Create Stunning SVGs for Etsy!

Create Stunning SVGs for Etsy!

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Step 1: Setting up Inkscape
  3. Step 2: Finding Inspiration for Your SVG
  4. Step 3: Creating the Silhouette
  5. Step 4: Adding Details and Highlights
  6. Step 5: Creating the Tires
  7. Step 6: Adding Text
  8. Step 7: Arranging the Elements
  9. Step 8: Exporting the SVG
  10. Conclusion

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating and Selling SVGs on Etsy


Are you interested in opening an Etsy shop to sell SVGs and digital art? In this guide, we will walk you through the process of creating an SVG, from setting up the design software to exporting the final file. By following these steps, you'll have your own shop up and running in no time.

Step 1: Setting Up Inkscape

To create SVGs, we will be using Inkscape, a free design program. Install Inkscape and set up your document properties, including selecting the units you prefer to work with.

Step 2: Finding Inspiration for Your SVG

Before diving into creating your SVG, it's helpful to gather inspiration from other Etsy shops or even physical products like wood signs and t-shirts. This will give you ideas for designs and elements you can incorporate into your own SVG.

Step 3: Creating the Silhouette

Start by importing a reference photo or image into Inkscape. Use the Bezier tool to draw an outline around the image, creating a silhouette. Close the loop by connecting the last point to the starting point. Then, fill the silhouette and remove the stroke to create a clean, filled-in silhouette.

Step 4: Adding Details and Highlights

Using the Bezier tool, add details and highlights to the silhouette to make it more realistic. Create shapes out of the areas you can see through the original image and fill them with white color. These shapes will be subtracted from the silhouette using the Path > Difference option.

Step 5: Creating the Tires

Using the circle tool, create tires and middle hubs that fit in the designated area of the truck. Adjust the size and color of the circles to your liking. Duplicate the circles as needed and resize them accordingly. Once all the elements are created, align and distribute them to center them on the truck.

Step 6: Adding Text

Select the text tool and type out the desired text for your SVG. Choose a font and remember to convert the text into a vector by selecting the text box, going to Path, and selecting "Object to Path." This step is important as design programs will only accept SVGs that contain vectors and paths.

Step 7: Arranging the Elements

Ungroup and arrange the text and other design elements on your SVG. Group them together and position them according to your desired layout. You can also create separate SVGs using the elements you've created for future listings or bundle sales.

Step 8: Exporting the SVG

Export your design as a PNG image first to ensure visual clarity. Then, save the design as an SVG file by selecting "Plain SVG" from the Save as Type dropdown menu. This will allow you to upload the SVG to design programs like Cricut or Silhouette.


Congratulations! You have successfully created an SVG and are ready to open your own Etsy shop. Stay tuned for part two of this series, where we will guide you through opening a shop and listing SVG items for sale. Don't forget to subscribe to our channel for updates on new videos. Good luck with your Etsy venture!


  • Provides a step-by-step guide on creating SVGs for Etsy
  • Uses free software (Inkscape)
  • Covers all aspects of SVG creation, from finding inspiration to exporting the files
  • Includes tips on adding details and highlights for realistic designs
  • Highlights the importance of converting text into vectors for compatibility


  • Uses a specific software (Inkscape) instead of providing alternatives
  • Lacks information on marketing and promoting Etsy shop
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