For those of you who might be new to the world of SVGs, you may be asking yourself, “What can I make with SVG cut files?” This response may sound cliché but when embarking on creative projects using SVG cut files, the possibilities are truly endless.
There are many different machines, software programs, and supplementary equipment that can be used to add designs to all sorts of things, like, t-shirts, tote bags, tumblers, mugs, glassware, signage, and more.
Since there are so many options to explore, there is no way one blog post can explain all the details. In this post, I will briefly describe the purpose of SVG cut files, and then I will describe additional ways to use SVG designs.
What Are SVG Cut Files?
SVG is an abbreviation for scalable vector graphics. Vector graphics can be infinitely increased in size without losing file quality. You can also decrease them in size for smaller projects, and they still look great.
Designs are created using vector software, like Adobe Illustrator, and then saved in the .svg file format.
To the naked eye, SVG files are compiled of plain text that describes the content of the file – its lines, text, colors, shapes, and so forth. But when uploading pre-made designs into your favorite design software, you will see your SVG cut file design image.
Since vector files are math-based, its lines are mathematically precise, making them the perfect match for cutting machines.
Software programs, like, Silhouette Studio, Sure Cuts a Lot, Cricut Design Space, and Make the Cut, allow you to import SVG designs, make customizations, and then use their accompanying machines to cut out your design prior to application.
In a section below, there is a list of some application ideas.
You can use the same file over and over again for personal projects and even for commercial use when you have licensing rights to do so.
Why So Many Files?
When you download or purchase SVG designs, there are usually multiple files saved into a folder that is often compressed into a .zip file.
Using free extraction software housed on your computer, you can unzip the file, and then open up your file folder. Within that file folder you will likely find at least four file formats: SVG, DXF, EPS, and PNG.
While there is some overlap, not all files open within the same software connected to your cutting machine.
- SVGs can open in Silhouette Designer Edition, Cricut Design Space, Sure Cuts a Lot, Make the Cut, and Brother Scan.
- PNGs are for use with home printers and other home equipment.
- EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) files can be used across multiple operating systems, like Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Design, Inkscape and Corel Draw.
- DXF files are compatible with Silhouette Studio Basic Edition.
SVGs and DXF files are the only two used in software that is compatible with cutting machines. PNG and EPS files can be used for creative projects that do not involve a cutting machine, like sublimation designs and direct-to-garment printing.
All Open Heart SVG cut files include four file formats: SVG, DXF, PNG, and EPS so that you can create a wide range of creative projects.
What Can I Make with SVG Cut Files?
I’ve included some ideas below, but this is not an exhaustive list.
As I mentioned before, there are so many things you can make using SVG cut files. The type of machine and other equipment you are using, as well as your goals all influence the final outcome.
But here are some things you can make with SVG cut files:
- Vinyl decals
- Culinary labels
- Heat transfers
- Greeting cards
Three-dimensional paper projects:
- greeting cards
- paper flowers
- paper lanterns
- gift boxes
- party poppers
- paper decorations
- gift tags
Some machines, like Cricut Maker*, can even cut felt, matboard, leather, wood, and hundreds more materials.
What’s Your Goal?
One last point to consider before you start making, is whether you will be creating a personal project or products to sell?
When it comes to downloading SVG cut files, your usage goal makes a difference because most downloads are for personal use only. Files that include commercial use typically have stipulations, like a limit on the number of physical products that can be made with the initial purchase. Additional sales may require you to purchase a commercial license.
When starting out, you may want to create lots of personal projects that you can give away as handmade gifts (or keep for yourself 🙂 ). Once you get the hang of the process, you can make commercial sales goals.
The answer to the question, “What Can I Make with SVG Cut Files?” is somewhat challenging because the possibilities are near endless, but I hope that you found this post helpful.
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