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.
- 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”.