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Cricut Design Space 101 (iPad Edition)

teacher avatar Leanne Chavis, Crafting Is My Happy Place

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Cricut Design Space 101 Introduction

      0:59
    • 2. Canvas Basics

      4:30
    • 3. Actions: Group and Ungroup

      1:21
    • 4. Actions: Attach and Detach

      1:37
    • 5. Actions: Weld

      2:35
    • 6. Actions: Slice

      1:58
    • 7. Actions: Flatten and Unflatten

      1:39
    • 8. Actions: Duplicate, Isolate Letters, and Hide Contour

      2:17
    • 9. Edit: Width, Height, and Lock

      1:52
    • 10. Edit: Edit Text Options and Making Minor Adjustments

      2:55
    • 11. Edit: Arrange, Align, and Distribute

      3:37
    • 12. Sync

      1:00
    • 13. Layers

      5:07
    • 14. Class Project

      0:57
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So you just got yourself a Cricut....now what?

A wonderful world of creativity has opened! In this class, I will walk you through the Cricut Design Space App. I will explain how the different actions and edit functions work, as well as how to navigate your canvas. This class is mainly for beginners, but is beneficial for anyone who has trouble understanding how the Cricut app works. By the end of this class, you will be able to design your own, one of a kind, project! Let’s get started!

