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Making Your Own Crafts with this Dreamcatcher SVG
Who does not love sleeping? We all do! It is the best thing to end a stressful day. Just imagine cuddling with your loved ones or bundling yourself with your newly washed blanket. Oh! The simplicity of life. As we prepare ourselves to sleep, we do our small rituals. Maybe we meditate for few minutes or pray. After, we proceed to dreamland. We dream of beautiful things. In our dreams, we probably visit our favorite travel destination. Maybe, we have a chance to fly the skies. Unfortunately, it is not all candies and rainbows. Once in a while, we experienced having nightmares.
When you experience nightmares, what do you do? Do you immediately wake up? Or, do you have those sleep paralysis episodes? These nightmares are like bad situations. Sometimes, these continue to haunt us even during the break of dawn. There are different explanations for nightmares, but there is no definite answer.
In Native American cultures, they believe that nightmares can be prevented. How? Through the use of dreamcatcher! Although it is pretty ironic because of its name, a dreamcatcher is believed to filter nightmares from good dreams. It traps these nightmares for the user to have a good night’s sleep. Throughout the years, it became easier to buy a dreamcatcher. Because of its aesthetic beauty, people also started to adapt it in their designs. It is also used as inspiration to do your craft.
How to turn any image into an SVG template
Interested in learning the easiest way to make your own SVG?
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to turn any image into an SVG format image without having to use any complicated graphics editing software.
First, a quick primer on what is an SVG… SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. It is a way to store digital information about an image. Most images you see on the web and other digital devices use a bitmap or pixel based image storage format. In other words, the image is captured with information about each dot in the image.
SVG format images are part of a category of images that are vector based. Vector based images store the image as a series of paths and nodes. Most cutting machines like the Cricut and Silhouette use SVG format images because the blade on the machine needs to know what direction (or path) to cut.
To turn a bitmap based image into a vector based image, you need special conversion software tools. This is an algorithm tricky conversion because there lots of different ways to do it with varying degrees in quality. Most graphic editing software like Adobe Illustration make you manually decide on those conversion settings which makes it really difficult to use if you’re not already familiar with Illustrator.
I use a software tool called Vector Magic. With Vector Magic, you just upload your image (you can even copy and paste it in) and it automatically just converts to an SVG format for you. You can make editorial adjustments afterward if you’d like but there is a baseline conversion ready to go if that’s good enough.
Here’s an image for you to give it a try yourself. It’s a bunch of cute animal drawings I did the other day. I just took a picture of it with my phone. Try copy and paste this image into the Vector Magic interface. (Right-click on the image below, select “copy”, then head over to Vector Magic and past it into the window or just hit Ctrl+V)
After you pasted your image into the Vector Magic window, it will automatically start to convert your image:
This will take a few seconds. When the process is complete, you will see the vectorized SVG image on the right with the original on the left.
If you don’t like the automated conversion, there are a number of different adjustments you can make from the right tool panel.
After making adjustments, you can download your converted image as an SVG and then upload it to your cutting machine interface like Cricut Design Space below:
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