Most frequent questions and answers
SVG cut files are a graphic type that can be scaled to use with the Silhouette Cameo or Cricut. An SVG’s size can be increased or decreased without a loss of quality. … Our SVG files can be used on adhesive vinyl, heat transfer and t-shirt vinyl, or any other cutting surface.
Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore. Each machine have their strengths and weaknesses. Software applications are bundled with these devices that have the capability to import and cut SVG files. This includes Silhouette Studio and Cricut Design Space.
A Cricut is a brand of cutting machine that you can use for all sorts of crafting projects. It takes designs that you create or upload in to their Design Space software and cuts them out.
This machine is perfect for the creative person who always wants to do DIY projects but is short on time so they sit on your Pinterest board instead. Also, if you have a homemade business or Etsy shop, I can pretty much guarantee you will get a ton of value out of this machine.
The Silhouette is an electronic cutting machine that hooks up to your computer. It’s about the same size as a small printer and comes with software that enables you to basically create anything and then cut it out on paper, vinyl, fabric, or heat transfer material. The possibilities are endless.
Silhouette makes two different cutting machines, the Portrait and the Cameo. The basic difference is in the size.
Yes! You can upload your own images or any of our free SVG cut files that are already formatted to be totally compatible with Cricut Design Space.
There are all sorts of image file types out there. The best kind (that we provide) are SVGs, which stands scalable vector graphic. Basically, it uses math formulas to create the image based on points between lines.
You can use your own images created in other programs with the Silhouette. The Silhouette Studio® software program is able to use external images that are in a basic raster image format (such as PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, and TIF file types). These files can be opened through the File > Open option. Once in the software, the image then needs to be converted into a cuttable image that has lines present for the Silhouette to recognize as cut lines. A Trace feature is included in the software for this purpose.
Everyone tends to think of Cricut machines as cutting paper or vinyl, but the truth is there are a LOT more things that a Cricut can cut. In fact, the Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut over 60 types of materials!
For instance, it can cut chipboard, balsa (super thin) wood, magnet material, aluminum (aka soda cans), and so much more! For thicker materials, you will want to upgrade to the deep-cut blade for the best cut quality.
The Silhouette is designed to cut a variety of materials including vinyl, paper, specialty patterned papers, cardstock, vellum, iron-on heat transfer material, fabric (when using our Interfacing products) and sticker paper among other materials. It will also cut a variety of other specialty materials, some of which may be found offered from our company.
The Silhouette has a cutting force of 210gf and includes a blade that can extend to approximately 1 mm in depth when using the standard blade, or up to 2 mm in depth when using the Deep Cut Blade to accommodate thicker material types.
However, there is still a limitation depending on the material type’s density and make up. Certain materials that are overly dense (such as thin metals or acetate, for example) may not be able to be cut well or at all and can impair the blade. Certain materials that have abrasive natures (such as thicker chipboard or sandpaper) may also impair the blade or dull it very quickly. On the other side of the spectrum, certain fibrous materials (such as select felt materials or handmade papers) may not be held together densely enough for successful cutting.
There are tons of different things you can use a Cricut for.
- Scrapbooking & Card Making.
- Cricut machines are great for making custom decor for weddings & parties!
- Use your Cricut to make holiday decor for any occasion!
- You can make tons of different projects to decorate your home! Everything from pillows and wall art to organization ideas!
- One of my favorite things to make with my Cricut is t-shirts, onesies, and tote bags. You can put heat transfer vinyl on pretty much any fabric surface, but you can also use a Cricut to make jewelry, headbands, and more!
- The project ideas above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to projects you can make with a Cricut machine! There are thousands of other ways to use your Cricut; just get creative!
The amount of things you can make with the Silhouette Cameo is endless. Here are a few ideas:
- Etched glass projects
- Greeting cards
- Iron-on designs for Tshirts, towels and more
- Gift boxes
- Party decorations
- Temporary tattoos
- Personalized items and clothing
- Garlands, banners
- Shadow puppets
- After extracting your SVG files, save them in a safe location on your computer.
- Open Cricut Design Space and at the top of the page select “File” and then click “New” from the drop down
- To the left of the page click “Upload Images”.
- Click the blue “Upload Image” button.
- Click the blue “Browse” button and navigate to the location your files are saved.
- Select the SVG files you wish to use and click “Save” at the bottom right of the page.
- At the bottom of the page, select the image you wish to use and click “Insert Images” at the bottom right of the page.
- Your image will then appear in Cricut Design Space.
- Check which version of Studio you have. If you have the free version that came with your machine, this is the Basic Edition, and you must use the DXF files. If you have paid to upgrade, you have the Designer Edition, and you will be able to use the SVG files.
- Open Silhouette Studio, and select File, Import, Import to Library from the top menu.
- Navigate to the location where you saved your files, and select the file.
- Your Library will open, and Studio will automatically place the file in your My Own Designs folder.
- Open the file by double clicking the thumbnail image in your Library. To access the file in the future, select File, Library from the top menu bar. You will see the file in your My Own Designs folder.