Yes! You can make your own designs with any Cricut machine – the Maker, Explore Air 2, or Joy. You send designs to your machine using Cricut Design Space software, which is free to download (here).
Design Space is simple, user-friendly software that allows you to either choose from pre-made projects, fonts, and images, or design your own using basic shapes and fonts or imported images. Design Space includes dozens of handy templates – for mugs, tote bags, T-shirts, etc. – that allow you to directly visualize how your finished project will look.
The most common image file type used by Design Space users is the svg or “scalable vector graphic” file. You can easily import svg files for use in Design Space as part of a project or just to use as a cut file. Because vector graphics can be resized without losing image quality, they are perfect for creating cut files that will fit any project.
Here I have created a simple file where I started with a free single hummingbird svg from pixabay and embellished using only the slice tool in Design Space:
If you want to use more advanced design software such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape to create your designs, you can simply import your finished svg file into Design Space and scale it to fit your project.
One downside to Design Space is that once you have created your own design, you cannot export it as an svg to share with friends.
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