Can I make my own designs with Cricut?

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Yes! You can make your own original designs in Cricut Design Space.

You can make your own designs with Cricut’s desktop-based software (Cricut Design Space) and send projects to any Cricut machine – the Maker, Explore Air 2, or Joy – to be cut, drawn or scored. Cricut Design Space software is free to download (here) and has many cool features allowing you to draw shapes, import images or compose and arrange text.

Design Space is simple, user-friendly software. It allows you to either choose from pre-made projects, fonts, and images. Or, you can 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. These templates let you 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. Vector graphics can be resized without losing image quality. This makes them 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. I embellished it using only the slice tool in Design Space:

hummingbird svg in cricut design space

If you want, you can use more advanced design software such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape to create your designs. Simply import your finished svg file into Design Space and scale it to fit your project. Design Space does have one downside to Design Space, however. Once you have created your own design, you cannot export it as an SVG to share with friends.

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