Checklist and stickers for Uploading Procreate Designs to Cricut

How to Upload Procreate Designs into Cricut Design Space

It’s crazy how the simplest things can be hurdles to our creativity. Knowing how to export and then upload Procreate designs to Cricut Design Space was a hurdle for me. I didn’t know how to get my digital designs into a place where I could actually create something with them. Digital art is, well, digital. As someone who loves to craft, I want to create handheld items with my digital art. But before you can make anything (like stickers), the first step is to jump that first hurdle of figuring out how to upload from Procreate to Cricut. This means how to export Procreate designs and upload into Cricut Design Space. In this post, I show you step-by- step guide how easy it is!

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5 Things to Know When Exporting Procreate Designs to Upload into Cricut Design Space

  1. Make sure Your Background Color Layer is Unchecked. This gives you a transparent background, which means you don’t have to remove the white background in Cricut Design Space. This is KEY if you’re making stickers that have a white border (white outline) and you don’t want to remove it with the background. You’ll find this checkbox in the drop-down menu under the Layers icon (overlapping squares in the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Save as a PNG file. Cricut Design Space allows us to upload JPEG, PNG, BMP, SVG, GIF, and DXF formats. The PNG format is a raster image and uploads as an image file in Cricut Design Space, but you can convert it to a cut file in Design Space through the Image Upload Process (see tutorial). There is no option for sharing as SVG files in Procreate, but you can use an online converter to change your raster digital image file to a vector file. 
  3. Cricut Design Space Desktop vs. Cricut Design Space App. Desktop gives you the option of processing as a Simple, Moderate, or Complex file. I always choose Complex. In mobile, there’s no choice, and the default seems to be Moderate. Both give great results. 
  4. Have a Backup.  If you save your PNG to your camera roll on your iPad, you’ll have a local copy + your original canvas in Procreate. Taking the additional step to save to iCloud files, OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox creates additional copies stored in the cloud. Currently, Cricut Design Space will only let you save a design within Design Space, so don’t keep your only copy within the program.
  5. Save in Cricut Design Space as a Print then Cut Image. If you’re making stickers or printing a design on printable vinyl, you want to save the original art, not just the outline. You can change the Operation (once you’ve uploaded the design to your canvas) from Cut to actions like Engrave, Deboss, and Score. Or you can revert it to the original art. 

Checklist with Stickers for Uploading Procreate Art into Cricut Design Space

How to Upload Procreate Designs into Cricut Design Space

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

It's easy to use your Procreate designs with your Cricut! In this quick tutorial, I'll show you step-by-step how to export your designs with a transparent background and upload it into Design Space.

Materials

  • Your Original Procreate Design (or upload these Cricut Tattoo sticker designs from my FREE library for practice!)

Tools

  • Procreate iPad app
  • iPad tablet 10.2 or 12.9
  • Desktop (optional*), I’m using a mac but it works the same
  • Cricut Design Space for desktop or mobile

Instructions

1. Make the Background of Your Procreate Art Transparent

Once your design is finished in Procreate, in the Layers panel of your canvas make the background transparent by clicking off the checkmark in the checkbox next to that layer.

Uncheck the Background Layer of Your Procreate Design to Make Transparent

2. Choose Share as a PNG

Tap the wrench icon in the upper left corner of your screen. Then choose the Share icon. Under Share Image, select PNG.

Procreate Canvas Share as PNG

3. Save Your Image

Export by either choosing Save Image (Photos) or Save to Files if you’re using a Mac.

If you will be using a PC then you can save to Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive.

4. Start Upload Process in Cricut Design Space

Open a new canvas in Cricut Design Space. In the bottom left toolbar, click the Upload icon. Then click Upload Image on the next page.

On the home page of Cricut Design Space choose a New Project

5. Upload Your Image into Cricut Design Space

Import your Procreate design with Drag and Drop or by clicking Browse. Click on your .png design on your desktop computer. If using mobile, simply grab the design from your Photo Gallery or Files.

