I’m jumping right into a new series, and here in Part 1, you’ll learn what an SVG is and where to find the best FREE SVG cut files online for your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut machine.
Watch The Video To Learn About SVG Files
When I first got my Silhouette machine, waaaaay back in 2013, I had no idea what type of things you could cut on it.
I just knew I had a machine that could cut cardstock for me (hello, who wants cramped hands from cutting with scissors?!) and I wanted to make custom ice cream party baby shower favors with my new Silhouette Cameo.
It wasn’t until later that I discovered the Silhouette Cameo did SO much more than just cut cardstock, and SVG files were a huge part of the variety of projects you could make with a Silhouette Cameo.
What is an SVG File?
Without going into too much detail in this post (we’ll save that for part 2 or 3), SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic.
Why should you learn about SVG Files?
SVGs are different than regular image files, in that they are actually a mathematical equation that your Silhouette Design Studio (or Cricut Design Space) calculates.
What does SVG even mean?
You can resize an SVG without losing detail on your cut file because the software will calculate the way the shape needs to change. It’s seriously amazing when you’re able to do this in realtime, and size an SVG file huge without losing the details in the design.
Can I use SVGs with the Free version of Silhouette Studio?
Short answer? No. Silhouette Studio Designer Edition is required to use SVG Files, so you’ll need to upgrade from the Basic (Free) Edition.
You can upgrade to Silhouette Studio Designer Edition at a HUGE discount by checking out the upgrade codes from Swing Design here.
How much does the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Cost?
It’s $25. Please upgrade. It’s totally worth the $25, you will not regret it. You can upgrade to Silhouette Studio Designer Edition here: Swing Design
Where can I get SVG Files?
These are my top 5 favorite Commercial Use License SVG Sites:
- DesignBundles.net (THE BEST EVER)- Amazing bundles at a great price always
- Silhouette Design Store (ALSO THE BEST EVER)- Huge variety of projects and individual elements
- LoveSVG – Lots of Word Art – Great SVGs for T-Shirts
- SO Fontsy – Pretty Farmhouse Bundles & Mandala SVG Cut Files
- Creative Fabrica – Great SVG Bundles and Commercial Use Fonts
These five websites aren’t the only places to find SVG files on the internet. You can find a bunch of bloggers that design amazing files that are free for personal use, and then they also allow commercial use (usually for a very small fee).
PSA: Please always purchase a commercial use license- These designers make a living off our purchases, and they give so much content for free, it’s ABSOLUTELY worth a few dollars for a commercial license if you want to sell items made with your purchased SVG Files.
Every time you purchase a commercial use license for an SVG File, a designer does a happy dance!