How to Use SVG Files with Brother ScanNCut

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How to Use SVG Files with ScanNCut

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.

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”.

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

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.

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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