These Free Puzzle Pieces SVGs are great for Cricut, Silhouette, or any other cutting machine crafts.
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Board Games are activities you could easily do anywhere. With the tools and items in check, you can play board games anywhere at any time. What makes Board Games appealing is their wide range of themes. Just like computer games, it can range from planning to pure luck. Typically, a board game requires at least two players. However, there is one particular board game that requires only one player. This board game puzzles.
Puzzles are commonly known as Jigsaw Puzzles. Nowadays, puzzles are associated with another different types of games. But, the focus of this topic is Jigsaw Puzzle. A Jigsaw Puzzle is a puzzle wherein a picture printed on cardboard, paper, or any material was cut into pieces of various shapes that have to be fitted together. What makes Jigsaw Puzzle more appealing than other board games is the fact that one need not read the instruction to know what to do. As soon as you see the puzzle pieces, you are good to go.
Interestingly, Jigsaw Puzzle was not created as a game. The first recorded Jigsaw Puzzle was a map created by John Spilsbury in 1762. He created this puzzle to help students in his local school to learn geography. Centuries after, this amazing educational tool turned into a board game.
One can relate that sometimes playing Jigsaw Puzzle could be frustrating. Sometimes, the puzzle pieces won’t fit for some reason. Or, that you lose some of the puzzle pieces making the board game almost useless.
Interested in related designs? Check out my tutorial on how to make a photo puzzle.
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 are 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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