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!

Learn how to slice and weld in Design Space

How to Use Slice and Weld in Design Space

February 13th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there crafty babes! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the wedding blog called Something Turquoise and I use the Slice and Weld tools ALL THE TIME when I’m working in Design Space… so I figured I should share my best tips for using these two valuable tools. Whether you’re looking to connect script style fonts or remove unwanted pieces of a shape - slice and weld are for you!

How to use slice and weld in Design Space

The Slice Tool

The Slice tool splits two overlapping images or text into different parts. Slice creates new cut paths from two images, resulting in three or more completely new shapes! Each of the new shapes will show up in the Layers panel as an individual layer, that you can keep or discard.

Tips:

  •  You can use the Slice tool to cut out a shape from another shape, cut overlapping shapes from one another, or to cut text from a shape.
  • When using Slice with images, you can only work with two layers at one time.
  • If you are using a multilayered image, you can either hide or ungroup the other layers to activate the Slice tool.
  • When the Slice function is performed with hidden layers, all hidden layers will be removed from the design screen and the Layers panel.
  • If you would like to use those image layers with your project, ungroup before using the Slice tool.

The Weld Tool

The Weld tool allows you to join shapes to create a single customized image by removing any overlapping cut lines. This can be a great way to simplify a design, keep the letters of a word connected, or combine shapes to create new designs!

Tips:

  • The images/text that you want to weld must overlap
  • If you are working with multi-layered images, you may want to ungroup the layers to arrange them separately before welding.
  • Once you select one or more layers, the weld tool will become active.
  • You will know that your images are welded when they change to the same color and the new image appears in the Layers panel.
  • Once welded, the new Layer will move to the top of the layers panel, if needed drag to rearrange

I hope you enjoyed this quick video and I hope it has inspired you to get ultra creative and slice or weld something of your own! Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest!

Design Space link if you need it:

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/82700114

Any questions? Leave a comment below!