Tutorial – Importing 3DCuts.com Files into Cricut Design Space
June 4, 2014
I have been improving file components to get a better and easier upload experience for Cricut users wanting to use 3dCuts.com files. This tutorial applies to those products that list it in the description. It does not apply to all files so be sure you reference the correct help file. The goal is to standardize on the best group of settings and styles for importing into Cricut.
Updates to my new files include the following:
- Filled shapes: SVG files with unfilled shapes are imported into Design Space filled in black, which often hides other layers or details. New files have shapes filled with white so details are visible.
- Dotted fold lines. New files show all fold lines as dotted lines. This makes it make easier to identify them and indicate they are to be score lines. I am also combining many into a compound path which allows you to select them with one click.
Step-bystep Instructions for importing:
1. Purchase and download a file from 3dcuts.com here.
You can download the file right from the link in the confirmation notice you receive after placing the order, or from the link in the follow-up email. The link is good for 24 hours so be sure to download right after purchase.
2. Zip file: The download will place a zip file on your computer in the designated download location.
This is a personal computer setting and you need to know how your computer handles downloads. It may be a file on your desktop, or there may be a downloads folder. Your computer may be set to automatically unzip the zipped file or you might have to double click on it for it to unzip. Once it is unzipped you will see a folder with additional folders or files inside.
3. Import: The files that are .SVG files can be imported into Design Space software to work on your Cricut. Do not just open them.
4. Launch the Design Space software in your web browser. https://www.cricut.com/design and log in. You will need a Design Space account (free) to save files there.
5. From the splash screen click on Create New Project button.
6. Click on Upload Image in the left margin.
7. Click on Vector Upload in the Upload Image screen. (.SVG files are Vector files)
8. Click on Browse and navigated to the location of the downloaded (and unzipped) file.
Give the file appropriate names and tags
9. Click Save Iimage - button in lower right.
10. It will now appear in the Uploaded images area of the screen. Hover over it and click it to select it. It will have a green arrow in the upper right corner once it is selected. You can upload all .SVG cutting files needed for this project now or as you need them. You can select them all and insert them into the work space together or individually. Once you have your choice selected, click on insert images button in the lower right.
11. The cutting file image will appear in the work space. If you uploaded multiples, they will be stacked on top of each other and you will need to click and slide them to new spaces to see all.
12. Sizing - (Note - with the 2015 upgrade to Design Studio sizing should no longer be an issue. Files come in sized appropriately. )SVG files are currently imported at sizes unrelated to their original size. I provide a sizing guide for you to enter dimensions. It is in the pdf directions located in the folder with the download, or online in the tutorial for your file at the 3Dcuts. website. Before ungouping the file, adjust the size.
1. Select the file by clicking on it, then click on the EDIT icon in the upper right of the window.
2. Make sure the lock icon is locked so you only need to enter one measurement.
3. Enter the measurement provided in the pdf or on the web tutorial.
13. Ungroup: When a file first arrives, it is all grouped together. You will need to ungroup it so you can identify cut lines and score lines. Select the shape you plan to cut by clicking on it, and click on the Ungroup icon in the layers palette.
If you don't see the Layers Palette, open it by clicking on the Layers icon in the upper right of the window.
14. Click on one of the dotted lines. These are fold lines and should be marked as SCORE lines in Cricut. You do not want them to be solid cut lines. (If you are not seeing any dotted lines you may have downloaded a file from before I adapted these changes. You should view Melody Lane's Video on importing the Shadow Box Alphabet files into Design Space for a great tutorial on using those files. It can be accessed here.)
1. Click on the dotted lines so they are selected. On this particular project it is harder to know if you got the correct selection because it is so close to the entire box.
2. To be sure, notice which line is darkened in the Layers Palette.
3. Click on the Eye Icon. It will hide that selected item. Did it hide the lines you wanted to identify? If not keep clicking in different areas and using the eye icon to help you know when you have the correct item. Be sure to click the eye a second time to turn the item back on!
15. Line Type Direction: Give each line in the design a Line Type setting so Cricut will know what type of line its is.
1. For each line in the design, select it and click on the scissors icon next to it in the Layers Palette.
2. The Line Type Window appears. Click on the appropriate Line Type Icon for the selected line.
- All dotted lines should be assigned Score.
- Solid Lines are Cut.
Repeat for all lines in the cut file.
16. Once all the lines have been assigned a File Type continue with the Cricut software for cutting.