How To Score SVG Files In Cricut Design Space (Cricut Maker and Explore)

Files from Dreaming Tree are created and saved so that various cutting machines and software programs can take advantage of various machine capabilities, specifically scoring. Dreaming Tree files contain score lines on a separate layer so that you (as a Cricut user) can specify if you want to cut the score lines or use one of the various score tools Cricut offers.


Things You should know

  • If you are using the Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Explore Air 2 you CAN use the score tool to score the perforated lines but we advise AGAINST this because the score tool is very blunt and does not penetrate paper very well. Therefore when you import our files, you don’t need to change anything (aside from attaching the files) at all to get a proper cut and end result.
  • If you do decide to use the score tool with the Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Explore Air 2, we recommend using these tools on simple things like the center of a card or a simple box. Using the score tool on more complex structures may cause assembly issues. Our more sophisticated 3D projects require a level of scoring accuracy that the score tool may not be able to live up to. Therefore we recommend leaving the score layer alone and allowing your machine to cut the perforated score lines with your blade.
  • If you have the Cricut Maker, you can change the score lines to score with the score wheel, but it will still create perforated scores and not one solid line since our files are not created with single line scores. (this may change in the future)

How to change a layer to score

  1. Click on the file that contains the score lines you wish to score instead of cut. This will highlight the file in the layers window.
  2. Double-click on the scissor icon next to the circle that contains a diagonal red line through it. Note: Files that contains score lines will have two layers. One layer (the one with the color) is the actual design while the other layer (the one with the white circle that has the diagonal red line through it) is the score layer.

3. In the Layer Attributes section, click on the Score option. This will change the scissor icon to a score icon in the layers window.

4. Congratulations! You’ve changed a score layer to score with your Cricut score tool instead of being cut with the blade.

It really is that simple! You’ll need to repeat this process with any file that you wish to score instead of cut.

13 thoughts on “How To Score SVG Files In Cricut Design Space (Cricut Maker and Explore)

    • Leo Kowal says:

      You can technically do it now with the score wheel. It won’t be solid lines, but the score wheel will make the perforated scores. We’re still working on figuring out the best way to make everything solid as an option for Maker users.

  1. ywyrick13 says:

    I attached all my score lines but the scoring is too deep and it is cutting the score lines. I am not getting the usual perforations just a solid deep line. Help

  2. Chrystal says:

    I’m uploading the XXO card to Design Space. I have a Cricut Maker along with the Score Wheel. I assume I only need to load the SVG files with the solid score line?

  3. dai88y says:

    I am having trouble with the perforated score lines 🙁 They just do not score deep enough for a crisp fold on my Maker using the scoring wheel. Is there any way to change this?

  4. Donna Byer says:

    My side scoring lines are scoring but the bottom score line isn’t. Why is this happening? It shows up as “score”

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