Creating Perfect Cut Files

Happy Friday Friends,

Do you ever wonder why the cut files that you painstakingly created don’t cut perfectly? I’m here to solve that problem for you!

Creating Perfect Cut Files does not have to be a daunting task. I’m a long-time Cricut user and graphic designer, and in my opinion, the design space is limited. So I create most of my files in Adobe Illustrator. The benefit of creating outside of design space in my opinion (I’m only speaking about Cricut, not Silhouette) is :

  • The files you make are saved to your computer or the Cloud, not in Design Space. You have an original file that is of the best quality and can be used for other applications.
  • You have more options for your creativity. Illustrator has more options for tools but there is a learning curve to Illustrator, however, there are other vector graphic programs out there that work just as well.
  • When I create titles for a themed album I create them all at once and on 1 artboard. That way when I upload the file to Design Space, all the titles are together so you only cut once. This trick saves valuable time and materials!

In the short video below I share with you the 2 important steps you need to do to ensure your cut file cuts correctly. In the example, I’m creating Titles but the process is the same when you are combining text with shapes. Of course, you can weld in Design Space. However, if you are going to be working outside of Design Space, and importing files onto the platform these steps are crucial for a perfect cut file. It also eliminates the need to attach because you have done that step prior to importing the file.

Creating Perfect Cut Files is that simple!

If you want to learn more about Adobe Illustrator you can find it here Illustrator is best for creating cut files because it creates Vector graphics. What are Vectors? Vector graphics are made up of points, lines, and curves and are scalable to any size without looking pixilated and can be saved as SVG, PNG, JPEG, and TIF depending on their use. Logos, packaging graphics, and even some web designs are all examples of Vector graphics. For the purposes of using them for Cricut I prefer an SVG file because I never have issues with the quality of the file. I’ve found some PNG files aren’t as crisp as I like them to be when I import them.

I hope this helped you. If you would like to see more content like this please comment below and tell me what you would like to see next. Thanks for stopping by! You can support my small business by shopping here

Published by Redheaded StoryKeeper

I am a creative soul who loves scrapbooking, graphic design, and photography.

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