To make it easier and more fun to create with Design Space, Cricut makes changes and upgrades to its features. Today, I’m sharing the most recent Design Space updates and how to use them.
We’ll only cover the big bites here. If you want the full scoop on all the changes (like small enhancements and bug fixes), you can click Release Notes here on Cricut’s help site to find all the details.
Be sure to bookmark this page so you can check back for any new Design Space updates.
So you may be thinking…How do I find the version of the Design Space software I have?
Let’s start there…
To find out what version you have, open Cricut Design Space, and then look at the top middle of the screen for the version number.
Don’t worry if your version is not the most current shown here; it takes a bit of time for everyone to receive the latest version. You can try closing out the program and restarting to see if it updates, but if not, you may need to wait just a bit longer. Cricut has an amazing team at help.cricut.com that will help with any software issues.
Design Space Updates
- July 2022 Cricut Design Space Updates (V7.13)
- July 2022 Cricut Design Space Update (V7.12)
- June 2022 Cricut Design Space Update (V7.110
July 2022 Cricut Design Space Updates (V7.13)
One of the recent updates I’m most excited about is the ability to bookmark my favorite fonts! No more searching through page after page of fonts for your favorites or trying to remember the names of the fonts you like to use; just bookmark your favorites, and you’ll be all set!
To bookmark a font, click the Bookmark icon, and the bookmark icon will change color to show that the font is bookmarked.
To find your bookmarked fonts from the Canvas screen, click on Text, then click the Font selector, and then click on the Bookmarks tab on the far right.
Remember: The system fonts you bookmark will only be saved on that device.
July 2022 Cricut Design Space Updates (V7.12)
These shortcuts will help you create faster by simplifying tasks to a few simple keystrokes. Download a printable cheat sheet of the keyboard shortcuts. So you can learn them easier, the keyboard shortcuts are also listed after the menu items.
Show off a little with the new background image on your profile! Choose from one of the pre-designed banners, or upload your own image that reflects your personality and style.
From the Home screen, click View Profile, and then click the edit icon on the profile banner.
Choose a pre-designed Cricut banner or upload your own image using the upload image button.
Time to play! Have fun expressing your own style by zooming in and rotating the image. When it’s just the way you want, click Replace Image and then click Apply to set your changes.
Test Cut Image Groups
Cricut Explore 3 and Cricut Maker 3 users will be excited to know they now have the option to perform a test cut. This new feature ensures that the material settings and pressure selected will be right for the project.
June 2022 Cricut Design Space Updates (V7.11)
Bounding Box Updates
Gone are the days of the delete, lock icon, rotation arrow, and scaling arrow around each selected image. I know some crafters found this update quite annoying, but once you adjust, you will find it is actually useful and works much like other graphic software out there.
How to Scale, Unlock, and Rotate Images in Design Space
To resize and rotate the image from any corner, bounding boxes (the box around the image or text) have new corner handles.
If you hover over the corner of a bounding box, you’ll now see a double-sided arrow instead of the previous icons for resizing, rotating, and locking.
Rotate the image by hovering your cursor just outside of a corner handle until a curved arrow appears, and then click and hold to rotate the image. For a specific angle, enter the value in the Rotate field in the Edit toolbar at the top of the canvas.
To delete your image, right-click on the image and select Delete. Likewise, you can select Delete in the Layers Panel or use the Delete key on your keyboard.
To stretch the image, click the lock icon in between the size boxes in the Edit toolbar at the top of the canvas to unlock image proportions.
Updates to Text Handling
The bounding box updates also apply to the text boxes, but with a few more options.
Handles on the text bounding box on the top and bottom corners, letting you change the size or rotate.
Use side handles to make the text box narrower. Cricut Design Space will automatically wrap your text and place it on the next line.
Adjust Text Within Text Box
Switch to single-line text or wrapped text through the Alignment menu by clicking on Wrap off or Wrap on.
Add space above and below your text by clicking on the Top, Center, or Bottom options in the Alignment menu. Or align the text Left, Right, or Center. By turning wrap off, you will get your bounding box to go back to its default.
Update To Right-Click Menu
Along with functions such as Group, Ungroup, Delete, Attach, and Flatten, you can now right-click and choose Edit Text from the menu.
You are completely up to date on the newest Design Space updates! What other questions do you have? Ask me in the comments.
If you need more help learning the Cricut Design Space software, I want you to grab a copy of my ebook, Cricut Confidence, where I will walk you through all the Design Space tools, functions, examples, and pro tips you need to know!
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