How Do I Get My Silhouette to Read Registration Marks?

Registration marks are small lines, dots, or shapes that are printed on a sheet of material to help guide a cutting machine in accurately cutting out the desired shape. If you have a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait machine, you may be wondering how to get it to read the registration marks. The good news is that this process is fairly straightforward.

The first step is to make sure that your Silhouette machine is properly calibrated. This can be done by using the registration mark calibration tool that comes with your machine.

To use this tool, simply place a piece of paper with registration marks printed on it onto the cutting mat and then follow the instructions on your machine’s LCD screen. Once your machine has been calibrated correctly, you will be ready to begin reading the registration marks.

The next step is to load the design into your Silhouette software and select “Cut with Registration Marks” from the drop-down menu. This will allow your software to detect and read any registration marks on the material. You can then select which type of registration mark you want to use (such as cross or line) and adjust any other settings as needed.

Once you have loaded your design into your software, you will need to load it onto your cutting mat and secure it in place with masking tape or another adhesive material. Now, place this cutting mat into your Silhouette machine and click “Go” on the LCD screen. Your Silhouette should now be able to detect and read any registration marks printed on the material.


Getting your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait machine to read registration marks is simple once you know how. Begin by calibrating your machine using the provided tool and then loading a design into your Silhouette software – making sure that “Cut with Registration Marks” is selected from the drop-down menu – before placing it onto a cutting mat and loading it into your Silhouette machine.