The Cricut Explore is an electronic cutting machine that works in conjunction with Cricut Design Space to cut materials to the design of your choice. From leather to vinyl, the Cricut Explore is capable of shaping the material into the exact design of your choice. It is often used for DIY projects and crafts, and most users start off using Free SVG Images.

SVG Cricut

It is often possible to buy designs for the Cricut Explore online, although some are free. These designs come with all the instructions on what to buy and how to assemble it and then the cutting machine takes over and shapes whatever you want, from an Easter decoration to a wedding card.

If you look around online, you can find tons of designs, often free, in the form of SVG files. SVG files, or Scalable Vector Graphics files, are an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics that supports both interactivity and animation. It operates as an open standard and can be created or edited using a text editor or drawing software.  Finally, all major modern web browsers are capable of rendering SVG files.

How to use Free SVG Images with Cricut


If you have a Free SVG file on hand and would like to use your Cricut Explore to cut it, you’ll need to import it into your Cricut Design Space. Below is a step-by-step process for how to go about doing that.

    1. The absolute first thing you need to do is set up your Cricut account by visiting http://us.cricut.com/design and logging into your account. The Cricut Design Space software operates online which means no download is required. This is great assuming you have an Internet connection, but can serve to be a hassle if not.
    2. Once you are in your account, click on “Create New Project” to set up your new design.
      cricut svg step 1
    3. Using this account, got to the sidebar and select “Upload Image.” It is assumed you already have your SVG file on your desktop. If not, there are tons of free ones online at websites like “Free SVG Images
      Our Love is Forever SVG

    4. You will find two options: Basic Upload and Vector Upload. Choose Vector upload since the SVG file comes will all the data necessary to layer out your project and requires much less work than a basic upload of a .gif or .jpeg file.
      cricut svg step 2
    5. Next, browse your computer and select the file you intend to cut. Once you’ve found the SVG image, select it and click “Open.”
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    6. Design Space gives you the option to give your file a special name and add image tags to this. If you think you might have issues organizing your projects in the future this could be a useful feature, but is absolutely not necessary since Design Space will automatically name your file based on its name on your desktop.
      SVG Import Cricut
    7. Now just select the file from the “Insert Image” tab to select it and it should have a green check. Click “OK” and it is now properly loaded into Cricut Design Space.
      SVG Import Image
    8. The SVG file is loaded, but you need to find the corresponding PDF for sizing information. Using Adobe Reader (downloadable at http://get.adobe.com/reader/), open up the PDF and locate the sizing for your SVG file. Every SVG file should come with a PDF file, so if you’re struggling to find it, your download may not have executed properly. Once you find the file, it will tell you what the intended width or height of your design is.

 

  1. Use the “Edit” tab to adjust the sizing of your design. It is key that you have the “Lock” setting on at this point, so when you adjust the width, the height adjusts automatically. Very rarely will you find yourself in a situation where both height and width need to be changed.  Change your width and hit “Enter,” and the image size should adjust.
    SVG Edit Cricut
  2. Your SVG file may come with score lines already embedded in the design. If this is the case, click your main layer and send it to the back so the score lines properly feature in the design. If you don’t have any score lines or layers, it is possible to use the Cricut Scoring tool to draw score lines instead of using the cutting tool. Your choice between the scoring tool and the cutting tool will not affect the final product.
  3. Once you are done these steps, just click the “Attach” button and then repeat for each SVG file you want to cut. Cricut Design Space will now black out each SVG file you have successfully attached.
  4. At this point, you have the option to adjust your SVG file. All the different layers show up on virtual mats which are superimposed over each other. This is the time to make any changes you feel are necessary.
  5. Now you are all set to go. Make sure that you have the correct colours of paper loaded so your design turns out as intended.
  6. Once this is done, simply click the “Go” button and start cutting!

Cricut Tutorial


Using this tutorial you should be well on your way to cutting your SVG file in Cricut Design Space. One question that is asked frequently is whether it is possible to pull in multiple SVG files for a cards-in-a-box-design at one time, and it unfortunately is not.

From reading this short tutorial you should understand all the basics required to start experimenting with your Cricut Design Space. In the beginning you will just want to follow the designs from free SVG files exactly as they are meant to be executed, but after a few trials, you might find that things get more interesting when you change colours or sizes. You can even using the scoring tool to draw extra details into the designs. Much like cooking, you start off following the recipe and then deviate as much as it suits you.

Free SVG Cricut Example

You are now ready to cut the SVG file of your choice. If you need ideas, feel free to hit Free SVG Images for great free designs. These designs come in .svg, .png or .eps format and feature great quotes, cards and illustrations.

These are the perfect way to get started using your Cricut Design Space today! is an electronic cutting machine that works in conjunction with Cricut Design Space to cut materials to the design of your choice. From leather to vinyl, the Cricut Explore is capable of shaping the material into the exact design of your choice. It is often used for DIY projects and crafts, and most users start off using Free SVG files.