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Learning how to make SVG files for your Cricut is actually pretty easy. And today I am going to teach you in this step-by-step video tutorial.

In this video, I walk you through how to pull a basic image from a Google search (not recommended for commercial use) and how to convert it into graphic formats using Adobe Illustrator, how to create SVG files, and how you can use them in Cricut Design Space.

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Also, I talk about how you can take an image that is in multiple pieces and mold them together so when you go to move your image you don’t have 30 different pieces to work with, you have one solid image.

All of these steps are very easy to do once you learn how to navigate and use Adobe Illustrator and you will know how to create SVG files. 

SVG stands for scalable vector image. These SVG graphic files are what Cricut users need to use to upload their own design files to upload into Cricut Design Space without having to do a ton of extra work to make them usable.

Adobe Illustrator: How To Convert An Image To SVG To Use With Cricut Design Space

selecting like colors to create 1 layer from them

For instance, there are many SVG converters out there, and some are free online. For instance Inkscape, but my favorite is Adobe Illustrator. I just personally feel like you have more options, just to clarify. And it’s easier I think in the long run once you get going. 

Why Should I Learn How To Make SVG Formats?

There are a few reasons you may want to learn to make SVG files yourself. Above all, 1 of the main reasons is to sell. There are a lot of places to sell your SVG files and make a passive income.

For beginners, bitmap images or raster graphics (png, jpg, gif) are way harder to navigate than SVG images. Life is just easier with scalable vector graphic formats.

Where Can I Sell My SVG FIles?

I do a lot of my crafts using my Cricut, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrators pair nicely and I am left with really clean and crisp images I might want to use.

Whether it is making coasters, prints for a backdrop image, or more. I like to make vector designs that I can resize as big or as small as I want without losing quality, so it was a necessity to learn how to make SVG files. 

In conclusion, the options are endless and you will get that store quality that will make your products stand out from the rest.

There are many image formats that you may start with and the quality is going to depend on the starting image size or file size. 

First, you should start with a, generally the png file format. I rarely convert jpg to SVG files, I just don’t like the output.

screenshot of adobe illustrator typing text to make an SVG

What Are SVG Cutting Files

SVG Files or scalable vector graphics are a wonderful way to use images for your Cricut or even Silhouette Machine. SVG files allow you to adjust and resize the image without distorting or losing any quality in the image.

So you can see why you should learn how to convert a file to SVG.

If you are working on creating an image or working on an image for your Cricut or Silhouette this is a great way to save and use your images.

Get more Basic Cricut File Types Explained at the link. It will help you understand better when you are learning how to make SVG files, and why this file type is best.

showing paths before they have been united

Can You Use SVG Files In Cricut or Silhouette?

The nice thing about having a Cricut is you can easily use SVG files for your machine. The Cricut is top of the notch and really helps you get those clean lines, and cuts precisely. I have done so many amazing crafts using my machine.

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Can Cricut Cut Any Design?

What is so amazing about the Cricut is you can create your own images or use stock. The Cricut can indeed cut or print SVG files that you upload directly to your Cricut. Using Adobe Illustrator to learn how to design SVG files for your cutting machines like the Cricut Explore is a great way to also learn to design files.

This tutorial and video are both easy to follow and really easy to understand. You will learn about how to create compound paths for use with your Cricut machine.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you learn also to save as an SVG file.

Need More Inspiration? Check out these Cricut Crafts and Free SVG Files.

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How To Make SVG Files For Cricut

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $10

Learning how to create SVG files for your Cricut is actually pretty easy. And today I am going to teach you in this step-by-step video tutorial.

In this video, I walk you through how to pull a basic image from a Google search (not recommended for commercial use) and how to convert it into graphic formats using Adobe Illustrator, how to create SVG files, and so you can use them in Cricut Design Space.


  • A little Paitence


  1. It is easier if you start with a high-resolution image. Upload the image by going to file>place embedded and then select your file. Resize on the canvas and then go up to image trace and select the dropdown. Choose the number the same or higher than the number of colors in your image. Or use 16 for a higher color count. tracing jpg to convert to svg
  2. Now go back to the top toolbar and click expand. expanding image in illustrator
  3. At the very top go to Edit>Ungroup ungrouping the jpeg after tracing
  4. Remove anything you do not want to keep in the image by clicking that part then clicking delete. removing the background of our jpg in adobe illustrator
  5. Now you can combine all like colors, select 1 color and then go to Select> Same> Fill and stroke. Then on a mac, you can do cmd 8 or go up to object > compound path > make. Repeat with all elements you want to merge. selecting like colors to create 1 layer from them
  6. Type out your text. screenshot of adobe illustrator typing text to Making SVG Files For Cricut
  7. Choose a font, I used Maybe Font. choosing a font in adobe illustrator
  8. Once your font is chosen you want to go to object> expand. expanding text in illustrator
  9. You will notice cut lines if your text overlaps. You want to merge those before saving.showing paths before they have been united
  10. Go to your pathfinder and click unite. If you can't find the pathfinder then go up to the top to window> pathfinder, you will have to scroll to the bottom. showing united paths
  11. Adjust the text on the image. adjusting the design in illustrator
  12. Now you can save! Go to file> save as> svg Saving files as svg in adobe illustrator

What does SVG stand for?

Scalable Vector Graphics

Can you convert a JPEG to an SVG file?

If you convert from raster images like PNG or JPG, this SVG converter will convert your shapes and objects to black and white vector graphics that are scalable without any loss in quality. They can be later refined or colored with a free vector graphic program like Inkscape.

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