Free Rosie the Riveter SVG

This Rosie the Riveter SVG is great for Cricut, Silhouette, or any other cutting machine crafts.

Rosie the Riveter SVG

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Rosie the Riveter was a cultural icon that depicts the enormous women who worked in factories during world war 2 to provide ammunition and other war supplies to the soldiers. Since now, it has become sorts of a cultural and pop-cultural symbol and is associated with feminism and women empowerment. The term was penned down by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb for their song” Rosie the riveter” which depicts an assembly line women worker who was doing physical labor during world war 2. Since world war two was being fought on a large scale, governments had to use their entire workforce. Women were encouraged to work for ammunition factories to replace the shortage of men who had otherwise gone to participate in the ongoing war. Many women took the place of their male counterparts and worked the same jobs previously occupied by men, thus providing labor to the government. Around 19 million women had joined factories and other positions. Most of these women were already working, while 3 million of these women were newly recruited. Many women in the united states, Britain, and other countries encouragingly, responded to their government’s call of need and joined the workforce. They did all sorts of jobs that were previously done by men, such as physical labor. It is said women enjoyed working at factories and felt encouraged and satisfied to have participated in the war.

Interestingly many advertisements were circulating in the media at that time to encourage and compel women to join labor. One promotion asked women if they could operate a mixer, they can work on the drill. Rosie the Riveter, although an unknown entity has said to inspire a social reform movement in America with a 57% increase of women in the workforce in 1940. This was a social movement that encouraged women to take up a man’s job and prove to the world that they can fill their male counterparts’ shoes and work harder than them.

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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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