Have you opened your Design Space lately? There have been quite a few new changes to the program. Usually, I post these updates in my Cricut classroom, but, today, I thought I would share a video tutorial with all of you so that you can learn how to use the new features. Here are just a few of the items I plan to share with you today.
Operation (aka LineType)
In the previous version of Design Space, the word “linetype” was shown in the Edit Bar at the top of the Canvas. This might be a new term for some of you. Linetype refers to the way your machine interacts with the materials you are using – cut, draw, score, deboss, etc.
Each machine has different operation options. The Maker has to most options available, followed by the Explore. The Maker machine will continue to be expanded upon, so this list might change in the future. The Joy machine will only cut and draw, so that will be the only choice available to you.
Next to the Operation, you can choose the material color or tool type. With the recent update, Cricut has changed how you view the lines when you choose certain tools. This gives you a great visual of what the line might look like.
One the left, I have chosen a Marker as my pen. You can see that the line is much thicker than the line on the Fine Point Pen option. This visual will also change when you use the Foil Tool.
You will also see the linetype change on the list of images in the layers panel. The egg image was originally a cut image and the linetype was listed as a “Basic Cut”.
After I changed the Operation to “Print Then Cut” the words next to the images changed in the layers panel.
Offset (the tool we have all been waiting for)
I have been trying to create shadow layers for years in Design Space and using other apps, so you can only imagine my excitement when the new Offset Tool was introduced.
Offset is a new feature located in the Edit Bar at the top of the canvas. You can use this tool with both images and text. In my video, I show you how to use Offset, but I do want to point out a few features for you.
When you select the Offset option, you have a few choices – Distance, Corner, & Weld. Let’s take a look at each of those.
The Distance allows you to chose how large or small you want the offset or inset. As you move the dial you will see a pale line form around or inside the image or text. If you chose an inset, you are creating a set of letters of images that are smaller than your original image.
The Corner option is self-explanatory. This allows you to chose if you want to corners to be rounded or square.
The last option is Weld Offsets. When you are adding an offset/inset it will always be welded or one complete image. If you would like to create individual offsets around each of the letters or images, you can turn this click the checkmark to create those shadow layers.
These are just a few of the new features and tools in the newest updates of Cricut Design Space. I will be featuring a few more in the coming weeks.
In my video tutorial below, I share how to use Operation and Offset and I share three more features and tools you will want to try in Design Space.
If you would like to know more about Cricut Design Space, I would love for you to join my Cricut Classroom. Each week, I share Cricut tips and we create projects in Design Space. I also share papercrafting tips when we create the projects togethers.
I hope today’s tutorial inspired you to open up Design Space and give these new features a try. If you have any questions, please go ahead and post them in the comments below.
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