How to Cricut Design Space Lesson 1

We’ve had a lot of requests for more Cricut Design Space tutorials!

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So in this blog post we will be covering 6 topics. We will be briefly talking about the 6 features on the left hand side bar! Mainly we will be talking about the purpose of each button and how to use them! This post will include templates, projects, images, text, shapes and upload.

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First up is Templates! Until recently this is something I’ve never used but now I love it and use it all the time! Especially since getting my heat press!

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When you click on templates it gives you a bunch of options to choose from. For the purpose of this post let’s pretend we are making an apron. Templates helps you visualize what it is your making.

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Once you choose your template you will be brought back to your canvas or working space. You will see the template you choose in a transparent grey. The following message will appear “Templates are intended for reference only and will not be saved with your project.” In other words the template is to help you design your project. Once you are finished and you save the project, the template wont be there once you go back into the project. However it is fairly simple to import the template once again if you would like to adjust anything.

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Now were going to add some text! If you don’t know how to do this thats okay! We will be talking about it later on! As you can see below I was able to insert my text and see how the sizing would look on my apron!

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Second on our list is projects!

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Once you click the above button you will be given a list of projects! Cricut provides you with tons of projects that are ready to make, however you also have the option to customize them which we will talk about in a minute. You have a couple of options here! You can either browse through the various projects, you can filter through all the projects by choosing a category from the drop down menu or you could search for something more specific!

We are going to choose the Home Sweet Home Pillow, that is circled below!

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Once you click on a project another screen will pop up giving you all the details of the project. The next four images are what you will see for this specific pillow. They include a description, measurements, a list of things you need, and instructions!

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At the very bottom you will find links (blue circle) you can follow that will provide you with general information about a certain topic. The links you get for each project are different and are based on the individual project.

Where I have circled pink you will see the price of this project. If you are a Cricut user you probably know that images, fonts etc. cost money. Cricut has a selection of free items, as well as once they charge for. If you are a Cricut access member than you get a lot of free items, however sometimes the Cricut projects have items not included which means you will be charged before you cut!

I have circled in red the next step. You have two options. You can either click “Make now” or “Customize”.

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If you choose “Make Now” you will be brought to the following screen to cut your project.  AS you can see in the bottom right hand corner you are required to purchase the items in order to continue.

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If you choose the “Customize” option you will be brought to the canvas page where you can edit your item!

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Third on our list are Images!

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Once you click on images you will be brought to a page that looks similar to templates and projects!

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Just like before you can search your images or browse. Now you also have the option to browse through categories or cartridges. Normally I just search for what I am looking for. However I like to filter my results so I only see the ones I have ownership of.

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Seeing as this post is probably going to be long already and there is so much to talk about in regards to editing images, we will just briefly talk about it! One of the main things you will want to know when working with images are how to resize. There are two ways to do this. You can do it free hand by dragging the double ended arrow that is circled in pink or by adjusting the measurements with the boxes circled in green.

You may also want to change the colour. You can do this by going over to the part I have circled in blue. Here you will see each piece your machine is going to cut when making this project. You can click on the coloured circle which will open a screen to change the colour. It will also give you the option to change what you wish to do with your image. Right now we know ours is in cut because we can see the scissors. However by clicking on this you can change your image to write, score or print.

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Topic # 4 is Text!

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Once you click on the text button the box you see below will pop up! You can click inside the box and begin typing whatever it is you want!

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I chose Alyssa’s Craft Room! Cricut Sans is the automatic font that Design Space will use. If you have Cricut Access you will have tons of fonts to choose from! You can change your font by clicking the dropdown menu I have circled in purple!

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You can scroll through your options to see what you like but you can also filter your options! I always filter my options to the ones I own. Cricut Access comes with so many different options that I don’t normally bother with purchasing any new ones! If you don’t have access there are still multiple options that come free in Design Space that you can pick from!

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Next on our list is Shapes!

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The following menu will pop up once you click on the shapes icon! This is a very simple feature that works the exact same was as images does. This is also where you will find the score feature. Once you choose a shape it will appear on your canvas, you can then edit the size, colour or change it to print or write!

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The last topic for this tutorial is Upload!

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Once clicking on the upload icon you will be brought to the following screen. From here you can click on upload image in the green box.

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Select an image from your computer and choose whether it is simple – complete file. Because I was getting rid of my entire background I choose the moderate option.

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This is where you will edit your image. The select and erase button words great depending on the quality and type of image. When clicking on an area it will erase what is connected to it. As you can see below it didn’t erase everything I needed it to.

You can zoom in or out on your image when working with small or large details up in the right hand corner. Here you will also find an undo and redo button if you make a wrong move. You now have two options. You can go in and click each individual blob that is seen on the background or you can click the eraser.

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When using the erase function you can edit the size of the eraser and drag it across an area to erase. Typically I like to go back and forth between erase and select. Don’t forget to erase the pieces inside your image. Like the yellow you see below inside the leaves.

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You can preview your option to make sure you are happy with it. I recommend zooming out when you do this so you are able to see your entire project! When you are happy with it click continue and you will be brought to the following page.

Once here you can choose whether you want to save the image as a print then cut (this will include all the original colours from your image) or to save as a cut file. Make sure to name your image so you can find it later on.

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Once you save your image you will be brought back to the original upload page where you will find your image in the recently uploaded items. Click on the image to be brought to the canvas and start creating with your image! All your uploads stay here until you choose to delete them!

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I hope this tutorial helped you in some way! If there was something I wasn’t clear on please leave me a comment below! If you would like to see more Cricut tutorials let me know in the comments as well as what you would like to learn more about!

 

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