How to use Cricut Design Space for cutting vinyl - Beginner

Posted by Paula Busoi on

Because there are so many of you that ask us questions about how to use Cricut Design Space, we decided to help you.
This is why we will create a series of tutorials on how to use the files, depending on what you are trying to create.
For this particular tutorial, we will focus on how to prepare the files for cutting vinyl fast and easy. 

You can watch the video tutorial or you can follow the step by step instructions.

1. Creating a new project.
To start, open the folder with the files you want to use and Cricut Design Space.
After Design Space has loaded, select New Project.

Design Space first page creating a new project


2 Uploading files
Now we need to upload the file.
To do so, hit the icon with the cloud in the left and a new page will pop up. here you will find in the upper section 2 buttons, one to upload an image, and another for patterns. This time we are interested in the first button, Upload Image.

Design Space software - starting a new projectCricut Design Space uploading svg files

Click it and a new page will upload for you. Here, you have 2 options.
1. Drag and drop the file you need - if you already have the folder open
2. Browse for the file - search and point to the location of the file on your device

We will use the first, drag and drop. To do that select the folder we open earlier and minimize it. Now search for the svg file you want to upload,
select and drag it into Cricut Design Space.

Cricut - uploading svg images with drag and drop

After it is uploaded, save it.

Design space - saving an image to Design Space archive

In the upload page, below the upload buttons, in the Recently uploaded images, the design will appear in front.
Select it and click Insert Image from the right down button.

Design Space app - inserting image in the project

Great job, you uploaded the file in Design Space software.

how to upload svg files to Design Space

3 Preparing the file for cutting
First, resize it to fit your project. Select the design and in the upper bar, in the middle of it you have the size.
Be sure to have the lock proportions selected (lock closed), otherwise, it will distort your design. Set the size you need and hit enter.

Design Space - resize an image

Now hit ungroup from the upper right icons. Now it will be grouped by color. This design has 6 colors so there will be 6 groups.
To see how they are structured you can hit the eye in the right of every layer.

Design Space - grouping and ungrouping object layers

Attaching layers

To make them ready to cut we just need to attach these color groups. To do that, select every group and hit the attach button in the bottom right.
Repeat the process for every group.
After completing this process the files are ready to cut.

Cricut Design Space - attach for vinyl cut

Now select the vinyl sheet size and don t forget to hit the mirror button if necessary (read the vinyl instruction).
Prepare and place on the mat the vinyl accordingly to the instruction that comes with it.
Then hit continue and select the steps that the software requires, depending on your Cricut machine type.
After the cut is done, it is time to place vinyl together, color layer after the color layer.

Design Space - Mirror for vinyl

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