Using Cricut Design Space Contour Feature To Isolate SVG Pieces Containing Score Lines

Have you ever messed up a cut or wanted to isolate a piece of an SVG file so that you can cut it out of different colored cardstock or patterned paper? Unlike other cutting programs, the “Ungroup” feature may only take you so far. This is where Cricut Design Space’s “Contour” feature comes into play.

Note: This tutorial assumes that you already know how to import files into Design Space. If you don’t know how to import the files, please check out this video (click here).

Isolating SVG Files Containing Score Lines

In this example, we’ll be removing the heart shape on the left that contains score lines. This process applies to any of our files that may have a mix of cuts with and/or without score lines.

  1. Upload the SVG file you wish to isolate into Design Space and load it onto your virtual mat. Right-Click on the file and click Ungroup.

2. Single Click on the design.

Note: Do NOT click on the score lines. Also make sure you do not move any of the elements.

3. Single Click on the Contour button.

4. Single Click on the elements you wish to hide (parts that you don’t want to cut).

Note: The elements will turn a light grey if you’ve done it successfully. Click one or more until all the elements you don’t want to cut are light grey.

5. Close the Contour window by clicking on the X in the upper right corner.

6. At this point, we have turned off the cut portion of the left heart, but the score lines remain. We’ll need to repeat this process to eliminate the score lines as well.

7. Click on the isolated portion of the score line.

Note: The line is very thin so a precise click may be required.

8. Single Click on the Contour button.

9. Click on each little score mark to turn it off (to make it not cut). The score marks maintain their place relative to the main cut portion we turned off in the previous step so make sure you are clicking the correct score marks.

10. Close the Contour window by clicking on the X in the upper right corner.

11. You’ve now successfully removed an unwanted portion of the file. We now need to group the file. Click Select All.

12. Right-Click on any portion of the cut file and click Group.

13. Congratulations! You’ve successfully removed/isolated an SVG file that contains score lines.

Note: Before cutting, you need to make sure that you “Attach” the file so that the score lines cut along with the main design portion. Click Here to learn about “Attaching”.

12 thoughts on “Using Cricut Design Space Contour Feature To Isolate SVG Pieces Containing Score Lines

  1. Cathleen Yahn says:

    Thank you for the tutorial, I did not know how to use contour. On another thought, could you make it so when we click ungroup it would have each element it’s own? For example the heart with the score line, make it its own element as a whole (heart & scoreline) sometimes I need to cut just one heart out and wouldn’t need to go through all the steps of hiding each element.

    I think it would be easier that way but it’s up to you how you make the files.

    Enjoy your day
    Cathleen

    • Holly Hudspeth says:

      If you can select a shape that will entirely cover the design you want to isolate without touching others in the design, (a circle or square will usually work) you can place it on top of the design, then select this shape and any area in the design file. Make sure the shape is on top, then click slice. Remove the pieces of the square or circle that remain and your design underneath will be a design shape of it’s own.

  2. Louise Luna says:

    Thank you Leo!
    There is another way I was able to isolate a cut. I duplicated the items and then was able to delete what I did not need. Also I am still waiting for your video on how to upload files and properly tag or name them so you can bring them up all at once. You helped me through this process one night at length and it was such a great help. Thanks Leo (tagging or nameing them is especially important for the files that have many, many screens. More then Design Space will show you)

  3. Vivian Olver says:

    I never used the contour feature much. It is the perfect solution to stray score lines. Thank you for offering this tutorial.

  4. Jo says:

    I would like to know more about the contour feature, as for only cutting one item I just click on the eye in the layers panel. When not sure I duplicate. When I first open files with score lines I always attach before I save them so I won’ t have to worry about it later. Thanks for all your great files and videos I love all the detail you put into them.

  5. Jo says:

    I really didn’t know what contour feature was for but I really could have used that earlier . I had a svg file with a a small border that I didn’t want this feature would have worked for me.

  6. jsbaq says:

    Not sure why when I follow this I just get the score lines once I hit Contour. I tried attaching and leaving ungrouped….any suggestions, still won’t work.

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