Ready to capitalize on one of the biggest digital sales trends? Let’s tell you how.

Selling SVG files is one of the easiest ways for passive income. If you’re already selling printables online, you can simply convert them into easy download items. Still not convinced? By the end of this article, we’ll tell you all about how to create SVGs and the best ways to monetize them. 

3 Tools to Use to Create SVG

Now that we covered the basic explanation of SVG, let’s move forward to know the tools to create SVG.


Inkscape is an open-source vector editor graphic tool. It is used to create vector images, especially in SVG format. 

In addition, Inkscape is a powerful free design tool that allows editing and modification of vector images. 

Whether you are an illustrator or designer, Inkscape is the space for you to create and explore the wide arena of creativity. Here are a few things that make it different:

  • First, Inkscape has broad file format compatibility.
  • Powerful text tool for XML-based graphics.
  • It has flexible drawing tools.
  • Object manipulation.

Adobe Illustrator

The Adobe Illustrator allows you to export the SVG file that is optimized for mobile and web workflows. 

Before Macromedia acquired Adobe, it was the most popular and prominent promoter of SVG. Get the images vectorized with Adobe illustrator. It is popular for:

  • Drawing, painting, reshaping, and zooming of the file.
  • It is compatible with Inkscape.
  • The illustrator draw is a free-form vector drawing app for android and iOS.

Apache Batik

Batik is like Inkscape; in that, it is an open-source tool that comes under the roof of Apache Software Foundation. Apache batik is used for rendering, manipulating, and generating SVG graphics.

How To Use Inkscape to Create SVG Files?

There is a lot of software that will convert the image into SVG files for free. This 

SVG tutorial is centered around Inkscape, which has a lot of editorial functionality so you can optimize according to your liking manually.

You can download Inkscape on your computer and proceed to make SVG cut files. 

Step 1: Uploading the Image

Upload the image in Inkscape. Select any JPEG silhouette image from your computer and select ‘import’ from the drop-down menu bar.

Step 2: Select the Image

Open the saved JPEG silhouette image from the files. Click on the image to select it. The perimeter of the photo will appear around it.

Step 3: Make Bitmap Copy

After selecting the image, choose ‘Edit’ and make a bitmap copy from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can select a bitmap copy by selecting Alt+B on your keyboard. 

Step 4: Delete the Original File

Move the bitmap copy you just made over, so your original copy is visible. After moving it aside, select the original image and delete it using the delete key on your keyboard. Recenter the bitmap copy.

Step 5: Make the File

Select the bitmap copy, then go to View>Display mode>Outline. The image will now be covered with red X.

Step 6: Make the SVG File

With the image still selected, go to ‘Path’ then move ahead to ‘Trace Bitmap’, or you can select Shift+Alt+B on the keyboard. A dialog box will pop up, click update, and then OK.

Step 7: Save the File

Close the dialog box and then move the red X from the traced bitmap image and delete it. The image which remains is the SVG file; save the file.

Step 8: SVG Image

Your work doesn’t end at saving the file, and you have to convert it into an SVG image. For that, you can use SCAL software. First, choose File>Import SVG designs and then select the SVG silhouette you saved earlier.

And that’s it! It is that easy to create an SVG file which you can easily sell by scaling up the edits you want.

Test the SVG File

Test the SVG files before uploading them for sale. 

Step 1: Download Circuit Design Software

You can check on Circuit Designs how the SVG file will work on a cutting machine. If you don’t have cutting software, then this software will preview how the SVG file would look after cutting. 

Step 2: Optimize

If you are not satisfied with the preview, optimize and fix any problems you find during testing.

Step 3: Re-Save The File

Before uploading it for sale, re-save the edited SVG file and then upload it.

How To Make SVG Files to Sell?

There are various online platforms where you can sell these SVG designs. For example, you can sell SVG on Etsy, design bundles, The Hungry JPEG, Creative market online. After creating the SVG silhouette from scratch, you can charge anywhere from $1 to $5 for an SVG file.

Here are some tips for selling on Etsy:

  • Sell original designs but originality in the designs you are selling. You can’t recycle any old image and then sell it.
  • The image you made from scratch should not have any copy-right issues. You can check if the artwork is trademarkedfonts are trademarked, and the phrase you used
  • It is good to be trendy to have good sales. The current SVG trends include bundles in which a bundle of related images at one place. 
  • Another trend is text images which include phrases along with the image.

  • One of the top-selling trends is a collection of cute images that include flowers, dogs, or anything that reflects happiness.


Bonus Tips for Selling SVG File

Before selling the SVG file, you must check the files, including .png file, .svg file, and .dxf file. Include license in the file so the buyer can know where and when it can be used. Then, list your SVG files on Etsy, and your file will be up for sale. 

The buyer can digitally download the file after buying from Etsy or any online shopping platform to use for their work. 


Simple plain circles or squares are easy to create, but it takes a lot of time to cut SVG files in flowers or mountains. However, if you have this talent, then you can earn money with passive image-making. 

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