Nov 26, 2017

Resources for new Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker owners

These links were gathered and tested Oct through Nov 26 2017

This is not an all inclusive listing of resources with everything a new owner or those considering purchasing a Cricut Explore or the new Maker machine needs, but rather my own go-to links for when I need answers or want to learn something about using my own Explore. I bought mine in October 2014 and had never owned any type of cutting machine before. 

I had a specific purpose in mind when buying it. I wanted to use the Print then Cut feature of the machine, to do projects with my large collection of Clipart that I have on my own computers.

I have not personally done much with Vinyl or some of the other materials that the Explore or new Maker can cut.  But in these resources there are links to youtube channels, and learning links on the Cricut website, that should provide starting points for finding videos and information for working with Vinyl and other materials. 

If you have never owned any type of Cricut machine previously or signed up for a free online account with Cricut - do so before you buy an Explore or the new Maker machine. And use the same email and password you sign up with for all of your dealings with Cricut and with Design Space the online program needed to use with your Explore or Maker machine.

Sign up at  https://home.cricut.com/

And remember you can always contact Cricut Customer Support for assistance

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Manuals and Warranty Information for Cricut Machines
http://help.cricut.com/help/manuals



Which Cricut Machine is Best for You ? by Debbie ONeal

Published on Nov 22, 2017

Need help deciding which Cricut Machine to get ? Review features of each type of Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker machines.

Cricut Explore Air 2 vs. Silhouette Cameo 3 vs. Brother ScanNCut 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch23OY8z5Fo&t=411s


Published on Nov 14, 2016

Cricut machines comparison chart

https://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-explore-difference 

System Requirements for Cricut Design Space 

(it is best to exceed these in any area you can afford to) .  I believe that Cricut Design Space is a  resource hog. So having more than the recommended requirements will be better, as Design Space is always evolving and adding more features etc. Having at least 8gigs of RAM is much better than the recommended 4 gigs. Note: the System Requirements can change at any time when you least expect them to.

http://help.cricut.com/help/system-requirements-design-space 

Getting started with a New Machine

http://inspiration.cricut.com/getting-started-with-your-new-cricut/ 

 Cricut Design Space is the online Cloud Program that all Explore and Cricut Maker owners must use with their machines, that means you need your computer (MAC or Windows) to be connected to the Internet to use your machine.  If you have an older Cricut machine (made before the release of the Explore line in Feb 2014), you can NOT use Cricut Design Space.

If you own an iPad or iPhone, you can install the Cricut Design Space "app" on those devices & pair it with your Explore or Maker machine, and use that app with your machine. 

iPad and iPhone Design Space app
Download to your iPad and/or iPhone

iPad and iPhone Design Space app user manual (may be outdated in some areas)

Snapmat Feature FAQ

There is also an app for those who own Android devices.

See the differences in each version of Design Space
https://help.cricut.com/help/design-space-feature-availability

Every Explore comes with a USB cord that you can connect to your computer, OR you also can PAIR your machines via Bluetooth (any Explore with the word AIR in the title has Bluetooth builtin to the machine itself at the Factory, as does the new Cricut Maker) The Explore "ONE" with the word "One" in the title of the machine needs a separately purchased Cricut Bluetooth adapter, that you place in the machine itself to enable its bluetooth capability) And your own computers need to have Bluetooth as well. If yours doesn't - you can purchase an inexpensive USB Bluetooth Dongle and insert it to a open usb port on your own computer and that will enable the Bluetooth capability for your computer.  The pairing code for the Explore, Maker and your computers is 0000 (4 zeros)

System Requirements for running Design Space (these are always subject to change when you least expect them too. It is best to try and Exceed the requirements in any area you can afford to ) The current suggestion of 4gigs of RAM I feel is low, I personally would have a system with at least 8gigs of RAM, a fast processor, and a fast and reliable internet service with a good upload/download broadband speed.

