There has never been a better time to set up and launch a business, and online businesses are experiencing an incredible increase in sales. So what are you waiting for, if you’ve got a little bit of crafting in your veins then why not set up a t-shirt business, a print business or even a personalised phone case business. The opportunities right now are endless.
If you’re a keen crafter and you want to turn your passion into profit then you’ll want to create your digital designs for maximum impact and this is with SVG files. We’re going to help you become a pro in SVG files by the end of this article so you leave today and start to plan your new business venture.
What are SVG files?
We’re going back to basics here, SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic. This does exactly as it says, meaning that the file can be scaled to different sizes without losing its quality. SVG files are used predominantly on digital cutting machines.
They work by simply making your life easier, all you need to do is download the file to your computer then using a cutting machine’s software you simply load it up and then you’re able to create stunning graphics on paper, cotton, felt, vinyl, leather and more in an instant. Which saves so much hassle of copying and tracing designs. Meaning you can ship products to your customers far quicker than when copying and tracing designs.
The best part about SVG files is that they don’t become pixelated when you resize them.
How to use SVG files
Invariably SVG files will be downloaded as a ZIP file, you will need to open and extract these files first before you are able to use with your cutting machine. Once you’ve opened your file you will need to separate the layers (if there are multiple layers) and then arrange and cut as usual with your files.
How to create an SVG image
Now you understand the purpose of why we use SVG files for crafting, we’re going to look at creating SVG images and how you can do this easily. I’m a great believer in getting a job done the easiest way. Now you can learn easily by taking courses and watching YouTube videos to learn how to create SVG images and files but you can also use an online SVG convertor this is particularly handy if you’re using Adobe Photoshop as you can’t export as SVGs.
The only way to do this in an Adobe programme would be to copy everything over to Adobe Illustrator, however, if you use GIMP then there is a way to export your document as an SVG file, but for ease simply uploading your file to a JPEG or PNG to SVG convertor is quicker and easier. We recommend Online Convert which is free to use.
Finding ready made SVG Images
If you already have an idea for crafting such as card making and greetings cards, party invitations, stationery, party tags, blog designs, logos, digital scrapbooking, packaging, posters, banners, print fabrics and other ideas then you might want to take the hassle out of creating the images and search for royalty-free SVG images that fit in with your brand that you can use. I’ve found that Design Bundles is an amazing resource for both free and paid for SVG designs.
Are you looking to set up a crafting business and not sure if SVG images will be suitable for you? Drop a comment in the section below and we’ll be able to help you decide. As always, if you’ve found this article of any value we’d love for you to share it with friends, family and crafters alike on social media and beyond.