I have over 200 Free Silhouette Studio Cutting Files on the blog at the time of writing. A while back I decided to diversify and convert some of my files over to SVG. This would mean that users of cutting machines such as Cricut and the Brother Scanncut would be able to use my designs too.
In Sept 2016, I started posting up Silhouette Studio Files that I have converted to SVG Files and so far I’ve been able to share nearly 70. I eventually hope to have all my Silhouette Files converted.
In days gone by it’s been a complicated issue to convert files. Generally it involved downloading New programs, Screenshots, converting to PNG and all sorts of other tricky methods.
So today I’m really pleased to share with you all the Easiest method everrrrr to convert Silhouette Studio Files to SVG. Ta Da!
It an online converter and you can find it right here. Go and explore. It’s fantastic.
About the Software
It’s as simple as
- uploading a Silhouette Studio file (browse)
- clicking on the “Convert Studio to SVG”.
- Then simply click the link to see the SVG.
When the SVG File is visible in your browser, Right Click to save to your computer.
The developer advises that there are some known issues. Read through the issues in the link so you are aware of the problems that may be encountered. I have noticed:
- that I have much better results on regular cut files.
- Print and cut, when opened in the Cricut software is just a mass/mess of multiple layers!
- If a design is grouped in Studio, it won’t necessarily be grouped when it’s opened in other software.
- Sizing may differ. When I share my files, if a design is size specific I mention the measurements in a separate notepad file. See more about sizing issues in this post
These aren’t deal breakers though. The conversion tool is a brilliant timesaver.
Credit where Credit’s Due
The Conversion Web app is copyrighted to Ian Wadsworth and he generously allows users to convert up to 10 Silhouette Studio Files each day, however if you have more files than that to convert, you may purchase Credits.
I first heard about this wonderful resource from Sandra’s blog Create In Spain. Her blog has now been archived but Sandra has a YouTube channel where she shares many interesting projects. Take a peek. 🙂
Use this converter for Good not Evil 😉
The Conversion Web page has the following disclaimer :
“There is no association between the author of this website and Silhouette America. This is NOT Silhouette America approved.
No transfer of the image licence is implied by using the converter, that remains with the original copyright owner of the image file.”
Note from Getsilvered: the following it’s just my understanding of a complicated copyright subject and not a legal opinon!
I use this software to convert my own designs to SVG which I am now sharing each Sunday.
Converting files designed by other people with out their permission would infringe on their copyright, even more so if the new SVG files were then shared. When a Silhouette file is purchased, the Copyright remains with the designer and the purchaser has only purchased the rights/license to use it in their own projects, not to alter, share or redistribute the file.
An example: if a purchased file from say, the Silhouette Store, was converted to SVG using the online converter, and then later that SVG was shared with a friend so they could use it with their Cricut machine – that would be infringing the original designer’s copyright and is a no no 🙂
If in doubt, and you wish to convert a Silhouette file you didn’t design yourself, contact the designer of the original Silhouette Design for permission – they may already offer an SVG version of the file.