You can actually do the vectorization within Cricut Design Space. Cricut Design Space does have some native vectorization capabilities. They are not great, but it covers a lot of use cases for Cricut crafters.

Cricut Design Space

You simply upload the JPEG/PNG image. Because there is high contrast between the colors and the back is uniform, you can select “Simple” in the upload process.
Then just Select and Erase the background by clicking anywhere on the background. Then select a Save as a Cut Image.

To cut around a photo in Cricut Design Space, start with Upload Image.
After selecting your image, select “complex” so Design Space knows to preserve the resolution of the image.
Then do nothing on the next page when it asks you what you want to keep and erase.
On the following screen, “Save as a Cut image”.

Create SVG File in Adobe Photoshop

  1. Open an existing JPEG or PNG image in Adobe Photoshop, or click “New” and open a new graphic canvas.
  2. Click the “Pen,” “Brush” or any other drawing tool from the “Toolbox” on the left side of the canvas. Draw your design onto the canvas using one or more drawing tools. If importing an existing graphic, click the “New Layer” button in the Layers palette to open a new drawing layer over the graphic. Draw over the existing image to recreate the image in vector format.
  3. Click on the imported image layer and press the “DEL” key to delete the image layer after you have recreated the original image in the vector layer.
  4. Click the “File” option on the top navigation bar, and then click the “Export” option.
  5. Type a name for the new SVG file in the “File Name” input box.
  6. Click the “Save as Type” drop-down box and then click the “Scalable Vector Graphic (.svg)” option. Click “Save.” The file is saved as an SVG file and can now be imported into the SCAL software and used in Cricut.

Adobe Illustrator

The function to make SVG files out of bitmap images is “Image Trace”. You can access the tool panel by going to Window > Image Trace.


After the image has been selected, select the “Trace Bitmap” function under “Path” in the toolbar

After this function has been selected, you should see this pop-up box in the upper right corner.

SVG Converters


VectorMagic automatically convert JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF bitmap images to true SVG, EPS, and PDF vector images online by simply uploading them. Real full-color tracing, no software to install and results are ready right away!

DWG to SVG Converter

AutoDWG DWG to SVG Converter batch converts DWG, DXF and DWF to SVG without AutoCAD. The version of AutoCAD 2024~R14 is supported.

SVG Free Online Conversion

Adobe Express



See also:

DXF to SVG Online

DWG to SVG Online

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You can use a free online tool to convert DXF to SVG.

DXF to SVG Online Conversion

  • Upload Your DXF File

Click on the “Choose File” button or drag and drop your DXF file onto the designated area.

  • Download the SVG File

Once the conversion is complete, you’ll be provided with a link to download the converted SVG file.

AutoDWG DXF to SVG online conversion is a convenient and user-friendly for converting DXF files to SVG, and it’s accessible from any device with an internet connection.


If you don’t already have Inkscape installed, you can download and install it for free from the Inkscape website (https://inkscape.org/).

  • Open Inkscape
  • Import DXF File
  • Edit If Necessary

Inkscape will open the DXF file. You may need to make adjustments to the drawing or resize it to fit your needs using Inkscape’s editing tools.

  • Save as SVG

Once you’re satisfied with your adjustments, click “File” in the top menu and select “Save As.”
In the “Save as type” dropdown, choose “Scalable Vector Graphics (*.svg).”
Select a location on your computer to save the SVG file, give it a name, and click “Save.”

Inkscape will convert and save the DXF file as an SVG file. You now have your DXF drawing in the SVG format. This method works well for simple to moderately complex DXF files. For very complex or intricate DXF drawings, you may need to do some manual adjustments in Inkscape to achieve the desired results.

See also:

How does Inkscape implement SVG?

Inkscape prides itself on being a fully standard-compliant SVG editor. As of March 2015, it even supports rendering of SVG properties which are not yet officially part of the standard, but have reached a stable state in the SVG Working Group’s draft for SVG 2.0. Those include hatched patterns, the fill/stroke painting order and CSS blending modes. Currently, those are not yet editable via the GUI, but can be changed by editing the attributes in the XML editor, of course.

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There are two types of images: one is called VECTOR (these are files saved with .svg / .dxf extensions) and RASTER (these are files saved with .jpeg / .gif / .png / .bmp extensions).

In a nutshell, SVG is a file format for displaying vector graphics on the web that stands for Scalable Vector Graphics file. The pattern file was originally created using Adobe Illustrator then exported as an SVG file. The Cricut cutting machine reads the mathematical path (in the way of lines and points) in the SVG file to cut out the pattern with precision.

  • Scalability – As its name implies, an SVG allows you to scale the pattern size without losing the resolution or quality. Whereas raster (or basic) files are designed using pixels and cannot be scaled up without losing quality.
  • Editable – Although the craft pattern is made up of multiple pattern pieces, once uploaded into Design Space, the individual pattern pieces can be moved around, hidden or duplicated giving the user many creative options.
  • Precision – Using the Cricut cutting machine to cut out the SVG pattern file guarantees precise cutting not easily achieved by hand cutting. Additionally, SVG files are instantly ready to cut after uploading, not requiring any clean up like an JPEG or PNG file needs.
  • Speed – Using the cutting machine will save you loads of time giving you more free time to create and complete projects.
  • File Size – SVG files are typically smaller than raster files using up less storage space and making the uploading process quicker.

Why svg is better than dxf in Cricut?

DXF file format appears as a black outline of the design’s cutting lines. There are no colors or layers.
In designs with more than one element, you may be able to ungroup elements with the “release compound path” command.
You can then regroup by color for efficiency when cutting different colors of media. Then click “make compound path” again to retain all formatting.
Please note that DXF files are very node-intense and cutting can be noisy and take longer than your own designs or SVG files. I recommend you convert dxf to svg at first.

How to convert a dxf file to a svg file?

AutoDWG offer following methods to convert dxf to svg file. (Offline&Online)

AutoDWG DXF to SVG Converter

It supports batch convert DWG, DXF and DWF to SVG without AutoCAD. Download link

AutoDWG DXF to SVG Free online conversion

The free online conversion can convert dxf to svg faster. Online link

Why can’t use regular jpg or png to cut in Cricut?

Most digital images you see are bitmap images. Bitmap images are composed of pixels (or dots). The image file records the image with information on each pixel.

This is useful for most printers because that is how it processes information to print. It wants to know what color to use for each dot in the image.

Unfortunately, the blade in the Cricut needs additional information. It needs directional (or vector) information. It wants to know what path to take to make the cut.

SVG files are image files that contain directional information or paths information about the image.

How to convert PNG to SVG file for Cricut?

Converting PNG to SVG files can definitely save you time and reduce file sizes for high-quality images. Here are some free and simple online solutions for quickly converting PNG images into SVG file format!

  • Adobe Express: A powerful solution from a well-known company powered by the same technology used in Adobe Illustrator.
  • FreeConvert: An easy-to-use web application that can convert all sorts of image files up to 1GB.
  • Convertio: Another easy-to-use web app that can convert and compress various file types up to 100MB.
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