Inkscape would be my software of choice to convert any .png or .jpeg into .svg. Once an image has the .svg format, you can use that image to cut in any digital cutter like the Silhouette or Cricut machine.

These are the steps:

  1. Find a good .jpeg, meaning clean lines, better if it is in black and white.
  2. Open Inkscape and click on File, Import. Choose the graphic that you want and click on Open.
  3. Click on the image. Click on Path, Trace Bitmap.
  4. A new window is going to open. Click on Update and you will be able to see a preview of your image. Make sure the preview looks nice and clean; otherwise, change the value for Brightness Cutoff to a higher number. Close that window.
  5. In order to see your vector image, click on View, Display Mode, Outline.
  6. Save the file using the extension .svg or, if you are going to import it to a program like ROBO Master, save it as .dxf so you can import it from your ROBO Master software.

Hope this helps.


4 Responses to “Convert .png, .bmp or .jpeg to .svg”

  1. Fatinha says:

    Hi Glenda,

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I follow the tutorial and to transform and open in my wishblade works well. But when I save in SVG, people can’t Open in cricut.
    I have to configure something? Save to a particular SVG? Save or Inkscape SVG (*. svg) or plain SVG (*. svg). Neither is open in cricut :0(

  2. Glenda says:

    Hello Fatinha: If the file that you created works with your Wishblade, that means that your file is good (you follow all the instructions).
    The problem is using it with SCAL. The first thing SCAL users need to remember is that they should Import the file, not Open it.
    Also, SCAL had a hard time dealing with SVGs before (SCAL1). Now is much better with SCAL2.
    Anyways, here are some suggestions:
    1.- Make sure to convert the text and shapes into objects. Path, Object to Path.
    2.- Make sure everything is ungrouped. Object, Ungroup -as many times as needed.
    3.- Try saving the file as Plain SVG
    4.- Try not to use Layers since SCAL1 is really bad transferring layers, SCAL2 can handle them much better.

    I hope this can give you some light to the problem. Take care.

  3. Fatinha says:

    I’ll do that Glenda, thank you so much

  4. Glenda says:

    You’re welcome Fatinha. Blessings.

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