Tips And Tutorials

How To Create A Split Monogram Letter Cut File In Illustrator

I’ve had a few requests on how to make a split monogram letter in Adobe Illustrator so I thought today I would create a quick video tutorial and upload it to my YouTube channel.

I have embedded the video below for you.

Also included in the video, are some basics for using Adobe Illustrator. I know everyone is going crazy over the Cricut Design space and all, but I am still a die hard Illustrator fan and there is a reason for that.

When I first started checking into vinyl cutting, I went out and bought a Cricut.  I bought the Explore Air 2. I played around with it and it’s pretty good but there were a few things I didn’t like about the software.

Probably the first and foremost, is the fact that you cannot use the files for much of anything else as they are native to their own software. Meaning, you cannot download your project and open it in another program such as Photoshop or Illustrator.

There are workarounds for this to a certain extent but that was not something I wanted to get into.

Adobe Illustrator is the one true vector graphic software out there. Now I know I probably just started the “great debate” as this has been going on for years. Corel Draw, Illustrator, Mac or Windows…….anyway.


When I create my files in Illustrator, I know I am creating a good, solid, clean vector file.

It also gives me the liberty of being able to import into my vinyl cutting software so that I can cut on my commercial vinyl cutter. This is something I would not be able to do with Cricut files.

So, if you are going to invest the time to learn new software, and depending upon what you are going to do with it down the road, I would highly recommend learning Illustrator.

If you see yourself at some point in the future turning your hobby into a full fledged business, you will want to learn Illustrator. If you have no intentions of this and only plan to use the Cricut and do vinyl cutting only as a hobby, the Design Space is probably a better option.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial video and stay tuned! There is more to come.

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