Learning to create your own SVG files is an amazing skill to have. Usually, around the time a Cricut user starts to feel confident using their machine they may ask, how can I convert an image to SVG?
How to Convert an Image to SVG
There are a few free programs out there that are one-click wonders for converting images but they don’t offer you the ability to clean the image up in the way you may want, which is what today’s tutorial is all about!
I’m going to walk you through the quick-notes steps below. Be sure to scroll down to watch both videos for full details.
Converting a PNG or JPEG image to a layered SVG in Inkscape
1. Download Inkscape
Inkscape is a free open source program that allows anyone to create their own graphic design without paying monthly subscription fees. You can download the program here.
- For PC users download this version here https://inkscape.org/release/0.92.3/windows/
- For Mac users download Inkscape here: https://inkscape.org/release/0.92.2/mac-os-x/
Make sure you have Quartz installed on your Mac for Inkscape to download and run. Be sure to INSTALL xQuartz BEFORE beginning to install Inkscape.
You can download Quartz here: https://www.xquartz.org/
You will also need to follow the preparation instructions here: https://inkscape.org/release/inkscape-0.92.2/mac-os-x/107/dmg/dl/
ATTENTION: If you are a Catalina software user, then please install this Inkscape download available here dmg MAC version. No xquartz needs to be installed.
2. Open Inkscape and Import and Image
Once you have downloaded Inkscape, copy and paste an image onto a new doc. For my first video, I used this mermaid tail image here.
3. Trace Bitmap
While your image is select hold Shift+ Ctrl+ B on your keyboard or to Path>Trace Bitmap in the top edit bar.
4. Execute Trace
In the trace bitmap box that appears, you will need to select the number of scans (colors), tick Remove Background, tick Stack Scans, and tick Live Preview.
5. Remove the Traced Image & Ungroup Layers
The last step is to remove the traced image off the top of the original. Go ahead and delete the original image. With the traced copy right click and Ungroup or Shift+Ctrl+G will also ungroup the layers.
Import Your SVG File
To save your project, perform the actions, File > Save As, then name your file. Be sure to leave the format as Inkscape SVG, then click Save.
Navigate to Design Space and click the Upload button at the bottom of the Design Panel to the left to bring your SVG onto the Canvas.
Yay You! You just converted an image to an SVG cut file!
Make sure to watch the videos below for step by step details on how to convert an image to SVG. Plus in Part 2 I show you how to clean up a blended file.
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Continue to Learn
This is an intermediate to advanced lesson. If you want to start at step one and work your way to my level I want to invite you to join my Free the SVG program here – open for a very limited time! I can help you create anything you can imagine!
Step by step video to convert an image to an SVG cut file in Inkscape for free
Beginner Part 1
Cleaning Up Blended Images Part 2
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