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How to Cut PNG Files with Cricut

When purchasing a design from So Fontsy you will receive multiple file types including the SVG and either a JPEG or PNG.  All of them can be opened in Cricut Design Space and cut with Cricut cutting machine.  This tutorial will show you how to open a PNG file in Cricut Design space.  If you're looking for a tutorial on how to open an SVG in Cricut Design Space check this out. 

To open a PNG, start by opening up Cricut Design Space and click “New Project” to get a blank canvas.

On the left hand side, click “upload”.

Click “upload image”. You can see the file types here that can be imported into CDS.

Click “browse” to find the file on your computer.

You will now have to pick a type of file. This choice actually can make a huge difference in your import. For most png files, your background will be transparent so the “simple” option should work fine. If you have any trouble with further steps in this tutorial, go back and start over picking a different option here. Note: You can find the It's All About the Pie design here.

On the next screen, you will need to make sure that your image is importing correctly. Make sure that there is a checkered background behind everything that you do not want as part of your image. That would include the centers of letters, circles, etc. You can click on anything that you would like to erase here and it will turn it to checkered. Click “continue” when done.

You now have two options for saving your file. Either save as a print then cut or a cut file only. Here we are going to choose “save as a cut image” to cut this file from cardstock or vinyl. If you wanted to print the image, say for a notecard, you could choose print then cut here.

The image is now in your uploaded images area. You just need to click it here to add it to your canvas.

The file is now on your canvas and can be resized to fit your project then cut out of any material. 




- March 20, 2023

Thank you for this ! so easy to do and understand!!!

Malone Guthrie

- June 20, 2022

Wow! I looked everywhere for instructions to do this. Everyone else’s options were sooo much more complicated. Thank you very much!

Margaret Chatterton

- December 07, 2021

@Mary, you probably want to use the SVG file. How to do it is linked above.


- January 08, 2021

I got this far, but was wondering how you can manipulate the design once it has been upleaded to canvas?


- January 04, 2021

Is it possible to save the cut image with the colors? mine is just black

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