How to Use My FREE Artwork as a Cut File

I am an artist. I used to not be able to say this. I didn’t believe I was “good enough” to call myself an artist. But I’ve since realized that I don’t have to have paintings hanging in a museum to call myself an artist. I love to design. I love to create. With all kinds of medium. One of my favorite ways to create is in graphics. I also love to create art for my home. My mind is always moving in the creative direction. In fact, I always have so much going on up there that I have to write my new brilliant ideas down as fast as I can on anything I can find. Mostly little scrap pieces of paper. I have to do it quickly because the next idea will come along and crowd the others out. The struggle is real, my friend. Ha Ha!

 
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I love this verse that speaks to the fact that God created us to create.

He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers. Exodus 35:35

We were created by the creator to create! We were made in His image. He’s a creator. Therefore, we are too!

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

If you’ve visited the MRS designs free Lifestyle Library, I’m sure you get it! It’s packed so full of downloads it’s hard to know where to start.

I’ve used them in my home decor, for gifts, chalkboard art, thank you notes and list goes on.

Today, I want to share with how to use my free hand drawn art downloads from the library as a cut file with your Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine to do all kinds of projects.

By the way, I love providing FREE downloads for you in the Lifestyle Library! Just a friendly reminder - they’re for personal use only please.

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How to use handdrawn art as a cut file with cutting machines

1. Sign up for access

If you haven’t signed up to get free unlimited access to the Lifestyle Library, you can do that right here.

2. Choose your favorite art and download

Once you’ve gained access choose the art you’d like to use in your cutting machine. Click on the design you want and it will open another tab in a pdf format. Save it to your computer.

3. Convert the download

Open the downloaded file. On a MacBook the file opens up in Preview. Click file on the menu bar and select export. Choose format and save the file in PNG. This way I can just drag it into my Silhouette cutting machine’s software easily.

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NOTE: THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR SILHOUETTE CUTTING MACHINE

I found this post with instructions for using PNG files with a Cricut Machine.

4. Open the PNG file in Cutting Machine software

Once my software is open I simply drag it onto the work space as a new project. Resize the graphic to fit your specific project needs. I’m leaving mine as is.

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5. Next, choose object and then trace. Then click select trace area.

Drag a box around the area you want to trace including all of the design. Once you let go of the tracing tool you’ll see the design outlined in yellow. Now drag the high pass filter to the right until everything is filled with yellow. Then click trace.

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6. Move the Original PNG art design file

Once the original PNG file is moved the cut file is now revealed! Be sure to save it for future projects keeping in mind my free downloads are for personal use only.

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I’d love to hear what projects you’ve used the free downloads in the Lifestyle Library for! Be sure to check back soon for the next post in this series!

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