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Silhouette Portrait

4.5 out of 5 stars 415 customer reviews
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Price: $147.88 & FREE Shipping. Details
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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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Product Information

Product Dimensions 18 x 8 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight 7.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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4.5 out of 5 stars 415 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,268 in arts-crafts
#33 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing > Craft Supplies > Paper & Paper Crafts > Paper Craft Tools

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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.


Silhouette Portrait

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

What's included?

  • 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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After hearing about the Silhouette Cameo for a while and seeing what it could do, I was very intrigued but not wanting to spend a couple hundred dollars. I am not a hardcore crafter, but do enjoy the occasional craft every now and then. I wanted to start making my own stationary and realized that it would be handy to have one of these machines. After talking to many friends who own both the Cameo and the popular Cricut, the verdict was clear: Silhouette wins.

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.
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1. Blade installation was really simple once I stopped reading the manual which doesn't simply tell you to plop it into the slot and turn the lock to the right. I saw you tube video and it was a snap.
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.
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This machine is AMAZING!!!!! VERY easy to learn/use-I showed my 11-yr old son how to use it in less than 5 minutes! It easily connected to my home PC and has a built in library with maybe 20 or so designs, an intuitive (but powerful) built in design studio. PLUS this machine can recognize any font already installed on your PC and use most basic graphic formats as designs (as in .jpg, .png. and others). It also comes with a $10 gift card to their online store-might not seem like much, but most designs are only .99 cents, plus they give away a free design each week!!

My first project: FAIL! I'd tried to simply type my son's name in the hope of making a little sign for his room (using normal scrapbooking paper). The paper curled and ripped, the mat was WAY too sticky. Second, just as bad (having buyer's remorse for sure). By the third, piece of cake, a very intricate 3d mini lantern, pillow boxes and a mini-stationary set came out PERFECTLY, every minuscule detail PERFECT!! Unfortunately, I'd already cut my mat to shreds-clean through in some areas.

1) Although the instructions very clearly show you how to create a design, load the media, set the blade, and cut, it was only once I started "futzing" with the media thickness setting AND using the "test cut" (it will cut a little triangle in the upper far corner of your selected media to see if it cuts properly-duh?
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