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1. Cricut Design Space 101 Introduction: welcome to cricket designs based 101 My name is Leon, and I love to create. One way is, by usually my cricket. I know personally, When I first got my cricket, I was a little overwhelmed. Cricket design space has so many tools and functions that I found it daunting. I started by making ready made projects, but after a while I wanted to be able to create and design projects on my own. Trial and error can take a while on, so I'm here to help you learn the ins and outs of cricket design. Space in this class will be focusing on your canvas on the different functions that are available in the edit and the actions. Tom will also be exploring how to use your layers as well. Aziz The Sync button. By the end of this class, you'll be able to move through cricket design space with ease. Let's get started 2. Canvas Basics: So for this class, you're going to be using your tablet and the cricket design space app. I'm doing this on my iPad. You can also do it on iPhones and drawings. Whatever you have. If it has the design space up, this class will apply. There might be some slight variances, but in general it's all the same. I'm also using my apple pencil. You can use your fingers or another stylist as well. I just like this because it helps me to make small adjustments very easily. When you open your cricket up, it's gonna take you to the home screen. This page has ready made projects. Some of them are available through cricket access. There are free projects as well and others that you have to pay for. But for today we're gonna be going to our canvas, which is going to be right here in the top right hand corner. You'll see the home button next to it. So if you want to go back and then the make button, which will take you to your make it. Paige, also very important to note, is in the top left hand corner. You have your save so If you're working on a project, make sure you hit that button or you're gonna lose what you just did. So let's go over to the bottom left hand corner. Our first button is the image button. When you click on that, it will pull a variety of images that are available from cricket. Some of them are available through access summer free, and you will find other one images that you have to pay for a swell. You see if I can scroll through a hero. Quick, There we go. There are many different ways to search and find what you're looking for, and I will be covering that in my next class. But for today we're gonna be focusing on our campus. Our next button is the text button. Here. It will show the different funds that are available from cricket, same as the images. You have fonts that are available through cricket access as well as other fonts that you have to pay for. The good thing is it also allows you to use funds that are already on your system, So if you don't want to spend money or you have another fought that you use Normally it's available to you here. Next is our shapes button. This is a nisi way if you just want a simple shape and you don't have to go searching through the image file for last. On the section is the upload button, which allows you to upload your own images. I will be discussing that button further in another class. So here, on the right hand side, we have the camera button. The camera button allows you to replace your white canvas with a picture, so if you have that, I'll show you real quick. It's now allowing me to take a picture of the table, so if you have a project that you want to make sure you size accurately, you can take a picture of it and then work with your layers and your pieces from cricket on top of it. Next, we have the settings button. This allows you to edit your canvas. I have mine done an interest, but you can change it over to the metric system. Next is the grid. I like the good because it makes it easy to see sizes and how things are lining up and last is the smart guides, which I find very useful. I'm gonna show you how that works real quick. So I put two squares. If you zoom in a bit, this is even more clear. So you notice when I'm moving it over these yellow lines appear so they help me to make sure that my pieces are in line with each other. So you can see this is lying on the top, the bottom in the middle. So I could either align with the top, the middle or the bottom, and that works from when you're putting things flushed together. Are vertical is, well last. You have your make it button, which will take you to your map when you're ready to complete your project and actually make it with your cricket. So again, that make button is right. Appear next to the canvas and home. That's another way you can access it. So we're going to go right back to our canvas. I'm going to get rid of these squares. Who's that out? And then we have undo and redo, which are pretty self explanatory. So now we're going to get end up to the actions at it, sink and layers buttons, so we're going to start the next lesson with the actions button 3. Actions: Group and Ungroup: All right. So we're going to start off with our action tub, our first to our group and ungroomed. So you can see here on the left that I have a series of triangles and right now they're all separate, so I can move them here and there. But it's only gonna move one at a time. I'm gonna undo to get them back where I have them set. No, I want to keep these all together. What I can do is select them, like such Now they're together, and I can move them wherever I want. But as soon as I top off of it, they're gonna be individual again. So what you can do so is selected and hit the group button. Now these triangles will all move as one piece. No matter where I said it. I can top off and pick up the whole group once again, this comes in handy when you want to keep your relative position of certain pieces. If you decide that you want to go back and you do want to move just one or two pieces, you can hit the UN group button on Once again, they will all be individual 4. Actions: Attach and Detach: so inside my card, I'm going to be