Cricut Beginners Tutorial – Uploading an Image

Once you get going on your Cricut projects, you will soon realize you will not be able to make every design.

Hence, all the shops out there selling their cut files.

First, a little technical explanation.

There are many file formats out there for images. The file format is relevant because it is the way your computer/phone/tablet stores the image information.

Common file formats for printing include PNG, JPEG and PDF. These file formats all store information about each pixel (or dot) in the image. The more pixels, the higher the resolution.

However, the Cricut is a cutting machine and it cannot use pixel information. It needs to cut using directional information, also known as vectors. So a cut file is a bunch of directional information. Common formats include SVG and DXF.

When you turn a non-cut file (aka PNG, JPEG) into a cut file (SVG), this is called vectorization. It involves a lot of math. A PH D. level of math.

The Cricut Design space has limited amount of math capabilities. It will not be able to vectorize your more complicated PNG and JPEG images.

Hence, it is better to just upload a SVG file that someone has made rather than trying to use Design Space to Vectorize it. (oh, side note, there’s a lot of impostors out there that say they have a SVG file but its fake because there is no math behind it. In this case, when you upload the SVG file, there will be an error.)

And that is what this tutorial is about. At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to make these really pretty rolled rose!

paper rose

Download Your Free Tutorial File

First, we must have a file to play with.

I’ve created a paper rolled rose template just for this purpose. You can download this file here:

Select the file that ends in svg.

Uploading the file

In the Design Space Canvas, click on the “Upload” button on the left column

Click on the upload image on the left again and you should see this screen:

Select Browse, then file the svg file in the folder where you downloaded the file.

After Uploading the file, you will need to name it, then select it as available uploads, then “insert image” on the lower right corner.

The template should be available now on your canvas.

Then you just cut and roll!