How to Upload an SVG into Cricut

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Posted on August 10, 2021 by Carrie Christenson
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Have you ever wondered how to upload your purchased or free SVG files to Cricut design space?  Have no fear!  I’m going to show you how simple it is with step-by-step directions showing you how to upload from your computer and from your mobile device.

This works for any type of Cricut cutting machine!  The software works the same whether it’s a Cricut Explore Air 2 or 3, Cricut Maker, or their newest Cricut Joy.

Let’s dive in!

Table of Contents:

  1. How to Upload a Cut Only SVG to Cricut Design Space
    1. Download the File
    2. Open Cricut Design Space
    3. Start the Upload Process
    4. Find the File on your Computer
    5. Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space
    6. Modify the Cut File as Needed
  2. How to Upload a Print then Cut File to Cricut Design Studio
    1. Download the File
    2. Open the File in Cricut Design Space
    3. Choose the Image Type
    4. Select and Erase
    5. Chose the File Type
    6. Modify the Design as Needed
  3. How to Upload an SVG File using your Mobile Device
    1. Download the File
    2. Open the Cricut App
    3. Start the Upload Process
    4. Find the SVG File
    5. Open the SVG File
    6. Upload the File
    7. Select the File and Insert it into Your Project
    8. Open the Print then Cut File
  4. Ideas on Projects to do Next!
    1. Bundles
    2. Birth Announcement
    3. Tarot Cards
    4. Queen and King
    5. We Still Do
    6. Get Well Soon
    7. Gnome
    8. Cross
    9. Baseball
  5. Links for More References
    1. Cricut Help Page
    2. Jennifer Maker Video
    3. Pigskins and Pigtails Video
    4. Makers Gonna Learn Video

How to Upload a Cut Only SVG File to Cricut Design Space

Step 1: Download the File

First, find the SVG file you want to use for your project.  I’m using this free SVG file from Creative Fabrica.  Click on the green button to download the file.  You will need to be logged in to your account first, so it might pop up asking for that.

Speaking of free designs, check out this link to see all of the amazing and completely free designs!  Here are even more options for your downloading joy.

website screenshot

If your computer is set up anything like mine, it went to your downloads folder.

Step 2: Open up Cricut Design Space

This is the screen that pops up when you first open it, since we are working on a new project you will want to click on that plus sign.

cricut screen shot

Here is what the next screen will look like, it’s a blank background.  If you were going to design your own file you would start by drawing your shapes or typing your text out.

Step 3: Start the Upload Process for the SVG File

We are going to upload our new SVG file, so click on the upload button in the bottom left corner of the screen.

cricut screen shot how to open SVG

Cricut design space will now ask you what type of file you want to upload, the file for my example is an image so click on that.

how to open an SVG screen shot Cricut

Step 4:  Find the File on your Computer

Now let’s click on browse to find that downloaded file.

cricut how to open SVG screen shot

You’ll want to find your folder where it is saved, again most likely it’s your downloads folder.  Make sure to click on the file that ends in .svg so we’re opening the correct file type.

cricut how to open SVG screen shot

Step 5: Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space

Once you’ve found your file and clicked open, this will be the next screen that comes up.  You’ll want to double-check to make sure it’s the correct file you wanted to work with and then click upload.

cricut how to open SVG screen shot

The SVG file has now been uploaded into your Cricut Design Space.  To continue working with the file and to make the project you’ll want to first, select the design, and next, click insert images.

cricut how to open SVG screen shot

Step 6: Modify your Cut File as Needed

Congratulations!  You’ve just opened your downloaded SVG file into Cricut Design Space!  This is where you can resize it and make any modifications you want before cutting the design.

cricut how to open SVG screen shot

How to Upload a Print then Cut File to Cricut Design Studio

Step 1:  Download the File

This will start out the same way we did the last cut-only file.  First, let’s find the design we want to use.  I’m using this floral alphabet graphic.  Go ahead and download the file by clicking the green button.

website screenshot

Step 2: Open the File in Cricut Design Space

I’m going to show you a new way to open the files since this download has so many options and needed the unzipped files.  You can have your file finder open and you simply will drag the file you want to use over into the Cricut Design Space screen.

Cricut design space print then cut DIY

Step 3:  Choose the Image Type

This is where things are different than opening a cut-only file.  You’ll need to let the software know what type of file this image is.  Simple, Moderate, or Complex.

Cricut design space print then cut DIY

If you aren’t sure which file type to choose, you can test it out by clicking on each option and the image preview on the left will show how the file will look.  You can see the simple option doesn’t show the floral details correctly for this design.

Cricut design space print then cut DIY

Now let’s see how the moderate option looks.  It doesn’t look much better huh?

Cricut design space print then cut DIY

Ok, let’s see how the complex looks!  This one is the winner, you can see all of the beautiful floral details now.  Let’s hit continue to keep moving forward.

Cricut design space print then cut DIY

Step 4: Select and Erase

Now the software is letting you select and erase any parts of the design you want to change.  This particular file doesn’t require any changes so you can just hit continue to move on to the next step.

