Hi there, I hope you’ve all had a great week. Apologies for being a little bit late with this weeks freebie, I promise you it’s worth the wait.
I have a bit of a nautical theme going on this week, I have for you a tutorial on how to design a lighthouse in Silhouette Studio, along with a Free SVG and DXF file of a lighthouse.
I won’t keep you waiting any longer, lets get started with designing a lighthouse.
1, Firstly, open your Silhouette Studio Software as you normally would.
Draw a rectangle using the ‘Draw a rectangle’ tool, similar to the one on the left.
Next using the edit points tool (highlighted in blue below), click on each of the points at the bottom of the rectangle and adjust them out slightly – as shown.
Draw 3 more Rectangles and a triangle. Adjust them and position them as shown in the below image. Overlap the top triangle with the small rectangle directly below it. Select them both and weld.
2, Select the rectangle that will act as the window for the lighthouse (shown below). Go to Object-Offset. Select internal offset, this is to create the ‘Frame’ for the window. I’ve done an offset of 0.10.
Select the newly offset rectangle and the outer triangle. Right click and select ‘Make Compound Path.’ This will push a ‘hole’ through the rectangle to form a window.
Draw another mini rectangle and place it in the middle of the newly formed window as shown. Select the ‘window’ and the mini rectangle, click weld. (with this one you need to ensure that the smaller rectangle is within the compound of the window outline)
Next up, Draw 3 circles (or Squares if you prefer) for the windows in the bottom half of the lighthouse, position them in the centre, select the bottom half of the lighthouse and the circles, right click and again select ‘Make Compound Path.’
3, Once i’d positioned the shapes, I found I wasn’t happy with the height of the triangle (I wanted it to be smaller, but to still keep the width of it.)
I used the Edit Points tool (as used above), and adjusted the height by clicking on the grey point at the top of the triangle and dragging down.
Draw a little circle, Position it over the top of the triangle, as shown. Select both the circle and the triangle. Right click and select weld.
4, Here’s the finished design (on the left). As I’m a fan of adding ‘background’ layers to my designs wherever I can, I have added an offset of 0.10 to the whole of the lighthouse design) – as shown on the right. If you want to add an offset, select all the parts of the lighthouse, got to Object – Offset. Once you are happy with the size of your offset then click apply.
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This weeks Free SVG/DXF files is the below Lighthouse Design (minus the Watermark). I design all my files in Adobe Illustrator where I then convert too SVG and DXF files. In my tutorials I like to show you how you can create similar Designs within the Silhouette Studio software. Files are for personal use only.
Thank you so much for reading, I really hope this post has inspired you to experiment with designing in your Silhouette Studio Software. If you want to stay up to date with my tutorials and freebies then please feel free to follow me on: Pinterest,Facebook or Instagram.