The Basics of Image and SVG Licensing and Your Cricut (2024)

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Image copyright can be tricky. You find an image on the internet and may think there is no harm in uploading and cutting that on your Cricut. Actually, you can be committing copyright infringement. So, how do you know which files you can actually use and which are off-limits? Here is a guide to help you understand how to navigate the world of online copyright. We are covering the basics of image and SVG licensing so you know how to protect yourself and your business.

Please note that I am not a lawyer and this post should not be used in the place of legal advice.

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Who Owns an Image?

Images are owned by whoever created them. Whether that is a photographer who took a picture or an artist who drew a picture. Sometimes, however, those copyright owners offer up a license to use their work. This license can be free or something you need to pay for. Follow along below as we talk about the different types of licenses and what they mean.

Why is Copyright Important?

If it is discovered that you are using an image, the copyright owner can then invoice or even sue you for damages. At that point, you have little to no negotiation room. You basically have to pay whatever they ask for. In this digital world, it is actually really simple to look for offending images with a reverse image search. This makes it easy to get caught using images incorrectly. Do not let this be you! Read on to see the proper use of images according to their license.

Know the Difference Between These Image Licenses

CC0 Image

This is an image labeled for Creative Commons. Meaning it is free to use personally or for commercial use. You will need to find the source of an image to see if it has a CC0 license. A few great sources for this type of image are Pixabay, Unsplash, and Pexels. You can download free images here and upload them to your Cricut machine with no issue.

Personal License

If this type of license is with a file, it means that you can use the file for creating things for yourself or to give as gifts. Once you start using images to make things that you sell, you will need a commercial license. For instance, the free SVG files that I offer here fall under a personal license. Please remember that these licenses are not transferable. You can’t download some SVG files and pass them along to a friend. You can, however, give your friend the link where you found them and have her download her own copy where she will get her own license to use the files.

Commercial License

This license allows you to make things and sell those items with the file. Most likely you will need to purchase these but they are occasionally free. Please note the terms of a commercial license. They are often issued for a limited amount of product. So, something like a license to sell 500 pieces made with the file. Note the amount and be sure to keep track of how many sold when working under a commercial license of a file. You will also need to remember that these are not transferable. You can’t give these files to a friend. Each person that uses these files will need to purchase their own commercial license.

So, the next time you want to use an image, think about the source. Is it allowed? Should you be uploading this to your Cricut machine? Image and SVG licensing can be tricky so be sure to read the information on the page where you source an image or file.

The Cricut Angel Policy for Image and SVG Licenses

Cricut has a special policy for those individuals that wish to create and sell crafts incorporating their products, designs, and images. The Angel Policy provides limited permission for certain sales of such crafts. It does have limits, however. Things like the Disney images and other licensed art are excluded. You can see the entire policy here so you know just what you can make with the Cricut Design Space images.

FAQs About Image And SVG Licenses for Cricut Images

Can logos be uploaded to a Cricut?

This is a question I see most often and the most violated policy. All logos are copyrighted and should not be uploaded to your Cricut. This includes logos for products like Pepsi and even logos for things like professional sports teams. You are putting yourself at risk each time that you upload these types of images.

What about the files you purchase?

Again, be sure to check the license provided for specific details. My favorite sources for files are:

Files on Etsy are often fine but buyer beware. Things like Disney logos and likeness are still copyrighted. The people selling these are infringing on copyright but you will be as well if you use these files. Be aware of what you are purchasing and what types of copyrights may be violated with use.

So, do you have any more questions about image and SVG licensing? Be sure to ask them in the comment section below. Always protect yourself by making sure you have permission to use each image that you upload to your Cricut.

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How to get licensed images for Cricut? ›

You will need to find the source of an image to see if it has a CC0 license. A few great sources for this type of image are Pixabay, Unsplash, and Pexels. You can download free images here and upload them to your Cricut machine with no issue.

Is it legal to sell Cricut designs? ›

You shall not copy, capture, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of Cricut or the respective licensors of the Content.

