How To Use Adobe Illustrator To Design Cut Files

Adobe Illustrator is an exceptional program that assists in generating graphics, logos, print designs, and much more. In this article, we will be exploring one of its features – creating cut files. These files are commonly utilized by vinyl cutting machines such as Cricut or Silhouette for crafting, stickers, and other projects. As a creative individual interested in delving into this field, you have come to the correct destination. Let’s begin!

Step 1: Creating a New Document

To start, we need to create a new document. Go to File > New (or press Ctrl+N on your keyboard). A dialog box will appear, allowing you to configure your document’s settings. For cut files, usually, a standard letter size (8.5 x 11 inches) is preferable. However, depending on your project, you may need to adjust these dimensions.

Step 2: Designing Your Cut File

Now, it’s time to let your creativity shine. Use the Shape Tools, Pen Tool, or Brush Tool among others to create your design. Remember to keep your design straightforward. Too many intricate details might not cut well.

Step 3: Converting Text to Outlines

If your design includes text, you will need to convert it to outlines. This is because your cutting machine won’t recognize text fonts. To do this, select your text and then go to Type > Create Outlines (or press Ctrl+Shift+O).

Step 4: Save as SVG

Once you’re satisfied with your design, it’s time to save it. Go to File > Save As (or press Ctrl+Shift+S). A dialog box will appear. Here, select SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) as the file format. SVG is a universally accepted file format for cut files.

// Example of saving the file
// Go to File > Save As
// Name your file and select SVG from the dropdown
// Click on Save

Step 5: Adjust SVG Options

An SVG Options dialog box will appear next. In the CSS Properties drop-down, select “Presentation Attributes”. Check the box for “Responsive”, then click “OK”.

And there you have it – your cut file is ready! By mastering Adobe Illustrator, you can create various unique cut files for your craft projects. Happy designing!