Find Images in Design Space and Breast Cancer Awareness Images

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space (and Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month Too!)

October 19th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

This last weekend, we spent tackling some breast cancer awareness projects.  Some were for friends and co-workers while others were for our family supporters.  While we were making the projects, someone asked me how I looked for images in Design Space, and she mentioned that she had never seen some of the ways I used to find things.

Let’s review 3 methods:

  • Discovering images
  • Finding coordinating images in Image Sets
  • Finding images through Search

The first thing I do in my search is to scan the main page for any images that might be there – this works best when you are looking for timely content.  There is typically a showcase of seasonally relevant images at the top of the page. For example: In the fall, you’re likely to see fall-related designs. When I first logged in to Design Space the other day, there was an image that caught my eye.

Next, I click on the ‘I’ in the bottom right corner.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

When you click the ‘I’, it shows you the title of the Image Set. This one was called ‘I am a fighter’. You can click on that link to take you to the entire image set.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

It showed me an entire image set that all contained great images I could use for my project. The best part is that these collections typically have similarly themed or coordinating designs so you can use it across a project or a group of projects to give you a cohesive look.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

If you are looking for an entire theme, you can simply do a search in the top bar.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

As you scroll through the images, you can discover different image sets with related content for your theme. There were two other image sets for Breast Cancer:

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space
Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

I’ve done the same thing for other topics as well.  Don’t forget to use the filters to narrow your search also.  For example: If you’re a Cricut Access Member, you can easily find designs to use with your membership by selecting that filter.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

If you’re looking for a phrase or saying, I like to start by filtering for phrases.

Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space

I hope this helps you in your search for designs to use for your project.  There are over 65,000 designs in Cricut Design Space, and the library grows every day!

If you want to make any of the awesome Breast Cancer Awareness projects, go for it!

Have fun making!


Finding Coordinating Images in Design Space
Upload Your Own Images to Cricut Design Space

Can I Upload My Own Images in Design Space with Cricut Maker?

October 17th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

One of the best parts about using Design Space is that it’s so versatile for using many different types of content. If you’re a new crafter, Design Space has thousands of ready-to-make projects, fonts, and over 60,000 images you can choose from to make any project your heart desires.

We know many of you love to use our content in Design Space but once you start making and get lots of inspiration, you may want to use your own images to cut and draw with your Cricut machine.


If you have a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machine you can upload your own images in Design Space.


And the best part? You can use your desktop (Mac or PC) and your mobile device (iOS or Android) to upload your images in 6 different file types. We want to give you the freedom to design anywhere you are the second you get inspired.

Upload Images in Design Space with Cricut Maker

Where can I learn how to upload my own images in Design Space?


If you’ve never uploaded your own images into Design Space before, Cricut has an amazing Learn center where you can get step-by-step tutorials on all things Cricut machines, Design Space, and so much more.

Make sure you visit Cricut’s Learn center and in the meantime, we’ve included the downloadable PDF of how to upload your own images at the bottom of this blog post.

Cricut also has an Education team that is focused on bringing you the most helpful learnings possible when it comes to all things Design Space and Cricut in general.

You can see one of their latest webinars on our YouTube channel about how to upload your own images below.

If you loved this webinar, there are many more to come! Make sure you see what live webinars are coming up on Cricut’s Learn center page here.

Tell us in the comments if this guide on how to upload your own images, including the resources from our Education team, was helpful… and let us know what else you want to learn about and we will pass it along to our Education team! #CricutMade

Uploading Images to Design Space PDF

Upload Images in Design Space with Cricut Maker
Finding Recently Added Images in Cricut Design Space

Finding Recently Added Images in Design Space

September 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Anna Rose Johnson, Cricut Digital Content Product Manager

Hi there, it’s Anna Rose and I’m excited to be part of a new series talking about Digital Content. Digital Content refers to images and projects that we add to Design Space on a daily basis.  I’m kinda obsessed about getting the best images into Design Space, not only because it’s my job (best job ever!) but because I’m a Maker, like you. I love designing t-shirts for my family, cards for special occasions, and home décor that expresses who I am.

