As you know by now I love my Cricut and everything I can do with it. Since I switched to Cricut from Silhouette (you can read more about why here) at the beginning of this year I’ve been amazed at how much I can do with it and how easy it is to use. After receiving several emails and lots of questions on all things Cricut I decided to start a new series; Cricut 101. On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month I will be sharing a new tutorial, tip or DIY on how to use your Cricut machine to it’s fullest. Today I’ll show you how to upload your own image into the Design Space.
Before we start lets talk about the different file types you can upload into design space. There are two categories of files you can upload:
- Basic Images- .jpg, .bmp, .png and .gif files. These are uploaded as a single layer so what you see in the preview is what you can cut or print.
- Vector Images- .svg and .dxf files. These are uploaded into multiple layers so you can modify certain aspects in the design space. These are my favorite because they are more versatile.
If you’re adding a basic images you’ll have a few more options:
- Select Image Type: This is to determine how complex (or how detailed) an image is. If you are uploading a basic image with not a lot of detail you can select Simple Image. If there are more details to your image you can select either Moderately Complex Image or Complex Image. Click continue.
- Select & Erase: This is where you can edit your basic images by cropping or erasing certain parts of your image using the tools on the toolbar. When you’re done click preview and if you like the way it looks click continue.
- Name & Tag: This is where you can name your image as well as decided if you want it to be a print and cut image or just a cut image (if it’s just a cut image all you will be able to cut is the basic outline).
- Hit Save.
Your image is now ready to edit and/or cut or print. You can get the My First Christmas Image here (you get both basic and vector files).
What’s your favorite thing to use your Cricut for? Check back in two weeks for 25 Things You Can Use Your Cricut For (That’s Not Vinyl).
Click here to check out some of the other projects I’ve done with My Explore Air and Air 2.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.