placing a sentiment. I'm gonna put the sentiment on this tag and then added in. So have my sentiment. Typed right here on anniversary is a time to celebrate joys of today. Memories of yesterday's and the hopes of tomorrow. Happy anniversary. So once I have that typed, I'm gonna move it over and center it on my tag. You can see those guidelines coming up right there to help me. No. If I am to go straight from here into the make it, you will see that my sentiment is on one man. Well, my tags on another. The reason is that we need to attach our sentiment to our attack. So we're gonna select over both pieces and hit the attach button. Now these two pieces have become one. The writing is on the attack. So if we go over to the make it section, we're going to replace that so it makes the needed changes. And now you will see that are sentiment is being written on the attack. If you change your mind and you decide that you want to write something else, all you have to do is hit d touch and they become separate once again. So now you can move your sentiment off retyped what you want to write and then add it back . 5. Actions: Weld: All right, Next up, under the actions we have the Weld feature, this feature comes in handy when you want to cut one solid piece instead of multiple. It's very useful for when you're doing vinyl decals are iron on or even if you want to put something on front of a card, but would rather not cut and glue multiple letters, but instead, one word. So right now, my word is the whole piece. What I need to do is to ungroomed up. So now what it's gonna do is it's gonna separate each letter into its own image. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna take each letter and we're gonna slide it over so that it ca next to the letter in front of it. So we're gonna do that with each of the letters, trying to keep it smooth so that it looks like it was written in one stroke while trying to keep everything even There we go. Okay, so ones are pieces air all together. You're gonna select it. Hit welt. Now it's all one piece. Everything connects. So when you go to your mat, it will cut as one smooth piece. You can see right here that that whole did not translate over to this in. So what happened was the letters got too close together. So we're gonna undo so that our pieces are all separate again on we're gonna slide this in over just a little bit so that the tip of the other in isn't closing off that circle. We're going to select an hit Weld, and now we have that little hole back. So if we go to war, Matt and replace it to update There we go. One smooth piece. 6. Actions: Slice: All right. Next in line, we have the slice button. So when you have a layered project, sometimes you may want the back layer to show through. Now, if you take your front layer and move it off, add your desired cut out on top. Now say we wanna have a window in the middle. So if I select those, I can attach it, and when it goes to cut, it will cut that circle out. But when I'm working on my project here, I'm not gonna be able to see that negative space. So what I'm gonna do is undo, and instead, we're gonna use the slice feature. Now the slice feature you can Onley use when you have two objects. If you have any more than two, it will not work. So let me demonstrate that real quick. So if I have another circle and I just want to take the corner off, if I select that see the slice feature will not let me do anything. We're gonna have that circle on the way. Put this here and slice. Now it kept are two images separate, but we now have a whole so we can see through that window so that could be used. If you want small items to show through in the back, say teardrops or hearts, it can also be used. If you want to create, um, cutout in the corner of your image. See right here you can select and slice. I know you have this corner. Now, when you do an image like this, it's gonna slice into separate pieces, kind of like a pie chart so your two circles become three sections. 7. Actions: Flatten and Unflatten: all right, moving on to flatten and unflattering. So right now I have an image of a vintage washing machine, and if I was to go right now and make it, you would see that I have to. Metz. It's gonna cut out the pink background on the black details. So if I do this, I'm gonna have to attach all these details. What if I would rather create one image that I don't have to do that on? That's when flatten and an fatten comes into play. So if you hit the flattened button, it's gonna turn this into a print and then cut image. So if I hit the make it, But now you'll see that it has an image for me to print on my printer. Once that's done, your cricket. We'll analyze where the lines are so it knows how to cut. I prefer to keep the bleed off, but it depends on what kind of image or cutting this one is basic. It's just the two colors, so it's not gonna make a difference. If you have more detailed images, the bleed is gonna distort it a little bit, so the cricket may not cut it right up against your lines. But it'll give you a pretty good cut, and you can trim off the excess later. If you decide that you want to go back, you don't want to print it. You can hit the unflattering button, and now you have your two separate pieces once again. 