Are your designs layered? How do I work with each layer?

February 19, 2016 12:20 pm Published by

Many of the designs sold here consist of two or more layers.  You will always be able to tell which designs have multiple layers, as they will have multiple colors.  For example, listings shown with five colors will have five layers, and listings shown in one color are just one cut.  If you would like to break down compound shapes (single cuts) further please refer to our blog post here.

If you wish to ungroup layered files, you can do so by following these steps:

Cricut Design Space

  1. Once you have opened the SVG file on your design mat, click on the Layers Panel.
  2. Click anywhere in the design to select it.  This will highlight all of the individual layers in the Layers Panel.
  3. With the layers still highlighted, click the Ungroup button on the bottom of the Panel.
  4. You can now work with each layer individually.
    • Remember, if you plan to resize your design, you must do so before ungrouping, so everything remains in proportion.

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

  1. Once you have opened the SVG file on your design mat, select Edit, Layers in the top menu bar.  This will open the layers menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. You will see that there is a main layer, with a series of layers detailed below.  Click on each layer to move it individually.
    • More complex designs may have sub-groups within the layers, particularly ones with multiple layers of the same color.  If this is the case, you will see that one of the of the layers will be labeled Group on the panel.  When you click on these layers on the design mat, simply right-click to further ungroup and reveal the sub-layers below.
    • Remember, if you plan to resize your design, you must do so before ungrouping, so everything remains in proportion.

Sure Cuts A Lot

  1. Once you have opened the SVG file on your design mat, right click on the design, and select Ungroup.
    • Remember, if you plan to resize your design, you must do so before ungrouping, so everything remains in proportion.

Brother ScanNCutCanvas

  1. Once you have opened the SVG file on your design mat, right click on the design, and select Ungroup.
    • Remember, if you plan to resize your design, you must do so before ungrouping, so everything remains in proportion.

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This post was written by Jennifer Milliron