No need to worry about how to upload your purchased or free SVG files to Cricut Design Space! I’ll show you how easy it is with step-by-step directions on how to upload from your computer and from your mobile device.
This works for any type of Cricut cutting machine! The software works the same whether it’s a Cricut Explore Air 2 or 3, Cricut Maker, or their newest Cricut Joy.
Let’s dive in!
How to Upload a Cut Only SVG File to Cricut Design Space
Step 1: Download the File
First, find the SVG file you want to use for your project. I’m using this free SVG file from TheCreativen
If your computer is set up anything like mine, it went to your downloads folder.
Step 2: Open up Cricut Design Space
This is the screen that pops up when you first open it, since we are working on a new project you will want to click on that plus sign.
Here is what the next screen will look like, it’s a blank background. If you were going to design your own file you would start by drawing your shapes or typing your text out.
Step 3: Start the Upload Process for the SVG File
We are going to upload our new SVG file, so click on the upload button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Cricut design space will now ask you what type of file you want to upload, the file for my example is an image so click on that.
Step 4: Find the File on your Computer
Now let’s click on browse to find that downloaded file.
You’ll want to find your folder where it is saved, again most likely it’s your downloads folder. Make sure to click on the file that ends in .svg so we’re opening the correct file type.
Step 5: Upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space
Once you’ve found your file and clicked open, this will be the next screen that comes up. You’ll want to double-check to make sure it’s the correct file you wanted to work with and then click upload.
The SVG file has now been uploaded into your Cricut Design Space. To continue working with the file and to make the project you’ll want to first, select the design, and next, click insert images.
Step 6: Modify your Cut File as Needed
Congratulations! You’ve just opened your downloaded SVG file into Cricut Design Space! This is where you can resize it and make any modifications you want before cutting the design.
How to Upload a Print then Cut File to Cricut Design Studio
Step 1: Download the File
This will start out the same way we did the last cut-only file. First, let’s find the design we want to use. I’m using this floral alphabet graphic. Go ahead and download the file by clicking the green button.
Step 2: Open the File in Cricut Design Space
I’m going to show you a new way to open the files since this download has so many options and needed the unzipped files. You can have your file finder open and you simply will drag the file you want to use over into the Cricut Design Space screen.
Step 3: Choose the Image Type
This is where things are different than opening a cut-only file. You’ll need to let the software know what type of file this image is. Simple, Moderate, or Complex.
If you aren’t sure which file type to choose, you can test it out by clicking on each option and the image preview on the left will show how the file will look. You can see the simple option doesn’t show the floral details correctly for this design.
Now let’s see how the moderate option looks. It doesn’t look much better huh?
Ok, let’s see how the complex looks! This one is the winner, you can see all of the beautiful floral details now. Let’s hit continue to keep moving forward.
Step 4: Select and Erase
Now the software is letting you select and erase any parts of the design you want to change. This particular file doesn’t require any changes so you can just hit continue to move on to the next step.
Step 5: Choose the File Type
This is where you can tell the software if you want to only cut out the shape or print the graphic and then cut out the shape. Since we want to keep the floral graphics for this project we will select the Print then Cut image and then hit the upload button.
Step 6: Modify the Design as Needed
You did it again!! You’ve successfully uploaded a print then cut design into Cricut Design Space! Now you can resize it and make any changes needed to finish up your project. When you’re ready to cut it will walk you through the steps of printing it out first, then loading it to your mat, and finally cutting it out.
How to Upload an SVG file using your Mobile Device
For this example, I’m going to be using an IOS-based phone. I don’t have an android phone to test on but I’m sure they are similar steps on both devices.
Step 1: Download the File
Head to the website to find the design you want to use and then click to download the file to your phone.
Step 2: Open the Cricut App
This is what the home screen for your Cricut app looks like when you first open in. You’ll want to hit the new project button to get started.
Step 3: Start the Upload Process
The app will open into a blank design screen, you’ll want to hit the upload button at the bottom of the screen to find your SVG file and upload it.
Step 4: Find your SVG File
Next, your phone will ask you where to look for the file you want to upload. Mine is saved to my files so I’m selecting that option.
Step 5: Open the SVG File
This is where it’s a little confusing to me. The file types don’t show on this screen on my phone. The image with the blue boxes is the SVG version and the image of the picture is the print then cut option.
I’m going to open both to show you how they look on the phone. First I’m doing the SVG file though.
Step 6: Upload the File
Once you’ve selected the file, you will get this screen that pops up next. It’s going to ask you to name your file before moving on to the next step. After naming it, hit save in the top corner.
Step 7: Select the File and Insert it into Your Project
Now that the file is uploaded, you can select that image and click insert. That will add your newly downloaded file into the mobile design space.
This is how it will appear on your screen! Now you can make any modifications you want to the design and then proceed with cutting your project.
Step 8: Open the Print then Cut File
Now let’s go back and upload the print then cut file. You’ll follow the same steps as above only this time click on the other file that showed the picture. This time the software will ask you to tell it the file type before it uploads. Choose the print then cut and give it a name to move on to the next step.
It will now open that file into your design space screen. You’ll see I have both file types open in the same window. From here you’re free to design your project as you wish!
Personally, I very much prefer using my computer. It’s too hard working on a tiny phone screen but you can do it in a pinch!