How to Use Contour in Cricut Design Space

Design Space® Lesson: How to Use the Contour Feature

December 10th, 2018 • Contributor: Stephanie Gramann, Cricut Software Product Manager

Hi! It’s Stephanie from Cricut with another installment of Stephanie’s Favorite Design Space® Features! Today, I am going to cover how to use Contour to change the look of your images in two different ways.

Contour Away Unwanted Areas

Have you ever seen an image and liked most of it, but not ALL of it? No problem. Use Contour to remove the unwanted parts. Say you like this unicorn, but don’t want the words “magical” in the mane.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

First ungroup the image and select the gray layer. Then, in the bottom right corner, select the Contour button.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Now, within the Hide Contour window, just select each piece of the mane you want to remove. You will notice a subtle change in color. Alternatively, you could use the thumbnail strip to the right of the window to find each piece, but for this example, I find that working with the main mane image is easier! 😊

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Tip! Some areas, like the A in this example, will require multiple clicks to remove the outer and inner areas.

After all of the letters are removed, close the box and voila, the word Magical has (not so magically) disappeared! Love it.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Use Contour to Add Layers to Your Project

Sometimes, just one color won’t do. You can also use Contour to add layers to your image, then make each layer its own color to create a livelier image.

Say you want the middle candle in this image to be pink.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

First, duplicate the image so you have two sets of candles. To contour away the middle candle from one set of candles, use the same method from the previous unicorn example.

Next, select the duplicated set of candles, and use the Hide All Contours button to remove all candles. Then click the middle candle to bring it back.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Tip! Hide All Contours will leave one piece visible (Design Space doesn’t want you to lose your entire image). If that isn’t the part you want, make your desired area visible first, then manually hide the first part.

Once you complete contouring the second set of candles, close out of the Contour feature and you’ll see two images – the first set of candles minus the middle candle, and the second set of candles, now just a single candle.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

All that’s left to do is to change that single candle to pink, slide it into place, group it all together, and look at that – now you have a multi-layer image! Nice work. This is a great trick to add a little pop of color to your iron-on projects!

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Want more examples using Contour or more detailed instructions? Here they are.

Happy crafting!

Stephanie

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

3 thoughts on “Design Space® Lesson: How to Use the Contour Feature

  1. So I am new to this whole cricut machine and don’t know the first thing about it in reality. So after you contour perse how do you cut out an image using different colors? Does the pin color it or do you use different colored material?

    • You can do either depending on what look you want. You can select each color and attach the group to make it cut as designed on the mat. Then you would work on putting the layers together.

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