Help (and Frequently Asked Questions)

The template is too big for my printer!

Yes. Quite likely, it is. Boxes need quite a lot of paper, there is not much I can do about it. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Find a larger printer. Either use a copy shop, or buy yourself a A3 printer. You can also print at, say, 50%, and use a copy shop to enlarge the template with 200%. (Note that if you want to enlarge from A4 to A3, you need to scale with 141%. And, from A3 to A4 is 70.7%)
  2. If you need a plain, straight box: use the multi-sheet box template.
  3. If the template is only slightly bigger then the sheet, you might still tweak it to fit. From the detail page of a template, choose the paper size (Letter or A4, most likely). You will see a preview of the template at the right-hand side. Maybe you can decrease the size of the glue flaps to make it just fit. Also, note that glue flaps need not be perfect. If these end up in the unprintable margin of your sheet, then it doesn’t matter. You can always draw them with a pencil before cutting.
  4. Keep an eye on the updates on this site I intent to add a ‘tiling’ option and an option to add measurements, so you can re-contruct using a ruler.
  5. For the cone-template, you can easily reconstruct the template on a large sheet using the calculated dimensions given on the top of the template: draw two concentric circles with the given radii, one horizontal line and diagonal line, originating in the centre of the circles. The angle of the two straight lines is also given on the top of the page.

The dimensions are off!

This happens a lot when you print from PDF, because Windows or Mac tries to ‘help’ you by scaling your document. So, from the print menu, turn scaling off or (equivalently) set scaling to 100%.

How do I open your files in Silhouette Studio (the free edition) ?

The payed versions (Silhouette Studio Designer edition) can open PDF files and SVG files. The freem (OEM) edition can not. But, it can open DXF files. So, you can choose the DXF-option from the listed file formats. Because of the limited DXF support, you will still need to mark the fold lines yourself.

How do I create beautiful artwork from your templates?

You would need a vector-editor. The most famous one is Illustrator (from Adobe), but you can also try your hand at Inkscape. It’s free, open source and works on all platforms. I really recommend it!