Once you know how to switch cut lines to score lines in Silhouette Studio, the paper crafting project possibilities are endless. 

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Picture this: you’re excited to make the most adorable three dimensional paper project using your Silhouette machine. Suddenly, you realize you need to score some lines for the perfect fold. Panic sets in because you’ve never done that before. Don’t worry, with a few easy clicks you can complete your masterpiece. I’ll walk you through how to do just that.

How Does Score in Silhouette Work?

First off, make sure you are working in a paid version of Silhouette Studio. This will not work in the free version. Silhouette uses the blade to score. No special scoring tool is needed. When you give it the correct instructions, the machine will know to make a light cut on the top of the paper to create a score line instead of cutting all the way through the paper. Pretty cool. 


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Step 1: Setting Up Your Project

  • First, open Silhouette Studio.
  • Next, open the project you want to create.
  • The designs that I sell that involve changing from cut to score always come with a warning message at the top reminding you to change the lines. Delete this message off. 
  • Then, position the project perfectly on your mat.
  • Next, you must Ungroup the cut lines from the project. To do this, right click and select Ungroup. Do not move the lines once they are ungrouped or they will not line up correctly when cut.

How to change cut to score lines in Silhouette Studio

Step 2: Identifying the Lines

Honestly, identifying which lines are the cut lines is the hardest part of this whole thing. What I like to do to make it easier in the next step is change my cut lines to a distinctive color that I will remember. To do this:

  • Select your cut lines only.
  • With your cut lines selected, go to the Panels drop down. 
  • Scroll down to LineStyle

  • Next go over to the Line Style Panel that opened and select a color. Any color you like. 
  • Your cut lines will now be that color and will be easier to identify in the next step.

Step 3: Changing from Cut to Score

Now it’s time to make the changes. Go over and select the SEND button.

  • Next, you will want to look for the cut lines. Mine are easily identified because my line color is purple. That’s the color I just selected for them. 
  • With that line selected, go to the Action drop down and select Score.

If you look down the panel you will see the material is set to Cardstock, Plain. That is a good setting regardless of how thick your cardstock is. You will see the action set to Score.


Next, you will want to go down to Force and change that to a 1. That is how deeply the score line will cut. If it’s too much force, it will cut through. If 1 isn’t deep enough for the paper you are using, you can always adjust it higher, but 1 is a good place to start. 


Note: I don’t currently have a Silhouette machine, but I do own the software so I could figure these steps out for my Silhouette customers. So you will see it says I am not connected. That is why.

Lastly, go back to the top and make sure both boxes are checked. This is your score lines and the actual box. Once they are both checked, hit SEND. Get ready for some gorgeous score lines.

Projects with Score Lines

Now that you have the hang of this, here are some more fun designs with score lines.



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