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Opening SVGs in Silhouette Studio for Free (without Designer Edition)

Silhouette Studio, SVG, SVG files, free, Designer Edition
So you got yourself an SVG file and you want to open it in Silhouette Studio.   If you have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (and here are 13 reasons I say DE is worth it) you can simply drag and drop the SVG file into the Silhouette Studio work area to access the file.

BUT if you don't have DE you can still open up SVG files with just a few more steps.  You need to actually convert the SVG file into a file type that Silhouette Studio can open such as a JPEG, GIF, PNG...

The easiest way to do this is to use an online conversion tool, like Zamzar, to change the file from SVG to JPG.  Simply go to and follow the on screen instructions:
  • In Step 1 you navigate to find your SVG file on your computer. 
  • Then in Step 2 choose the new type of file you want. I like to pick JPEG from the drop down list. 
  • Enter your email address in Step 3 so the JPEG file can be emailed to you. 
  • And finally, in Step 4, click CONVERT. 
You'll be sent an email with a link in it which you need to click to download your JPEG file. 

The file will be downloaded to the folder or desktop where you assign it on your computer. 

Now, as a JPEG file you can drag and drop this file into Silhouette Studio. If you need a refresher course on cutting any JPEGs in Silhouette Studio, click here. 

Then you can simply trace the design to get the cut lines around it and make it into a cuttable design. 

Now....despite the free SVG to JPEG workaround, I still say Silhouette Studio Designer Edition is worth the upgrade especially if you can find it on sale for around $30. 

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