picture to svg

Picture to SVG

Today we have a guest blog post from ETC Craft about SVG files.

How to Turn a Picture to SVG for Cricut?

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, a standard graphic format mathematically designed and works with Cricut and other machines perfectly. This image format is different from PNG or JPEG as it stores pictures as vectors, a kind of graphic including lines, points, curves, and shapes. 

Many people usually ask us whether they should use only SVG files on the Cricut or other images that can be used. Actually, several formats of images can be used, but the SVG file is considered the most appropriate one for this platform. 

However, what will you do if the image you are going to use with Cricut is not in SVG format? Don’t get tensed about it, as it is now easy to turn any format of images into an SVG. In this write-up, we’ll show the entire procedure step-by-step. So, stay with us and keep reading. 

Why Use SVG Image Files of Cricut?

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It is common to wonder why you would use an SVG image file for Cricut. The main reason to use SVG for Cricut is because of its versatile usability. SVG image format will let you change or modify its shape and size without losing the actual quality. 

Whether your Cricut project is for onesies, t-shirts, tumblers, or other things, the SVG format will fit all needs. In short, the SVG file format will let you adjust the design size based on the size and shape of your project.

Moreover, the SVG file also holds layer data, including transparent background. You can look at New To The Herd SVG to get some live examples of how SVG files retain layer data. That means, once you import your design to an SVG file, you’ll not have to do any extra work to improve its quality.

How to Turn a Picture Into an SVG for Cricut

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You can use several image editing programs and online tools to turn a picture into an SVG for Cricut. Here we’ve included some of the most popular solutions that you can apply to create an SVG file, have a look-

1. Illustrator

When it’s about creating an SVG file, then nothing can be a better option than an Illustrator. It’s one of the professional and high-quality image editing programs. This is how you can turn a picture into an SVG file. 

Step-1: Open Adobe Illustrator from your device and Import the AI file of your Cricut project.

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Step-2: Delete all the unnecessary elements except the image that you want to turn into an SVG file. To delete, select each file and press the “Delete” Option. For instance, from the image above, we only want to use Sunflower and the rest of them will be deleted. 

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Step-3: So, we have deleted all the unnecessary files and isolated the sunflower only. Now, we’ll save the file as an SVG. To save it, press on the “File” option from the menu bar and then “Save As.”

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Step-4: From the Format dropdown, choose SVG and then click on the “Save” option. Before saving, you can give it a name and add tags as well. 

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Step-5:  After that, you’ll see the “SVG option” on the illustrator. From there, start with “SVG 1.1” for “SVG Profile.”

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Step-6: If there is any typography on your artwork, then select “Convert To Outline” under the “Type” option. This setting will ensure that people will be able to view your fonts in your SVG file. 

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Step-7: Choose “Embed” from the “Image Location” to ensure that any external images that you attached will be added in a single file. Once these settings are accomplished, press “OK” from the right side below. 

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Now you can easily use the modified SVG file for your Cricut project.

2. Photoshop

It is very simple to create SVG files with Adobe Photoshop. But, you have to keep one thing in mind that, if elements exist on your project which is not vectors, you will not be up to scale them without quality loss.  However, here we have demonstrated the complete procedure of creating an SVG file from any format of the image. Let’s check them out. 

Step-1: Open Adobe Photoshop first and then open the photo you want to convert to SVG format.

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Step-2: Now, prepare your image by deleting the unwanted files and isolate the image that you want to save as an SVG file. To remove elements, use the “Selection Tool

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Step-3:Crop Tool” should be used now to separate your selection further. After that, press on the “Tick Mark” sign from above. 

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Step-4: In this stage, select “File” and then click on the “Export As” option 

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Step-5: You’ll see a dialog window now. From there, choose “SVG” under the “Format” option and then click on the “Export” from the right corner below. That’s all. 

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3. Inkscape

Inkscape is a free and open-source program that will let you transform your image to SVG or vector file. This image editing program doesn’t offer any complicated image converting process. All you have to do is follow the below-mentioned steps to convert your photo through the Inkscape- 

Step -1:   First of all, download the Inkscape on your device and open it up.

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Step-2: Now click on the “File” and then “Open” to bring your desired image to Inkscape. 

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Step-3: Use “Selection Tool” and select files that you don’t want to use and press on the “Delete” option from the keyboard. 

Step-4: Once the file is all set, press on the “File” option from the above, and then click on the “Save As

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Step-5: Select File to Save To” dialogue box will appear in front of you. From the “File Type” select “Plan SVG” and press the “Save” option. 

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4. Picsvg

If you don’t want to use Photoshop or Illustrator to convert your photo to SVG, you can use Picsvg. It’s a free cloud-based service that allows converting any image format into SVG format. Picsvg is perfect to transform your photo into SVG and use on Cricut, Scan N Cut machines, Silhouette, and other vinyl plotters.

Here are the steps you need to follow to convert your photo into SVG through Picsvg-

Step-1: Visit Picsvg.com from any web browser and tap on “UPLOAD A PICTURE” from there. 

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Step-2: Now select your preferable photo and make sure the photo has a decent resolution. (Try to use a photo with a solid background, or you can remove the background before putting it in Picsvg)

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Step-3: Once you upload a photo, Picsvg will automatically convert the photo. 

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Step-5: Once you’re happy with the converted SVG file, click on “DOWNLOAD SVG” to save the photo on your device. 

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After downloading the converted SVG photo file, now you’re ready to use it on your Cricut project. 

How to Upload Your Converted SVG File Into Cricut Design Space

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As well as knowing how to convert your photos to SVG, it’s important to know how to upload your photos to the Cricut design space. If you want to know how to do that, simply follow the below steps-

Step-1: Open the Cricut design space from your device and tap on “New Project.”

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Step-2: Now you’ll see a new window with the project stage. Tap on “Upload” from the left bottom side of the toolbar.

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Step-3: In the third step, click on the “Upload Image.”

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Step-4: Now tap on “Browser” and select your desired SVG image file and click ‘open.”

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Step-5: After that, click the“Upload” option below.  However, before clicking on the upload button, you can write the name of that SVG image file and add tags. 

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Step -6:  Select the uploaded image from the “Recent Upload” options and then press on the “Insert Images” option from the below right side corner.

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Final Thought

You can use several formats for your Cricut project, but when the matter is about the resolution SVG file is an appropriate option. Why? Because SVG format is resolution-independent and lets you resize the photo without losing quality. Unlike other image formats, SVG will ideally hold the exact quality by ignoring the size, shape, or resolution issues.

Moreover, it’s quite easy and simple to convert, create or turn any image into an SVG file. As you can see, we’ve discussed and shown many SVG format converting options; you can try one of them to turn your photo into SVG for Cricut.


For even more information on SVG files make sure to check out my article about how I make SVG files. If you would like to just find and use high quality SVG files for free online, you can check out my information on over 20 Places to get Free SVG files.

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