File Types Used for Cricut and Silhouette Cutting Machines

Cricut Cricut Design Space Cutting Machine Files DXF File Types PNG Silhouette Silhouette Studio SVG

This post is going to be super basic and probably something most of you already know, but I still (and probably always will) get messages from customers asking why they get an error message from Silhouette stating the SVG file they just uploaded is not supported. 

As a heads up, I realize that not all crafters are using a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, but these are the two brands Cheese Toast Digitals is centered around. All of our listings include files geared towards Cricut or Silhouette users so all of our information and tutorials will also be working with those machines. 

Let's say you're a brand new cutting machine user. You just opened your machine, set it up, and now you're eager to make all of those cute shirts you have pinned on Pinterest. (or if you're like me, all the project screenshots you have taking over your phone's storage space) You see where you can purchase the exact file you are wanting, but does it come with the file type you need? Do you know the easiest file type to use with your machine is? 

Ultimately, the file type you want to use with your machine is a SVG file. However, that isn't always an option when purchasing files so it's best to know what other options you can use too, just in case.

Let's start with Cricut. It's a little simpler since everyone uses the same version of Design Space (for Cricut Explore One, Air, and Cricut Maker) In Cricut Design Space, you can use the following file types: SVG, PNG, JPG, DXF, GIF, and BMP. 

Now, for the different versions of Silhouette Studio:

Basic Silhouette Studio: STUDIO, DXF, PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PDF

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition: SVG, GSD, STUDIO, DXF, PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PDF

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Plus: SVG, PES, DST, EXP, JEF, XXX, GSD, STUDIO, DXF, PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PDF

Silhouette Business Edition Plus: SVG, EPS, AI, CDR, PES, DST, EXP, JEF, XXX, GSD, STUDIO, DXF, PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PDF

If you're a Silhouette user and haven't made the one time upgrade to SS Designer Edition, I would highly recommend it. As you can see, SVG files are a standard for crafting machines. I think you will love how easy they are to work with and enjoy the possibilities they bring to designs for your crafting hobby or business. 

TK

Owner | Cheese Toast Digitals


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