Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Making Product Mock Ups in Cricut Design Space

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I was asked to make a tutorial about how to do a product mock up in Cricut Design Space.  First, a mock up is taking a image of a blank item like a shirt, coffee mug or bag and then placing a design on top of that image to simulate what the finished project will look like.  The bad thing about this is if you don't have a shirt, coffee mug or bag that are the exact same dimensions and materials as what is used in the mock up, then when you send the customer the finished project they might not be happy with the end result.  Personally, I don't use mock ups.  I send people a screen shot of the image I designed and they have to visualize how it will look once it is on the shirt, coffee mug or bag.


To start off with, you should find some nice mock up backgrounds to use.  I found some at The Hungry JPEG  If you look under Graphics and then go to Mock Ups you will see a lot to choose from.


You can buy bundles for just shirts, or collections that would have a variety of items.  They have some great high quality images to choose from.  Once you have a bundle you like, save those images to a folder on your computer.





The first part of this tutorial is going to be a lot like the Print then Cut tutorial, so I am going to have you go to that one by clicking HERE.  Follow that tutorial to upload your Mock Up image, choose complex, save as a Print then Cut image, bring that image into the Design Space canvas and then come back over to this tutorial.

Now that you have your mock up image in Cricut Design Space, let's place an image on top of it.  I did a video where I showed you how to slice Mermaid scales out of a Mickey Mouse icon.  If you missed that video you can click HERE.   So for this mock up let's pretend I was going to iron that Mickey Mouse mermaid image on to a baby onesie.



I have both the mock up of the onesie and the Mickey Mouse mermaid image in Cricut Design Space.  I moved the Mickey Mouse to the middle of the onesie but the image is hidden behind the mock up image so I use the Arrange feature at the top of the screen and select Bring To Font for the Mickey image.


Once the Mickey is arranged to the front, I can resize the Mickey to fill more or less of the onesie.


The last step would be to take a screen shot just inside of the background image of the mock up.  I like to use the snipping tool when I do screen shots.  It allows me to easily pick the area I want to capture.  When I do that for this project, this is how the finished image turns out.


And I can quickly change the image on the shirt to show other images I could use.  Maybe a tie for a gift to the new baby.


Or how about something to show Mom some love like this



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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Print and Cut with Cricut Design Space - Donald Duck Puzzle

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Today we are going to talk about the Print and Cut feature in Cricut Design Space.  This feature lets you print an image from your printer and then cut it on your Cricut.  For this project I am going to make a Donald Duck puzzle using a photo I took at one of our trips to Walt Disney World.

Here is what the finished project looks like.  Now let's go through the steps on how to get here.


First, I picked the image I wanted to use and uploaded that into Cricut Design Space and picked the complex image choice because I wanted to be sure that all of the colors and details came through.


When you get to this screen, make sure to click to save the image as a Print Then Cut image


Then you will select that image to add it to your Cricut Design Space Canvas.  You can see that it is in the list of the images I have uploaded in the image below.


Since I knew I wanted to do this as a puzzle, I searched Cricut Design Space and found a great puzzle image to use and inserted that into my canvas.


Next, I resized the group of puzzle pieces to be 5" x 5" and made them all white, since I wanted to place the Donald Duck image on the puzzle pieces and have those be the colors of the shapes, not the green/yellow/blue combo that was originally on the puzzle image.


Next, I made a 5"x 5" square that I used to trim down the Donald Duck image so that it fit perfectly on the puzzle.  Just insert a square, change the size to 5"x 5" and then place it over the Donald image and select both the square and Donald and hit the slice button.


Next I selected both the Donald image and the puzzle image at the same time (hold down the shift key) and used the Align tool at the top of the screen and picked Center.  This perfectly aligns the two images over each other, centering them.

Before Align . .


After Align . . . you don't see the puzzle now since it is behind Donald.


Now let's Attach the Donald image to the puzzle piece.  Select both the Donald image and the puzzle and the Attach button will turn on in the lower right corner.  I circled it in the next image for you.


