One common question I get is to clarify the difference between group, attach, and weld and to discuss when each should be used. So here is everything you need to know about those three options. For more Cricut 101 posts click here.
Group – this will group the selected items together. I mainly use this when I’m designing, if I have something lined up but know that I’m going to be moving it around to finalize a design I will group them to keep my alignment. The important thing to remember is this only applies to the canvas, as soon as you hit “make it” it does not matter if it is grouped or not Cricut will put it in whatever order it wants to save room. There is the option to group and ungroup so you can constantly change your groupings if needed.
As you can see on the layer panel this is now all one group.
But once I click “make it” I get this preview.
Attach – This is exactly like group but will keep the items in place even once you click “make it”. I use this whenever I’m ready to cut my items, once I have everything where I want them I select all like colors and attach. You only want to attach like colors! If you select the whole image it will turn the image all one color! Also, you do not want to use this option for script font…it will keep all your letter separate and cut in between each of them, even though they will be all together. You are able to attach and unattach as much as you need to.
On the layer panel, you can see that everything is now Attached – however, this looks exactly like grouped until we click “make it”
Now when we look at the canvas preview you see everything stays exactly where we want it. However, I want you to look closely at the word “bless”, specifically between the letter l and e and between e and s. Do you see how there are still black lines? Those black lines mean the Cricut is going to cut right there. So while your word is kerned (kerning is the act of adjusting the spacing between letters) the Cricut is still recognizing them as separate pieces. When using vinyl your transfer paper will keep these together but you can see the cut lines.
Weld – Welding is used to take multiple items and make them one. The most common use for this is a script font. It will take all the letters and make them one word. I usually only use this option for words. I can’t think of when else I’ve used this but if I come across an example I will update this document.
For our example, I have to unattach and ungroup the whole design. I will then select just the letters and weld. Once that is done I will select both the flower and the word and attach to keep the alignment. In the layer panel, you now see that the word is one item listed as “weld result”.
On the mat preview, you can see it looks like the attached example, however, if you look closely between those letters again you will see there are no longer the cut lines. This is because the Cricut now sees the word as one item rather than multiple items next to each other.
Here is an example of what it will look like if you attach your iron-on vinyl. Now, this is zoomed in so you would have to look closely but it is noticeable if you know what you are looking for.
Now here is the welded version of the same word.
Let me know in the comments if there is something in Design Space you want to learn how to use.