How do you use SVG’s?

What are SVG’s?

SVGs (=Scalable Vector Graphics) are digital files that you can use as logos or other graphical operations. Or you can also import them within the software programs of eg. cutting plotters like Cricut Maker, Silhouette and Brother Scan ‘N Cut.

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How do you use SVGs?

  1. Choose your .svg or .dxf file to upload.
  2. Click  Open  from the file selector or drag and drop the file onto the Design Space upload screen. 
  3. Give it a title and tag (this is not necessary, but it is useful if you want to use this again).
  4. Then choose  Save .
  5. At the Upload window you will now see your new image appear in a kind of library for uploaded images (bottom screen)
  6. Click and add the image so that it is added to the design screen.
  7. Within a Cricut or any cutting plotter you have the option to remove the background. You can do this in 3 different ways: simple, less complex and complex.
  8.  When adding an SVG in a Cricut Maker, Silhouette, or Brother Scan ‘N Cut, you can choose a Print and Cut file (great for labels or stickers), or simply choose a Cut file. (This step will depend on your creative craft project).
  9. Then click on “ Create it ” where you still have to indicate your type of material.

Tips:

  1. Files created in other software programs can be used within Design Space (= Cricut machine software).
  2. Be careful with layered images. You can first ungroup these to enlarge everything according to your taste.
  3. You choose which background you want to omit from the SVG. This is important if your image has multiple layers. You can always remove this step within other drawing programs, such as eg. Inkscape, Photoshop or Internet website that offers this section.

More info about SVGs