How-To Guide

What is a zipped file, and how do I open it?

Everything you purchase here will come to you in a compressed format, otherwise known as a zipped file. Compressed files take up less storage space, and can be transferred to you more quickly and efficiently than uncompressed files.

Opening your zipped file will vary depending on the computer system you use, so we’ve broken it down here for you:

Mac

Your purchase can be found in your browser in the Downloads folder.  Simply double-click the zipped folder to open it and reveal the uncompressed files within.  You can then copy the files and save them to your desktop or any folder on  your computer.

Windows 10

  1. Open File Explorer and find the zipped folder.
    • To unzip the entire folder, right-click (or press and hold) it, select  Extract All, and then follow the instructions.
    • To unzip a single file or folder, double-click the zipped folder to open it. Then, drag or copy the item from the zipped folder to a new location.

Windows 8

  1. Open File Explorer by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering File Explorer in the search box, and then tapping or clicking File Explorer.
    • To extract everything in the compressed folder, tap or click the Compressed Folder Tools tab, and then tap or click Extract all.

Windows 7

  1. Locate the compressed folder that you want to extract files or folders from.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To extract a single file or folder, double-click the compressed folder to open it. Then, drag the file or folder from the compressed folder to a new location.
    • To extract the entire contents of the compressed folder, right-click the folder, click Extract All, and then follow the

How do I upload files to my cutting software?

Cricut Design Space

  1. After you have extracted your files, save the SVG file in a convenient location.
  2. Open Cricut Design Space, and select the blue “Create New Project” button, or click File, New.
  3. Click the Upload Images button on the left vertical panel.
  4. Click the blue Upload Image button on the next screen.
  5. Click the blue Browse button, and select the SVG file you have saved.
    • Important Note: you will see that there are a number of file types that you can load, including JPEG files.  It is important NOT to load a JPEG file, as these are not vector files and as such, do not contain cutting lines.  The same goes for DXF files.  While these are cutting files, they are not as high quality as the SVG files included in your purchase.  In Design Space, you should ALWAYS use SVG files.
  6. Click the green Save button on the bottom right of the screen.
  7. Your file is now saved to your library.  If you would like to use it right away, simply select the thumbnail and click the Insert Images button on the bottom right.

Silhouette Studio Basic Edition

  1. After you have extracted your files, save the DXF file in a convenient location.
  2. Open Silhouette Studio, and select File, Import, Import to Library from the top menu.
  3. Navigate to the location where you saved your files, and select the DXF file.
  4. Your Library will open, and Studio will automatically place the file in your My Own Designs folder.
  5. Open the file by double clicking the thumbnail image in your Library.
    • To access the file in the future, select File, Library from the top menu bar.  You will see the file in your My Own Designs folder.

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

  1. After you have extracted your files, save the SVG file in a convenient location.
  2. Open Silhouette Studio, and select File, Import, Import to Library from the top menu.
  3. Navigate to the location where you saved your files, and select the SVG file.
  4. Your Library will open, and Studio will automatically place the file in your My Own Designs folder.
  5. Open the file by double clicking the thumbnail image in your Library.
    • To access the file in the future, select File, Library from the top menu bar.  You will see the file in your My Own Designs folder.

Sure Cuts A Lot

  1. After you have extracted your files, save the SVG file in a convenient location.
  2. Open Sure Cuts A Lot, and select File, Import, or click on the SVG Import button on the top panel.
  3. Navigate to the location where you saved your files, select the SVG file, and press the Open button.

Make the Cut!

  1. After you have extracted your files, save the SVG file in a convenient location.
  2. Open Make the Cut! and select File, Import, SVG/SVGZ File from the top menu.
  3. Navigate to the location where you saved your files, select the SVG file, and press the Open button.

Brother ScanNCutCanvas

  1. After you have extracted your files, save the SVG file in a convenient location.
  2. Open ScanNCut Canvas and click the SVG Import button on the top panel.
  3. Navigate to the location where you saved your files, select the SVG file, and press the Open button.

How do I work with the individual layers in your designs?

Cricut Design Space

  1. Once you have opened the SVG file on your design mat, click on the Layers Panel.
  2. Click anywhere in the design to select it.  This will highlight all of the individual layers in the Layers Panel.
  3. With the layers still highlighted, click the Ungroup button on the bottom of the Panel.
  4. You can now work with each layer individually.
    • Remember, if you plan to resize your design, you must do so before ungrouping, so everything remains in proportion.

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

  1. Once you have opened the SVG file on your design mat, select Edit, Layers in the top menu bar.  This will open the layers menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. You will see that there is a main layer, with a series of layers detailed below.  Click on each layer to move it individually.
    • More complex designs may have sub-groups within the layers, particularly ones with multiple layers of the same color.  If this is the case, you will see that one of the of the layers will be labeled Group on the panel.  When you click on these layers on the design mat, simply right-click to further ungroup and reveal the sub-layers below.
    • Remember, if you plan to resize your design, you must do so before ungrouping, so everything remains in proportion.

Sure Cuts A Lot

  1. Once you have opened the SVG file on your design mat, right click on the design, and select Ungroup.
    • Remember, if you plan to resize your design, you must do so before ungrouping, so everything remains in proportion.

Brother ScanNCutCanvas

  1. Once you have opened the SVG file on your design mat, right click on the design, and select Ungroup.
    • Remember, if you plan to resize your design, you must do so before ungrouping, so everything remains in proportion.

How do I mirror the JPEG and PNG files to print on iron on transfer paper?

  1. Open the PNG or JPEG files from your download in any software that can open clipart, such as Microsoft Powerpoint or Apple Photos.
  2. Adjust the size of the image to your requirements.  All PNG and JPEG files are saved at maximum quality and 300ppi, and as such, will maintain excellent resolution when resized.
  3. Select File, Print.  Your printing options will now appear.
  4. Select mirror image (sometimes referred to as reverse image or flip horizontal) from your Ink Jet Printer settings.
  5. Proceed to print.