In a Facebook group this week, there was a discussion on creating files that could be used by cutting machines such as Silhouette Cameo, Brother Scan and Cut, Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Maker. These cutting systems all have proprietary software that makes sharing designs between systems problematic. However --- all of them allow for use of SVG files.
So what is an SVG file? An SVG file is a graphics file that uses a two-dimensional vector graphic format. Unlike raster formats such as JPG, GIF, and PNG, an SVG image remains crisp and clear at any resolution or size.
Since Electric Quilt exports to raster formats, we need to be able to transition from those formats to SVG.
In my free Electric Quilt video tutorial, I will share how to go from a block in Electric Quilt to an svg file. The intermediate software I use is Inkscape. Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's free and open source.
It can seem overwhelming to use when you open it for the first time. However I will share with your the few items you need to create your SVG file from Electric Quilt. You can download Inkscape here.
Once you have it downloaded it is super simple to convert your files.
You may never need to purchase an SVG file again -- just use blocks from the Electric Quilt library or draw your own. You could even use these designs in creating personal cards.
Shoot for the Stars with EQ8
Are you just getting started with Electric Quilt 8 and need some help?
Shoot for the Stars is designed to get you started with Electric Quilt 8 through training delivered straight to your inbox. This series includes 14 short (ie. 5-10 minute) videos delivered over the course of a month allowing you to learn the basics of this complex program in bite size increments.
The class is currently on sale for $35 (regular $50). Join now.
Introduction to Electric Quilt Class at Minnesota Quilt Show
Would you like to join me for an in person hands-on Electric Quilt class? I will be teaching at the Minnesota Quilt Show in Rochester MN. This is my only scheduled in person class for 2019.
The class, Introduction to Electric Quilt 8 is a full day class on Saturday, June 15, 2019. You can learn more and register here.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Electric Quilt Expert and Educator and Pattern Designer.