Cricut 101 – Design Space

Cricut 101 – Design Space

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I’ve sat here and stared at a blank screen for a while trying to determine the best way to go through Design Space. I’ve decided to just take a screenshot, number the buttons, and then explain what each button does; this is not going to be an exhaustive list of everything that can be done in Design Space. I’m hoping this will be a resource for beginners who, when following a tutorial or video, need to find a button in Design Space. 

If you feel like you need further instruction please check here to register for my live online Cricut 101 course. 

When you first open Cricut Design Space (CDS) you will see the home page. 

Let’s start in the top left corner and go across the top bar:

  1. The 3 bars – this will allow you to switch between the canvas and the home screen. This is also where you will connect new machines, do firmware updates, and calibrate your machine. There are many other options within this menu but they are fairly self-explanatory so I won’t go in-depth. 
  2. My Projects – which is one way you can access your saved projects. 
  3. Explore/Maker – this is where you select the machine you are using.
  4. New Project – You can click here to create a new blank canvas. 
  5. On the main part of the screen, you have “New Project” which you can click to create a new blank canvas then it shows your saved projects. As you scroll down you will see projects available in Cricut (if you have Cricut Access many are included). 

Once you click to create a new project you are taken to a blank canvas. Along the top bar you have the same options as the previous screen but with “Save” added. 

  1. New – this creates a new blank canvas (make sure you save your current canvas before selecting this!)
  2. Templates – inserts a template for you to size your design
  3. Projects – this is where you can go to insert Cricut projects (some will cost money especially if you don’t have Cricut Access)
  4. Images – from here you can insert images from Cricut (some will cost money especially if you don’t have Cricut Access)
  5. Text – insert text into your project
  6. Shapes – insert basic shapes (including scoring line)
  7. Upload – upload image or SVG from your computer

Layers panel

  1. Layers – shows all the layers of objects. This is where you will be able to tell what is grouped together.
  2. Color Sync – This divides up your entire project by colors allowing you to figure out exactly what colors you need to complete it. 
  3. Group – groups the selected items together, this allows you to keep them together on the computer (this does not affect how it is cut by the machine)
  4. Ungroup – ungroups the selected objects
  5. Duplicate – duplicates the selected item
  6. Delete – removes the selected object from the canvas
  7. Canvas (template) – this is where you can remove the grid lines or the template you have selected
    1. The eye icon is the show/hide option. Items that are hidden will not be cut by the machine. 
  8. Slice – ONLY WORKS IF 2 LAYERS ARE SELECTED! If more than 2 layers are selected then the option will be greyed out. Slice will cut the top object out of the bottom object. 
  9. Weld – takes multiple objects and makes them one. This is primarily used with script text to allow the Cricut to cut it as one solid piece. This can not be reversed!
  10. Attach – this will attach multiple objects, while this is similar to weld the biggest thing to remember is with attach Cricut will still cut out each individual item but keeps them in the same place. If you have items that overlap (like script text) and you just attach the objects you will end up with cut lines where they overlap. This can be reversed – if you have items that are attached selected the attach button changes to unattach. 
  11. Flatten – this flattens multiple layers into one – this is used for print then cut projects.
  12. Contour – this allows you to select items in the designs you wish to not cut out. This comes in handy when you are trying to make a background. 

Along the top with an image selected

  1. Undo – think of this as the back button, it will undo whatever you just did to the project (this is the only way to reverse the weld option)
  2. Redo – think of this as the forward button, if you undo something then decide you liked it better the other way you can redo to return to that version
  3. Linetype – allows you to change from cut to draw or score. Some designs do not work well withdraw or score so it is best to use designs made for what you are wanting to do. You can also change the color of the object using the color box. 
  4. Fill – allows you to select whether you want object filled in or just an outline
  5. Select/Deselect all – allows you to easily select or deselect everything on the canvas
  6. Edit – give you the option to cut, paste, 
  7. Align – aligns objects to left, right or center
  8. Arrange – allows you to place items in front of or behind other objects
  9. Flip – flips the object either on the vertical or horizontal axis
  10. Size – allows you to manually enter the dimensions of the object. There is also a lock-in between the sizes this allows you to change the dimensions of the object. Click to unlock it and it allows you to create a rectangle (out of the square) and oval (out of the circle)
  11. Rotate – allows you to manually type in the amount of rotation you want 
  12. Position – allows you to manually type the x-y coordinates to place the object exactly where you want on the canvas

Along the top with text selected:

  1. Font – change the font of the text – if your newly downloaded texts are not showing up make sure they are installed then restart Design Space
  2. Style – gives you the option to bold or italicize the text
  3. Font Size – change the font size (using the arrows around the text box will also change the text size)
  4. Letter Space – allows you to increase or decrease the amount of space between letters
  5. Line Space – allows you to increase or decrease the amount of space between lines of text
  6. Alignment – align text to the left, right or center
  7. Curve – allows you to curve text – this only works on one line of text so if you have multiple lines you will need to ungroup to line then curve each line individually
  8. Advanced
    1. Ungroup to letters – ungroups the word to letters – this allows you to move each letter individually
    2. Ungroup to words – ungroups the text to words – this allows you to move each word individually
    3. Ungroup to line – ungroups text to lines – allows you to move each line individually

I hope you found this post helpful! Please feel free to print it out as a reference. Do you have something you want specific instructions on how to do it? If so, let me know in the comments!

Leave a Reply