In this tutorial, I walk you through step by step in Making JPG Files into Cut Files in Cricut Design Space. I hope you find this helpful when using your Cricut machine to edit JPG files.
Can my Cricut use JPG files?
Yes! Cricut Design Space has a handy method to take your JPG (JPEG) files and convert them to a cut file right inside the program. You can also use this technique to convert other files like GIF, PDF, PNG, and more using Cricut Design Space software.
Step 1: Open Cricut Design Space
How to upload a JPG to Cricut?
You might be asking yourself “how in the heck can I upload a jpg file to use with my Cricut machine?” It’s easy! To start, open Cricut Design Space and open a new project. Then click on the “Upload” button.
Step 2: Add Your Image File
Then Click the “Upload Image” button.
Next Click the “Browse” button.
Choose the JPEG file you want to use for your cut image, from your computer or device.
(the dark browsing mode on my Mac is so much easier on my eyes than the normal mode…do you use it too?)
Step 3: Convert the Image in Cricut Design Space
When it’s uploaded to Cricut Design Space, click on “Simple” under the “Select image type” section if it’s a simple image like the one I’ve uploaded here, and then Click “Continue”.
If it’s more complicated simply click on the appropriate complexity of the image you are working with. You may need to do some experimentation to get it dialed in just right for your image. :)
Step 4: Remove the White Space from your JPG File
Next choose the “Select” icon that looks like a wand. You may need to scroll down a bit to see the icons under the “Manual” section.
Then drag your mouse into the white space of your image until the cursor turns into a cross beam, and simply click in the white space. You’ll need to do this for all the sections where you want the white space cleared.
NOTE: If you subscribe to Cricut Access, you can clear the background in a single click. (Once you get used to the manual method shown here though, it’s pretty easy.)
The background will turn a checkered blue and white indicating it’s now transparent. You can also click the “Preview Cut Image” text to see a more clear version of the transparent sections of your design.
Once your JPG image is ready as a transparent graphic you can click the “Apply & Continue” button.
Step 5: Save Your JPG Graphic as a “Cut Image”
Next click on the “Cut Image” version of your design, add & adjust the Image Name and Tags if you’d like, and then click the “Upload” button.
Step 6: Insert the Cut Image
Choose the saved cut image file you just created from the “Recent Uploads” list, and then click the “Add to Canvas” button.
The cut JPG image is ready to be resized to fit whatever measurements desired. It’s now essentially a JPG transformed into a vector graphic!
Step 7: Make your Cricut Project
Resize your design as needed, then click the “Make It” button when ready to cut.
Cricut Design Space will continue giving directions until your cut project is complete.
I hope this tutorial on Making JPEG Files into Cut Files in Cricut Design Space is helpful. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or hints for our fellow crafters.