7 Simple Steps to Customize SVG Files on Cricut Design Space

Have you ever found a lovely SVG or png file and thought, “It’s perfect! Now, I need to change it.” Of course, you have. Maybe it’s the wrong color, maybe the wrong font or just doesn’t fit what you are making. It’s crazy easy to customize an SVG file with multiple layers. Just click and change it to whatever you want.

But what if its a single layer piece? Are you stuck with what you have? Of course not. If you don’t have Adobe Illustrator you can use the free Inkscape app and change it there. Which is what I did after weeks of teaching myself how to use it. I’ve come to realize that Design Space is a simplified version of Illustrator and Inkscape without the ability to save your works. Which is fine and all, but not convenient at times.

Well, I am here to help you set things straight. While this method works great for me, if you know any methods that make it simpler, just leave a comment! (I always take the long road first.)

If you belong to Cricut Access, there are plenty of roses you can download. I chose to save my $10 per month and make my own on Inkscape. You can always find images on Google that you can modify if you like. Some are easier to clean up than others, though. You can download the truck and rose from my Free Library Resource page if you don’t have an image to work on.

Step 1: Remove the Existing Lettering

After you have uploaded your images, go to the top right of the page (under the “Make It” button) and Ungroup them so you can isolate the words. Click the words and you will see it surrounded by a box with a red X in the top left corner. Click the X to remove the Words.

Step 2: Choose a Font You Like

Click Text on the left side of the page then go up to Fonts. When you click on Fonts, you’ll see All, System, and Cricut at the top of the page. Click on System (those are the Fonts that are installed on your computer). Scroll through and find a Font you like. A nice thick script will be easier to cut out than thin fonts or individual letters. I chose Janda Happy Day. Make it Bold for extra thickness.

Step 3: Type out Happy Mother’s Day

Type out Happy Mother’s Day or anything you want to say. Now let’s fancy it up a bit. Select your word by clicking on them. Next, click on Curve at the top of the page. Move the bar to the left to curve down, right to curve up until you’re happy with how it looks. (I stopped at +19). If you are adding words below you will curve it at -19 so the arc will match perfectly.

Now we need to separate the letters so we can move them where we want them. Click Advanced, then Ungroup to Letters. Now you will notice you can move each letter individually. You can do some fun things with that if you’re feeling frisky.

It is much easier to cut out and transfer the words if they are connected. Go to Letter Space at the top of the page and click the down arrow until most or all of your letters are touching. If you need to, you can manually move the letters until you are happy with how they look.

(I forgot the apostrophe. I just went back to Text and typed one out as it’s already set up for Janda and moved it into place. Easy peasy.)

Step 3: Weld Words Together to Make Solid

When everything looks as you want it, hit Weld at the bottom to connect all ofthe letters. Notice the sidebar went from individual letters to one group of words. Ta da! Now for the fun part.

Step 4: Remove the Eggs

This method seems a little weird at first but once you get the hang of it you’ll use it on everything. This method gives your Slice tool a workout for sure.

Click Shapes then click Square. Unlock the Square (bottom left corner of the box) Make sure to move the other stuff out of your way and give yourself some room. Then drag the green arrows at the bottom right corner of the box and make a rectangle small to fit over the eggs in the back of the truck

Slide the block over the eggs covering as much as possible without covering the bed or back window of the truck. Select both the Square and the truck beneath. (Use can use Drag and Click method or CTRL and Click on both pieces) Now Slice, found at the bottom right side of the page. If Slice is greyed out and not letting you choose it, check to see if there are other pieces selected by accident. Slice will only work on 2 pieces at a time.

Move the sliced pieces away and delete them. I reuse the square over and over until I’m finished or it’s too small to work with. Or you can duplicate the Square a few times and use them as back ups.

Step 5: Repeat

Repeat this process until all traces of the eggs are gone. If a triangle or circle helps you get in the nooks and crannies, use those. Also, you can pivot (top right corner of the box) until it matches the angle of the back window as closely as possible. If you slice into the truck and remove too much, don’t panic. Just hit the Undo arrow at the top left of the screen. You can’t mess it up. Just keep slicing away until all trace of the eggs are gone.

Step 6: Duplicate the Rose

Select the Rose by clicking on it, then Duplicate it (top right corner of the page next to the Ungroup Button) Resize the roses and put them into the back of the truck.

Step 7: Select All the Pieces and Weld. That’s it!

Don’t forget to Save it and Make it! Great Job! I have yet to find any SVG file I can’t customize this way. Though some take a little more effort than others.

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