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Learn how to use Cricut Design Space in this overview of my top 10 favorite things you can do in the Cricut software.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Are you new to Cricut and wondering how to start in Design Space? When I first got a Cricut and started using CDS, I was overwhelmed, to say the least. I had never really used a design program before.
Believe me, I get it. We were all there at some point. I spent a lot of time on YouTube because I did not want my machine sitting in a box.
Luckily CDS is easy to use once you figure out a few things. Now, Cricut Design Space is my favorite design software! It is so user-friendly and can do so much.
I love always finding out new things I can do in the program so I wanted to share my favorite parts of the Cricut software.
I made a video of design space in action with more details at the bottom of the post, but I wanted to give you a written list of bullet points too. I know we all learn in different ways! You can always subscribe to my YouTube channel to watch all of my other CDS video tutorials.
Also, make sure to check out my unboxing the Cricut Maker post where I go over all that it can do.
Extras in Cricut Design Space
1. Cricut Access – If you are just starting out with a brand new Cricut you will get a free trial of Cricut Access. Make sure to browse around all that’s available in Cricut Access to see if it’s worth continuing on. Plans start at $7.99 a month and include a ton of projects, fonts, and images. I think this is the easiest way to get started with the Cricut program.
All of the images available with a Cricut Access subscription has the little green A tab on the left side of the image.
I wish they had access back when I started, I would have saved a ton of money! I started with the machines that needed cartridges and the cartridges ranged anywhere from $15-50 each and I had over 40 cartridges…$$$$!
2. Ready to Make Projects – Making the ready to make projects takes the guesswork out of everything. Each machine comes with a certain number of projects that tell you exactly how to make the item. Some of them allow you to modify the design to a different size or adding personalization.
3. Cricut Community Projects –These are projects already designed and ready to make by anyone. I have a few projects on my Cricut community page.
Some of these projects will be part of Cricut Access subscription and others will show you how much it would be to make. If you design a project using Cricut Access images and fonts, make sure to share your beautiful work with other crafters!
4. Cricut Design Space App – Did you know there is a Cricut app?? You can download and work with Cricut Design Space from an Apple or Android device. A lot of people prefer to use their Ipad or tablet to design and then connect with a Cricut cutting machine.
How to Use Cricut Design Space
If you need help setting up an account in CDS, hop on over to my getting started with Cricut Design Space tutorial.
This will open up your canvas. Now let the magic of creating begin!
There is also a Zoom in and out buttons to see the tiny details or the big picture on the bottom left corner.
On the left side, you will find the main buttons.
- New – start a new project
- Templates – One of my favorite parts of the canvas is using the templates so you can see how your project will work on different items. You can easily change the color and the size of the templates to get a better idea.
- Projects – opens up all the different projects in CDS
- Images – where you’ll find all the images you can buy off Cricut Access and also the ones you’ve uploaded
- Text – What I use the most! Type in text and find the font you want to use in the drop-down menu. Watch my all things font Cricut Design Space video tutorial to learn more.
- Shapes – All the basic shapes and scoreline. You can make a ton of different designs just by adding shapes together.
- Upload – Upload a svg, jpeg, or png that you have saved on your computer. See #8.
6. Buy One Thing at a Time – If you don’t want to jump into Cricut Access yet or you already have a lot of linked cartridges, you can always purchase files one at a time. Once you buy a file, you will always have it, it never expires so you can use it in any project you like.
CDS will prompt you for payment before you cut the file. Easily set up your payment method under “account settings” on the left-hand side (click the three horizontal lines).
7. Filters – Narrowing down what you are looking for is a huge time saver in CDS. If you are looking for a certain text or image, you can use the filters to narrow things down to items you have uploaded or items available in Cricut Access.
8. Upload Your Own Images- I make a ton of stuff using images I upload. This is where you can make truly unique personalized gifts and decor. Cricut Design Space makes it easy to upload images you have saved to your computer and cut them out or use print and cut.
A cautionary note on uploading images – if you are selling items make sure the images you are using are not copyrighted. You can google the laws around copyright infringement. Disney is a huge one! Be very careful if you are selling anything with Disney on it.
The Cricut software will try to save as much material as possible, but sometimes you can have cuts with big blank gaps in between the cuts. I love the option of being able to manually move other cuts into those spaces.
10. All the Editing Tools – The editing tools that CDS has are pretty straight forward. These are the cornerstone of being able to make your own designs. Make sure to watch the video below to see all of these in action.
Lower Right Corner of CDS:
- Slice – Cut images out of others or slice objects. Use to make split letter monograms.
- Attach – Attach text or images so they cut out exactly as you have them on your canvas
- Weld – Weld cursive text so it is one continuous line and no tails are cut. Weld objects to turn into one object.
- Contour – Delete inside or outside of images or unwanted lines.
- Flatten – Flatten your image together to print it
Upper Right Corner of CDS:
- Layers Panel – See all the different layers of your images. Click the eye to hide or unhide certain layers.
- Color Sync – See how many colors you have on your canvas. Change items to the same color by dragging and dropping in this panel.
Cricut Design Space Help Tutorial
Whew… that is a lot of info, but I guarantee you it becomes second nature once you play with the Cricut software for a bit. If you’d like more detailed instruction on different parts of CDS, make sure to browse through my Cricut Design Space 101 series or watch my playlist on YouTube.
Please let me know if you have any questions! I’d also love to hear your favorite Cricut Design Space feature.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!
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