Cricut design space print then cut DIY

Step 5:  Choose the File Type

This is where you can tell the software if you want to only cut out the shape or print the graphic and then cut out the shape.  Since we want to keep the floral graphics for this project we will select the Print then Cut image and then hit the upload button.

Cricut design space print then cut DIY

Step 6: Modify the Design as Needed

You did it again!!  You’ve successfully uploaded a print then cut design into Cricut Design Space!  Now you can resize it and make any changes needed to finish up your project.  When you’re ready to cut it will walk you through the steps of printing it out first, then loading it to your mat, and finally cutting it out.

Cricut design space print then cut DIY

How to Upload an SVG file using your Mobile Device

For this example, I’m going to be using an IOS-based phone.  I don’t have an android phone to test on but I’m sure they are similar steps on both devices.

Step 1: Download the File

Head to the website to find the design you want to use and then click to download the file to your phone.

phone screen shot

This will pop up asking you to download the file.

phone screen shot SVG Cricut

Step 2:  Open the Cricut App

This is what the home screen for your Cricut app looks like when you first open in.  You’ll want to hit the new project button to get started.

phone screen shot cricut SVG

Step 3:  Start the Upload Process

The app will open into a blank design screen, you’ll want to hit the upload button at the bottom of the screen to find your SVG file and upload it.

phone screen shot cricut SVG

Step 4:  Find your SVG File

Next, your phone will ask you where to look for the file you want to upload.  Mine is saved to my files so I’m selecting that option.

phone screen shot cricut SVG

Step 5: Open the SVG File

This is where it’s a little confusing to me.  The file types don’t show on this screen on my phone.  The image with the blue boxes is the SVG version and the image of the picture is the print then cut option.

I’m going to open both to show you how they look on the phone.  First I’m doing the SVG file though.

phone screen shot cricut SVG

Step 6: Upload the File

Once you’ve selected the file, you will get this screen that pops up next.  It’s going to ask you to name your file before moving on to the next step.  After naming it, hit save in the top corner.

phone screen shot cricut SVG

Step 7: Select the File and Insert it into Your Project

Now that the file is uploaded, you can select that image and click insert.  That will add your newly downloaded file into the mobile design space.

phone screen shot cricut SVG

This is how it will appear on your screen!  Now you can make any modifications you want to the design and then proceed with cutting your project.

phone screen shot cricut SVG

Step 8:  Open the Print then Cut File

Now let’s go back and upload the print then cut file.  You’ll follow the same steps as above only this time click on the other file that showed the picture.  This time the software will ask you to tell it the file type before it uploads.  Choose the print then cut and give it a name to move on to the next step.

phone screen shot cricut SVG

It will now open that file into your design space screen.  You’ll see I have both file types open in the same window.  From here you’re free to design your project as you wish!

Personally, I very much prefer using my computer. It’s too hard working on a tiny phone screen but you can do it in a pinch!

phone screen shot cricut SVG

Now that You’re an Expert on Uploading SVG Files to Cricut Design Space, Here are Some Ideas on What to Upload Next!

Bundles, the Perfect Bargain!

Did you know that you can buy premade bundles for about 75-99% off the price of buying all of the files individually?  It’s a great way to build your personal library of commercial use designs and amazing fonts.  You can even build your own bundle!  How amazing is that?!?!

bundles screen shot

Birth Announcement Template

If you make designs to sell, you’ll definitely want this file in your library.  It’s a popular gift for growing families.

birth announcement design

Tarot Cards

Plan a fun girl’s night filled with snacks and you can read each other’s tarot cards with this design.

tarot cards

Queen & King

Perfect for a newly married couple or an anniversary gift for a more seasoned pair!  I can see this design on a set of pillowcases or towels.

his queen her king

We Still Do

This is another great design for an anniversary gift for the lucky couple in your life.  You could print your own card too!

we still do

Get Well Soon

Do you know anyone who’s been under the weather or recovering from surgery?  This would make a cute card to drop off with a care kit.

get well soon

Gnome

This freebie can be used for any occasion!  Gnomes are such a hot design the last year or so and so fun to dress up for the various holidays.

gnome

Cross

Here is a file for the religious-based projects.  Great for a marriage, communion, or summer camp!

cross

Baseball

Yay sports!!  This baseball design is another essential for all the little sluggers you know.  I happen to know a few big sluggers who would love it too!

baseball

Here are Some More References:

Cricut Help Page

This is Cricut’s guide for showing you how to upload designs.

Jennifer Maker

If you learn better by watching videos, here is a great step-by-step guide by Jennifer Maker.

Pigskins and Pigtails

She is the queen of how to screen print with your Cricut!  Here is her guide for importing images.

Makers Gonna Learn

Last but not least!  Here is Makers Gonna Learn teaching you how to import as well.

By now you are an expert uploader!!  Good luck with your projects and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Happy Crafting!!

-Carrie Christenson


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