Cricut Help & Tips

Common Cricut FAQs

How do I unzip files in Windows 10?

The ZIP file contains all the SVG designs in a compressed format. You need to unzip or extract the file contents to be able to use the files. Windows has a built-in capability to unzip (or extract) files from a compressed ZIP folder. No additional software is required.

  1. Open File Explorer and browse to the saved ZIP file.

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  2. Simply right-click on ZIP file folder and select Extract All...from the menu.
  3. Select a location to extract the file to, if you would like to extract files to a different location.  Otherwise, the folder with extracted files will be located in the same location as the ZIP file.  Folder name will default to ZIP file name.windows_unzip2
  4. Once extracted, navigate to file location in File Explorer to view the SVG files in the newly created folder.
How do I unzip files in Mac OS X?

The ZIP file contains all the SVG designs in a compressed format. You need to unzip or extract the file contents to be able to use the files. MAC OS X  has a built-in capability to unzip (or extract) files from a compressed ZIP folder. No additional software is required.

  1. Open Finder and navigate to the saved ZIP file.
  2. Double-click the ZIP file to extract the files using the Archive Utility.  Message box will appear to show extracting process.
  3. The new folder with extracted files will be located in the same location as the ZIP file.  Folder name will default to ZIP file name.
  4. Once extracted, navigate to file location in Finder to view the SVG files in the newly created folder.
How do I unzip file on an iPad or iPhone?

The ZIP file contains all the SVG designs in a compressed format. You need to unzip or extract the file contents to be able to use the files. This video shows how extract zip Files on an iPad or iPhone using IOS 11 apps Safari, Files and Documents by Readdle.

How do I upload SVG files into Cricut Design Space?

Make sure you unzip the file first.  Information for unzipping files is located above.  Here is a video to walk you through the process of uploading the individual SVG files, that should come in at the correct size.

If there is a Complete File within the SVG Files folder, you may be able to upload just one file instead of the individual files. Using the Complete file decreases the number of uploads, but there are a few more steps to make sure they cut at the correct size.  See the associated Help section with video on Cricut help page below. 

How do I use the Complete File in Design Space? How to correct size of file after uploading?

Starting in May 2019, we started including a complete SVG file within our SVG files folder.  This complete file contains all the individual SVG files for ease of importing one file versus several.  This video explains how to use the file within Cricut Design Space.  Before the July Design Space update, the files used to come in at the correct size.

IMPORTANT CRICUT DS UPDATE AS OF JULY 2019

When Cricut updated Cricut Design Space on 7/11/19, now any SVG file over 11.5″ will automatically be resized to 11.5″ width when inserted into a project. You can still use this method, but you will have to resize the width of the file once to the width shown in the PDF reference document included with all SVG files. Video walks you through the steps. 

How do I upload SVG files into the Cricut Design App on an iPad or iPhone?

Here is a video to walk you through the process. Make sure you unzipped the file first.

Files are too small when using Cricut Design Space IOS App for iPad and iPhone

As of version 3.13.x of the Cricut Design Space IOS app, intermittent SVG files are not importing at the correct size.  If you are experiencing this issue, please see the following workarounds until we are able to get this issue resolved with Cricut support.  It was reported to Cricut on 2/13/19, but no resolution yet.  

Workaround 1: If you have access to a computer, upload and import the SVG files using Design Space on a computer, not an iPad/iPhone. The files are importing correctly from the browser-based Design Space.  Then just save the project.  Then you can open the saved project from the iPad/iPhone app to cut, if desired. It will come in at the correct size after project is saved on computer Design Space. 

Workaround 2: If you do NOT have access to a computer, just resize the file. Here are the steps to resize.  In this following example, you can see that the panels are very small compared to the bag cutout. Selecting the Edit icon will show you the image dimensions. So, there is obviously a problem.  

