When opening an SVG file in Cricut Design Space, every line is imported as a cut line. If your project has folds that are intended to be scored, you'll need to convert the cut lines to scores. Just follow these steps!
- Import the Design: Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
Ungroup the Shapes: By default, all of the shapes will be grouped together. In order to select individual lines, right-click on the grouped shapes and select Ungroup from the pop-up menu.
Select and Switch to Score: Select all of the fold lines on the canvas, then click the cut drop-down menu in the top navigation bar. Select score to change the selected lines to score lines.
Or Use the Layer Panel: Sometimes, small lines can be difficult to select individually. If you have trouble selecting a line on the canvas, just locate the shape in the layer panel on the right. Click the row to select the shape and then select score from the cut drop-down menu at the top of the canvas.
One of the great things about the Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker cutting machines, is the ability to upload and cut SVG files that you have created or purchased from independent designers, like Especially Paper. Especially Paper designs exclusive SVG cutting files for paper craft projects and paper flowers that can be cut with your Cricut machine. Here’s a guide to downloading new projects and using SVG cut files with your Cricut.
STEP 1: Download and unzip your Especially Paper SVG template.
If you’re purchasing an Especially Paper template, click the Download Now button that’s available once the order has finished processing or click the link in the download email to access the compressed zip file, which contains all the files associated with the project. Unzip the file (learn how). Download links are valid for 30 days, so don’t forget to download your file and save a back up soon after ordering.
STEP 2: Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space.
Don't click on the SVG file to open it! By default, SVG files will open in your web browser. Instead, log into Design Space on your computer and create a new project. Click the Upload cloud icon in the left toolbar. On the next screen, click the Upload Image button. Browse to find and select the SVG file from your computer, then open to import the file. Once the image preview loads, you have the option to add tags to make searching for the image later easier. Click the green save button in the lower right. The image will appear in your library under Recently Loaded Images. Looking to delete a file? Click the i icon on an image to access the Delete option.
STEP 3: Open the template in Cricut Design Space.
Select the image from your Recently Uploaded Images and click the Insert Images button. Your SVG image will appear on the canvas, with all pieces grouped together.
STEP 4: Preparing to cut the project.
By default, the template will be the correct size for the associated project. But you can always resize the pieces if you’d prefer a larger or smaller project. Be sure to check individual template tutorials included with downloads for tips on resizing the specific project. To move the pieces individually, right-click and ungroup the pieces. To hide a piece so that it isn’t cut, click on the eyeball icon in the layers panel on the right. Check out this YouTube video to learn more about grouping and attaching objects in Cricut Design Space.
STEP 5: Cutting your paper craft.
Once you’re ready to send to the cutting machine, click the green Make It button. Design Space automatically selects a 12 x 12” mat and sorts the pieces. If you’re using a different size paper, use the drop down Material Size menu to switch sizes. Especially Paper templates are designed to work with 8.5 x 11” card stock, but you can always use a larger sheet if you prefer. You can rearrange the pieces manually by clicking and dragging individual pieces. To hide an individual piece, select it and click the three small dots in the upper left. Choose Hide Selected.
Ready, set, cut! If you'd like to try a file to see how it works before purchasing a template, check out Especially Paper’s free SVG cut files.