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So you just got a new Silhouette CAMEO? Great! If you are a brand new user and don’t really know where to start, this page is for you!

We’ve put this short series of New to Silhouette beginner videos together to get you up and running quickly. We highly recommend you watch them in order below before moving on to the full library of Silhouette U Beginner videos.


Unpacking your new cameo

This video tutorial will show you what comes with your Cameo 2 or Cameo 3, including the power cord, USB cable, and accessories. After watching this, you’ll be able to understand how to power on your machine and how to connect it to your computer.


setting up silhouette studio for the first time

Once you have your machine out of the box, you’ll need to register your machine and download Silhouette Studio, the software used to run your machine. You can find the software here.


how to download new designs to your library

Now you have your machine out of the box, and your software installed - you’ll need a design to cut. You can create your own, or purchase files from an outside source like So Fontsy or the Silhouette Design Store. In this example, we use the weekly free design from the Silhouette Design Store.

Let’s Get Cutting!

Ok guys, so now that you have the machine out of the box and Silhouette Studio installed on your computer, it’s time to craft! Below are two of our most popular videos of all time - they show you examples of starter projects so you can get comfortable with your machine. Give them a try!

first vinyl cut

This video tutorial will show you an example of a beginner-level project with vinyl

first heat transfer vinyl (htv) cut

This video tutorial will show you an example of a beginner-level project with heat transfer vinyl, also called HTV for short.

More Resources to Help

  • Check out the Deals page for discount codes from our favorite partners and craft brands

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  • Trying to get in touch with Melissa or Bob? Send us a message using the Contact page