We design images at Cricut headquarters and partner with some of your favorite designers to make sure Cricut Access has the BEST images we can find. Because we are adding new art so often, you may not hear about the new images unless you stumble upon them while searching in the image library.

Today I want to tell you about an AWESOME feature to help narrow down the search. Did you know that we have a “Recently Added” category in Design Space’s image search? No?!? Well, it’s about to be your new, bookmarked link. Let me show you how to find it.

First, open up a blank canvas and click on “Images” in the left-hand navigation bar.

Recently Added Images in Design Space

This will take you to our “Featured” images, or the launchpad for your own image search! We featured seasonal-specific content on this page. At the top, click on the “Categories” link.

Recently Added Images in Design Space
You’re now on the Category page where we’ve grouped the thousands of images in our library into specific categories.

What you’re looking for is the “Recently Added” category. Click on that box to find everything newly added!

Recently Added Images in Design Space

Look at all of those fun images! I can see at least five different projects I need to make right now!

Recently Added Images in Design Space

The “Recently Added” category is updated fairly often, so you may have missed some of the amazing images we’ve added to the library over the past three months. Don’t worry, I got you! I’ve gathered my favorite new sets and if you’re ready for a wave of inspiration, let’s go!

T-Shirt Collection

You guys. These are probably some of the best designs that we have ever put into Design Space. There is something for everyone in your family in this set.  Checkout the simple, line art style designs – those are my most favorite.

One-Cut Icons

Because sometimes, you just need something simple to build something amazing.

Ready Set Sports

It’s been a LONG time since we’ve put sports content into the image library! I love the mix this set has. You’ll find trendy sayings and simple images to build a custom t-shirt.

Totes Adorbs

This set was designed with tote bags in mind! They are totes adorbs, amiright?

Mini Moments

This set is perfect for all things baby! Who needs some new baby onesies? There’s 52 images to choose from, so get going!

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Pillows, home décor, banners, and more, this set is full of home-related phrases that will brighten up your casa ?

Ocean Shells & Mermaid Spells

For the mermaid in your life, this image set has some of the cutest designs for parties, t-shirts, or home décor.

Bless This Farm

Life is better on the farm and this set will help you bring those sweet memories into your home.

Life Begins After Coffee

Coffee, coffee, coffee! Oh, sorry, did you say something? I was over here imagining all of the things I want to embellish with the delightful images you’ll find in Life Begins After Coffee.

Damask Love – Designer T-Shirt Collection

Our first designer t-shirt collection by the talented Amber from Damask Love. You’ll find coordinating shirts as Ready-to-Make projects in Design Space right now!

I can’t wait to see what you create with all of these new, fantastic images. If you ever have suggestions for images you’d like to see in the library, please send those suggestions my way!

Happy Crafting!

Anna Rose

Hide and Move Images in Design Space

How to Hide and Move Images in Design Space

September 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Stephanie Gramann, Cricut Software Product Manager

Hi! It’s Stephanie from Cricut here. I have been asked to share a few of my favorite features in Design Space with you. Today, I am going to cover how to hide images and move images between mats!

Hide Images

Have you ever wanted to increase your project copies, but only for some of the mats in that project? Or have you decided on the Prepare screen that you no longer needed to cut out one of your images? If so, then hide images will be your new go-to feature!

From the Prepare screen, click on the image you want to hide. A blue circle with dots will appear in the upper left corner of the bounding box.


Click on the circle and choose the option to Hide selected. Poof! Your image is hidden! Don’t worry, it can be easily unhidden by clicking on the Hidden button on the bottom of the screen and selecting the image to unhide and it will go back to its original mat. Hidden images will also reappear as soon as you go back to the canvas.

Move Images Between Mats

Maybe it is just me, but I often decide on the Prepare screens that I want an image to be a different color than I had originally selected. Rather than going back to Canvas to change the color, you can do it right on the Prepare screen!

