How to Use SVG Files with Brother ScanNCut

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How to Use SVG in Brother Canvas Workspace

Learn How to Upload & Convert SVG files in Brother CanvasWorkspace

Did you know that you can find cut file designs for your Brother ScanNCut machine in addition to the available patterns on the Brother CanvasWorkspace site?

SVG files (Scalable Vector Graphics) are a type of vector file that can be used by most cutting programs, including Brother CanvasWorkspace.

SVG files can be found from graphic designers, design marketplaces, and craft bloggers, with many even offering free SVG files. Using SVG cut files from trusted places around the web opens up a whole new world of designs that you can use with your ScanNCut.

In this step by step tutorial, you’ll learn how to import SVG files to Brother CanvasWorkspace, and how to convert them to FCM to use with your ScanNCut machine.

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). After unzipping, you’ll be ready to import the SVG file to CanvasWorkspace.

There are 2 ways to use CanvasWorkspace: You can use the online version in your web browser, or you can work offline with the desktop version of Brother CanvasWorkspace software. Both versions are shown in this tutorial.

Importing SVG Files to the CanvasWorkspace Website:

Head to the Brother Canvas Workspace website: at https://canvasworkspace.brother.com

Sign in and click New Project to open up the Canvas.

Brother CanvasWorkspace Create New Project

On the Canvas Workspace, click on the “Import” icon in the top menu.

2 Brother ScanNCut CanvasWorkspace import SVG file

An Import window will open with information about accepted file types. Click the “Choose file” button. Navigate to where you saved the SVG file on your computer.

Import SVG File to CanvasWorkspace

Many designers include several different file types. 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 CanvasWorkspace.

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

4 Choose SVG to open in Brother Scan N Cut

The Import window will now display the name of the file you selected. Click “Ok”.

5 ScanNCut Import Window

The uploaded image will then appear on your workspace.

SVG Imported to SNC CanvasWorkspace

By default, all elements of the design can be moved around individually. If you need to move or resize all the pieces of a design, you may wish to group the design or certain parts of the design. To do this, select the parts of the design you wish to group, then right-click and choose “Group” (or simply press the “G” key on your keyboard).

Make any desired changes to the design for the project you are creating, and when you’re ready to cut, click the large “Download” button on the right side to convert the file to FCM format for your Scan N Cut machine.

7a Convert SVG to FCM for ScanNCut

You can choose the “Download to PC” option to save the file in FCM format to your PC or USB flash drive.

Or choose the “ScanNCut Transfer” option to send the FCM file directly to your ScanNCut machine either via wireless network, or USB cable.

How to Convert SVG to FCM for ScanNCut

You can learn more about transferring FCM images to your specific ScanNCut machine model here. https://support.canvasworkspace.brother.com/en/connection/

Importing SVG Files to the CanvasWorkspace Desktop Software:

Open the Brother CanvasWorkspace software and head to the Canvas. Click on the “Import” icon in the left side menu.

Import SVG to CanvasWorkspace Software

A navigation window will open. Navigate to where you saved the SVG file on your computer.

Many designers include several different file types. 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 CanvasWorkspace.

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

Choose SVG file to open

The uploaded image will then appear on your workspace.

 

SVG design in CanvasWorkspace

By default, all elements of the design can be moved around individually. If you need to move or resize all the pieces of a design, you may wish to group the design or certain parts of the design. To do this, select the parts of the design you wish to group, then right-click and choose “Group” (or simply press the “G” key on your keyboard).

Make any desired changes to the design for the project you are creating, and when you’re ready to cut, choose “File > Export to FCM File…” to save the file in FCM format to your PC or USB flash drive.

Convert SVG to FCM file for Scan N Cut

Or choose “File > Transfer FCM File via the Internet” to send the FCM file directly to your ScanNCut machine either via wireless network, or USB cable.

Send FCM file to Scan N Cut Machine

You can learn more about transferring FCM images to your specific ScanNCut machine model here. https://support.canvasworkspace.brother.com/en/connection/

I hope you found this tutorial helpful for opening SVG files to use with your Brother Scan N Cut!

If you’re looking for SVGs to use with your Brother ScanNCut, take a look at my Creatables shop, which has a growing selection of original cut files (including over 265 Free SVG Files) for your ScanNCut machine!How to Use SVG Files with Brother ScanNCut

Happy Crafting!

