Photo you want to trace You can simply photo copy or print out the photo on copy paper, or you can also use tablet device and trace the photo by placing tracing paper on top of the screen! (for those of you don't have printer at home)
Posca Acrylic Pen ( Link: HERE) I really recommend this pen, because I have tried this with many other pens, but none of them came out as clear as this pen. You can get this from Amazon, and you can buy it from HERE
Phone to edit your work I used iPhone in this tutorial, but you should be able to edit in a similar way with other phones!
Cricut Design Space Of course, you will need it to upload & cut your finished SVG.
Once you are there, simply click Choose Files, then select the edited drawing you just made.
Then hit “Convert”.
It will take few seconds for the website to convert your drawing, and when it’s ready, just hit “Download”.
That easy! Now you have SVG file of your drawing.
☑️ STEP 4: Load It onto Cricut & Cut
Let’s see whether if this SVG actually works, shall we? Open the Cricut Design Space, hit Upload, Browse, then select the SVG file you just downloaded.
You can find any downloaded file under folder “download”.Then, hit upload.
Upload it onto the design space, and there you go!
Now you have SVG file of your drawing, and can make decals, t-shirt, anything you want!
It was fairy simple to follow, wasn’t it?
This analog way to turn your drawing into SVG will be a fun project to do with kids.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND 🤔
Now, let’s talk about the things you need to keep in mind about this technique.
Line Quality While it is such a fun and simple method to work with, there are little control over the quality of this SVG file. As you can see here, I cut the file we just made and compared the one I made from last video.
In the last video, I used procreate and converted it to cuttable file- so the cut line is clean and smooth. But because you hand-drawn the design, SVG we just made won’t be as professionally looking as the one created digitally.
Ability to Create Complex Design Also, the quality of SVG goes down as your designs gets more complex. This time we just draw one figure with few lines, but not sure how it will turn out if you want to do portrait like family of 5.
More people, more line, more details which essentially mean harder to convert clearly. I recommend you to play around and see how much of details this converter can handle.
Ability To Edit This kind of apply to all of the points I mentioned, but basically, you won’t have the ability to edit the SVG or drawing once you are done with it.
With procreate technique, you can always go back and edit until everything looks perfect to you. But this, even if you like the drawing after you edit it, it doesn’t mean it will convert exactly the way it is. It has sort of “surprise” element to it.
As Business Unfortunately, I don’t recommend to use this methods if you are trying to do SVG file business or custom SVG business. You might end up getting complains or request to “fix” the file, which you won’t be able to accommodate either.
If you are serious about running SVG file business, I strongly recommend to start familiarizing yourself to Adobe Illustrator.
I will definitely share many tips on Adobe Illustrator on this blog, so let me know if you have any request! Shoot me an e-mail to: email@example.com
I hope you found this tutorial helpful!
If you actually tried this method and create something. Please tag us on Instagram and show us how it turned out! Would love to see what you did!!