigger pic and right click to save the larger version.
- Another reminder: Move that Centre of Rotation. If you forget, all your duplicates will just spin around on top of one another!
Now have some fun!
Beware this is addictive! Now the Math class is done and dusted – make unique designs now by:
- Changing the starting shape, (try an oval or a rounded square),
- Change the size and thickness of your original shape (try a little thinner than before when offsetting )
- Change the position of the Center of Rotation (Drag it further down – it will make the final design larger)
- Change the Degrees of rotation settings see my handy chart above.
In the pic below I’m showing a few of the endless possibilities. I started with the same simple 1 1/2 inch donut shape I used to make the doily above, but in the top row the results varied depending on the angle and number of copies I selected. In the bottom row I used the exact same settings as the top row, the only difference was the COR was dragged down a further half inch. Small changes can make big differences!
Have fun! The related posts below are just four of the many designs I’ve made using the Advanced Replicate and Rotate tools.