Now let's stop and look at the layers panel on the right hand side of the screen.  You can see next to the small preview of the Donald Duck image it says Cut / Print . . . that shows you that the Cricut will do both of those functions for this image.  (Personally I think it should say Print / Cut since that is the order that the steps will happen)  Next to all of the puzzle pieces, it just says Cut so those will not get printed . . . just cut.


So now it is time to make the project.  First step will be sending it to the printer.  My printer is an Epson ET-4550

This is the first screen you will see.  The thick black line around the image are the Registration Marks.  When you put the printed image on your Cricut cutting mat the Cricut will look for these registration marks to know where to cut the image.


Also, at this step you will be able to choose if you want he bleed on or off.  What is bleed?  If you think of coloring with a marker, and if you hold that marker in one place the color kind of bleeds and spreads . . . that is what this bleed is.  It spreads the color from the outside of the image a little bit.  I will show a photo of the bleed in a second.

I decided to put the bleed to on, since I wanted to make sure that the puzzle pieces cut inside the image.

Once that is printed, you will put the paper on your Cricut mat and load it into the machine.


It cut perfectly because of the registration marks.  Can you see the cut of the puzzle pieces in this image?


And in this image, you can really see the bleed.  It cut right through that bleed so that my coloring went all the way to the edge of my puzzle pieces.


I hope that this tutorial taught you something new, and helped you to understand the Print and Cut feature of Cricut Design Space.  I also did a video so that you can see all of the steps come together.





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Friday, April 26, 2019

Writing Font or Cutting Font

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When you are working on a project in Cricut Design Space that uses text, it is really important to think about the final results you want so that you choose the correct type of font for your project.



If you want to use your Cricut pen in your machine to write the words (on to cardstock for example) you would want to be sure to use a writing font with your text.  A writing font is typically thinner and looks like something that could be created with hand printing or hand writing if you had really good penmanship.

If you want your Cricut to cut the shape of a letter, out of cardstock or vinyl for example, you would want to choose a cutting font.

When you put text on to the canvas in Cricut Design Space, if you click on that text it will open up some additional functions you can use in the upper panel.  One of these features is the filter.  
You can choose to filter by your fonts, so you will only see fonts you own, multi layered fonts, single layered fonts or writing fonts.  In the image below I have writing fonts selected in the filter so that I am only seeing those fonts to choose from.


If you know that your end project is going to have the Cricut writing with a pen, I would strongly suggest you set this filter so that you are only looking at writing fonts when working your design.  Nothing is more frustrating than finding the perfect font and then discovering it is a cutting font when you want to have the words written with the pen.

You can choose to filter by your fonts, so you will only see fonts you own.  You can also filter to single layer cuts or multi layer cuts.  Both of these are cutting font, but the multi layer fonts will usually include a shadow or offset to go with the basic font so you can add more depth and interest to you design.


The mulit layered font that I selected for this example has a perfect offset around each letter.  This is a great type of font to use with you want to layer two colors over each other for your font.

If you forget if you are using a writing font or a cutting font, you can click on the text and look at the layers panel on the right side of the screen.  If it is a cutting font, it will say Cut in the layers panel.  If it is a writing font, it will say Draw.


After this, you can play with letter spacing and alignment, or even curve the text, using some of the other functions in the top panel, but I think I will go into those in a different post.  Now I am going to include a quick video to show you all of the items we went over in this post.




If you are making a design and the majority of the design is text, start to explore and play around with the large variety of text that is out there.  You can download free fonts from some websites.  I like to use the ones from DaFont.com.  For how to install a font, click HERE.  Make sure to download the font, unzip the folder and install the font on to your computer.  If you don't see it in Design Space, you might have to close out of the program and re-open it.  You can also use a dingbat font as a cutting image like I did for this project HERE.

I hope that this helps you to understand the difference between writing fonts and cutting fonts.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Magic In My Eyes

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I want to show you how I design an image using photographs I had to create this image that could be made on printable iron on material and then ironed onto a shirt or pillow for a wonderful gift that includes a special memory.


