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?

Here is a video to walk you through the process.  Below the video are written instructions, depending on your preference. Make sure you unzipped the file first.  Link to videos for unzipping files is located on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

  1. After logging into Cricut Design Space, select New Project button in the upper right corner.
  2. Within the New Project window, click on the Upload icon on the left-hand menu area.
  3. Click on Upload Image button.
  4. Then on the actual upload screen, there are two ways to upload an SVG.  You can browse to the SVG on your computer or drag and drop SVGs one at a time. My preference is drag and drop, which is very easy.  These are instructions on importing via the Drag and Drop Method. Step 5 will cover how to browse for file.Within Windows, open a File Explorer window and navigate to the location of the SVG file(s) you would like to import.  On a MAC, you would do the same with the Finder window.  Then just drag and drop the file within the dotted line area.  Color will change.

    If successfully dropped, you will be presented with this screen to enter the SVG image name, tags and save.  I would suggest adding a descriptive name, especially if uploading one of several SVGs for the same project. This also helps so you can search for uploaded files easily in the future.  Tags are helpful too.  You will notice I placed the tags Sunflower Card and Simply Crafty SVGs, so I can easily search by one or several of these words in the future to help find the uploaded images.  Then click on the Save button.

    Once saved, the most recently uploaded SVG/image will display on this screen.
  5. To browse to file, just click on the Browse button.

    Navigate to the SVG file you would like to upload. Select the file and then the Open button.

    Enter the SVG image name, tags and then click the Save button.
  6. Once all the SVG files are uploaded for the project, select the newly uploaded SVGs and then insert them into the project window by clicking on Insert Images button.

    Here are the SVGs in the project. It is almost ready to cut!  Next step, attach the score lines.  See other Cutting Help topic for help on this.
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.

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.

The steps below will illustrate how to prepare a SVG file with score lines.  We will use the rounded card SVG from our Sunflower Cards set, as selected in this example.

Within the layers area, you will see the card consists of the scorelines and the actual card cut.  The icon indicates that the default is the cut, indicated by the scissors icon.

If you want to use the score tool or Cricut Maker scoring wheel. you will have to change the line to a score.  To change the line to a score, click on scissors icon and select Score from the Layers menu. You can also choose not to use the score tool, per instructions below. Especially useful for Explore One users.

SPECIAL NOTE:  If you do not have a score tool or scoring wheel (Maker ONLY), you can keep the dashed scorelines set as “cut” and it will cut out perforated lines for scoring purposes. This is especially useful for cutting intricate 3D designs.  Although I think the scorelines are cleaner when not cut, I do not feel that the score tool indents the score enough to make it easy to fold some of the cuts required to make our 3D designs. I recommend keeping the dashed scorelines to score for more intricate designs to make it easier to fold.  Just keep the scoreline a cut line and then attach the scoreline the same way.  It actually saves a step.  Only do this for dashed scorelines.  Any SVG with solid scorelines need to be changed to Score to work.

Highlight then entire object with score line which should be grouped, if not already selected.  Click on Attach icon in right Layers menu to lock in placement of scoreline, so it scores exactly as shown.

Once you attach it, the group will display word “Attach”.

Clicking on Make it button in the upper right will take you to a preview of the cut by mat (based on colors).  This card example will cut as shown, with the scoreline.  If you do not see the scoreline, you may have forgotten to attach the scoreline. Click on Continue to cut.

Select your Cricut machine from the drop-down on the next screen and adjust your Material cut settings using the Dial on your Cricut.  Don’t forget to insert the score tool, if you choose to use it instead of cutting the score lines.

Load the mats with paper and cut away!

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.

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. Some people still like to “cut” the dashed scorelines instead of using the score tool, as the score tool does not score deep enough.  The scoring wheel on the Maker provides much deeper scoring lines.

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
  • 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 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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