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17 thoughts on “How to Use SVG Files with Brother ScanNCut”

  1. Hi

    Hope you can help. I’ve downloaded an svg file for a box to my ScanNCut DX1200. It cut each piece separately including the fold lines. I now have lots of pieces instead of one box.

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    • Hi Val, Some designers include 3D SVG files with solid score lines, dashed score lines, or both. It sounds like the file you opened has solid score lines. For ScanNCut, you want to use SVG files with dashed score lines, which will allow the blade of your machine to cut along the dashed lines to create a folded edge.I hope this makes sense!

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  2. Great Information, thank you. Please can i ask for some information regarding SVG files. I have people send me SVG files and when I import them into workspace it only partly comes through or its just a black square etc. I’ve tried every thing and now just ready to give up.
    would you be able to shed some light?
    many thanks,

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    • Hi Joanne, I’m so glad you found this tutorial helpful! When it comes to SVG files, just having a file that is converted or saved in SVG format doesn’t necessarily make it a file that is cuttable. It’s possible that there may be pixel-based images in the SVG, or the design may have been saved with incorrect settings, which might be the reason why they aren’t opening correctly in CanvasWorkspace. I’m happy to take a look at the SVG files if you need help troubleshooting.

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  3. I am having a lot of difficulty with the new workspace. It will import my SVG files but will not convert to and export the FCM files. I get error messages N10004 and E10001. I have been looking everywhere for help and all I know to do at this point is to ask people like you how I can get some help. There is nothing anywhere that I have found that helps me. I have a CM350. I have used Canvas Workspace for several years and it has gone well. I have no way of changing my SVG files to FCM without workspace. Please give me an email or a phone number of someone that will help. Just using the robot help, does not help.

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    • Hi Vennie,
      I just tried exporting an SVG to FCM in the desktop version of CanvasWorkspace v2.5 and it converted successfully. I just looked up the error codes you mentioned, and the Brother website says N10004: “Image data cannot be exported to the FCM file.” It sounds like your SVG file may contain some image (pixel-based) elements, which can not be converted into cut lines. You would need to make sure all parts of your design are vector elements. For code E10001, the site says “There is no objects inside of the red dashed line on the art board when exporting to the FCM file.” Make sure all parts of your design are placed within the red dotted lines on the workspace mat. Here’s a link to the Brother CanvasWorkspace errors. If you need help troubleshooting your SVG file, I am happy to take a look at it.

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  4. Hi, Cricut separates multilayered SVG into separate mats by color, how do I do this with canvasworkspace… have multilayered design and not sure the best way to handle this.

    Thank You

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    • Hi Jeff, In CanvasWorkspace, you would need to manually separate the pieces of your design by color and place them in different areas of the mat for cutting. Depending on the size and number of pieces in your design, you can cut several different colors or possibly all the colors of your design on 1 mat! Here is a video which shows this process (from 00:40 – 02:15): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80LDSkZIWLQ

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    • Hi Bonnie, I have added a Print button at the top and bottom of all blog tutorials, so you can click “Print” and either print the article from your printer, OR choose “Adobe PDF” as the printer in the Print dialog box to save the post as a PDF file! Of course, you can also always bookmark or Pin these tutorial links for quick reference with access to all the links in the post. If you are still having trouble opening SVG files in Canvas Workspace, feel free to email me where you are getting stuck and I’ll do my best to help!

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  5. I was on the fence for the longest time about buying a scan n cut but finally took the plunge last week. This is SO helpful – thank you!! Off to check out your shop…thanks for doing what you do.

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  6. I am so grateful to have found you! I was at the brink of just giving up with my Brother Scan N Cut Canvas Workspace and going back to just plain old die cutting. Today, I found your website and read through the instructions … and downloaded three free SVG files. WORKED THE FIRST TIME! I’ve had my Scan ‘N Cut for close to a year and you’ve been the only one that I’ve been able to purchase SVG designs from that actually worked for me!

    Thank you for the time you invest in helping beginners like me!

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    • I’m so glad that you find my tutorial helpful! 🙂
      I have just emailed you this post as a PDF.
      You may also bookmark or Pin these blog post links for quick reference with access to all the links in the post.

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