How Do You Download GSD Files to Cut on Cutting Machines?

This question gets asked more than I would have thought. There are basically 3 or 4 ways to get GSD files and cut on your digital cutter. You do need to have a machine that will cut GSD files.
Currently the machines that cut GSD files are all version of Craft Robo, Quickutz Silhouette and Wishblade.

The simplest way to cut is to use files that come with your machine and software. Usually Robo master or Design Master. The files are loaded initio software and you can look in “My Library” or “File-> Thumbnail Browser” to find files to load and cut. You can then move around and change size according to your software.

How to Buy GSD Files for Craft Robo, Silhouette, etc.

If you have Quickutz Silhouette machine you can purchase digital cutting files from the Quickutz site- you can only do this thought the Robo Master software that came bundled with you Silhouette or download from the Quickutz site using ” Purchase Files” in the software, creating a Quickutz account and purchasing download cards.
If you are going to do this there are several place where you can buy heavily discounted download cards so I would but online from reputable seller or often you LSS will sel then at discount.
The Quickutz files in my opinion are very pricey and many similar can be found for much less cost or free. I will also say that their designs are very nice and cut beautifully on the machine.
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Digital Design Cd’s for Quickutz Silhouette

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There are several design cds available for Quickutz Silhouette, they are called ” Quickutz Design Portfolios“. You can buy these sets on CD and install on your computer. They will automatically be installed on your

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computer and can be accessed through Library in Robo Master can install on multiple computers with no problem.
This is one of the more economical ways of buying new designs for you Silhouette.

Buy GSD Files from 3rd party Sites for Silhouette, Craft Robo and Wishblade

You can buy designs from 3rd party sites. The files are usually designed by professional designers and avid users of various digital cutters. The quality can vary however the popular Cutting file sites have editors than check quality constantly. You will often see various file formats available other than GSD and these are use in different cutters or using alternative to Robo Master software ( Adobe Illustrator , Kik n Kut and Funtime for example) Even Cricut users can buy single files in the SVG file format using SCAL ( Sure Cuts A Lot) software and their Cricut.

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The designer files are a very good value and you can often contact designer to custom make a design you would like. I am happy to custom design a file for your cutter in the $1-4.00 range. email for details. You basically choose a file or set of files you are interested in buying then pay with pay pal or credit card.You can down load you files in GSD format. When you open Robo Master check go to “File-> Open” and browse to your downloaded files. Often the files will be zipped with terms of use and introduction so you will have to unzip first.
You can download free zip software here. Just click on zipped file and browse where you want the files saved.

Download Free GSD Files for Your Craft Robo, Quickutz Silhouette and Wishblade

There are many sites that offer free files. You can do a search on Google for “Free GSD Files” or similar.
Many sites and designers offer lots of free GSD files for download and many of the paid cutting file sites / When you find files you lie just download. Most likely the files will be zipped to unzip to folder and you can cut the file simply by going into robo Master, “FILE-> Open” and then browse to your file and open. You can see image of file while browsing by suing “File-> Thumbnail Browser” in Robo Master.
Any Question or if you are having problem- let me know!
I offer free GSD/SVG and KNK files every Friday- you can find them on my free cutting files page.

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  1. Lee-Anne says

    Ok, so I must be really dumb because I still don’t understand how to get the gsd files into my library on my silhouette. I just bought it, and was told about the free gsd files, but I can’t find the “how to” for putting them in my library. Any help would be MUCH appreciated :)

  2. Diane says

    Hi, I know these posts are old, but I just found your website. I have a Silhouette that I haven’t opened yet – but I did download the software to see if I liked it, before buying the machine.

    I read the above instructions on the downloading and, sorry, but I found that the typing misstrokes made it hard to read. Also, I can tell that it was written by person who knows their way around computer “stuff” really well. Having taught computer newbies, I understand how hard it is to go back to all the extra basics when explaining :-)


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