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Baby shark fin inspired crafts
We all have our favorite animal. It is a simple question anyone can ask. However, this type of query is usually asked of us by our parents or teachers. I remembered when my preschool teacher asked about our favorite animal. In a class of energetic 6-years-old, this question was something we were all anticipating. Everyone was giddy to share about their pet dog, cat, birds, and goldfish. However, one kid stood out from the class. When asked to tell about her favorite animal, she answered, “a shark.” We were shocked. As a young kid, the idea of having a shark as your favorite animal was odd. Well, it was because the shark was a ‘terrible’ animal. Maybe I got too exposed to those Jaw Movies when I was young. My young brain cannot process the fact that anyone could adore such a monster.
However, years passed, and here we are! Kids and children started loving sharks. Well, it was all thanks to that kid’s song – Baby Shark. I bet you are singing this catchy rhyme on your head right now. As an adult, I started to adore sharks. They could be scary at times. But as long as you respected their place, there shouldn’t be any problem with the sharks.
Unfortunately, sharks are also vulnerable. A lot of them have been targeted by some fishermen for their precious shark fin. This shark fin business is a booming business in East Asia.
This time, I want to dedicate my next craft to these feisty creatures. I decided we will be making a baby shark inspired shirt.
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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