IOS Design Space Before Resizing

Reference the PDF file that comes with each SVG file.  In this case, we are referencing the Decorative Heart Bag PDF. As you can see from the reference, we confirmed the heart panels are much too small at 1.8″ width. Looking at screenshot below, actual width should be 6.317″

IOS Design Space PDF Size

With the Edit icon selected, make sure the lock show is locked (between the width and height boxes), and change the width to the size indicated in the PDF file. This will resize the image to the appropriate size, so it fits on the bag. In this case, we resized the heart panels to 6.317″. 

IOS Design Space After Resizing

Then cut away!  Depending on the file, this could occur with several different files until the app itself is fixed.  I hope it is fixed soon! 

How to I score and cut Imported SVG Files in Cricut Design Space?

Each SVG file comes group of images.  Files with scorelines will require a minor change to ensure it cuts and scores properly. All scorelines need to be attached. This is the way Design Space works. If they are not attached, they will not score in the correct place. Cut files without score lines will cut without any changes unless you want to make color changes.  See Cricut Design Space Help for basic usage help with software. If you really get stuck, just Contact Us!

Here is a video to walk you through the process of attaching scorelines.

When you click Make It, you just load the mats and add optional score tool and score wheel, as prompted by the software. Then load and unload mats, as needed. 

Scorelines are not scoring files correctly in Cricut Design Space. Why?

All scorelines need to be attached in Cricut Design Space, in order to ensure they score in the correct place on the cut file. This is the way Design Space works. Most other die cutting software do not require this step. If they are not attached, they will not score in the correct place.

How do I resize SVG files in Cricut Design Space?

These 2 videos explain how to resize a SVG Design, which consists of multiple images. These resizing techniques can be used resize  Simply Crafty SVGs’ designs, as most all designs require upload of multiple files.

This first video shows how to resize with a bounding box. This is simply the dragging method.

This second video shows how to resize by a percentage, using a calculation method.

Other Cricut FAQs & Tips

How do I use solid scoreline versions of our SVG files in Cricut Design Space?

The files located in the solid_scorelines folder are the same files within the SVG Files folder with dashed scorelines, but they are just solid. Every file that has dashed scorelines will have a solid scoreline equivalent in the solid_scorelines folder. The solid scorelines are just much cleaner looking than the dashed cut lines. I know I prefer them to the dashed lines. Some people still like to cut the dashed scorelines instead of using the score tool, as the score tool does not score deep enough for more complex 3D designs and boxes.

Cricut Explore and Maker machines have scoring tools or functionality to enable the scoring of solid lines. Cricut Design Space users, this means you still have to attach and change the solid scorelines to “Score” within Design Space to use with your score tool or score wheel (Maker ONLY). You can still use the dashed scorelines version, if you prefer. The scoring wheel on the Maker provides much deeper scoring lines.

Here is a video to show you how to use solid scorelines.

Tips on Saving Paper in Cricut Design Space
How do I make deeper scorelines when using the Cricut score tool?

If you use the score tool on any of the Cricut Explore or Maker die cutting machines, sometimes it does not score as deep as you would like. This video shares a few techniques to get a deeper score using the score tool.  If you have a Cricut Maker and a score wheel, this does not apply.

Helpful Cricut Links

Helpful Cricut Links
  • How to Heat Press Cricut Tutorials
    There are basic and advanced tutorials for Cricut Design Space, as well as many resources to free resources, like free fonts and SVG files. 
  • Clever Someday
    Very extensive blog with tons of information regarding Cricut, Silhouette, fonts and more.  There is a ton of information on different font types, different techniques, tools, and online SVG tools for Cricut users.
  • The Non Crafty Crafter
    Great blog with helpful Cricut information and even free files.
  • Cricut Tutorials on Cricut.com
    There are lots of tutorials so show you how to use the Explore and Maker machines and Design Space.
  • Cricut YouTube Channel
    It has many of the same videos that are on the Cricut Tutorial section,but you might just want to go here first.
Helpful Facebook Cricut Groups

Here are a few of my favorite Cricut and general crafting Facebook groups, which are great resources for ideas and help!

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