New to Cricut? Did you find an awesome cut file on Etsy or Creative Fabrica that you want to use for a project? Do you have no idea how to get the file from one place to Cricut Design Space? Keep reading! Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to upload an SVG file into Cricut Design Space!
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What’s included in this Post
- What is an SVG?
- Cricut Machine Brushup
- VIDEO tutorial
- Photo Tutorial – How to Upload SVG Designs into Cricut Design Space
- More Helpful Cricut Design Space Tutorials
- Where to find Free SVG files to use
What is an SVG?
An SVG is a scalable vector graphic and this file type allows the freedom to resize the design without losing any details. These are the file extensions suited for cutting machines or lasers. You can read my dedicated SVG page here if you would like to learn more.
Cricut Machine Brushups
If you are new to Cricut, I have a few posts that may be helpful. Consider starting with my Getting Started with Your Cricut Explore Air Machine or How to use a Cricut Maker or Getting Started with a Cricut Joy posts.
In the beginning, these cutting machines can be a bit intimidating! They have knobs and they cut things and ohmygowsh I hope I don’t screw it up! Right? Well, rest assured you will be a pro in no time!
Many bloggers and designers offer free cut files or you can find a huge selection for a small fee on Etsy. If you are not sure how to get the file on your computer into Cricut Design Space then this post is for YOU! I list my favorite places to find free svgs files at the bottom of this post.
Video Tutorial – Get SVG designs into Cricut Design Space
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How to Download SVG Files to Cricut Design Space:
- Download your SVG to your computer in a location you will remember and can access easily. If starting out, the Desktop works the easiest. Files are often delivered in a .zip folder. If you are unsure of how to download a file to your computer or how to extract a file from a zip file, please refer to my SVG post here for instructions on both.
- Open Cricut Design Space and log in. If you do not have an Cricut ID already you can make one during this step.
- Next double click “New Project” either in the upper right of the screen (green button) or on the lower left of your screen.
- A blank canvas screen will then open and we want to click the “Upload Images” button on the left side toolbar.
- The next screen will allow us to choose whether we want to upload an image or pattern. We will choose the left side and upload an image. (image is defined as multiple file types (png, jpg, bmp) including .svg cut files!)
- Select the Browse Button to locate the folder you saved your SVG into in step 1. (this is why I mentioned desktop being an easy location to start)
- Once you select your downloaded SVG you will get a screen like this below. You will want to edit the Title if needed and add any tags you may want. (noted with 1.) This helps sort your projects and files later as you build your library up. Then select “Save” (noted with 2.)
- You will now see that your new SVG design is in that first spot under the “Recently Uploaded Images” section (noted with 1.) Select that image and then click the upload image button which is named “Insert Images” on the bottom right hand side.
- This will place your SVG onto your blank canvas in Design Space.
This process above is the same no matter which material you decide to use. Vinyl, Iron-on, Infusible Ink sheets, stickers papers etc.
From here you can resize the design and change any of the colors to match your materials. The next step will be to create your project and here are the first posts you will need in respect to the different materials you could be using:
- Vinyl – How to Cut Adhesive Vinyl on a Cricut
- Iron-on – How to Cut Iron on with a Cricut
- Infusible Ink – How to Cut Infusible Ink Sheets
You can then move onto applying each of thoes materials! We will break this down into easy to understand chunks!
More Cricut Feature Tutorials You May Like:
- How to Curve Text in Cricut Design Space
- How to Upload SVG’s to Cricut Design Space
- How to use the Slice Tool in Cricut Design Space
- How to Use the Ungroup, Weld and Duplicate Tools in Cricut Design Space
- How to Use the Print then Cut Feature
- How to Create a Monogram in Cricut Design Space
- How to Combine Mats in Cricut Design Space
My Favorite Places to find Free SVG Designs
The first place I will recommend is right here on my site! I have well over 300 Free SVG Designs & Printables in my Freebie Library! You can access each of my free svg files along with the tutorials on how to use them, through the indiviual posts or you can access the freebie files only in my Freebie Library!
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The next place to find free svg files are from my friends!
Lastly, some of my most favorite design sites (where I find fonts!) also have a Free SVG section. Here those are:
- DesignBundles.net – Free SVG Files
- Creative Fabrica Free SVG Files
- Silhouette Design Store — yes I know this is a Cricut post but Silhouette has some great free SVG designs!
Now that you know how to up load SVG files into a Cricut, leave me a comment to tell me what type of project you will try first!