February 20th, 2018 | Contributor: Cortney, Cricut Product Team
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. It takes a multi-layer project and squishes (or flattens) it down all the selected layers into one layer that can be printed on your home printer then cut on your Cricut machine. Aside from the outline, it will also remove all individual cut lines in the end result.
When you Flatten a multi-layer project, be sure you have changed and selected all the colors you want in each layer before you click on the tool. You will not be able to adjust individual colors after you flatten, except for instances where you can undo.
You will be able to tell if you have a flattened image by looking at your layers panel. There will just be one layer.
Check out the video below where my friend, Anna Rose, illustrates flattening an image.
Group may be compared to putting individual items into one bag. By grouping individual layers in Design Space, you will be able to move them around as one item. However, like items in a bag, the different layers that are grouped together aren’t fused together. These separate layers move in a group but are still individual layers. You can still open the bag and remove individual pieces with UnGroup.
The group tool is useful for projects when you need to keep a multi-layer, multi-color project together on your canvas. Though, keep in mind, once you send the canvas to the mat preview, they will separate into different mats.
Attach is similar to the function of a paper clip. You can keep layers (like the documents help together by a paper clip), but when you Detach, the layers will separate (when you remove the paper clip).
Like Group, Attach will keep your project together on the canvas. However, unlike group, when you send it to the mat in Design Space, it will keep its formatting and stay as one.
Attach is specifically useful when adding text as writing. You can Attach written text as placed in relation to the rest of your project so the machine understands where to place the writing when you make.
Learn more about how to use the Attach function in Design Space.
Weld is like glue. When you glue one item to another, they fuse together to make one item. Use Weld when you want to eliminate the cut lines between images and/or text. 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 un-weld button. Weld is more permanent.
Learn more about how to Weld images together in Design Space.
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!