What is crafting world without graphics, especially SVG? In this blog post I go over main aspects of what is SVG, why it is so popular in crafting world and beyond.
What is SVG?
SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, with Scalable being the keyword.. It refers to the idea that a drawing can be scaled to any size without losing details. It also means that that a drawing can be composed of an unlimited number of smaller parts that can be reused many times.
Why SVG is so popular in the crafting world?
It all has to do with the technology behind cutting machines such as Cricut Maker, or Silhouette and etc. These machines were developed based on plotter technology. Our machines are cutting plotters. A plotter was designed to produce vector graphics drawings. And what is SVG if not a vector!?!?!
Can I design my own SVG?
Yes, you can. You will need graphic design software such as Photoshop, Inkscape, Gravit, etc., are capable of creating and exporting files as SVG files right away. When you import the SVG file into Design Space, it gladly accepts it because it is designed to read it. It is important to remember that all these software take time to learn how to use them. You need to evaluate your time investment when deciding to design your own SVG.
Can I convert google image into SVG?
Yes, you can. The correct term is to “vectorize” it. All the images that you import into Design Space to cut are vectorized by Design Space application. When you upload png file into Design Space, Design Space converts the png into an SVG type of file format. When you are creating a cut file in Design Space using shapes and or text, etc., it is already created as a vector behind the scenes. Please note that that when you vectorize a file, i.e. when you take a black and white png file and try to clean it up in Design Space, that conversion will always degrade the quality of the file. When something is created as SVG versus something that was converted into SVG, the first will always be of higher quality. This tutorial demos what happens when an image is vectorized.
Why do you not allow this practice in your Facebook group?
It is an unethical practice. Unless you can prove that an image was meant to be shared away by a person who originally created/designed, you are essentially using what’s not yours to use. Additionally there are real copyright/trademark issues involved as well. Read this post to understand the depth and complexity of why I don’t allow this practice in my groups.
How do I download/unzip/upload SVG into Design Space?
Follow this tutorial for detailed steps!
I bought a file on Etsy, but it won’t upload into Design Space.
Several things could be the reason. You bought a file from an unethical source that either did a sloppy job when transforming design into path and/or simply used online tools to “convert” google images into SVG and sold it to you. If you run into any problems with uploading your files into Design Space, you should always go back to the seller and ask them to fix the file.
What does SVG, trademark and copyright have to do with each other?
The copyright/trademark topic is complex and deserves its own separate post. The shorter answer is SVGs are vector graphic files. They are created by a person. Any artwork/text work/etc that is created will typically have copyright applied at creation. A person does not have to register a copyright on their art to have it protected by copyright laws. To pursue an infringement on a copyright, it typically is required that the copyright be registered. Trademark is used for logos and “identifying” marks/phrases/etc. Trademarks MUST be registered. It is important to always be aware of what entity owns the copyright or trademark to any art/logo/identifying mark that you wish to use, to protect yourself from fines and litigation. If you do not have permission from the entity that owns the rights to the image, then you put yourself at risk if you use said image.