Started by vodanhphd, 05-31-2021
How to Turn a Picture Into an SVG for Cricut
Joined Jul 2019
How to Turn a Picture Into an SVG for Cricut
1. How to Make SVG Files for Cricut in Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is a great option for creating SVG files. Illustrator specializes in vector graphics. Illustrator also has a special set of tools to help turn images into vector art. For this, we'll be using the sunflower from the Autumn Vector Set from Envato Elements. You are free to use any vector projects you are working on too!
We'll be using this Autumn Graphic Vector pack to create a Cricut Sunflower SVG for Illustrator. If you're working with your own Illustrator project, feel free to use that!
Open up the AI file for your project.
Cricut Illustrator Sunflower Project
In our case, we only want to use the sunflower. You can go ahead and delete all the unneeded elements by simply clicking each one and pressing Delete.
SVG Illustrator Cricut Delete items
Now that we have the sunflower isolated, we can now save this as an SVG. To do this, go to File > Save As...
Cricut Sunflower Illustrator Save As
Select SVG from the format dropdown, and then select Save.
Cricut Illustrator Save As SVG
You will now be presented with the SVG Options. For SVG Profiles, SVG 1.1 is a good starting point.
Cricut Save SVG Illustrator Profile
If your artwork contains any typography, you will want to select Convert to outline. This will ensure that people can view your fonts in your SVG file even if they don't have them on their device.
Select Convert to outline from the dropdown.
Illustrator Cricut Convert tO Outline SVG
For Image Location, select Embed from the dropdown. This will ensure that any external images you used will be included in a single file.
Cricut SVG Illustrator Embed
Now go ahead and click OK.
You have now used Illustrator to export SVG files. Your image is now compatible to use with your Cricut Machine; SVGs from Illustrator will also benefit from free scaling providing the design elements are in vector form.
Cricut Illustrator SVG OK
Nice work! Now you know how to convert an image to SVG in Illustrator! Using various techniques, it's even possible to convert a PNG to SVG using Illustrator.
2. How to Make SVG Files for Cricut in Photoshop
Creating SVG files with Adobe Photoshop is pretty straightforward. Keep in mind, however, that if you have elements in your project which aren't vector, you won't be able to scale them freely without quality loss. That being said, this can still be a method which saves you some time when it comes to preparing your files.
For this, we'll be using the Autumn Graphic Vector pack to create a Cricut Sunflower SVG with Photoshop. You're welcome to use any project you're currently working on too!
Open up your project file with Adobe Photoshop.
In our case, we are using an EPS file, and it will need to be rasterized. If you see this, go ahead and click OK.
Now we need to prepare our image. While we won't be retaining vector data with this image, we will want to isolate the elements we want and remove the ones we don't.
Use the Selection Tools to remove all elements except the sunflower.
Now use the Crop Tool to isolate your selection further.
Great! You now have your image ready to go, with a transparent background. Now go to File > Export As.
This will bring up the Export As dialog window. From the Format selection dropdown, select SVG.
Now go ahead and select Export to save your SVG file.
Nice work! You have created a flower SVG Cricut-compatible file in Photoshop. As mentioned before, you may not get all the benefits of vector files when creating SVG files this way. However, you could use this technique to convert a JPG to SVG for Cricut.
3. How to Make SVG Files for Cricut in Inkscape
One of the great things about Inkscape is that the main file format for Inkscape projects is already the SVG file type! This makes it a great choice for converting images into the SVG format and working with vector graphics.
To complete this task, we'll be using the Autumn Graphic Vector pack to use a sunflower for our Inkscape Cricut SVG. Of course, feel free to use any project you're currently working on too.
Open up your project in Inkscape. We'll be using the EPS file. You will see a warning related to opening a PDF. Leave the default settings alone and select OK.
As this is an EPS file, all of the vector elements have been saved individually. In our case, we only want the sunflower element! Let's go ahead and remove what we don't need.
Using the Selection Tool, click and delete all of the elements you don't need.
You should now be left with the sunflower isolated on a blank background. Now go to File > Save As...
Now the Select file to save to dialog window will open.
From the File type dropdown, select Plain SVG.
Now go ahead and click Save.
Now you have an SVG file that you can import into Cricut Design Space.