Step-by-step Print Then Cut Tutorial in Design Space 2

Step-by-step Print Then Cut Tutorial in Design Space 2

Hi guys. I wanted to do a video today to
show you basically start to finish how to do the print-then-cut feature. It seems to be a feature that people either aren’t aware that you can do or are very confused on how to do it. And it is a very simple process but there are a few things to remember things to keep in mind that are a little bit different than if you were just trying to cut out normal paper, vinyl, what-have-you. So the first thing I want you to keep in mind and be aware of is that you are only able to print out certain sizes of images and it all depends on what
browser you’re using. By browser I mean if you’re using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. So I have up here in the background the Cricut website. This shows you right here the sizes of your image the maximum size that you can print out. So unfortunately you couldn’t print out a huge mat-sized
image, like a 12 by 12. It won’t even let you print out on a paper bigger than 8 and 1/2 by 11. And then within that paper you also have to keep your image smaller than 8 and 1/2 by 6 on most 8 by 5 and 1/2 on Google Chrome,
which is what I’m using. The other thing is that you need to print out on white paper. There is a way to do it with colored paper, and maybe I can make a video to show you that later. But color or patterned paper, it just really messes up the the Cricut reading the registration marks. So you really need to
use white paper or white material. There’s also printable vinyl,
there’s magnet sheets, sticker sheets lots of different things– there’s
printable iron-on So there’s lots of different materials you can use, but they need to be white materials So I’m going to show you using a Cricut Access library printable image to just show you the basics of how you send it to your printer how it comes out what it looks like that
type of thing. so let me go ahead and get started and then I’ll kind of show you how to customize your own image I’m just gonna filter this to the Cricut
Access and then I’m just gonna choose a spring image. Now a lot of these are just basic files but what you may notice on some of these is that it has a little printer icon down here and this means that this is just ready to go, ready to print nothing you need to do to make it print-ready. You just are ready to go. So I’m just gonna go ahead and insert this image. Now just so it’s a little bit easier to see real quickly I’m going to just set a background color. Set my canvas and just make it blue. Sometimes I just find that this is a little easier (let me turn off the grid lines too) just easier to kind of see the the border of these designs. So when you pick a printable from the Cricut library it’s going to give you this attached set and I don’t want you to let the word
“attach” throw you off and I’ll explain that to you later. But right now a lot of these layers most of them are hidden and what it is doing is just printing out
this single grouped image. I think the reason it gives you this is maybe if you all you want to do is cut out the banner “Spring “then you have that option you can cut out the individual parts or you can do the whole thing So this is what the image looks like, it’s ready to go So all I need to do is click Go Now here’s some other things that I want you to be aware of You’ll see on your map preview that this white area is what you’re going to be printing and as you can see it’s just this 8 and 1/2 by 11 and then it gives you these registration marks and that’s why you kind of are constrained to only being able to print out like an 8 by 5 and 1/2 like on this is because it needs to have room for these registration marks The other thing you may notice over here on the left is that it has this bleed for print then cut It’s automatically gonna be checked and you want to keep that checked but I’m gonna show you what happens if I uncheck it You’re gonna see that the image actually shrinks down and it looks a little bit clearer So before it maybe looked a little bit fuzzy and thick but we want it to be that way because we want to give the Cricut a little bit of buffer room in case that you’re off by a couple millimeters, your cut, We don’t want it to have a white
border around the outside of this design so we actually do want to kind of bleed
it out and kind of stretch out those colors so that when it cuts it’s just
gonna be color on the outside and I’ll show you what that actually looks like. So after you see your preview then you’re just gonna hit Go. And then it’s
going to tell you print the page on your home printer before continuing so we’re
gonna hit Print And then this is the other thing I want you to keep in mind This may look a little different to you if you have a PC versus a Mac but you need to make sure that you are choosing like right now has Fit to page–I want
that on and I want to make sure that this is scaled to 100%. I don’t want it to stretch to the page or anything like that I need it to be 100% to scale. So let me show you now the process once it prints out of the printer This is what your image will look like. It’ll print out with these registration marks here in the upper corners. So what we’ll do is insert
this into our machine It’s already ready to go so I’m just going to hit the Go button Then it’s gonna start reading the registration marks Don’t be alarmed here if it kind of pauses at certain points See, you get a light that turns on and then it’ll start slowly reading each one of these marks What I wanted to show you is actually
