How to Convert an Image to SVG to use in Cricut Design Space

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How to Make a Vector from an Image in Cricut Design Space. Turn any image into a free SVG cut file with these simple steps to use with your Cricut Explore.

Today I want to share a quick and easy tip for all my Cricut users out there! Some of you may not know that you can convert an image to a SVG to use in Cricut Design Space! I know half of you are saying, what does that even mean??

How many of you think that the only way you can cut out a shape on Cricut is by having a SVG file WITH layers to upload? And how many of you have seen an image you would love to use in a layered file but have no idea how to make that happen?

Well Madame Problem Solver (me!) is coming to your rescue today! I am going to show you how crazy simple it is to take any image and make it a layered SVG cut file. So put on your tech smartie pants on and get ready to learn How to Convert an Image to SVG for Cricut Design Space!

Before I show you this trick I also want to mention that though this works well for those of use who just want a few images every once in a while it really isn’t suitable for complicated or long term use.

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How to Convert an Image to SVG

I design many of my own SVG cut files and images, but to prove that you can do this with any image you find off the internet I will pick one out on a free clip art site to demonstrate.

Side note: Using images offline is usually fine if it is for personal use (no monetary gain) but always be respectful of copyright images and terms.

I chose just a simple flower clip art image from this site. After saving it to my computer I went to PNGtoSVG.com, which is totally FREE and uploaded my image where it says ‘choose file.’

Once uploaded, scroll down to see your image appear. You will then use the plus or minus button to increase or decrease the color quantity count. Remember each color will represent a layer when uploaded to Cricut. My flower design here is very simple, so I am just telling it to give me 2 colors and therefore the SVG cut file will have 2 layers.

How to Convert an Image to SVG to use in Cricut Design Space

Next click the green ‘download svg’ button under your picture to the right hand side.

Upload your SVG to Cricut Design Space

You will likely find the download in your computer’s downloads folder. Navigate to the download folder and upload the SVG to your Cricut Design Space. If you need to know how to do that click here!

How to Convert an Image to SVG to use in Cricut Design Space

Voila! You now have converted a basic image into a 2 layer scalable vector graphic that can now be cut out in multiple layers! Wasn’t that as easy as eating pie? And you probably feel like a total crafty badass now! Plus this opens up so much opportunity to expand your personal image library!

Did you find this helpful? Are you excited to convert an image to SVG now that you see how simple it is? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Learn to make your own SVG cut files for free in Inkscape

Finding freebies and purchasing Cricut Access are awesome ways to get SVG files for Design Space. But what about creating your own?

After all, sometimes we need to bring an exact vision to life or personalize an item. Inkscape is a free open source program that can be downloaded to create SVG files from scratch OR convert images to layered SVG files. You can learn more about how to do this in my program here, FREE the SVG!

If you need some free SVG files to get started you can find my freebies right here when you sign up, including free paper flower templates!

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5 Comments

    1. Hi Lisa!
      Yes, it can! I have converted photos before to SVG cut files as long as the original photo has decent resolution and itsn’t blurry. 🙂

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