Click on the image you want to move, and just like with hide image, blue circle with dots will appear. Click on the circle, and choose the option to move to another mat. From here, you can move to an existing mat, or create a brand new mat of any color! Either way, your image will move to the new mat. All you need to do is position the image where you want it, and presto, you are ready to go!


Both hide image and move image between mats are available on the web and iOS versions of Design Space.

Happy crafting!


Attach and Group in Design Space

When Do You Use Attach and When Do You Use Group?

February 21st, 2018 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts and today I’m covering one of the most frequent questions asked by folks who are new to Design Space…

When do I use attach and when do I use group?

I use one (or both!) of these tools almost every time I create a project in Design Space – they open up so many possibilities and allow you to customize your projects with just a few clicks.


The attach tool is used for two different functions – to hold images in place on your mat and to attach a write or score line to a layer of your project. Let’s show some examples of how it works!

How many times have you carefully arranged a project in Design Space, only to click “Make it” and suddenly your mat looks like a jigsaw puzzle! The default setting in Design Space places your project pieces as close together as possible on the mat to save space and material (it is called paper saver mode) - which I think is a great feature. We all want to conserve material! Sometimes though I want my project to cut EXACTLY where I’ve placed it on the mat…so I use the Attach tool to hold the images in place while it cuts.

Attach in Design Space
Attach in Design Space

The second function – attaching a write or score line to your project – is perfect those of us who love to use the write feature (and all the cool Cricut pens) on our projects, or for creating custom projects like gift boxes that require score lines.

Attach in Design Space
Attach in Design Space
Attach in Design Space


The group tool is used to group layers, images or text together. This makes it easier to resize or move them in Design Space as you are working on your project. Why resize or move each individual image when you can do it all at once? What a great time saver!

Group in Design Space
Group in Design Space

For both the Attach and Group functions, there are two ways to select the items you wish you attach/group. You can hold down the shift key then click and highlight the images on the canvas or you can draw a box around the images with your mouse and then select Attach or Group.

I hope these quick tips save you a little bit of time and effort in Design Space and open up a world of creative possibilities. Happy Cricuting!

Let’s stay connected!

Which do you use more - Attach or Group?

Weld, Attach, Group and Flatten tools in Design Space

Weld, Attach, Group, and Flatten: What Is the Difference?

February 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

I am sure if you have ever made a project in Design Space you have seen these words. Maybe you knew what they meant and maybe you didn’t. It doesn’t matter because I am going quickly to tell you about them today.

If you would like to watch the explanation rather than read it here is a fun video all about the differences.


Flatten is used with the Print then Cut feature. What it does is take a multi-layer project and squishes it down to one layer to be printed on your home printer and then cut out on your Cricut machine. When you flatten a multi-layer project it will keep the colors that were on your canvas to quick tip, make sure you have the colors you want before you flatten.

You can also tell if it a flattened image or not by looking at your layers panel.


Group is like putting individual things in a plastic bag. You can move it around as one item, but the things in the bag don’t fuse together to actually make one item. You can still open the bag and remove individual pieces.

Group is great when you are needing to keep a multi-layer, multi-color project together on your canvas. But once you send it to the mat preview they will separate into different mats.


Attach is much like a paper clip. You can paper clip papers together, but once you take the paper clip off you can separate them. Attach, like group, will keep your project together on the canvas. However, unlike group, when you send it to the mat it will keep its formatting and stay as one group.

Attach is perfect for when you want to use the writing function. You can attach your words to a certain part of the project and that’s where it will write. Another nice thing about attach is the fact that you can detach things if you want to make changes to your project.


Weld is like glue. When you glue one item to another they fuse together to make one item. When you want to eliminate the cut lines between to images or letters you would use weld. Like Attach, weld keeps your project together on the canvas and when you send it to the mat to cut. Unlike Attach, there is no unweld button. Weld is more permanent.

I love each and every one of these tools, especially now that I know when and where to use them. I hope you grow to love them too! Check out the video above for a visual explanation and then tell us in the comments which tool is your favorite!

What are templates in Design Space?

