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- Cuts a variety of materials including: cardstock, fabric, heat transfer material, transparencies, paper, vellum, adhesive vinyland magnet paper
- Free Mac and PC compatible software included
- 10 dollars download card included
- 50 exclusive digital designs
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The Silhouette Portrait is a smaller, lighter version of the popular Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting tool. Like the CAMEO, the Portrait connects to your computer, allowing you the freedom to cut all your fonts, download thousands of designs from the Silhouette Online Store, or design shapes of your own with the included software.
The Silhouette Portrait is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more, up to 8 inches wide and 10 feet long. The machine also has the ability to register and cut printed materials.
Use the included design software to cut any font on your computer, download shapes from the Silhouette Online Store, or draw your own designs.
- Maximum Cutting Area: 8" x 12" (20.3 x 30.5 cm) with a cutting mat, and 8" x 10' (20.3 cm x 3 m) with a lined media
- Maximum Media Thickness: 31.5 mils (0.8 mm)
- Maximum Cutting Force: 210 gf
- Compatible Media Types: Vinyl, heat transfer material, cardstock, photo paper, copy paper, rhinestone template material, fabric, and more
- Interface: USB 2.0 high-speed
- Unit Dimensions: 16.25" x 5.6" x 4.5" (41.3 x 14.2 x 11.4 cm)
- Unit Weight: 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)
- Shipping Dimensions: 18" x 10" x 10" (46 x 25 x 25 cm)
- Shipping Weight: 8 lbs (2.6 kg)
- Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
- Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool with Adjustable Blade: Blade with ratchet cap
- Power Cable: 100-240 volts AC adapter (Power cables are available for US/Canada,Europe, South Africa, Australia, and other regions)
- USB Cable: High-speed 2.0
- 8-Inch Cutting Mat: 8.9" x 13.5" (22.6 x 34.3 cm)
- Digital Cutting Files: 50 exclusive cutting designs
- Download Card: $10 gift card for more digital designs from the Silhouette Online Store
- Software CD: Silhouette Studio design software for Windows XP and newer and Mac
- Basic Instruction Guide
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When I saw that the Silhouette had come out with a smaller, cheaper version that did the same things as the Cameo, I knew I wanted it. It arrived very quickly and the install was easy. I was pleased to see a simple machine that sat perfectly on top of my desktop computer (it's so petite!). I plugged it in and got started with what I had on hand. The software is very user-friendly and reminds me of working in Microsoft Publisher.
I found it interesting that the Portrait sounds like an old fax machine as it works. It's not loud, but not necessarily quiet. Either way, it quickly did its job and I was satisfied with my first successful attempt at an intricate design.
I can't wait to try the sketching feature and cutting out fabric (for cute hair bows!). I love that you can completely make your own designs, but that Silhouette provides a bunch of great ones as well. They have free designs that are actually useful and a bunch of great videos online.
All in all, I think that this machine is perfect for the random crafter who makes things on a smaller scale. The software is much easier to use and navigate than what I had originally heard, so I am very pleased about that. Again, I also love that the actual machine is very compact and unobtrusive. I highly recommend this to anyone wondering if they should take the dive or not.
2. Mat was way too tacky and manual doesn't say to remove tack by rubbing it on a low lint pillow or something. My first cut was good but the white residue left over by CS was a mess. Plus the blade setting was set according to the instructions but it gouged through the mat right off the bat.
3. Loading the mat was complete guess work, why no instructions on how to align? If I place it such that my 8x11 mat sits between the two white rollers, it seems to work. There are 3-4 guide lines on the machine front left but no markings on them, not sure what they are for!
4. There are markings for letter size and A4 size material placement on the mat. Align your top left and right corners of paper on the mat using them, they are hard to see but there. This will ensure perfect placement of paper on the mat.
5. Software installation is very easy and using it is intuitive. I haven't played with print/cut or other advanced features yet but will soon.
6. Free 50 designs will come through after software installation and you click on recent downloads (or is it import to library? sorry, can't remember).
7. I cut intricate vines/leaves on Coordinations textured cardstock, it came out very well but for one of the smaller sizes. I put several sizes on one 8x11 CS to avoid wasting CS.
8. Tried a Moroccan lattice background (very detailed) on regular patterned scrapbook paper. The setting was at 3 and it didn't cut anything. I set it to 4 and then it did a beautiful job. So their blade setting recommendation is not an exact science, it's trial and error.
9. Machine is light and portable, make sure you have room on the table for the mat to go back and forth, without it being obstructed by your laptop or wall etc.
10. Silhouette should post some basic videos on their site to show people basic placement of material on the mat, mat loading, blade installation etc. They are seriously lacking in that especially for new comers to die cutting world.
11. I just found out that I don't need designer edition to be able to cut .svg files. You can convert .svg to .studio easily with free software called inkscape. I tried and it worked.
11. Print and cut is a great feature. My first attempt was success (by fluke). Placement of paper where your image is printed and will be cut...is a tricky affair. I had to place it half an inch below the top line. It worked beautifully but the same did not work the next time. Very frustrating!
12. I left a voicemail for silhouette on the print/cut issue but don't know if/when they will call back. I had heard of great cs from them but I for one am yet to experience that. They are open only mon-fri and they are always busy and force you to leave a msg or email them! Not once did I get a person on the phone so far.
13. I am already ordering a spare blade/mat just in case. However, there are two sizes mentioned for portrait which is odd. My original mat is 8x12 but now they also sell a 8.5x12. Why? The 8x12 I saw was a low tack one but I want regular tack 8x12. Again, hoping to ask silhouette customer svc if/when they call me back. Thank God for so many generous folks sharing their tutorials/videos on how to...otherwise I would be sitting around waiting to talk to silhouette.
I do wish I would have gone with the Cameo because of the size, but since I mostly do greeting cards it does most of what I need. I do love doing 3-D boxes and it is more difficult and uses more card stock to do on the portrait. This is easier to travel with than the cameo.
There are some cons...
You have to have a few extra mats to use because you will mess up the first one.
Buy a few extra blades right away. You will need to replace one of those in the beginning. Not due to machine error, due to learning curve.
The Studio Design software and Silhouette store are great and reasonably priced to purchase designs. No cartridges. But I did upgrade the Software from the free version within a few weeks.
If you purchase this, I'm sure you will love it. Once you order your machine, download the free version of the software and play. Go to YouTube and watch lots of videos, then when your machine arrives, you can just have a great time creating.
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