Last updated on August 21st, 2017 at 10:05 pm
If you want to upload images to the Cricut Design Space that you’ve designed yourself, it couldn’t be easier! Here’s how to upload both basic and vector files.
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Today I’m continuing my series about the amazing Cricut Explore Air 2. Did you know you can upload your own images to the Cricut Design Space? As exhaustive as the Cricut Library is, there may be files that you want to cut that don’t exist in their system. So if you have graphic design skills (or know someone that does), you can design your own files in Illustrator or Photoshop and upload them to the Cricut Design Space and cut them! Did I mention this is FREE?
You can find the full tutorial for the Wild & Free and Born to Roam shirts, you can find them here.
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There are quite a few file types that you can upload to the Cricut Design Space, including .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .svg, and .dxf files. The powerful software converts these types of files into cuttable shapes. Depending on how you design your files, you will end up with one of two types of images:
Basic images are JPG, BMP, PNG, and GIF files. These files are uploaded as a single layer, and you can edit them during the upload process. These are generally created in programs that work in pixels, like Adobe Photoshop.
Vector images are SVG and DXF file types. These file will be automatically separated into layers after uploading and saving. These are generally created in programs that work in vectors, like Adobe Illustrator. Both of these methods work, but I often find my Illustrator files are the best because the Cricut was designed to cut vector files so it reads them natively. But don’t worry, it cuts other pixel-based files well, too!
I thought the best way to explain this would be to look at the process for cutting the same image as a basic image and as a vector image. I created this simple t-shirt decal in Adobe Illustrator. I saved it as an SVF and as a JPG. Here’s the process for uploading each:
Uploading a Basic File (JPG) to the Cricut Design Space
Start by clicking “Upload Image” on the lefthand menu, and navigate to the file you want to open. Then select it from the list of uploaded images and click “Insert Images.”
The Cricut Design Space will then ask you what type of image you are cutting. I usually select “moderately complex image” because I think the software works a little harder to see the edges than with a simple image.
In the next screen, you’ll select any part of the design that is negative space — meaning it does not get cut. You want select any white parts so they become transparent (checked). Make sure you zoom in and select the small areas of your project. In this case, I had to zoom in to click on the little design on the teepee and the inside parts of the letters.
The final screen has you select whether this is a print-then-cut image or a regular cut image. In this case, it’s just a Cut Image — no printing involved in this project. (here’s an example of a print-then-cut project).
Once you are done, it will appear on your work screen. The files don’t necessarily import at the correct size, so you can adjust that in the “edit” menu on the left. I zoomed in so you can see how the basic file is just a little rough around the edges. It will still cut and look great, but a vector file is cleaner. Once you have your file, click GO in the upper right and cut your file!
Uploading a Vector File (SVG) to the Cricut Design Space
The process for uploading a vector file is much more simple than uploading a basic file. Follow the same instructions as above to import your SVG. Once you get to the “Import Images” button, it will skip all of the above steps and import your image directly into the Cricut Design Space. If you designed it at a certain size, those dimensions should be retained when you import. Then click GO in the upper right and you’re off to the races!
Like this t-shirt decal file? You can download the SVG and JPG here:
This post is a sponsored conversation between me and Cricut.