Teaching people how to use their Cricut machines is one of my passions, and I know how little time many of you have to learn how to use those wonderful machines you invested in. That is why I have decided to start teaching Five Minute Cricut Classes.
I know that your time is valuable and I also know how much you want to dust off those Cricut machines and start using them, so I have decided to create some short little classes you can watch over your lunch break.
Today, we are going to talk about the Attach Function. Attach is located in the Layers Panel in the lower right corner of your Desktop screen. In the Android and iOS App, it can be found in Actions.
When you are creating a project, there are two major functions of Attach you will need to be aware of. Attach is used to hold objects in place and to attach, or fasten, linetypes to an object.
After you watch the five minute video, let’s take a look at these in more detail.
Using Attach to Hold Objects in Place
This feature is most commonly used to create stencils and when designing with iron-on and adhesive vinyl. When you create a project, the images you want to cut out are placed onto your mat randomly to save material. There are times, like when you create a stencil, that you want the objects to stay where you placed them onto your canvas. This is where Attach comes into play.
To create my snowflake stencil, I have added some images to my canvas and placed them where I want them to stay. When I chose “Make It”, the snowflakes are placed randomly on each mat to save material.
To keep my objects in the position where I have placed them, I need to select all the images and choose Attach. The images in the Layers Panel are shown as an attached group and all the images are one color.
When I chose “Make It”, all the images are placed on the mat and spaced exactly how I placed them on my Canvas.
Using Attach to Fasten Linetype
Each machine has different Linetype capabilities which tell your machine how to interact with materials. When an image is added to your canvas, the linetype is usually a “Cut” which means that it will cut out the image. We will talk more about linetype in another Five Minute Class.
In my last Cricut Classroom class, I shared how to draw on an image. To change a cut design into an image that is drawn, you need to first change the linetype. After choosing your pen type and color, you can move the object onto the image it will be drawn onto.
If I leave this as is and choose “Make It”, the drawn image and the cut image are placed onto separate mats. I have not told Design Space where I want the heart to be drawn.
For the heart to be drawn onto the circle I need to attach the two images. Like before, I select both images, chose attach, and now the heart is gong to be drawn onto the circle.
In my Cricut Classroom, we recently used attach to create a foiled background, journaling, and HTV iron-on images. These are just a few ways that you can also use the Attach feature.
If you enjoyed learning how to use your Cricut today, I encourage you to join my Cricut Classroom. Each week, I teach an hour-long class live, on facebook, and upload the video to a private classroom website along with notes and project instructions.
I would love for you to join us!!
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