Cricut Design Space Tutorial: Print Then Cut

July 27, 2017 0 Comments

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I only recommend things I love and by using these links I may receive a small commission to help pay the website gnomes.
 

Vinyl is awesome, but what if you want a vinyl or paper project with all the pretty variations and colors? Print Then Cut is your answer, my friend. 

 

Today we'll be working with planner stickers, but you can apply this method for so many projects - printable vinyl, cards, scrap booking and more. 

 

STEP ONE:

 

First things first, you'll need an image to print. Currently Cricut Design Space supports the following file types - jpeg, png, gif, bmp, svg and dxf. Most of your images will probably be jpeg or png. 

 

You'll want to make sure your picture is high quality, 300 dpi or better, to make sure you get a clear print. You can check this by right clicking the image and selecting "Properties" then "Details." You'll either see a resolution listed (the dpi) or the pixel size (bigger is better). 

 

DOWNLOAD THE SCHOOL PLANNER STICKER PACK HERE

 

Once you pick your image, upload it to Design Space like you would an svg file and this window should open:

 

Importing a Print Then Cut Image in Cricut Design Space - choosing complexity

 

You can choose the complexity depending on whether there is any shading or if it's just a straight color or two. Or you can just choose complex to cover all of your bases. 

 

Click Continue and you'll get a page where you can modify your image:

 

Uploading a Print Then Cut Image in Cricut Design Space - modifying your image

 

If there's anything on there you do not want to print, you can erase it on this screen.

 

When you're ready, click Continue again and now it's time to save. Make sure to select the left panel "Save as Print Then Cut Image" and click Save:

 

Importing a Print Then Cut Image in Cricut Design Space - saving

 

STEP TWO:

 

Now your image is ready to use. Go back to the Upload Tab on the left side and it should be listed under your recent uploads. 

 

Load the file as a new project. You might need to resize your image. 

 

The maximum print space in all browsers is 6" wide x 8 1/2 " high. 

 

The planner sticker sheets shown here are all 6" x 8" (ok, a teeny tiny wider than 6"). To resize, change the height to 8"  under Size in the top menu and press enter.

 

As long as your little lock icon is on, the image should resize automatically:

 

Setting up an image for Print Then Cut in Cricut Design Space

 

I like to set my image 1" in and 1" down. You can quickly move it by changing the Position to the right of the Size on the top menu. The default is 1.5" down and 1.5" over which works in most cases. 

 

When everything sized right and in place, click Make It on the top right side. 

 

STEP THREE:

 

The first screen that pops up is the Prepare screen:

 

Make It! Preparing a Print Then Cut job in Cricut Design Space

 

Note: Check out that new binding box. With the latest update, they did away with registration marks and swap them for the black box you see around your image.

 

There's no need to mirror for this cut, so you'll just click Continue

 

Make sure you have your vinyl, paper or stickers loaded in your printer and click Print

 

Note: If your image is not printing at the right size, you can always Print to PDF, save the PDF and print is separately. After that continue in Design Space like normal.

 

Printing to a PDF while using Print Then Cut in Cricut Design Space

 

If you have a laser printer, make sure to set the paper type appropriately so the ink heats enough to bind, otherwise it will flake off all over the place. (Not that I've ever done that before or a whole bunch of times.)

 

Time to place that sucker on your mat. Line it up top and side:

 

Placing your material on the mat for Print Then Cut in Cricut Design Space

 

Now load your mat in the machine and click your Go button. Everything should take care of itself:

 

Cut Screen for Print Then Cut in Cricut Design Space

 

STEP FOUR:

 

Once your cut is done you can use your new piece or if you're making planner sticker, cut them down and place them in your planner. 

 

I use a Happy Planner which holds 7" x 9.25" sheets:

 

Completed planner stickers printed using Cricut Design Space

 

 

Happy Crafting!

 

All content on this site is © 2016-18 by Kelly Lollar Designs (unless otherwise noted). Freebies are for personal use only. To access free commercial use versions, please subscribe to the weekly newsletter. The files themselves may be not be resold, given away or used in other digital files.
 
Do you love to share too? Feel free to add a photo of your projects or link to this post if you know anyone who might be interested. Thank you!
 
Some posts may contain affiliate links to help keep the site running. As an Amazon Associate I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. Full Disclosure, TOS and Privacy Policy can be found here.




Previous Post Next Post

Also in Kelly Lollar Designs Blog

100 Days Smarter 100th Day of School Free Personal Use SVG Cut File
100 Days Smarter Free SVG Cut File

January 11, 2019 0 Comments

100 Days Smarter Free SVG Cut File for Quick 100th Day of School Elementary School Kids Shirts

 

Happy Friday, y'all! Hope your New Year started off great. 2019's going to be a great one! 

 

If you're like me, you always forget the 100th day of school thing until the day before. Get a jump start this year with this single-cut easy to make shirt design.

View full article →

Freebie Friday | Let It Snow Snowman | SVG DXF PNG Cut Files
Freebie Friday | Let It Snow Snowman SVG

December 21, 2018 0 Comments

Cute Snowflake and Swirly Quote Filled Snowman for Christmas and Winter Shirts

 

Merry Christmas, y'all! Hope you're having a great holiday so far with lots of music and cheer. Since Christmas is only a few short days away, I wanted to give you something to play with that you can use after Christmas too.

 

This week's freebie is a cute little quote snowman, complete with top hat and scarf:

View full article →

Freebie Friday | Buffalo Plaid Flamingo SVG Cut File | SVG DXF PNG Cut Files
Freebie Friday | Buffalo Plaid Flamingo SVG Cut File

December 14, 2018 0 Comments

Festive Buffalo Plaid Flamingo with Santa Hat for Warm Weather Christmas Shirts

 

Hello, hello! The Christmas decorations are finally up and it's buffalo plaid everywhere! We just have one slight problem down here, the likelihood of snow on Christmas is pretty low. 

 

What's a girl to do? Embrace it and add a little tropical of course! Plus any excuse for some hot pink and black.

View full article →

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Thank you for understanding! Learn more
Got it!