Are you considering buying a Silhouette Portrait 3? Or perhaps you have just bought yourself one and you're not sure where to start? In this beginners guide we have collected together helpful videos and top tips for making the most of your new Portrait die-cutting machine.

What is the Silhouette Portrait 3?

The Silhouette Portrait 3 Digital Die Cutting Machine is a lightweight and compact 8in electronic cutting machine that features an Automatic Tool Detection, AutoDetect AutoBlade and a Matless Cutting function. Designed to help you make precision cuts in vinyl, cardstock, fabric, and more, this digital machine is perfect for crafting on the go! It's the perfect machine for cutting A4 size materials.

What are the Key Features of the Silhouette Portrait Machine?

  • The machine is lightweight & portable, great for taking to craft classes and for small craft spaces
  • The Portrait will automatically detect which Tool you are using
  • The machine can cut 2mm deep - so you can use with craft foam or chipboard
  • Matless cutting - kiss cuts and pop out cuts
  • Cutting length of up to 60ft!
  • Pen tools mean you can also write / draw
  • Wireless Bluetooth Connectivity
  • PixScan Compatibility For Print & Cut Jobs
  • Compatible With Both Windows & MAC Operating Systems

What's in the Box?

silhouette portrait 3 box contents

1 x Autodetect Autoblade
Pen Adapter For Sketch Pens
Silhouette Studio Software (Basic Edition)
50 Free Digital Designs
Power Cable | USB Cable | 3 Pin UK Plug

What additional accessories and consumables do I need?

Everything you need to get started comes in the box, however some of the components will need replacing in time, use these links to shop accessories and attachments for your Portrait 3.

Blades and Attachments
Cutting Mats
Vinyls, Inks and Specialist Papers

User Manual

The best advice for anybody new to die-cutting, before you start playing and pressing buttons is to read through the user manual (I know it takes patience but is well worth it!) - Download yours here - Silhouette Portrait 3 User Manual

Download the Silhouette Software

You will need to register your machine and get set up by downloading Silhouette's design studio - go to to start the process and follow the onscreen instructions. After you register your Portrait 3, you will be able to access the 50 free exclusive designs that come with your machine.

Useful Silhouette Portrait 3 Video Tutorials

Learn how to load your Portrait 3

Learn how to Print & Cut