So you bought a HoopMama Design and want to change the colors for a mock-up, or made your own and you want to create a mock-up or print-out the design for your customer, but Silhouette will only save .studio files? Here’s how you make it happen!
This blog post will show you how to:
Save PDF images
Convert PDF to PNG
How it looks on PicMonkey for Mock-Ups
If you want to know how to change the color of your image with your own pattern fills or glitter options, click here. If you want a more in-depth look at creating mock-ups on PicMonkey with HoopMama’s Mock-Up images, click here.
First thing you need to do is download and install CutePDF. This is a free print driver. It ACTS like a printer but it actually just creates PDFs. If you have it already or something similar, like BullZIP, you don’t need to install this. When you visit the website, you will want the one in the top left corner. Once that’s installed, it will show up as a print driver. So you can just go to your Silhouette software and start working on your image. If you are wanting to change colors, feel free to do so at this point. It’s easiest to “ungroup” and then select what you want together and “group” it back together in pieces.
NOTE: If you like the colors the way they are, HoopMama does include the PNG format that you can use. More details are explained in the “Mock-Ups Made Easy” tutorial.
Notice I just have “MOMMY” selected in this image below. You’ll do the same for whatever you want to be together. Keep in mind that little pieces like the dot over the “i” will need to be grabbed since you ungrouped.
Once you have the colors were you like, go to “file” and “print.” You should see “CutePDF” as an option now.
NOTE: Make sure your image is small enough to fit on an 8×11 sheet of paper, otherwise it’ll get chopped off by CutePDF. I lucked out on this one because it’s right on the edge of the 8 inch line. I should have moved it to the top left corner of the mat, but it ended up working fine for me and I didn’t have to redo it.
Sometimes it takes A WHILE but this next screen will eventually pop up and you can save it wherever you save your images.
You can stop here if you just want a crisp white background to show your customers! But if you are wanting to create a mock-up, or take the PNG into other software to trace, you will want to continue on.
Once it’s saved, head over to PDF2PNG.com and upload the image. This will convert it to a PNG file that PicMonkey will read.
Save the PNG out of your downloads so that it can be searched. I usually just open the zip, and drag and drop the PNG to my desktop.
Now head over to PicMonkey!
Open your favorite HoopMama Mock-Up, or one of your own. Then overlay the PNG like we did before in the “Mock-Ups Made Easy” tutorial. Don’t forget to change the “blend mode” to “multiply” for the transparent background.
Voila! Add your logo and watermark and save!
I hope this helped you! Please pin or share it with someone else that may benefit as well!
Wishing you as much success as you desire,