Cricut Design Space Terminology for Beginners
When it comes to getting started with a Cricut machine and the Design Space software it can be daunting trying to figure out what all the functions and terms. Even though you are anxious to use all those wonderful craft materials, before jumping into tutorials it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with all the terminology that Cricut uses.
Below you will find 40+ terms and what they mean when working inside Design Space. PLUS at the bottom of this post, you can download a free printable PDF to refer back to anytime as you begin to master your Cricut!
When 2 or more items are selected on the canvas this function aligns them according to the selection of center, left, right, etc.
The attach tool has a two-fold purpose. It allows you to hold images in place relative to each other on the cutting mat and also lets you attach score lines and text to images.
Arranging an image allows you to move it in front of, behind or in between other image layers present on the canvas.
The canvas is the Design Space graphic work space where you will design and arrange your vectors or prints and access all the tools.
Color Sync panel helps by consolidating colors of one project in order to reduce the number of different materials or colors of materials you would be prompted to use when going to the cut screen.
The Contour tool lets you hide portions of an image layer quickly so that they won’t cut out.
The cut button refers to the Cricut logo button to the left side on your machine. This button will be pressed to initiate a cut.
Cut lines are the shape’s outlines or each layer’s outline that will cut when initiated.
The Cut Screen a.k.a Make it Button
The screen that load after you click the “make it” button at the top righthand side. This screen will be present when the machine is cutting designs out.
The cutting mats are what you will stick your material on to load into your Cricut machine.
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Delete will remove an image permanently from the canvas.
Deselect all items currently selected on the canvas.
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Draw lines or writing will be the line type when using a pen to write script or draw an image.
Clone any image on the screen
The edit function allows you to cut, copy and paste any object on the canvas.
Filling an image means a pattern or print is placed to fill a vector present on the canvas.
Flattening means that a current vector, which has 2 or more layers can be turned into a printable image for the Print then Cut feature.
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Flipping an image will turn it 180 degrees horizonal or vertically.
Group command enables multiple image layers or text present on the canvas to be selected and move at one time as one object so not to affect their layout.
Images or Image Library
Images that you can buy or use for free in the Cricut membership or freebie section of Design Space.
JPG & PNG Files
These are image files that will end in either .jpeg or .png. These are uploaded in Design Space for the Print and Cut feature.
Layers refer to one unified image on the canvas. Multiple images can be “layered” together or moved backward and forward.
The linetype is the action that will occur when the Cricut machine creates – cut, draw and score are the 3 options.
The load button is the double arrow button present next to the cut button on the machine. This will be pressed to load and unload the cutting mat from the machine.
Material settings are present in Design Space or on the dial or the Explore machine. These are key to setting the pressure that the blade will use on the selected material.
Mirroring reverses an image so that it is backwards. This is necessary when working with heat transfer vinyl, so the finished project will read the correct direction and there is an easy function for it on the cut screen.
No fill means that there is no print pattern present on the vector selected on the canvas.
Print then cut
A flattened image on the canvas often with a pattern (or color fill) will be sent to your home printer via Design Space and then an outline of that printed image cut by the machine.
Redo a recent action that was undone when working in Design Space.
Guides that are printed when using the print and cut function. Cricut reads these as a means of cutting the flattened image correctly.
Reverse weeding removed the vinyl that would normal be left behind. This is used generally for stencil vinyl.
Rotate any image 360 degrees on the canvas.
Score lines are creasing the paper or material used with a scoring tool or wheel. They can be found under the shapes button.
The select all button allows you to actively select any images presently visible on the canvas.
The size is the dimensions of an image or object when selected on the canvas.
Shapes button allows you to insert any basic geometric shape onto your canvas
The slice tool created new cut paths from 2 images. It will
result in 3 or more new shapes that present as new layers.
SVG (a.k.a Scalable Vector Graphic)
An SVG cut file is a vector file that can be scaled larger or small and retain its resolution. It is made up of lines that consist of infinite dots to achieve this flexibility.
Text or Font
Text is how you can type words and customize your writing with special fonts and scripts within Design Space.
Undo a recent action in Design Space.
Ungrouping enables you to move each layer of a vector on the canvas individual from its counterparts.
Upload is when you add your own vector, print or pattern fill images to Design Space.
The process of removing unwanted excess vinyl from a cut design.
The weld tool enables you to combine 2 single shapes into one new shape for a single cut line. Welding is often used with text to create seamless cursive words.
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