How to Open SVG Files in Cricut Design Space

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How to Open SVG Files in Cricut Design Space

Learn how to Upload SVG files to Cricut Design Space!

Did you know that you can find cut file designs for your Cricut machine outside of Cricut Access Library? SVG files (short for Scalable Vector Graphics) are a type of vector file that can be used by most cutting programs, including Cricut Design Space.

SVG cut files are widely available from many craft bloggers, design marketplaces, and graphic designers, with many even offering free SVG files (like yours truly). Using SVG files from around the web opens you up a whole new world of designs that you might not find in the Cricut Library.

If you’re new to your Cricut machine, or just new to using SVGs, here’s an easy to follow tutorial that will show you how to open SVG files in Cricut Design Space so you can get busy making!

Most SVGs will download as a zip file. After downloading, you will need to unzip to use the files inside. (Learn how to download & unzip SVG files).

Then you can head to Design Space. Sign in and click New Project to open up the Canvas.

Open New Project in Cricut Design Space

Click the “Upload” button on the bottom of the right side menu.

Cricut Design Space Upload SVG Files

On the Upload page, choose “Upload Image”.

Cricut Design Space - Upload Image button to upload SVGs

Then click the “Browse” button to navigate to where you saved the SVG file on your computer (or drag & drop the file).

Design Space Drag & Drop to Upload SVG image

Be sure to choose the SVG format file. Some computers may display SVG files using web browser icons (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc), however they are actually SVG files and should still upload correctly in Design Space.

You can check for the .svg file extension, or look at file type for “SVG Document” or “Scalable Vector Graphic”) and click “Continue”.

Design Space Choose SVG file to open

On the Upload Image page, you can name the image, and add tags. When you are ready, click “Save”.
Add Name and tags to SVG file in Cricut Design Space




The uploaded image will then appear in your “Recently uploaded images” section, where you can click on the thumbnail and choose “Insert Image” to place the design on your Canvas.
Cricut Design Space - insert Image into Canvas
The SVG design will now open in your new blank canvas. In the right-hand “Layers” panel, you will see a separate layer for each shape/element in the design.
SVG File open in Cricut Design Space Canvas
By default, the design will have all design elements grouped together. You will need to right-click on the design and choose “Ungroup” to work with parts of the design, and their corresponding layers separately.
Cricut Design Space - Right Click to Ungroup SVG file

That’s it! Make any desired changes to the design for the project you are creating, and when you’re ready to cut, click “Make it”.

Cricut Design Space - Make it button to cut SVG

If you’re looking for SVGs to use with your Cricut, take a look at my Creatables shop, which has a growing selection of original cut files (including over 200 Free SVG Files) for Cricut Design Space!

How to Upload SVG Files to Cricut Design Space

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you weekly free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other fun things. Thank you in advance for your support! 

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