SVG Files – What are they? Where do I get them?

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I really enjoy helping people to learn to use Cricut Design Space. I like to try to answer questions or solve problems that people are having with the information in on my blog.  One question I see asked over and over is what is a SVG file. The second question I see a lot is how do I use SVG files in Cricut Design Space.

First, let’s talk about what a SVG file is.

what is a svg file

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What is are SVG files?

A SVG file is a Scalable Vector Graphics is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics. Basically, is a cutting file that can be used with your Cricut or other die cutting machine.

The benefits of using a SVG are that it is a high quality image. When you scale this image up to a very large size it will continue to keep that high quality and crispness to it. The second benefit of using a SVG is that each color will be on it’s own layer. This make the image a lot easier to work with on your Cricut.

Downloading SVG files

To use a SVG image, you download it to your computer.  It usually comes in a zipped folder, which you will have to unzip to get at the actual SVG file.  Every computer or device you use may follow a different set of directions for how to unzip a folder. Therefore, you will need to do some research for the specific device you are using. I right click on the zip folder and unzip it on my computer. Then I can upload the svg file into Cricut Design Space. I have compared this process to getting a package from Amazon. The zip folder is how it is delivered to you (the Amazon box). You have to open that, to get at the items you really want (the SVG file)

I will always look in Cricut Design Space to see if there is an image there that works for my needs before I go looking for a SVG file. The difference between a SVG file and a Cricut image is that a Cricut image can only be used in Cricut Design Space. A SVG can be used in any software that is compatible with SVG files.

If you are working with a SVG file, there is NO NEED to clean it up when you upload it into Cricut Design Space.  It should already be cleaned up and divided into layers by color for you. 

SVG files have to be made in a program outside of Design Space, like Inkscape.  You cannot save a design you created in Cricut Design Space as a SVG file.

Websites with FREE SVG files

In the list below, I am going to list some sites where you can get free SVG files and are a good high quality images.  Just click on the name to be taken to the site to view their SVG files.  If you are buying a SVG from someone, please read the reviews.  Not everyone knows how to create a SVG so that the colors are broken into layers for you.


Craft House SVG 
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Craft Bundles

Design Bundles

The Hungry JPEG

Creative Fabrica

SVG and Me


Shop Craftables

SVG Cuts

SVG Cutting Files

Miss Kate Cuttables




In the video below, I will show you how to download a SVG, unzip that downloaded folder so you can get to the SVG file, and how to upload that SVG to Cricut Design Space. I have compared this to getting a box in the mail from Amazon. You have to open that box to get at the items you ordered which are inside. So when you purchase a svg, if it comes in a zip folder remember, you have to get inside that folder to get the actual svg file. Do some research for how to unzip a folder for the device you are working on. For my computer, I right click to get the Extract option. I believe on a Mac you double click on the zip folder to unzip it.

Bad SVG files

Sometimes you might download or purchase a bad SVG file. This would be one that has not been made correctly. It might be broken up into hundreds of tiny pieces. I had someone reach out to me about a SVG file they purchased to see if I could help them repair it in Cricut Design Space. Below is a video that will show you how I was able to improve the quality of this poorly made SVG file.

I hope that this tutorial helped you to understand what a SVG file is, and how to use SVG files in Cricut Design Space. If you do have more question, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Then I can respond and clarify things for you, but I can add that information to this post to help the next person that has the same question.

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