best file format for cricut design space

Best file format for Cricut Design Space

What FILE Types are Supported in Cricut Design Space?

All those who have this weird obsession for crafting like me know that Cricut Design Space is gaining popularity in the craft world like fire spreading in the forest. The increased hype of design space has diverted many individuals towards the software. Being a newbie, you are curious and confused about a lot of things. We have all been there once! I have been dedicating my time to writing posts that would help you know your way around Cricut Design Space. So today, we are gonna be discussing about the best file format for cricut.

What file format does Cricut Use?

Even though Cricut uses the .svg files and it is also the easiest to work with, the design space software allows you to upload and convert .jpg, .png, .svg, and .dxf files into cuttable shapes, completely free of cost. It is important to identify the differences between these types of files and when one should use them in the design space. So let’s dig into that!

If you have never used CDS then i’d suggest you to check out this Beginner’s Tutorial on CDS 101. It would help you better understand why I’m emphasizing over choosing the right type of file for it. It doesn’t look like it’s gonna affect the final result as much. But once you have cut out your design and it’s ready to assemble, you’ll see how big of a difference it makes!

Now before we conclude which is the best file format for cricut, let’s just first go through each of them!

JPG or JPEG File

A jpg file has a high resolution which makes it ideal for printing photographs. If all you want to do is use the print and cut feature, using a JPG file is your best bet. However, avoid jpg files if you want to cut multiple layers of your image as it cannot differentiate between color layers which results in Cricut Design Space not being able to lay all the layers separately!

SVG File

SVG allows you to scale your image up and down infinite times without decreasing the quality even a little bit. Unlike a JPG file, you can separate your layers and distinguish between colors if the file format is SVG. So an SVG file should definitely be preferred when you want to further customize your design!

PNG File

If you are using design space to make stickers or vinyl decals, a png file is your best bet. Why? You may ask. So let me tell you.

  1. They have transparent backgrounds.
  2. You won’t have to get in the hassle of holding the design in one place when placing it digitally.
  3. Excellent for print and cut

So if you want a flat-file and avoid getting in the mess of having to cut separate lines, this is it for you to make the perfect stickers!

DXE File

A DXF file is the closest alternative to an SVG file if you are using Cricut design space. So just like SVG files, when you open up a DXF file on the Cricut Design Space you will have a ready-to-cut image. You can ungroup the elements and identify between the layers if you want to print and cut layered designs!

EPS File

EPS files are typically suitable for documents that require high resolution such as logos. So, I would never recommend using EPS file format while designing on Cricut since it works better on advanced softwares!

Well, in a nutshell, SVG format is so far the best file format for CDS if your design is complicated. You can also get plenty of SVG designs for free by clicking here. For a simpler image, the JPG file format works fine too. I believe as a beginner, this much knowledge is enough for any one of us to get an insight into different file formats and their purposes!

best file format for cricut

Best Places For FREE Files

The internet is full of amazing (and not so amazing) sites that are packed with content. Below, you will find sites that I absolutely LOVE and they are full of free SVG craft files that you can use for personal and commercial use. These designers and sites offer the BEST quality and are totally trusted. If you have a FAVORITE designer, keep in mind that on Fridays, they often have a freebie available for a limited time! (Post updated on 11/27)

Please check each site for their own specific terms and conditions in regards to their files as some may have a limit on the number of products that you can make with each file.

*Disclaimer, some of the following links may be affiliate links. They do not cost you anything extra, they give me a small portion of anything you buy as a thank you. I don’t make enough to drive a Lambo, BUT I can splurge at the dollar tree on an extra craft item.

AMCX Studio

No better place to look than right here 😀 I am switching my “Free Friday” to a permanent free file. So no matter what, you can come back and grab it! If you pay attention in the group, you can even *vote* on the next freebie to be released into the bin.

Design Bundles

ALL time FAVE place to shop for free svg files. They release new sets every Friday! Some are limited edition, while others are ALWAYS free! DB files are free for commercial use. You can check out the current files by clicking here. (Psst, their sister site “Font Bundles” offers FREE fonts! You can see more sites that offer free fonts for commercial use here.)

SVG & Font Market

Another great platform, they have a section on their site that they have carved out for freebies! You can see the collection from several designers by visiting the link here.

So Fontsy

Once again, another site packed with great designers offering FREE files. They are released every Friday and last until the following Thursday. This is a site certainly worth checking out!

Creative Fabrica

ALL time F I found Creative Fabrica when they were hosting their Daily font giveaway. It was SO amazing collecting a new font every day. While they don’t have that program available anymore, they did up the game by hosting their “Daily Gifts”. Daily gifts allow designers to download a free font, SVG, and clip art EVERY day! On top of that, they also have a regular free section (linked below). Creative Fabrica is one of my first stops in the morning when I sit down and you should check it out also.

My Designs In The Choas

My Designs In The Chaos is what I consider a hidden gem. She offers not only tutorials but free crafting files in a lot of her blog posts (I would say all, but I don’t think I have gone back that far to say without a doubt). You will want to browse her blog as that is where her free files are hidden! Her files are always so cute and totally relatable! You can check out all of her designs here.

Kitaleigh

Most known for her typography skills, Kita has her own section on the web with free files. You can find them using the link below. I have to be honest, I might have stocked up on all of her free mockups. Outside of the free files, her blog (-ish) is incredible! She works with a lazer cutter and seeing it in action is SO cool! Plus if you sign up to her newsletter, you will see her $2 Tuesday Font deals! Go now, what are you waiting for? Use this Link is Here

Caty Catherine

Not sponsored by her, but I absolutely adore Caty Catherine! She posts a new free file EVERY day. Yep – EVERY day. You can subscribe to her email list and get it sent right to your inbox. Her designs are adorable and great quality! I have a folder on my own pc dedicated to her.

Tinker and Teal

My #Designer Crush every day and bestie, Roosell at “Tinker and Teal” has been offering flash freebies. Her rustic-chic charm is sure to make a great staple in your design world! You have to be quick though because some of her free svg files are *LIMITED TIME* only! Do not kick yourself in the butt for missing out. You can check her out by visiting the link here.