How Do I Use My Silhouette Portrait 2?

The Silhouette Portrait 2 is an electronic cutting tool that helps you to create personalized projects with precision. With the help of a cutting mat and the right software, you can cut vinyl, fabric, and other materials with ease. This article will guide you through the process of setting up and using your Silhouette Portrait 2.

Set Up

Before diving into the cutting process, you must first set up your machine. Begin by connecting the power cord to an outlet and then plugging in the USB cable. Next, download the Silhouette Studio software on your computer or laptop and launch it. The software allows you to design or upload images for cutting. After designing or uploading your image to be cut, place it on the cutting mat which should be placed onto the Silhouette Portrait 2’s base.


Now that everything is set up, it’s time for cutting! Start by selecting what material type you are using from within the software. This will prompt a menu of material settings that are best suited for your project. You can then adjust any settings as needed such as speed and pressure according to your preference or material type.

Loading Tools

Your Silhouette Portrait 2 comes with two tools: a cutting blade, and a scoring/embossing tool.

To load either one of these tools, press down on the top right-hand corner of the machine until it clicks open. Insert one of these tools into its designated slot in the machine and press down until it clicks into place.

Cutting & Scoring/Embossing

Once everything is ready to go, let’s begin! Press “Send” from within the software to send your file to be cut by your machine. Your Silhouette Portrait 2 will then automatically begin its process according to your settings! When finished, remove your finished project from the mat and enjoy! If using a scoring/embossing tool instead for folding paper projects, use similar steps but keep in mind that no material is necessary.


Using a Silhouette Portrait 2 is simple once set up properly with its accompanying software and accessories. With this electronic cutter, you can craft customized projects quickly and accurately with precision at all levels of expertise! Whether it be paper projects with scoring/embossing or materials like vinyl or fabric – this machine has got you covered.

How Do I Use My Silhouette Portrait 2?

Using a Silhouette Portrait 2 requires setting up both hardware and software components before beginning any project. Once everything is ready to go, select what material type you are working with from within the software and adjust any settings as needed before pressing “Send” to start cutting or scoring/embossing depending on what tool is loaded in at that time.