Silhouette Studio Image Effects – How You Could Improve Print Results

Sometimes there are differences between what we see on our screens and what we produce on paper or card. Using Image Effects in Silhouette Studio could help improve your print and cut results.

The Knotty Problem

Our computer screens show us colour by combining various amounts of red, green and blue together. Commonly known as the RGB colour model, it is often described as additive because it adds red, blue and green together to produce all the other colours. Most home printers also use RGB to produce the coloured images that we print.

Our Screens

Every computer screen renders the amounts of red, blue and green differently. RGB colour is not an exact measurement, thus what I am seeing on my screen may not be what you are seeing on your screen.

Our Printers

We have the same problem with printers. Most home printers use RGB to produce colour on paper or card. You have an RGB printer if you have one colour ink cartridge and one black ink cartridge. Every printer manufacturer uses different recipes for their ink. Most printers also have two or three settings too; draft, normal and best, for example. 

Our Card or Paper

You will be familiar with this type of sentence. For example:

“For best results use HP paper and genuine HP ink cartridges for the best results.”

Our third variable is the card or paper we use. We will get different results when using standard copy paper, premium paper, photo paper and various types of card.

Whilst RGB is a standard colour model that we all understand, the way we experience it can be vastly different. It’s also the reason why it’s difficult to answer problems of the screen view versus the printing results. 

Program To Program Variations

We know about the differences between our computer screens and printers, but we can experience differences between computer programs too. I see it between Photoshop and Silhouette Studio; my colours always seem a shade or two darker in Silhouette Studio.

Silhouette Studio Image Effects - How You Could Improve Print Results
the colour difference between Photoshop and Silhouette Studio

It’s clear that with all the different screens, printers and paper there isn’t going to be a one-size-fits-all answer.

Test prints will help us to learn about the relationship between our screens and printers. Yes, practice makes perfect and also a pile of paper scraps! The test prints enable us to make small adjustments to our grpahics for better print results.

I wasn’t keeping track of how long I took to start getting good print results every time. I do know that once I began using Stampin’ Up Whisper White card for my printing I didn’t have to keep testing every image, every time. I can make an educated guess as to the adjustments needed in Silhouette Studio and know I will get a good printed result. 

This isn’t an advertisement for Stampin’ Up card. I choose it because it comes in A4 size, making it easy to put through my printer without trimming. I do think using the same card consistently can help you achieve better results every time. Try out different brands and find one that suits your printer. 

Image Effects and Tracing

Silhouette Studio Image Effects can improve your print results and it’s also useful when it comes to tracing difficult images. You know, those images with dark and light colours? The darker shades are picked up by the Trace window, while light colours are missed. 

Use Image Effects on a copy of your graphic to make it black and white, which makes it instantly easier to trace!

Thank you to Rose for prompting this discussion about Image Effects. If you have any questions about Silhouette Studio then drop me a line via my YouTube comments, my contact page here or find me on Instagram.

Silhouette Studio Image Effects – How You Could Improve Print Results


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