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

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

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

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

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!