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Wednesday, 15 February 2017


I'm sure a lot of you have heard about the Pixscan mat & asked yourself, how do I use it or are basically to scared to attempt it.  Well let me put your mind at ease, it's not difficult and just takes a few minutes to set up.  Once you have done the calibration you are set to open a whole new world with your Silhouette.

The reason I love the Pixscan mat so much is that all that fussy cutting becomes a thing of the past, now isn't that worth it?

So lets get started...

Step 1:

Open your Silhouette software and click on the 3rd icon on the top left hand side as seen in the image below.  If you hold your cursor over the icon it will read "Open Pixscan image".  

On the right hand side you will see the "PIXSCAN" window opens up.

Step 2:

a)  Click on the down arrow "IMPORT FROM FILE"
c)  Click on A4 using the down arrow and then click on the "SHOW CALIBRATION TEST CARD"

You will now see this dotted paper appear as per the image below.

d)  You need to print this on your printer

Step 3:

You now need to take a photo of the printed image using the images below as a guide.

If I can give you a few tips:
1)  Take the photo in a well lit area but don't have any shadows over the page when you taking the photo.
2)  Make sure your camera lense on your cell phone is clean.
3)  Go close to the image and try line up the sides of your cell phone screen with the dotted lines and take the photo as straight on as possible without shaking
4)  Don't have any background area showing

It's sounds like a lot of trouble for just one picture, but believe me it's all worth it.
The image below is a good example of a we are almost ready to play

Once you have take the photo (I tend to take a few just in case), connect your cell phone to your PC using your USB Cell phone charging cable and transfer the photos you have just take to your desktop (or save it somewhere that is easly found as you need it in the next step), alternatively email to yourself and download those photos onto your computer.

Now go to your Silhouette software and click on the "+" sign as circled in red below and that opens up a pop up screen whereby you can now go and find the picture that you just saved.  i.e: on your desktop or folder that you chose.

Once you have found the picture, click "open" and the Silhouette software will automatically start to Calibrate your cell phone to the software.

If it doesn't like the picture a red screen will open up saying it doesn't like the picture and you must simply try take the photo again or use one of the others that you took.

If it likes it you will see that your cellphone description will show up in the box above the "+" sign.

That's it...that's how easy it is to Calibrate your phone to your Software.

In part 2 of this lesson, we will go into more detail about using your pixscan mat, so be sure to watch out for Part 2 of this lesson.

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