The following tutorial will show you the few steps it takes to upload files into Design Space. Because DS makes it possible to open many types of files, you are left with a broader selection to choose from when deciding what to make!



First, open a blank canvas on DS. (Start a new project.) Click "upload" in the design panel on the left. Next, click "upload Image".

Click "browse" to upload the file you want to upload, or you can drag and drop the file onto the screen.


Uploading a JPG, JIF, or BMP


For my image, It's very simple with only a black outline, so I'm going to choose "Simple" for Select Image Type. Read the descriptions for all three and then decide which is best for you.

This next step is overlooked a lot. You need to use the "Select & Erase" tools to click on any areas of the picture that you DO NOT want there. Since the image I am using is just an outline, I need to click on anything that is white.


Sometimes, you need to go into "Advanced Options" and reduce your colors and reduce the "Color Tolerance" to get a clean image. You can check the cleanliness of your image by clicking on "Preview".



Uploading a PNG


PNG's are done the same way as a JPEG or BMP. You will need to "Select & Erase" to get a transparent background.


Before uploading, you are given the choice to save as at Cut Image, or a Print Then Cut Image. This is an important step in order to go forward with your craft.


  • Cut Image- Choose this option if you are cutting the image out.

  • Print Then Cut- Choose this image if you want to print your design out first, and then have your machine cut it out.


Uploading an SVG or DXF


SVG's are the easiest and most preferred file type to use. DXF files are mainly used with the free version of Silhouette Studio. You will upload them just the same as above, however an SVG or DXF file is ready to be uploaded without needing to "Select & Erase" to try and get a clean image.


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I saw these Word Searches on a few Cricut FB groups going around and I just HAD to make one! These would be the PERFECT gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's day...etc. They are so customizable!


I used a Word Search Maker to create the scrambled word search for me, and then I typed out and spaced each letter in design space. This took quite awhile, however the letters are crisp and clean compared to when I tried to upload the PNG into Design Space from the website.


For the "Mother" written up top, I used the font Maybird from KA Designs. You can purchase it here! I am absolutely IN LOVE with all of her fonts and use them frequently! They are easily paired together to create unique combinations.


In order to center the word search and get the correct dimensions on the frame, I placed painters tape around the edges of the glass and then measured what was left. I rounded to the closest whole number and ended up with 6x8.



As for weeding, I learned early on a little trick to use with lettering. Using an x-acto knife, I create long strips along my stencil so as I'm weeding, I only pull up one row at a time. This allows me to focus on one letter at a time ensuring they all stay in place as I am weeding.




I placed the letters on the front of the glass and then used these ready to print Word Search Highlighter marks and placed them on the back of the glass. (You can find them here.)


You may choose to place the Highlighter Marks AND the words on the same side, whatever you prefer! So many ways to make this project unique.


Happy Crafting!



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Iron-on vinyl, or also called HTV, is my favorite type of vinyl to use. The projects you can make with HTV are endless! I've made shirts, hats, signs, tote bags, personalized school supplies and more! This blog will show you step by step how to take a cut file and apply it to a t-shirt.


Cutting the File With Your Cricut Machine


Using our file we made last week, we are going to cut it out and apply it to a t-shirt. Open design space, choose upload on the bottom left, and then find your "MOM" file. On the right of your screen you will see two layers.


For my design, I have each layer a different color. Feel free to choose the colors to your liking. The "MOM" will be Black, and the names will be in gray.


Click a layer on the right to choose it, then on the top panel click on the square next to "Operation" to change the color.


I am choosing to make my image 11.5 inches wide. This number will vary depending on the size of your shirt. Feel free to refer to the following Image as reference.



When you are ready, click "Make it" at the top right of your screen. DS will automatically separate each layer by color. I find it easiest to drag the lettering to the first full block on your project mat. This makes it easier to cut the exact amount of HTV you will need for your design.


****MAKE SURE TO MIRROR****

This option is on the left side of your screen. This step is SUPER important.


Once you are ready, It's time to prepare your mat. Cut out the correct size of HTV for each color. Place the HTV shiny side down and match it to the image shown on your screen.


This is also a very important step.



Since we are using HTV, you will want to make sure your dial on the machine is set to "Iron on". This will tell the blade how much pressure is needed for the blade to cut through your material.


Next, click your flashing load mat button, and then the flashing Cricut sign when prompted.

Do the last few steps for all layers of HTV.


Once completed, weed both of your layers leaving just what you want pressed on the shirt. Both layers should be backwards.



Applying HTV to The Shirt


When I started out, I used a home Iron. I quickly realized how long that took because of the size so I upgraded to a swing armed heat press. I also have the Cricut Easypress mini which comes in handy for SOOO many quick projects!


Make sure whatever you are using that it's heated properly. For my Heat Press, I set it to 305. If you are using a Cricut Easy Press, Cricut Easy Press 2, or the Cricut Easypress Mini, you can see the Heat Transfer Guide here.


Lay your shirt down and give it a quick pre-heat for 5-10 seconds. This pulls out any moisture in the fibers and helps the HTV stick to the material easier and faster. Lay your first layer of HTV down on your shirt and then a Tefalon sheet on top of that. This will prevent your material from being burnt.



Press each layer separately, removing the clear film each time you do a new layer.



You are then left with a completed "MOM" shirt! That's it! Piece of cake, eh?



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