Does an image have to be SVG for Cricut? ›

What types of images can I upload through Cricut Design Space iOS or Android App? You can upload SVG files and any image saved to your Photos.

How do I get free images for Cricut? ›

Tap Images from the bottom navigation. Select the filter option in the top right corner. Select Free (iOS) or toggle the switch next to Free (Android). When you return to the Image screen, all free images will be displayed.

Can I sell images from Cricut? ›

Does Cricut own my artwork? No, Cricut does not own your artwork. You can sell your artwork elsewhere, too. Keep in mind that once your artwork is submitted and approved though, it will remain in Design Space.

Are my uploaded images private on Cricut? ›

Important: In order to protect the original art created by artists and designers in our Cricut Community we keep private any canvases that contain uploaded images or system fonts. You are still encouraged to share photos of your finished project.

How do I create a design without copyright? ›

Create your own graphics through graphic design software or hire a freelancer. Use public domain and fair use works. Use design elements that don't have copyright protections. Use royalty-free images through stock libraries if they're eligible for commercial use.

How do I use my Cricut without paying? ›

Free Patterns
  1. Sign in to the Design Space app.
  2. Select My Stuff.
  3. Free Projects: Select Projects. Select the filter Ready-to-Make to view your free projects.
  4. Free Images: Select Images. Select Purchased to view your free images.
  5. Free Fonts: Go to the Canvas screen by selecting New Project. ​​​Select Text on the Canvas.
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Can I sell products I make with Cricut? ›

If you're a dedicated Cricut maker, you can earn money selling crafts locally, on an online marketplace, or through your own ecommerce website. If you're excited by the thought of turning your hobby into a source of income, you might be ready to start your own Cricut business.

Can I sell shirts with Cricut designs? ›

Cricut has an "Angel Policy" that permits you to sell finished products made with Cricut machines, tools, accessories, and software. However, there are some restrictions: Designs marked with a green "a" are part of Cricut's Image Library Subscription.

Can you register a second hand Cricut machine? ›

To register a used Cricut machine, follow these steps: Create a Cricut ID: If you don't already have one, create a Cricut ID on the Cricut website or through the Cricut Design Space app. Connect Your Machine: Connect the Cricut machine to your computer or device using a USB cable or via Bluetooth.

When not to use SVG? ›

The number one case of where to avoid is presentational monochrome images such as flat icons. Webfonts can be cached, the two modern formats of WOFF and WOFF2 compress much smaller than gzipping minified SVG does by the very nature of their storing things like numbers in binary instead of as text, etc, etm.

Can I make my own SVG for Cricut? ›

You can create SVG files and convert files to SVG using the right image editing tool. CorelDRAW and others make it possible to save your images in SVG form, no matter where each component came from.

How do I turn an image into an SVG? ›

In Adobe Illustrator® this can be achieved using the “Save As” dialog:
  1. Double check that your image is vector-based ('. ...
  2. Open your file in Adobe Illustrator.
  3. Save your file by using the option “Save As”
  4. Once the dialog box is open, name the file and choose “SVG (svg)” from the dropdown “Format”
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Can I import my own images into Cricut? ›

Additionally, you can upload your own images and cut them out with your Cricut machine. Note: Available images may vary by region based on image licensing agreements. Sign in to Design Space and create a new project. Click Images on the left side of the Canvas.

How do I get designs for my Cricut? ›

Purchasing an Image Set
  1. While on the Canvas, go to Images.
  2. Select the search category name to see the list of all the categories available.
  3. Select the Image Set category.
  4. Search for an image set.
  5. Click an image set that you'd like and then select Buy Image Set.
  6. You'll be given a Checkout window.

Do you have to pay for Cricut images? ›

Cricut Design Space itself is free and you do not need to pay the monthly subscription. However, many people find it frustrating some of the projects and images on Cricut Design Space cost money. There ARE some free Cricut fonts and images that can be a great place to start.

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