Learn how to make cut files using Illustrator.
One of my favorite things to do is to make projects with cut files. Sometimes I purchase the cut files, sometimes I find free files but I also love to make my own cut files. There are several ways to do this but today I’m going to teach you how to make cut files using Illustrator.
Up until recently, I was very intimidated about using Adobe Illustrator. I thought that it was too complicated to learn and I stayed away from it for a very long time. But when I wanted to start to create my own cut files, I knew that Photoshop wasn’t going to be able to the job done because a cut file is a vector file and Photoshop produces raster files. So, I took the plunge and bought Creative Cloud and started to teach myself Illustrator. And guess what… it’s not so scary and I learned that there is no reason to be intimidated. This program can do some pretty cool stuff.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a cut file in Illustrator using text. Once you learn how to create text cut files, you can make so many fun projects like bags, mugs and home decor.
HOW TO MAKE CUT FILES USING ILLUSTRATOR
Open up Illustrator and click “Create New”. It really doesn’t matter what size you make your file. You can always resize the cut file after you create it. I chose a “5×7”.
Next, add some text. Click on the “T” tool and choose a font from the dropdown menu on the right. When creating text cut files, you’ll want to use a font that is not jagged around the edges. Some hand drawn fonts are not really suitable for cut files so you’ll have to be aware of the font that you are using. For this example, I’m going to use Bebas Neue.
Outline your text. This is very important. When you outline your text, you are changing it into vector format.
Group your text This is optional. If you have text on multiple lines and want it to be able to be moved all together, group it by selecting the text and choosing “Pathfinder > Unite” on the right. You can also get to pathfinder from Window>Pathfinder in the top menu.
Save as SVG All that’s left is to save your file as an SVG. File>Save>SVG.
That’s it! Now you can open your newly created cut file in any program that accepts SVG files.
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