8. Actions: Duplicate, Isolate Letters, and Hide Contour: All right, Now we're going to talk about these last three options, so our 1st 1 is duplicate pretty self explanatory. So if I top on my item and hit duplicate, it is going to make a second exactly like it. Our next one is isolate letters. So I'm going to type out the word love. No, if I have this selected, I had isolate letters. It's going to do the same thing that the UN group does. It's gonna make my letters individual so you can use out to spread them out to put them closer together if you want to use the world option. Like I said, the isolate letters works the same as on group. It's up to you. Which one you want to use? I tend to use ungroomed, but they're the same thing. Lastly, we have hide contour. So our fox right here has multiple layers. You see, there's a brown layer, a tan lier, an orange later. So I'm gonna ungroomed those. And I don't particularly like this little smile off to the side. It just doesn't look like it fits in. So I'm gonna tap and select the cream layer and you see now that High Contra has become available. So when I click on that, I can say I don't want it to make this cut and it will take it out. I can do the same thing with the ears or the eyes. All you have to do to bring it back is to tap it again, so anything that's dark in black is going to cut. If it's this gray color, it will not, and it will also keep you updated on the visual over here. Now you see, the cream layer is an in between layer. So if I want my fox's ears to be cream instead of round, like the bottom layer that I will not ask it to cut. 9. Edit: Width, Height, and Lock: All right, now we're gonna move on to our edit tab, so this one is going to be mostly your size and your positioning of your items. So, you see, the 1st 1 is our within our height. So right now our square is 3.1 by 3.1. Now, if I want to make it larger, I can go right here and type in five. And because it's a square, it will automatically keep that shape by making the other 15 Because I have the lock feature on. Now you'll see that the lock is here as well as here. You can top either one to unlock. Now, if I change one in size, it will not keep my item to the same proportions that it was before. So I can also use these arrows right here to change the size and shape of what I'm doing. Now we're back to a square again. So if I hit the lock button will hit this one this time. Now, when I go to move it, it stays to the same proportions, always as a square. So you have a lot of different options for making small adjustments So for the sake of making this more easily visible, I'm gonna unlock and turn this into a rectangle. Use email just a bit. So first you have a rotating No, that is also appear so you can grab this and turn your item and you can see right here it's giving you your rotation ratio so I can always come in the section as well and say, I want to turn it 180 degrees on it will foot my upside out. 10. Edit: Edit Text Options and Making Minor Adjustments: Now, when you open your text box, you have several more options. You have the style of your writing, which can be regular, bold, italic writing or writing italic assholes. The bold italic. Now, this will make a change. Depending on how you want your image to come out, these 1st 4 will automatically trace it. Now, not every text will have all these options. If you switch it to the writing, it will keep it in simple strokes so that your cricket isn't writing outlines. It looks like a normal handwriting. You also have your alignment if you want it to align left center or to the right. You also have your font size how far your letters are spaced. So if I increase, you can see right here that the eye is moving over. She might find that some fallen. It's the letters look a little too close together. It might not be legible, so you can always go right here and just make them a little further apart. Same thing for line space. That one is gonna be your height of it. So if you have a second line underneath, it will move them further apart. So you have your within your height, your rotate, which we talked about now making your minor adjustments. You have horizontal and vertical, so I'm doing this with text because it's gonna be more easily visible. What's happening? So when you hit your horizontal, it will flip it horizontally. So now you see that my high has turned backwards, some enough of it back over insane with your vertical, it's gonna flip it upside out, and we'll flip that right back. Now this is your two positions, your hype, and then you're sideways position. So I'm just going to use the plus and minus so you can see, as I'm adding, Plus, it's moving it over. So when it hits five, it's lined up with my five inch mark. Let's take it down. So now you can see I'm moving it down, and we're gonna line that up with the six inch. You can also just type it in. That's a lot faster, and lastly, you can drag it with your pencil to move it wherever you want. This is more for if you want to make very minor adjustments, you can also zoom in and out of your canvas, um, to help you navigate to get where you want 11. Edit: Arrange, Align, and Distribute: So are arranged. Button is gonna help you in terms of layering your project. Right now we have this blue circle, and as you can see, it's on top of everything that I have on my map. So if I hit the move backwards button now you're going to see its behind the seal A rectangle. But it's still on top of everything else. No. If I hit, send back, it's gonna be behind all of my images. Same idea. Send a front on top of all of them. We send it to the back one more time and we're going to move it forward one. So now it's gonna be on top of just my pink layer. Send it, Keep hitting, Send a front. So I move it forward twice. Now it's gonna be on top of one yellow leak. So another way you can see this is in your layers button, which we will get to in a minute. So you see, right now it's in the middle. It's on top of these two layers, but behind this these two layers, so we send it to fret it automatically moves to the top, send it back, automatically moves it to the bottom. This comes in handy when you want to make sure where your layers were gonna be pleased. So now we're gonna focus on the A line tab. So one easy way to send of your items is by using the grid. But another way you can do it. Move that off center is to select it and hit the allying top. They have different options for a lying here we have center, which will automatically center it a line left a line center, which is just a vertical center rendering this one will do both vertical and horizontal. Then you have a line right, allying top a line middle and align bottom so you can see here there are lines on each one , which shows you what section it's going to align with. So if irony have it aligned right where the line is on the right hand side, Then I hit