With Cricut, you can upload your own images and convert them into cuttable shapes for free. Before you begin, it is important that you first learn about the different types that can be uploaded. There are two primary types: Basic and Vector.
- Basic Images are essentially raster images, e.g. .png, .jpg, .gif, .bmp file types. These images are uploaded as a single layer and you can edit them during the uploading process.
- Vector Images include .dxf and .svg file types. Once uploaded, they are automatically separated into layers. Unlike Basic Images, Vector Images are uploaded as previously designed.
Here’s how you can upload basic as well as vector images:
1) To upload an image, use the Upload option of Cricut shown on the left sidebar of the interface. Once you click on it, a window will open asking you to select an image or pattern upload. The Upload Image option supports both basic images, e.g. .png, .jpg, .gif, and .bmp files as well as vector images, e.g. .dxf and .svg files. Click on the Upload Image option to proceed.
2) Next, click on the Browse button. This will open the file selector. Navigate to the image on your computer that you wish to upload and select it. Alternatively, you can use the drag and drop method to upload desired files. Cricut will automatically detect the image type based on its format. For example, if the uploaded file is in .png, .jpg, .gif, or .bmp format, it will launch the Basic Image upload option. On the other hand, if the uploaded file is in .dxf or .svg format, it will launch the Vector Image upload option.
Option 1 – Basic Image Upload
Follow these instructions to use the Basic Image Upload option:
1. Start by selecting any basic image file type, e.g. .png, .jpg, .gif, and .bmp. As mentioned before, you can either use the Open button or use the drag and drop method to upload files.
2. Next, use the descriptions shown on the right side of the window to choose your image complexity. You can choose from Simple, Moderately complex, and Complex. After making a selection, click on the Continue button.
3. Now you will need to define the cut lines of your image. To do that, use Erase, Select & Erase, and Crop utilities. The purpose of this step is to remove the image background that you don’t want to cut. Once you use the above tools to remove the areas of the image, they will appear as checkerboard background, indicating that they will not be cut. Only the solid area of the image will be used on the design screen.
4. After removing the background, you can preview the image to see its cut lines via the Preview button located at the bottom of the interface. If you are not satisfied with the results, click on the Hide Preview button to return to the editing window and then make the desired changes until you are satisfied. Once you have configured everything, click on the Continue button to proceed to the next window.
5. On the next window, you can name your image and tag it (optional) so that it is easier to find later. You have two options for saving the image: Print Then Cut and Cut Image. If you use the Print Then Cut option, your entire image will be preserved, including internal patterns and colors. On the other hand, using the Cut Image option will only save the image’s outer silhouette as the cut path.
6. Once you have selected the desired option, click on the Save button. This will save your image and open the Upload screen of the software. You can then find your saved image in the Uploaded Images Library. Select the image and then click on the Insert Images option to add it to your project.
Option 2 – Vector Image Upload
Follow these instructions to use the Vector Image Upload option:
1. Start by selecting your desired Vector Image file type, e.g. .dxf or .svg. Then just as the Basic Image Upload method, use either the Open option or the drag and drop method to upload the image to Cricut. If the file has been previously modified with any design software, Cricut will import its modified properties, e.g. layers, outlined text, solid colors, etc. If you wish to use a layered image, then it is recommended that you make sure that the layers in the original file are ungrouped before uploading.
2. On the next window, you can name your image and tag it (optional). This will make it easier to find the image later. After naming and tagging the image, click on the Save button to proceed.
3. After the above step, the Upload screen of the software will open. Your uploaded Vector Image will be shown in the Uploaded Images Library. You can select that image and click on the Insert Images option to add it to your design screen.
4. An important thing to note about Vector Images is that they will appear as a grouped image on the canvas. When it comes to a grouped image, you cannot move or size the image layers separately. That’s why it is recommended to upload the image as ungrouped in the first place.