what’s left on this paper. You see how it has kind of the outline of the flowers you can kind of still see the outside–that’s what the bleed is for. so that it for some reason your cut is a little bit off it doesn’t leave a white outline it just leaves a really smooth So it doesn’t leave any kind of white border around the picture But that’s why you need to
keep the bleed on or else you will see a white outline around these
things and it just doesn’t look as clean But that’s how that image looks. I’m going to show you if you want to upload a non-printable image This can be your own, if you’re doing text, like maybe you’re doing a wedding shower invite I’m just gonna use another Cricut Access library image and we’ll look for Spring again. I’m gonna use this little bird because I
want to use text to kind of show you some things that people–some
frequent mistakes, I guess, or some oversights. So one thing to keep in mind, right now this is set to cut. Before I send it to the printer, if I want to change the colors if you’re picking an image from the library, or if you’ve uploaded something that maybe you want the colors to change If I want to do that, I need to do that first. Like if I wanted to change the letters, that to yellow then I can do that before But once you’ve got it all set and ready, the ONLY thing you need to do to tell it to print then cut is to FLATTEN the image. We don’t need to attach anything we don’t need to weld anything–well, if you’re doing like your own print script or anything like that you do want to weld that before, but once you’ve got your image edited to where you’re ready to print it
all we need to do is flatten. I have this background to kind of illustrate
something that a lot of people forget to do especially when it comes to text. So
I’m just gonna go ahead and flatten this and you’ll notice it goes from about a
five or six layer to just this single layer. And now it looks, it’s printable. It
doesn’t have the border to cut. But as you can tell, I can still see this blue
background through these letters So what that means is this is going to cut out each of these letters individually and it’s also going to cut out this
inside space. So I’m gonna show you what this looks like on the Go screen. And show you this–a lot of people see this and they’re like “Uhh, what’s wrong with my text right now? It looks so fuzzy and chunky” And this is because I have not
attached, er, flattened this TO anything All it’s going to do is, it’s giving me that bleed so that it has that buffer to cut out between each of these letters. So let me show you what this looks like when you print it out before flattening it to another object Here’s this image without having any
kind of background and you’ll see that the letters are pretty fuzzy and thick
and because it does have that bleed on and right now it’s going to set to cut
around each one of these letters. Here’s what the finished product looks
like when you don’t flatten this to an object. It just cuts out the letters as if we were doing it on vinyl. So a way to get around that, or what I think
most people want to do when they’re trying to print then cut things that have
text, is you need to put something behind this text and flatten it to that
first. So I’m going to insert a shape and we’ll just do a circle. I’m going to
stretch this out to an oval here (let me move that to the back so I can see what I’m doing.) And then, if I don’t change this color before I flatten it, it is going to print out with this dark black background. So I’m going to switch this to white Now, right now the picture is already flattened. The circle is not, and some people might think, “Well, it’s set to cut out this circle so I should just select all and maybe group them or attach them. No. What you need to do is just hit FLATTEN. That’s all we do is hit flatten and it flattens these two together to one single layer and now you can’t see
through. You have a white background here for these letters and it’s going to just
cut out this oval So let me show you now what that looks like Here’s our final cut, so you’ll see as I tear this paper away that all we’re left with is just the oval with our pretty print on the inside. So that looks a lot better than those letters where, especially on paper the smaller areas can be really pretty fragile and tend to tear fairly
easily so this is a lot better solution especially when you’re using any kind
letters. If you’re doing an invitation or anything, this just looks a lot crisper and cleaner and prettier. One final quick thing I want to note is that you may, if you choose (I’m going to unflatten this so I can separate them) You may, if you choose a Design Space Cricut Access library image, instead of putting a shape behind it you may also be able to –it may have this little shadow layer that you can just unhide. Change it to white, or even another color if you wanted it to print out in a color But this is another option that you can flatten these shapes together so that instead of it cutting
an oval it would just kind of cut this shadow layer. which that’s a pretty cool
look sometimes too. Not every image has this option, especially if you upload your own they may not have that option, so just check in your layers panel to see. One final thing, too, is that if you are having issues with the actual registration marks being read, there’s a lot of different reasons that
it may not be reading that so I would go to the Cricut site and see if any of the troubleshooting questions about print then cut can kind of help you with calibrating, or making sure that your print size, your page settings are the correct settings. So just check that out. But if you have any specific questions that I didn’t mention, just put it in the comments below. So hopefully this video helped. Have a good day!