Using Templates in Design Space

January 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hey there, Cricut friends! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff back with another Cricut Design Space tutorial for you!

Today I’m talking about one of the best-loved features of Cricut Design Space: the Templates (previously called the Canvas). How do I know that this is one of the best-loved features? I wrote about the beta release of Cricut Design Space v3 here—and the launch didn’t include Templates. And boy, did I hear about it in the comments!

Thankfully, Cricut quickly re-introduced these templates, which is awesome news for Design Space users.

What are Templates?

Use templates in Design Space to position your project

Templates are, fundamentally, what the name suggests. If you want to create a t-shirt design, put some iron-on vinyl on a backpack, add a funny saying to a wine glass, or decorate your locker, you can use one of the pre-designed templates to help you figure out what size you need for your project.

I recently made fourteen shirts for a friend’s trip to a theme park. She has four kids, all different ages and sizes. I was able to use the Templates to figure out the best size to cut my iron-on for the shirts. This was SO much easier than eyeballing it or trying to use a measuring tape to guesstimate the size.

Where Do I Find Templates?

Templates are found in the left sidebar menu in Cricut Design Space, second from the top. Open it up and you’ll be able to scroll through all of the templates.

You can also use the search bar at the top of the Templates screen to search for something specific.

Note that templates are only available in the desktop version of Cricut Design Space—they are not yet available on the apps.

How Do I Use Templates?

Templates in Design Space

Templates are super easy to use. Choose your project and Cricut Design Space will insert it onto your canvas. I have inserted a baby onesie (under the pajamas category) onto my canvas.

Now, this would be helpful in itself, but we know that not all onesies are created equal – they come in an array of styles and sizes. You might need a 0-3 month short sleeve onesie…or maybe a 12-month romper.

Using templates in Design Space

Thankfully, it’s very easy to change the size and style of your project using the dropdown menu at the top of the screen.Note, you have to have your canvas selected in the right sidebar layers panel to see these dropdown menus.

Now you can select the style and shape you want.

How do you use templates in Design Space?

If you want to select a color, just select the Template in the layers panel and click the color circle – here you can change it to whatever color you’d like, in the same way you’d change the color of any other shape in your project.

How do you use templates in Design Space?

Now you can create your own design using shapes and text, select a design from the Cricut Image Library, or upload your own design. I uploaded this adorable “Locally Grown” cut file I designed recently (you can get all 50 states here!).

Then I was able to resize it to fit my onesie perfectly! If you want to select a color, just select the Template in the layers panel and click the color circle – here you can change it to whatever color you’d like, in the same way you’d change the color of any other shape in your project.

NOTE: When you hit Make It for your project, it will just cut your design – not the template. This is fairly obvious when working with something like a onesie, but might trip you up if you’re making a set of banners or a luggage tag.

If you need those sorts of shapes, you can always head to the Cricut Image Library and find something there! If you’re not a Cricut Access member, you should be—there are so many amazing images to choose from as a part of the membership.

You can see from this example just how helpful templates can be when working on a project! Almost anything you can think of has a corresponding template—your projects are so much easier with this template feature!

Which is your favorite template? Let me know in the comments!

Create Perfect Chalkboard Lettering

February 16, 2017 • Contributor: Lydi from Lydi Out Loud

Hi there! I’m Lydi from Lydi Out Loud and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite tricks with you today. I’m a big fan of chalkboard signs, however I’m not a big fan of my handwriting (neither are the unfortunate folks who have to (try to) read it). My chalkboard sign goals came to fruition when I realized I could fake perfect chalkboard lettering with my Cricut and I’ve been a crazy chalkboard sign lady ever since.

Here is how you can create your own perfect chalkboard sign:



Cut chalkboard vinyl to desired size.

Upload your image in Design Space (or create your own). Feel free to grab my “Brunch so hard” image here if you’d like (hey it’s free!)


Upload Image

Erase all negative space by clicking in white areas.


Areas to Erase

Save as a cut file and cut. Weed negative space from the design, pick up lettering with transfer tape and apply to chalkboard.