Find your Procreate Design in Your Finder and Open in Design Space

6. Process Your Image in Cricut Design Space

Choose Complex on the Upload Image page if you plan to use Print then Cut, if you plan to just cut the outline of your image out then you can choose Simple.*

Cricut Design Space Image Upload for Desktop Choose Complex

Note: This is only an option in Cricut Design Space for Desktop. Cricut Design Space for mobile skips this page and goes right to the cleanup page.

*See Step 8 for more on these save options

Note: If you are uploading a .jpg or a .png that doesn’t have a transparent background then you need to remove the entire background or you’ll just see a big black rectangle.

7. Clean Up Your Image (optional if you have a transparent background)

Clean up any stray bits by clicking on the background with the magic wand. If you want to remove parts of the image, use the eraser. Then, click Continue when you’re satisfied.

Clean up is Optional in Cricut Design Space

Note: If you are uploading a .jpg or a .png that doesn’t have a transparent background then you need to remove the entire background or you’ll just see a big black rectangle.

8. Save Your Image in Cricut Design Space

Save as a Cut Image if you plan to engrave, deboss or cut out your design. If you’re making stickers (or another print then cut project) you’ll want to choose Save as a Print then Cut Image.

Next, Select by clicking on the image. Then click Save to progress to the next page.

Select the Upload Type in Cricut Design Space

9. Insert Your Image into Your Cricut Design Space Canvas

From the Image Upload screen, click on your image to select it. Now click the Insert Image button in the lower right corner of the screen. This inserts it into your canvas. And you’re done!

Cricut Design Space Image Recent Uploads Page Insert Image

Notes

-You can simplify this process by using Cricut Design Space for mobile on your iPad. But for this post, I want to demo using a desktop because the image processing has a few extra options on the desktop version of Design Space.

 

And that’s it! Your printable images are now exported from Procreate, imported to Cricut Design Space, and uploaded into your canvas. You’re ready to create!

What Can You Make With Procreate + Cricut?

Now that you have an idea of how to export and then upload Procreate designs to Cricut Design Space, you’ll be able to create all kinds of original designs with your Cricut Explore Air2 or Cricut Maker.

I’ve used Procreate to create my

I literally sat on the couch one day and drew a paint palette shape and not 15 minutes later it was cut and debossed on leather. Seriously!!!

You can also create real paper cutouts designs, infusible ink mugs, intricate mandala shape greeting cards, and even turn your hand lettering into iron-on’s for market bags and t-shirts. It’s so much fun to be able to create some amazing thing from your own design.

If all you’ve done with your digital art is share it online, then this will open up a whole new world of creativity for you.

Print and Cut Sticker Sheets with Art Supplies

And if you’re a Cricut user who would love to create their own original digital images without a graphic design program (like adobe illustrator), then you definitely want to check out the Procreate app!

Interested? It’s only $10, and you can find it in the Apple app store. It works on the Apple iPad Pro and the 5th-8th generations of the iPad. As well as the iPad Mini 4 and 5th gen. + the iPad Air 2, 3rd, and 4th generation. I would advise getting the apple pencil if you can; otherwise, a third-party stylus (or even your finger) works!

Cutting out Cricut Cutting Machine stickers

Have Questions About Making Your Own Custom Stickers?

Wondering how to print then cut stickers with a Cricut Cutting Machine once you’ve uploaded your designs? What sticker paper to use for your project or how to waterproof stickers? Or how to use the Cricut Mobile App to make stickers? I have a YouTube video tutorial and post that answer all of these questions!

AND if you check my Free Library you’ll find Procreate brush sets, stamp sets, and color palette options that you can download. Plus, lots of digital sticker options for you to download as well!

Checklist and stickers for Uploading Procreate Designs to Cricut

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If you found this tutorial helpful, then I would LOVE to have you share it on social media! And if you have any questions about uploading Procreate art to use in Cricut Design Space, please leave a comment here, or on my YouTube channel! Or you can email me too.❤️ I LOVE helping people with their creative challenges. 

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