When you need to send and store your files, you need a format that will make it easy. SVG files are common file types that you may use on a regular basis, from sharing images online to preparing images for your latest craft project--but in order to use them effectively, you need to be able to compress them.

What are SVG Files?

SVG files, also known as Scalable Vector Graphics, are image files specifically designed for sharing on the internet. These files are commonly used for Cricut and other common crafting machines because they use lines and points, rather than pixels, to create images. As a result, you often get cleaner image files for printing, cutting, and crafting.

Why Compress SVG Files?

All files take up space on your device. While SVG files are designed for internet use, making them easier to transmit and store, they may still take up considerable space on your device and slow down when sending. They are also designed with a high level of clarity for printing and crafting, which means that you may have larger-sized files. You may want to compress SVG files if:

You need to send SVG files through email.

You may especially want to compress SVG files if you want to send large quantities of SVG files at once. For example, if you're getting ready to embark on a large crafting project or need to send several images to someone to print all at the same time, you may want to compress those files so that you can send them via a single email.

You need to transmit SVG files quickly.

When you transfer files over a network or through a digital connection, the larger the size of the file, the longer it takes to transmit. If you need to transmit SVG files quickly, you may want to compress those files before sending them to make them easier and faster. Compression is particularly important if you need to send several files at once since a large group of files can slow down your network or processing speed.

You want to store your SVG files.

Whether you use DropBox, store your files on your computer, or save image files in an external hard drive to make it easier to keep track of them, you may need to compress your files in order to store them more effectively. Many platforms allow free storage only up to a certain level, and hard drives only have so much room. By compressing your SVG files, you can make more room in your virtual storage solution, which will allow you to save on the cost of storage while still keeping all of your files in one easy-to-use location. Thanks to that solution, you won't have to dig through all your digital storage options just to find the right file since you can more easily keep them in one place.

How to Compress SVG Files

In order to compress SVG files correctly, you need the right file compression solution. SVG file compression software can compress your SVG image files, allowing you to easily transmit and store your data. Look for software that is compatible with your existing storage and transmission solution: for example, if you typically store your files in DropBox, you will want a compression solution that will allow you to seamlessly compress files for storage and unzip them straight from your DropBox.

How to Compress SVG Files in WinZip

From File Explorer:

  1. From your File Explorer select all of the files you want to compress.
  2. Right-click on the selected files. WinZip > Add/Move to Zip File… This will open WinZip with options about how you want your file zipped.
  3. Select your file options, like name, location, encryption, and any other features you want to include.
  4. Select Add. This will create a zip file in the location you selected containing all your files.

From within WinZip:

  1. From within WinZip, locate the files you want to zip using the panel on the left.
  2. Select all of the files you want to compress.
  3. Select the Add to Zip button at the bottom of the left panel.
  4. After you add all of the files you want to the Zip file, select the "Save as" button in the right bottom corner. Name your file and select save.

Note: Certain file types do not compress as much as others. You must have WinZip installed on your computer to use these methods.

Conclusion

WinZip makes compressing SVG files easy. If you're looking for a solution that will allow you to easily send and store your SVG files, whether you're in the middle of collaborating on a big craft project or simply want to be sure that you have easy access to your files for future use, download WinZip today to learn more.


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