Have you ever wondered how to upload an image into Cricut Design Space? I’m going to show you how easy it is to upload your own .jpeg files so you can cut them on your Cricut.
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You first want to find an image you like or your can scan a drawing of your own and convert it to a .jpeg file. I found these ladybugs on Adobe Stock because I have an account. You can easily find an image online that you like and use it for personal use. Please don’t take other people’s hard work and pass it off as your own unless you pay for it.
So because we’re uploading an image of your own, we first want to make sure it’s saved to our computer in the right format. Cricut Design Space accepts .jpeg, .png, .svg, .gif, .bmp and .dxf files. If you have any other file that needs to be converted, there are websites dedicated to converting your file into the file you desire, you just need to google it and it’ll show up.
Now let’s get to it, you’re going to select to make a new canvas by clicking on the Create New Project link.Next, select the upload images on the left side of the screen.And then select Upload Image.Now you’ll select Browse and find your image that you’ve saved to your computer and select Open.Once you’ve brought in your image, it will be time to edit it. For .jpeg and .png, there is the option to select and deselect things you want and don’t want. I like to choose complex image for more detailed images and simple for images I just want to cut outer edges of. For the other files, it will bring it in and you can just select right away if you want it to be a cut or print then cut file.Select the negative space and whatever part of the image you don’t want using your mouse and select Continue. Whatever you do not want to show will be the transparent squares that are in the background. After you’ve edited your image, the next screen will allow you to choose whether you want a Print then Cut image or just a Cut image. When you choose the cut, only the places that were not selected in the edit screen will be cut. Go ahead and save your image with some keywords so you can search for it later and then you’ll also be able to find it by the other images you’ve uploaded. Select it and add it to your canvas.I cut out 12 images of the ladybug, 3 of each color and arranged them on my 10″x10″ canvas.You’ll next use some hot glue to secure them in place. This is not necessary but these are tiny pins here for my apothecary style art so I didn’t want them sliding all over the place. Once they’re at the place you want them at, go ahead and add your mini pins to make it look like a small piece of art just like the Japanese style art with live bugs and frame them.Add it to your mantel or shelves and enjoy this Valentine’s Day art project you made all on your own using your own images you’ve uploaded into Cricut Design Space.
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Having your Cricut Print and Cut is easier than you’d expect. I’m here to show you how to use the Print then Cut feature with your Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker.This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Today I got quite a few things done while Leila was at Preschool, it’s the first time in a while that I’ve been able to do that. Dishes, laundry, posts, project, errands. I can never get that much done in such little amount of time. That’s what I love about the new feature on the Cricut Explore. Print and Cut was just released on Wednesday this week and it’s the easiest thing you’ll do. The most difficult part for me was calibrating my machine and that wasn’t even hard, really – it was just a little time-consuming.
So I’ll walk you through it. Remember, you can do this with EVERY shape in the Cricut Design Space that you have access to. This isn’t limited to only a few shapes. You’ll first want to choose the shape that you want and then it’ll pull up on your screen. The next click you’ll make is the ‘Flatten’ button. This will make your shape one-dimensional. The largest that you can make your shape now is 8″x4″.
Cricut has some excellent Vinyl and Sticker Paper available now! The Vinyl Paper is thinner and it gives you the opportunity to use it for home decor projects. The Sticker Paper is much thicker and it has a pretty firm grip so you’ll want to use it for things like I used it for my treat bags and cupcake topper, etc. I have an HP printer and the sticker paper will not pull through very well so printable vinyl is what I stick to.Next, you’ll select the shape and press ‘Go’. It’ll give you the option of how many you’d like to make. I wanted 12 cat stickers for my treat bags that I’ll be using additionally for another project. You’ll then click ‘start’. You’ll want to make sure that the paper is loaded in your printer the correct way to ensure the image is printed on the paper side of the Cricut Vinyl or Sticker Paper or whatever paper you’ve chosen. This does work best on white paper so that it can read the registration marks the best. Make sure NOT to close your cut window yet.Once those are printed, it will let you know to now load it onto your Cricut Explore. You’ll have your Smart Cut Dial on Custom. Load your mat printed side up. Select in your cut settings your Cricut Vinyl or Sticker Paper and it will ‘kiss cut’ your paper. That means it will cut your paper at the right depth without cutting through the backing, just like actual vinyl. Once all your stickers or printables have been cut, you are done.It is just that easy and you have a fabulous, professional-looking project like these treat bags without a lot of work and layering and glueing, etc. I love this feature, I’m going to be using it a lot. I am still amazed at what I can do with this machine every day and the precision that it cuts and all the materials I can cut.Yes, I am an affiliate and yes if you do buy some of the items I will make a small percentage. I did decide, however, when I started my blog that I would never mislead you and never try to lead you guys on in any way. All Things Thrifty has an excellent comparison article about how she compares the Silhouette vs. the Cricut. Yes, Silhouette has some cool shapes but you can combine the shapes in the Cricut Design Space to make cool shapes too. You can also see that they have some great artists working with them so a lot of their new stuff is cool. I love a good, clean line when I see one!
This is a really great investment and if you haven’t noticed by now, I use mine every day. It’s also a great gift for Christmas! Have fun and I hope you come back next week for some real fun tutorials.