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54 thoughts on “Step-by-step Print Then Cut Tutorial in Design Space 2”

  • Could you make a step-by-step tutorial for the cricut iron on printable vinyl? The instructions that come with the printable iron on vinyl are not thorough enough. Thank you !

  • Have you had any issues with Design Space 3 and adjusting the printer settings like you mention (making sure the scale is 100% or changing the way the printer feeds the paper etc)? I have not found the settings option with DS3 as it is displayed in DS2 when printing

  • Great information. It would be helpful if the latest edition of Cricut Design with the new canvas. I had a horrible time finding the "add cut lines" lol. It's the top one if anyone is looking for it. But I did learn a lot from this .video and will be doing more print 'n cut.

  • Very new Newbie here. So to color a shape with sentiment in box, I have to have a printer to color it first and then cricut cuts it? What happens with all the images that are colored in the cricut library, it needs to print in my printer then just cut in cricut?

  • I endured many, sometimes very lengthy, videos that were not helpful at all for someone who just wants to see some basic things you can do with a Cricut. Thank you for this helpful video.

  • Thank you for the video it was very good and explanatory!!! Except … I tried this and it was all off when it started to cut after the sensor went over it, it moved the mat and caused it be off…. it did not print near the subject about a 1/4 inch off on one side. I didn't see if you selected Iron-On or Custom cut? And I was using printable vinyl…I thought that's what you used.

  • Thank you!!! I've been wondering why it's cutting out the text when I had them set to print. Makes so much more sense!

  • Hi I'm Kate and I'm new to the Cricut and have been watching hours of videos. I cannot get the print and cut to work for. My printer only prints part of the best image and it is within the correct measurements. Any suggestions?

  • please tell me… is there a way to print then cut and exclude cutting, say your logo on the label sheet? This is making me crazy! 🙂

  • Please please anyone please help me understand!! Everything I chose on cricut software from the fonts to uploading my own image… they’re all completely free but when I go click make it.. it’ll show up $4.99 and the purchased button. I don’t understand at all

  • great video with really clear explanation. In fact all your videos are really helpful. Thank you!

  • I'm impatient can anyone tell me if there's a way to upload an image at the size i made it at? I get the browser only does a certain size but I need these stickers printed at precise sizes! and I don't want to have to measure them again or whatever

  • I'm doing a gift tag that I need to cut out and it has printed text on it, so this works great, however, how do I add say a heart to the corner that I also want to cut out?

  • I’ve watched several videos to answer a question that I had and your video did just that! Thank you for a job well done!

  • myfaulner
    I am trying to print and cut. I wan to print the inside of the image ( ie washing instructions) and cut our just the exterior of the Tag. I have flattened the writing part it prints well, but the cricut wants to cut everything including the washing instructions. what am I missing? Thanks in advance.

  • Thank you for this! Finally someone who shows the actual printing process and then the Cricut cutting it out. Every other tutorial I watched stopped after uploading it. This was so very helpful! Thank you!

  • Thank you the video was most helpful..Your instruction, attention to the small details was excellent and I will subscribe…Also and I feel the most important, you know what you teaching and speaking of without all the attention to being placed on a personality. Thank you, for an educated, mature, video tutorial

  • How can you get the flatten icon usable with your own image. The image has picture and text but I do not want the text letters cut individually?

  • You explained this so simply. I wish you had more likes so other cricuteers can see how amazing you are, instead of having to scroll to find you! Liked and subscribed!

  • Can someone please help, I have a file that accidentally was saved as a print then cut file, and I only want it to cut. Does someone know how to convert back to cut only.

  • Thank you for the video. The only problem I have with print and cut is that it comes out great with a plain copy paper, but when I use a card stock paper (both white), it scan but won't cut even when I changed the dial to card stock. I use chrome also. Please HELP. Thanks

  • Very helpful… I needed help with the text to print n cut but with out the oval background.. going to try the shadow let’s see how it looks

  • I'm trying to print then cut a shape with a text inside the shape. The shape is a dog bone and inside of the bone I'm inserting a name. Every time I go to cut the image out it cuts out the bone and name. What am I doing wrong? Help!

  • Is it possible to create stickers in Cricut or
    another program, have it printed at Office Max or Kinko’s, then have Cricut cut
    it out.  I have a laser printer that can’t
    accept sticker paper and laser sticker paper is a risk as well as expensive.

  • Hey, I'm a newbie here so this might be a crazy question, but when I print out the image, do I just use regular printer paper? If so, how do you keep it from tearing when you pull it off the green mat?

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