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How To Make An SVG File In Inkscape

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Most of us who have a newer Cricut machine eventually venture off into a black hole that is learning how to convert a jpg to SVG. Today is the day you learn how to How To Make An SVG File In Inkscape for Cricut.

In this Inkscape tutorial, you will learn the basics of how to convert your file into a vector image to use with your Cricut Machines. With this method, you can convert all kinds of file formats to use in Cricut Design Space for all your projects.

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Please note, I no longer use InkScape to convert my images to vector formats so I will only be able to answer basic questions. If you would like to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to make vector Images you can see those tutorials on my YouTube channel.

I find this the easiest way to create high-resolution SVG cut files.

Inkscape is a free tool that you can use to take jpg images or another file type and convert them to a vector file. Once you have converted this file you can take the Inkscape SVG and load it into your cutting machine or laser software to have the machine cut.

How to Convert an Image to SVG

Is Inkscape good for beginners?

Inkscape is a free online converter. This program takes an image file and with a little work from you converts them into scalable vector graphics or SVG files. For the best results, you should start with high-resolution png images. Look at the pixel size of the images, you may be able to find a higher resolution jpg file but in my experience, a png file for the original image works best when converting them to a vector format.

Making Inkscape SVG files is a good place to start, and an easy way to learn the basics of simple graphics programs. But if you can get past the small learning curve, Adobe Illustrator is a much better option for making a traced image.

Yes, Inkscape is free software, and it is awesome for personal use, creating an SVG file format. But if you want to get into making more professional quality with easy-to-use software, the small price for AI is 100% worth it.

Inkscape is where I started. But I quickly moved on to Adobe Illustrator, which has way more file types, I can also do logo design and more, and their Font Typekit is to die for. You can check out How To Make SVG Files with Step by Step Video Tutorial to see how that program works.

Any SVG converter or program that allows you to convert image formats into SVG format, is going to be hard at first. But once you learn the basics you will be able to convert jpg files and png to SVG.

Using Inkscape To Convert an Image to SVG

When I first started trying to Convert an Image to SVG, I seemed to have a really hard time finding a tutorial that made sense to me. Being a visual person it was hard to watch a video and get it.

I hope this video will help with the basics of learning how to Convert an Image to SVG.

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Yield: 1 SVG file

How To Make An SVG File In Inkscape

Active Time: 50 seconds
Total Time: 50 seconds
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: FREE

If you are just starting out learning to make your own SVG files, Inkscape is a great place to start. In this easy-to-follow video, I walk you through how to make an SVG file in Inkscape.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Download and install Inkscape.
  2. Choose your image.
  3. Open Inkscape
  4. Go to file
  5. Click open.
  6. Then select your image.
  7. In Inkscape click the image to select it.
  8. Go to path.
  9. Click trace bitmap.
  10. Select colors, then remove background and adjust scans (I select double the number of colors there).
  11. Click update.
  12. Move the bitmap copy and delete original.
  13. Go back to the file click save as.
  14. Give it a name and save it.
  15. Then load into Design Space to cut out your new design.

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