Set-Up Guides for Silhouette Charms

Silhouette Charms Sample (with 0-3 cutouts/holes)

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Sample artwork for Silhouette Charms Medium. Artwork is black and white, 300dpi, at least 50mm tall, and saved in .JPG format. The artwork has 1 detail to cutout (the gap at the belly).

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Artwork processed and set-up by Vector Etch staff for laser cutting. Red is a vector line and indicates where the laser will cut.

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Final charm in Lead Grey Premium Glitter Acrylic after it has been laser cut (with protective tape removed).

Silhouette Charms Sample (with 4+ cutouts/holes)

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Sample artwork for Silhouette Charms Medium. Artwork is black and white, 300dpi, at least 50mm tall, and saved in .JPG format. The artwork has 4 details to cutout (at the top and base of the bell, and either sides of the bow).

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Artwork processed and set-up by Vector Etch staff for laser cutting. Red is a vector line and indicates where the laser will cut.

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Final charm in Matte Gold Solid 3mm Acrylic after it has been laser cut (with protective tape removed).

Ordering

  • To order Silhouette Charms, simply choose the Silhouette Charms listing in the appropriate size for your project, upload your black and white silhouette, add to cart and checkout.
  • When checking out with silhouette charms, you will need to select an option for ‘Cutouts Selection’. You can choose between 0-3 cutouts/holes, or, 4+ cutouts/holes. This simply refers to how many internal details there are to cut out that your design has. More internal cutouts will use more laser time, so the price is adjusted accordingly for designs with more cutouts.

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Sample design with 0 cutouts (so could checkout with option for 0-3 cutouts/holes).

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Sample design with 3 cutouts (so could checkout with option for 0-3 cutouts/holes).

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Sample design with 4 cutouts (so would need to checkout with option for 4+ cutouts/holes).

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Sample design with 8 cutouts (so would need to checkout with option for 4+ cutouts/holes).

  • If you are able to use a computer program to create a vector file (set-up as per our Set-Up Guides for Quote by File), Silhouette Charms can also be ordered as a Quote by File (our best price and fastest turn-around service).
  • You will not receive a proof as we will laser cut your silhouette exactly as it appears in the digital file that you upload, scaled (proportionally) to the size ordered.

Requirements

  • Your artwork must be a BLACK AND WHITE SILHOUETTE. There must be no colour or greyscale in your artwork.
  • We accept any digital file types (.psd, .png, .pdf, etc) but a .JPG is preferred.
  • Your artwork must be at least the size of the product that you are ordering, or larger. We can generally always scale an image down, but images don’t always scale up clearly. Images should be at least 300dpi and preferably in .jpg format.
  • Sizes available are mini (up to 15mm x 15mm), small (up to 30mm x 30mm), medium (up to 50mm x 50mm) and large (up to 65mm x 65mm).
  • Silhouette charms are for cutout shapes only – they do not include any etching details.
  • You will only receive the shape indicated in black in your silhouette (laser cut in your material of choice). Off-cuts and internal cutouts aren’t included.
  • We’ll laser cut your artwork exactly how it is uploaded i.e. we do not offer any graphic design services to change or modify your design (with the exception of adding a hole, loop, or reflecting the design).
  • You may leave a comment with your order to request us to add a 2mm hole or a 6mm ‘loop’ to your design (our ‘loops’ are a 6mm diameter circle with a 2mm hole). To specify hole or loop locations, write and draw AROUND your design (not over your artwork). Alternatively, write a description as a note with your order e.g. hole top middle.

Hints and Tips

  • If your design is detailed, or it has been created physically larger than the product size that you’re ordering, it’s a good idea to print it out at the size that it will actually be and see how it looks. It’s difficult to gauge how images on a screen will look when they’re engraved/laser cut and printing your design out on your home printer is by far the best test to get an idea of how it will look. You might find that your design is too detailed and needs to be larger, or that some parts are too fine and need to be thicker, or it might be just perfect! We are not responsible for ensuring that your design does not contain parts that are too fine.
  • You can create your design however you like (digitally, traditionally, photo, etc), provided that the end result you upload to the website is a black and white silhouette.
  • Make sure that parts of the design aren’t too thin; thin shapes may break when handled. We recommend a minimum width of 2mm. We are not responsible for ensuring that your design does not contain parts that are too thin.
  • You can leave a comment with your order to request us to add a loop to your design (our ‘loops’ are 6mm diameter with a 2mm hole). To specify loop locations, write and draw AROUND your design (not over your artwork). Alternatively, write a description as a note with your order e.g. loop top middle. Loops are a great option for adding a hole onto thin shapes, such as in the bird example below (as there would not be enough space to add a hole on the circle).

Loop Sample
Sample design for Silhouette Charms in Small (0-3 cutouts/holes). Artwork is a black and white silhouette. Notes requested with order: ‘Add loop where indicated in file, reflect half’.

Loop Sample
Artwork processed and set-up by Vector Etch staff for laser cutting. Red is a vector line and indicates where the laser will cut. Loop is added in where requested.

Loop Sample
Final charms in 3mm Iridescent Acrylic after they have been laser cut (with protective tape removed). Half of charms are reflected as requested.

  • You can leave a comment with your order to request us to add a 2mm hole to your design. To specify hole locations, write and draw AROUND your design (not over your artwork). Alternatively, write a description as a note with your order e.g. hole top middle.

Hole Sample
Sample design for Silhouette Charms in Medium with 4+ cutouts/holes. Artwork is a black and white silhouette. Notes requested with order: ‘Add hole where indicated in file. Reflect half’.

Hole Sample
Artwork processed and set-up by Vector Etch staff for laser cutting. Red is a vector line and indicates where the laser will cut. Hole is added in where requested.

Hole Sample
Final charms in 3mm Green Premium Glitter Acrylic after they have been laser cut (with protective tape removed). Half of the charms are reflected as requested.

Files That Won't Work

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We can’t work with images that are smaller than the charm size ordered e.g. a 30mm artwork can’t be used for 50mm charms.

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We can’t work with images that are less than 300dpi. They will be too low resolution and the edges will be jagged as the result of the fuzzy pixels.

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We can’t work with most images found online. Most artworks online are only 72dpi (we require atleast 300dpi) and are not necessarily Copyright free.

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We can’t work with artworks that are not a silhouette, such as a line drawing with a thick line width. It’s not clear where we should make the cut lines e.g. cutting on the outside of the line in the Jolly charm above (bottom left) would create a much different silhouette to cutting on the inside of the lines (bottom right).

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We can’t make sure that silhouettes for layered designs fit together. If you’re interested in making layered or multiple piece items, you will need to order using a vector file (set-up as per our Set-Up Guides for Quote by File.

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We can’t work with a silhouette that isn’t joined together. Your silhouette must be one complete shape (otherwise it would qualify as multiple silhouette charms).

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We don’t recommend using designs that are too detailed, such as the material width is less than 2mm, as they may be too fragile and break when handled.

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We can’t work with artworks that have a background as we do not offer graphic design services to remove the background from the silhouette.

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We can’t work with artworks that have an undefined or textured outline as it’s unclear where to add the cut lines.

Need Help?

If any of the guides or instructions here aren't accessible to you, you may consider hiring a graphic designer to help you finalise (or create) the design for your project.

We list a number of designers and resources via our Designers and Resources page.