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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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!