Well here are some basic step by step instructions on "HOW TO TRACE"...
First off you Google an image that you are wanting, in this instance I went to google and typed "Valentine png" in the search bar, I then clicked on "IMAGES" but that give you a whole bunch of coloured images which the Silhouette can trace but to start with I always prefer to find black & white line drawings as it is usually alot easier. So once you have clicked on "IMAGES" then click on tools & then on "TYPE", you will notice a drop down menu opens up, then click on "LINE DRAWING".
You will then end up with the images below.
I chose the 6th picture for this example, being the black heart with the flourishes/swirls in it. Click on the image and save it. (If an image has a watermark, it means you need to purchase the image, alternatively look for something else that is free)
Now open the saved image in your Silhouette software & click on the icon on the top right hand side that has a yellow square with a blue butterfly in it.
Now you will see the TRACE window open up on the right hand side as per the image below. Click on the top line that is hightlighted in blue in the picture that says "SELECT TRACE AREA", now you will move your mouse over the "Heart" image & you will notice the pointer of your mouse is a "+" sign.
Now starting in the top left hand corner drag & highlight the entire image of the heart until it is covered with a lowlighted square/rectangle, once you are sure you have covered the entire area release the square/rectangle you just dragged over the image.
Once you release the image it will have this yellow line around the image, but when tracing it is ideal to rather get a complete yellow image of the black area, so on the right hand side where the "TRACE" window is, you will notice that the "HIGH PASS FILTER" is ticked, so in this instance you need to "UNTICK" the High pass filter.
Once you have unticked the High pass filter you will notice that the image changes yellow. Some areas look a bit rough, and you can try use the "THRESHOLD" slider & adjust that slightly, but in this instance, I am pretty happy just as it is.
Now click on the "TRACE" button that is highlighed on the right hand side.
Once you have clicked on the Trace button you will be left with the heart & a fine red line around the image. If you now click on the black heart and drag it off into the grey area, you will notice a red trace of the heart being left behind, that is now a cut line and you can go ahead and size it to the size you want & send to the Silhoutte machine to cut it out.
I trust you enjoyed this tutorial on how to trace, until next time have fun. I would love to see what you have designed so feel free to share it with me.