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What is Sure Cuts A Lot?
Over the last few years as a designer and creator, I have been asked what programs I use when designing my SVGs. Sure Cuts a Lot, or SCAL for short, is an EXTREMELY easy to use program which has many features and tools to make designing a breeze!
SCAL is compatable with a range of cutting machines.
Black Cat Cougar/Lynx™
Brother ScanNCut™ (export as FCM compatible files only) *
Cricut Explore/Maker™ (export as SVG to upload into Design Space only) *
Janome Artistic Edge™
SCAL cannot cut with Cricut machines, HOWEVER, you can design and export your file inside SCAL and then open the file in Design space, or DS for short, to cut/print.
One of the biggest advantages this program has over other programs like DS is that you can use it offline. You need an active internet connection to cut AND design on DS. This is one of the main reasons crafters have moved away and relied on SCAL over the years.
In this tutorial, I'll go over how to use SCAL with a Cricut machine (expression1 /explore/maker) and get it to print your design.
Using Sure Cuts A Lot with a Cricut Machine
With DS, you can easily import different file types and convert them into cutting files. Once you are done designing in SCAL, all we need to do is export as an SVG and then import into DS.
Go to file, Export, and then name and save your file. Once completed, we can close SCAL and open DS. Choose New Project in the top right corner of the window. You will then click on upload on the bottom left of your screen and then upload image.
In this case, we are going to be uploading an SVG, but here you can see other compatible file types you can open this way. Find the SVG you saved from SCAL. Once opened, you should see your image infront of a transparent background. Here you can rename the file and add tags. Then click save.
Next, select your image from recent uploads and then Insert Images. From here, you would go ahead with DS as normal.
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