When I started making tutorials about Silhouette Studio back in 2010-2011, I was sharing what I had discovered in order to ease the learning process for others. Well, I've learned a few more tricks the past few years and still want to share them so you can get the most out of your Silhouette machines.
Nearly three years ago, I made a Disney Princess Paper Doll tutorial that shows how to use Photoshop Elements to prepare a PDF file for tracing in Studio, then how to trace to turn those free downloads into Silhouette print & cut files. Although everything in that post still works, I've made a simpler video tutorial with less steps. I've also made a second video tutorial that doesn't use PSE at all--it uses a free PDF printer program to get the same result.
First, if you don't have a Silhouette machine, go ahead and just download these adorable paper doll files (links provided below) to cut out with scissors. You don't need to read further. (But you should seriously consider getting one of these awesome machines!)
Here is my updated tutorial for using Photoshop Elements to turn a free Disney PDF into a Silhouette Studio print & cut file:
Here is a video tutorial for converting a free Disney PDF into a Silhouette Studio print & cut file without using Photoshop Elements (you will need to use a PDF printer program like Bullzip PDF Printer):
Finally, here is a video tutorial for using Photoshop Elements to prepare a PDF file with a transparent background when it is difficult to trace due to white and light colors near the edges:
The Disney sites can be a little cumbersome to navigate and find each princess, so I'll put a direct link to each princess 3D printable (although you're sure to find other treasures as you search through their printables). My tutorials should help turn any color-filled printable into a print & cut.
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Tiana (Princess and the Frog)
Sofia the First
(Pssst...for you moms of boys, the Disney website also has Mater and Lightning McQueen, Buzz Lightyear, and Agent P 3D papercrafts, to name a few. I haven't tried those yet. Check out Spoonful.com's 3D paper crafts, too!)
Here are a few of the paper dolls I made since my original post.
One final note. If you found my original paper-doll tutorial through Pinterest, please pin this post so the simplest tutorial gets circulated. Thanks!