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Do’s and Don’ts for Selling SVG Cut Files for Silhouette or Cricut

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Not interested in making and selling physical products with your Silhouette or Cricut? Good news for you: If you are creative enough to make high quality designs for others, there’s always a need for original cut files. Today, let’s look at some of the things you should know before you set out to sell cut files.

Do’s and Don’ts for Selling SVG Cut Files

DO

  • Create your cut files from scratch. This ensures that your design is unique from all others – and eliminates potential trademark and copyright infringements.
  • If you are using phrases, be sure to check the US Trademark Database to be sure the phrase isn’t trademarked. However, in some cases, you can sell trademarked phrases in your cut files. For example, if you look up a trademark registration and it states that the trademark is only protected for use on tee shirts, you can make and sell a cut file.
  • Price your cut file accurately. Remember that you will only create the design once and (hopefully) sell it multiple times. The going rate for SVG cut files is between $1 and $5.
  • Include a license with your file. Make sure you let other crafters know if it is okay for personal, commercial, or limited commercial use. If you need help deciding, see this post.
  • Remind buyers that their license does not allow them to sell/trade/gift the file.
  • Test your file by cutting it on your Silhouette or Cricut machine before you sell it.
  • Watermark your images. You do not want non-buyers to simply trace your design and use it without paying for it.
  • Offer your cut files for instant download. When customers don’t have to wait, they are more likely to purchase.
  • Offer your designs in several formats. It is standard to include a .png, an .svg, and a .dxf file at minimum.

DON’T

  • Trace images/clipart from the internet and sell it.
  • Don’t make changes to a file you have purchased and sell it as your own.
  • Don’t use portions of images/cliparts in your cut file without checking the file license.
  • Don’t use fonts in your design that you don’t have a commercial license for.
  • Don’t use trademarked or copyrighted material in your cut file – this includes popular cartoon characters, company logos, and other copyrighted/trademarked materials.
  • Don’t sell .studio or .studio3 files. These are proprietary file formats exclusive to Silhouette and cannot be sold.

Bonus: If you would like to sell your designs through the Silhouette Design Store, you can view information about becoming a contributing artist at this link.

Looking for other ways to make money in the craft world without making and selling products? Head to this post.

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Do's and Don'ts for Selling SVG Cut Files for Silhouette Portrait or Cameo and Cricut Explore or Maker - by cuttingforbusiness.com

Ana

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Hello, I have a silly question, but I new in this , I have Silhouette Business Edition, I can create SVG files and there and sell in Etsy ? is that possible, because most of the people talk about Inkscape, Please let me know and Thank you in advance !!

Christine, Cutting for Business

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Yes, you can. All the free cut files featured on this blog were made in Silhouette Studio Business Edition.

Charmaine V.

Friday 7th of February 2020

Good Day! I am so happy and grateful to come across this post! I always make my designs from scratch in Cricut but with two babies and a full time night job I unfortunately do not have the time to make the actual products so I want to just sell the files. Are you able to share some information on how I can take my cricut files to sell? Do I have to have a licensed business to sell my files on Etsy? And since I make them myself to sell, is there a way to prevent the person who buys my files from just sharing it? Thank you so much for your time and kindness!

Christine, Cutting for Business

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Hello! You'd have to check with your local laws regarding licensing requirements in your area. Many crafters are able to start as a hobby, then grow into a business. Here is information about selling files: https://cuttingforbusiness.com/dos-and-donts-for-selling-silhouette-cameo-cut-files/

Jane

Sunday 25th of August 2019

I will be designing SVG files using Inkscape and my Cricut. I am unsure based on this blog post as to whether my SVG files would be able to be sold using the fonts within Inkscape. Please advise. Thank you!

Christine, Cutting for Business

Sunday 25th of August 2019

Hi Jane! Inkscape doesn't include fonts. Fonts that appear in Inkscape are installed on your computer already. You'd want fonts with commercial use. More information: https://cuttingforbusiness.com/understanding-licenses-on-cutting-files-designs-and-fonts-and-organizing-them-too/

Irene Jones

Thursday 30th of May 2019

This may seem like a silly question but... I see many posts about cut files but no-one defines what they are. It is not easy to figure out what they are. Also what are SVG files? Thanks for your feedback

Christine, Cutting for Business

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

SVG stands for scalable vector graphic. It is simply a file format that doesn't lose quality when you resize it.

Lisa-Jane Johnson

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

If you have Business Edition and you create your design from scratch you can now sell the .studio files. I checked with Silhouette at length about this last year because I saw so many big designers openly selling their designs and I couldn't work out why they were allowed and I wasn't!

Christine, Cutting for Business

Saturday 18th of May 2019

I just checked and the user agreement in Silhouette Studio still currently says that STUDIO files cannot be sold without written permission.