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Why is my image loading black/grey into Cricut Design Space and how to fix it!

Why is my image loading in black in Design Space and how to fix it!

Troubleshooting help

Are you encountering the frustrating issue of your image loading in black or greyed out when working with Cricut Design Space? Don’t worry; it’s a common hiccup that can be easily resolved! In this guide, we’ll delve into why this occurs and provide you with simple steps to fix it.

Cricut Design Space offers two primary methods for vinyl cutting: the traditional approach of uploading an SVG file and splitting it by colors or using the Print then Cut option, where you first print the image and then let your Cricut cut around the edges. Both methods have their merits, but they can also cause confusion for crafters, especially when confronted with the vexing black image issue.

The root cause of the black image problem lies in the type of file you upload. If you choose to upload a PNG image, Cricut assumes you want to cut around the image’s outer edges. This is because a PNG image is essentially flattened, existing as a single layer. On the other hand, if you opt for the SVG file, the software recognizes the multiple layers within the file and loads all the distinct colors for your project.

Now, let’s get to the quick and straightforward solution for this issue:

Confirm the File Type

Always double-check that you are using the SVG file format rather than the PNG file. It’s crucial to ensure you’re working with the right file format to avoid black image loading problems. If you’re having trouble locating the SVG file, be aware that it may appear as an HTML file depending on your computer’s settings.

By following this simple guideline, you’ll be able to avoid the frustration of black image loading and continue creating your beautiful crafts with ease in Cricut Design Space.


Understanding the reasons behind black image loading in Cricut Design Space and knowing how to fix it can save you valuable time and keep your crafting projects on track. Remember to choose the SVG file format, and you’ll be well on your way to crafting perfection without any hiccups.

We hope this guide has been helpful in resolving this common issue for fellow crafters. Happy crafting!

2 thoughts on “Why is my image loading black/grey into Cricut Design Space and how to fix it!”

  1. Het Dottie, I am glad I found you to answer the question about why the same image is greyed out when it is a basic cut in design space, however I am having a lot of trouble trying to get design space to recognize all the different colors or layers if that’s what it’s called with an svg that I would like to print out and then have the cricut cut the shape of a circle for my Christmas ornaments. In most cases I would prefer just a round shape but no visible edge while still being eithr a white or clear background, and in other cases I prefer a black thin border around the circle. Can you please explain what I will need to do? Even after joining my image and the circle behind it (That is white) I do not see a circle. And design space is putting the white circles on their own mat, Please help!! Thanks. Dee.

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