I started off by searching in Cricut Design Space for an image of glasses.  Then I uploaded the photo that I wanted to use.  You could use a photo from a special trip to make a special memory item.  This would also look so good with photos of your children for a Mother's Day gift.

When you upload the photo, you are going to choose complex, because you want the final product to have all of the different colors and variations in it.  Don't worry if your image comes in rotated like mine did.  You can rotate it the correct way in Cricut Design Space after you bring it in on the canvas.


When you click to the next screen it will show you the full image.  You don't have to change or do anything here so just click Continue so that you get to this screen



Now you are going to save the image as a print then cut image.  This means you will print it on your printer and then load it into the Cricut to cut.  My image took a LONG TIME to load and finish up because it was such a large high quality image.  Trust me, this is going to be worth the wait.  

Now you can select the image and add it to your canvas.

I am going to talk through the steps here, but I also did a video.  If you just want to watch the video scroll to the end.

First I rotated the photo the correct way and scaled it down so it would fit inside the lens of the glasses, then I duplicated it.  If you look at the layers control panel to the right, you will be able to see that it shows that the two images of the castle are cut/print and the glasses are just a cutting image.  This is very important.  The glasses need to be a cutting image since you are going to cut the photos down to go inside the lenses.



Next, I move the photos and align things so that the images are just where I want them to show up in inside of the lens openings.  Then you can use the Arrange button at the top of the screen to move the glasses to the front or the photos to the back.  That will change it from looking like this . . . 


to looking like this . . . 


Okay, now it is time to cut those photos into the shape of the lenses.  Are you ready?

Click on the glasses and duplicate them and move the second pair off to the left.  Click on just the glasses over the photos and in the lower right corner of the screen you will see the Contour button turn on.  We are going to use that for the next step.


When you click Contour, that will open a new screen that will allow you to turn on and off different parts of the image.  We want to turn off the outside of the glasses, so that we just leave the lenses showing.


Once you click that outer edge of the glasses, you can click on the X in the upper right corner of this window to close it.  Now you canvas will look like this.


Now we click on one photo and a lens at the same time (hold the shift key on your keyboard to do this) and the Slice button will turn on in the lower right corner of the screen.


Do the same thing for the other lens.  Now you can delete the lens shapes and the outer part of the photo, and you will be left with lens shaped pictures.


Now you can move the glasses back over the lenses so that everything is all lined up, like in the photo below.  


Select all three pieces at the same time and the click the Attach button in the lower right corner.  This will hold everything in this exact layout and arrangement.  Now if you want to make the whole image larger or smaller, you can do that without having to worry about the lenses not fitting properly inside of the glasses.

Next, while you have all three images selected, click the Flatten button, in the lower right corner of the screen.  This will make the entire image something you can print on your printer and then cut out with your Cricut.


If you want to see all of these steps come together, watch the video below.


There are so many ways you could use this project!  Create a iron on image for a shirt with your children for a Mother's Day or Father's Day gift.  It would also be great on a pillowcase or decorative pillow for a special memory of a trip.


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Use a PDF image in Cricut Design Space

When you are working in Cricut Design Space, have you ever wanted to use an image from a PDF, and tried to upload it and were frustrated because Cricut does not work with the PDF file format.  That is what happened with someone from my Teach Me Cricut Design Space Facebook Group.  She makes doll clothes, and wanted to be able to cut the pattern pieces with Cricut Maker.

She emailed me the PDF so that I could do this tutorial using the same image she was working with.  I opened up the image on my computer and took a screen shot of it, and saved that screen shot as a jpeg.  I was then able to load that jpeg image into Design Space to turn it into an image that she could cut.

When I brought the image into Design Space and converted it into a cutting image, I kept the 1" square guide in the image so that I would be able to use that to help me scale the image up to the right size once I brought it into Design Space.

Here is a video that shows the whole process.



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