Scribble chalk on chalkboard vinyl on and around the lettering; rub most of it off with a paper towel (this gives it a more authentic chalkboard look).

Prefer to use actual chalk for your lettering? Cut your chalkboard lettering design out of stencil vinyl and fill in the stencil with chalk or chalk marker.


Vertical Brunch Image

Well my secret is out… it’s that easy to create perfect chalkboard lettering with your Cricut!


Brunch Image

Quick Card Making Tips & Tricks

February 10, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

So you need a quick card, but you have some quick questions …

I have received several questions lately on card making. What are the two biggest obstacles you ask?

  1. How do I work with the scoring tool?
  2. How do I use fonts with writing styles?

If either of these questions have crossed your mind, even for a moment, keep on reading (even if they haven’t crossed your mind you should keep going, this is good stuff, if I do say so myself. Also there are pictures, just saying).

First order of business is picking the card you want to make. Whether it is from our awesome “Ready to Make” project collection, or one you are starting from scratch, there are a few things you will want to know.

Most cards have fold lines, if the card you’re making has one you will need a scoring stylus. It looks like this…


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Today I have chosen a “Ready to Make” card project to work with. However, I am going to customize it to fit my personality a bit more.

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This card has four score lines (folds) in it, which I love because it sets it apart from the bi-fold cards outs there. Another thing I love about this card it that it combines cutting and writing/drawing. Once I have hit the customize button I can start to get creative.

The first thing I want to do is change the phrase. While I like this phrase, I want something a little curlier to match the fun embellishments on the sides of the card.


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I will need to detach the writing layer from the heart in order to change the font.


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Once I have done that I am going to delete the text and create a new text box. Now I can write whatever saying I want. After I have written out my phase, I am going to click on the edit tab and choose a font. Now because I want this to be written instead of cut, I am going to want pick a font that has an associated writing style. I can do that by clicking the first drop down menu and clicking “Has a Writing Style.”


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All you have to do now is pick the font you like the best. If you read my last post about fonts you will know that I have a lot of favorites, today I think I will use one called P.S. Post Script.


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You will notice that the letters aren’t connected at this point. If you would like to connect them, there are two different ways. First, in the edit tab there is a place for “Line Spacing” and “Letter Spacing.” I think that I will use both.  By decreasing both the line space and the letter space, I am able to get the letters and words exactly where I want them.


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Want to know your second option? Of course you do!!! *In my announcer voice* “Okay, lets show our viewers at home what is behind door #2 ...”


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“It’s the ‘Isolate letters’ button!” By isolating the letters, you can move them independently of each other to achieve the look you desire.


Once you isolate the letters you cannot, I repeat, cannot change the font. I often make a duplicate of my phrase or word before doing this, just in case I change mind my mind (it happens a lot okay!).

After you have them in your desired configuration, draw a square around them with your mouse (or finger if you are on the app) and attach or weld them to one another (we will go over the difference of these two in another post, stay tuned).

Make sure you reattach your phrase to your card, or else it won’t write where you want it to. Now just hit the go button and head to the cut screen. The biggest piece of advice I can give you (and this goes for more than just cards) is to follow the prompts on your screen. They will tell you when you need a scoring stylus and when you will need a pen. They both go in the same spot (clamp A, the one that doesn’t have a blade) so you will only use one at a time.

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DS Image

I have another tip for you. Remember that first picture I showed you of the scoring stylus (it’s okay, you can scroll back up and look at it)? Did you see the arrow (you can go look at it again)? Well, when you put the scoring stylus or the pen for that matter into the clamp, if you don’t see that arrow disappear, then you don’t have it in all the way. For those of you with scoring stylus and pen frustrations you may want to try this ...


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Hold up the clamp with your finger as you push the Stylus or Pen into place. This will help you to feel when it has clicked in correctly. From there just cut, assemble, and give to someone you love!

Did this post answer some of your questions? It did? Let me know in the comments below. You still have more? Well don’t hesitate to ask, just do so in the comments section. Hugs and high fives all around!