This is one in a series of posts answering some of the most frequently asked questions about the Cricut machine. See all the other posts in the series HERE. If you still have questions feel free to reach out via email or social media and I will get back to you.
A question I get asked often is: “Can I upload my own images with Cricut?” To which I answer YES! This is one of the reasons I love my cricut machine so much. You are not required to buy any cartridges and any images you have already bought or made can be used in Cricut Design Space.
How To Add Your Image To Cricut Design Space
For explaining purposes I will show you how to add your images by showing you how I made this Canada 150 water bottle. You could use any image, and I will explain later how to find or make your own images.
To begin your project open Cricut Design Space on your web browser. Underneath insert image is a cloud with an arrow marked upload images.This window will show all of the images you have uploaded. You will notice I made a pokemon border for my sons pokemon card binder. Your screen will be blank, so don’t worry if it doesn’t look the same as mine. Click the blue button labelled “upload image”. This will open a new window where you will find the image you would like to cut out. The image should be a .jpg .png or .svg format.
A preview of your image will show on the left side of the screen. Now you need to select which parts of the image you want to remove, or cut out using the machine. To keep this step as simple as possible you should try to keep images in black and white and select “simple image”.
The magic wand tool is the easiest tool to use. With your mouse, click on each section of your design that you want deleted, or cut out. For my maple leaf I want the thin black lines to remain but I want the white parts removed. The white spaces will be cut out, and the pattern on my shirt / cup / bag (whatever you are placing your image on) will show through.
When you finish removing each section you should have an image that looks like this. The grey and blue checkerboard background is showing you the sections that are clear. Make sure you haven’t missed any pieces, especially inside of A’s, D’s, and O’s. If you need to zoom in to see these pieces better, there are magnifying glasses on the top right of the screen to make this easier. Hit continue.
After your image is added you can choose to save it as a Print Then Cut image, or a cut image. I chose the cut image as I want to cut the shape out of vinyl to attach to my cup. If you wanted to make a sticker you could save this as a print then cut image and use printable sticker paper or printable vinyl. On the right you can name your design whatever you like. Nobody will be able to see these files, so its more for your own sake to make it easier to find later.
Now your image will appear on the upload image screen. This is the home where all of your designs will live. Anytime in the future if you want to use an image you have uploaded, you will go to this section to find it. Select your image and click on ‘Insert Images’ button on the bottom right of the screen.
The image you just imported will appear in Cricut Design Space. You can now resize it and cut it out like any other image in Cricut Design Space. YAY!
How To Make Your Own Images To Cut With Cricut
Here are some different ways that you can get or make your own images to import and cut using Cricut Design Space:
- make your own quote. Use Adobe Illustrator, Pic Monkey, or Canva to create your design and save as an image. See an example of text saved as an image on this No Sew Fabric Banner.
- Sketch, hand letter, or design something on paper. Scan in the image and save it to your computer.
- Use someone else’s design. You can purchase images on etsy (search ‘cut files’ or ‘svg’).
- Free SVG Files – a great site I love is Lovesvg. There are so many great designs that are free and include a commercial license (if you are making products to sell you will need it).
- Facebook Groups – there are some large groups for Cricut users and people share projects and files there. Lots of people in the group will point you in the right direction for a specific image or able to design you something custom for a small fee.
- Blogs – There are so many great files available for free. Search google and pinterest.
You now can cut out any shape you dream! I added this geometric maple leaf design to my swell water bottle. I love the wood texture and how Canadian it looks. I couldn’t help sitting it down next to my crocheted Hudsons Bay Company blanket inspired blanket.
If you have a Cricut, you should check out some simple projects you can make for yourself and your family.
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