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Don’t limit your creativity with single-layer SVG files!

Multicolor Design from a Single Layer SVG file

Crafting lovers often come across designs that we fall in love with and buy to make a project. Many times, those designs that we buy were conceived by their designer to look like a single color. But we have another idea in our head and we would like to add several colors.

Sometimes it’s possible to contact the designer, so that in exchange for a fee he/she will modify for us his/her original single color (monolayer) design and transform it into a multicolor (multilayer) design. But if you are lucky enough to have a Cricut cutting machine and use the Cricut Design Space software, you can do it yourself and save that money.

This week you will learn a simple method to get the most out of your monochrome design in your next project, whatever technique you choose to use: Iron-on Transfer Paper, Heat Transfer Vinyl or Dye Sublimation.

Why would you want to do this?

When an SVG file has only one layer it means that the entire design can be printed and/or cut in only one color. But if you want the final design to include more than one color, then it must have as many layers as colors you want the design to incorporate and then create a different layer for each color.

To achieve this you will have to use the Duplicate and Outline functions included in Cricut Design Space, which will allow you to show or hide the cutting lines you want for each layer.

So this is the easiest way to convert any single-color SVG image into a multicolor SVG image.

Without further ado, let’s watch this short video tutorial from our special guest Jolene (owner of The Best Vinyl Cutters), where she shows us step by step how to convert a single layer SVG file into a multi-layer SVG file.

How to Turn a Single Layer SVG Image file into a Multi Layered SVG Image File – By Jolene ©The Best Vinyl Cutters

And now that you know this simple method, you’re only going to use monochromatic designs because that’s the way you’ve decided, right?

If you liked our post and enjoyed this video tutorial, don’t keep it to yourself and share it with all your friends, I’m sure they will thank you!

See you soon, Audrey 💥