a line. Middle is going to middle it on the right hand side. The center is complete center, both vertical and horizontal. Lastly, we're going to focus on the distribute tab, So if you're trying to get your items perfectly spaced within each other, sometimes you could be just a fraction off. So if you select your items and hit distribute, you have the option to either distribute them horizontally or vertically. So right now, because the way my images air spaced, we're gonna go with horizontally. So once I click it, you'll see it perfectly centers that middle one between the left and the right. So now I have them perfectly space. I can put them on my background and there we go. 12. Sync: all right, moving on to our sync button so you can see in the image that I have three tingles with different chains of yellow and my pink background. Each one shows up over here under its own color section. Now, if I was to adjust it so that the colors were the same, all I need to do is drag them into the same section. The reason this is important is because if you want all your items to be one color, even if your color code is just slightly off when you go to make it, they're not gonna be on the same act. Your colors will be showing is different, so you'll have one rectangle on three months. This way, you can make sure to cut everything all at once in the colors that you need. 13. Layers: last, but most definitely not least, we have our layers. I tend to keep this open when I'm creating, because it's an easy way to change what action the cricket is going to take when it is time to make your project. It's also a good way to see where everything is arranged, what is on top of what, What actions are gonna be taken. So I'm going to start just by clicking on this one, because it will show all the options up here. So right now we're on the card, which is going to be cut out. So here you can change your colors by dragging changing your shade or simply just entering your color coat. You also have the right option, which you can see now. It changed it to the fact that my car is gonna be drawn instead of cut. And here's where you can select what color you want to do it in. Now, once you go to actually make your project, you can insert any color pin you want all these ones that are loaded in our cricket again. This is just to help you to get a better idea of what your project is going to look like now. Our third option is the score, which you can see. The middle one is already on score. Now let's change the outside to that so the score is made to use your scoring pin, or the cricket maker now has the scoring wheel. This allows you to fold your projects with ease once you're done. Lastly, you have the print option. So instead of cutting out your card first, it's going to print it in whatever color you have selected, and then when you put it in the machine, it will cut out your card. So for now, because this is a card, we're gonna leave it on the cut option. So we're going to focus on the card first, and you'll see that the card is an attached set. That means that the scoring is attached to the card, so that's very important to make sure of, because if you do not have you're scoring line attached, it is going to score a line in a random place on, then cut your car. You're scoring line will not be on the card, and it will not be there to help you fold it. So this is the icon for scoring. And here is your icon for cut. No, this one right here is an invisible layer. It's not needed. It's not gonna make any difference when it comes to making your project viewing your project. It doesn't really have to be there, So if you top on it, you'll see down at the bottom. There's the option to delete it now. You also have the option here to duplicate, just as you have the option in your actions button. Now I want my writing to be on my card, so I'm gonna take that and attach it. So you see over here now, this attached set has been attached to my writing. It's very important that your writing is on top. Otherwise it will not be visible. So you'll see I haven't selected on the pin, so it will, right, no moving down. We have the milkshake, which I turned into a print. Lynn cut by flattening it so you'll see here than it says. It's a flattened set. This icon denotes that it is a print item, so you'll print it through your printer, and then once you're done, you will load it into the cricket and it won't cut your image for you. Now you also have the option to make an item invisible. So if I hit one of these yellow rectangles, I could make it invisible. It's not gonna show up on my project. It's not gonna show when I go to make it. It's a good way to hide something. If you want to see how it's gonna look without it, I'm gonna make that visible again, and you'll see here that it also shows that these items are grouped together. So if I touch it, it's gonna move everything at once. Um, like, is that just another way to see at a quick glance how everything is working? So I go to the Make it just so you can see the different icons here, you'll seem this 1st 1 is a print Lynn cut. So have the option here to print. Send it to my printer. The cricket will recognize thes lines and then go ahead and print my card. You'll see. First it's going to write my saying. Then it will score, and lastly it will cut out the card. And then these last two images are just simply cut images 14. Class Project: there you have it. The ins and outs of cricket design space. Now it's time for your class project. I would like you to make a card using the skills that you have learned on this class. It could be any style that you would like. The only thing that I ask is that you do include text so you can practice using me a touch feature. I would love to see what you create, so please post it in the class project section down below. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the community discussions. If you like this class, please leave a review. And if you would like to see further classes in the Siri's, please follow me and you'll be notified. Thanks for watching until next time.