How do I install Cricut Design Space?   https://help.cricut.com/help/install-design-space

Getting started with a New Cricut Machine  http://inspiration.cricut.com/getting-started-with-your-new-cricut/

Which mats are used for what materials :  http://inspiration.cricut.com/which-cricut-mat-should-you-use/

Cricut's video playlist for learning Cricut  Design Space 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FALihu5wBk&list=PLmMKNg1O7D-dhoqyQ3GnGEzADVpbao-Gv
What are the differences in the various versions of Design Space   https://help.cricut.com/help/design-space-feature-availability

How to upload Images using the app for iPad users   Nov 2017 by Lorrie Nunemaker


iPad and iPhone users of the app for Design Space have a feature not available to Computer users or those who use the Android app for Design Space - it is called SnapMat here is the link to the SnapMat FAQ on the Help pages of Cricut
Where to download the app for IOS (iPad and iPhone users) version of Design Space https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cricut-design-space/id749471884?mt=8


How do I pair my Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine via Bluetooth?   https://help.cricut.com/help/explore-bluetooth-pairing
What if your own computer does not have Bluetooth - You can purchase an inexpensive USB Bluetooth Dongle from retailers like Amazon or from a store that sell computers etc. The dongle is placed in any open usb port on your computer and then you can pair your Explore Air or Maker machine with your Computer, following the steps outlined in the above link.  The pairing code is 0000 (4 zeros)   
Note all Explore and Maker machines come with an included usb cord to connect directly to any computer if you choose not to use Bluetooth.  ( **I personally have 4 Windows laptops, one I have connected directly with the usb cord, and the other 3 I have paired to my Explore via Bluetooth. ** )

What materials can the Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker cut? (with blade and mat use suggestions)

Cricut Cheat Sheets by Lorrie Nunemaker (posted in 2015 but still useful)
http://cricuted.blogspot.com/2015/12/cricut-cheat-sheets.html?spref=pi

Pinterest Search Results when inputting >> Cricut Cheat Sheets <<  
Note : Design Space was updated to version 3 on  April 26 2017 (it was still in beta mode for a couple months, and Design Space 2 was still functioning at that time) Design Space 2 was taken offline in June, and now you can only use Design Space 3 on your computers (MAC or WINDOWS)  Some youtube videos online that are excellent on showing how to do things in Design Space were published - showing past versions of Design Space. Please be mindful of the dates published on the videos and or blog posts, webpages etc.- that you are seeking information from.  As the older versions of Design Space, some items or features are in different locations than they are now, and some features weren't available in past versions of Design Space that are now currently available.  Design Space being a Cloud Based program is always subject to updates and changes, and additions to its features.  To keep track of the latest changes to Design Space see >>  the Release notes page : http://help.cricut.com/help/release-notes-windows-mac


Links for Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker newbies
Begin with the Learn pages of Cricut > http://learn.cricut.com, and the Help pages http://help.cricut.com

The Help pages have FAQs and the User Manuals, that you can download the PDF files of individual chapters and have on your computer to use as Reference >> http://help.cricut.com/help/manuals

Cricut's video playlist for learning Cricut  Design Space 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FALihu5wBk&list=PLmMKNg1O7D-dhoqyQ3GnGEzADVpbao-Gv

Cricut Design Space FAQ

Debbie O'Neal the admin of the Lets Learn Cricut Explore Facebook Group :  has an excellent Youtube channel that you can Subscribe too. She has a playlist of videos for learning the Features and layout of Using Cricut Design Space :

Learning Design Space Playlist :  published April 27, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFtFxbiLZzLOS9awDFCmXLta5hZPZYzwU

Cricut Design Space for Beginners published April 27 2017 by Lorrie Nunemaker  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVkQBEP38Uk

Cricut Design Space Cheat Sheets by Lorrie Nunemaker (download and print out to have in front of you when working in Design Space) https://lorrienunemaker.com/cricut-cheat-sheets/

Features that were updated on July 20th > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqVSDMZ--KI&feature=youtu.be

To keep track of any current updates to Design Space see : http://help.cricut.com/help/release-notes-windows-mac  

Debbie O'Neal has a online video class for Learning Design Space - cost $25
find details at: https://www.scrapmequickdesigns.com/cricut-design-space-3-class-announcement/



Cricut Maker links

Cricut Maker: From Setup to First Cuts

Cricut Maker Set Up & First Project

Unboxing and set up of the Cricut Maker

Cricut Maker Set Up First Project using Bluetooth


Why All The Different Cricut Blades, Tools and Mats ?

Cricut Maker Vs. Cricut Explore Air 2 by Kens Kreations published Nov. 21 2017

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Information about the Cricut Access Subscription Plan 

What is Cricut Access > https://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-access

Subscriptions and Memberships > https://help.cricut.com/help/subscription-and-memberships 

Note: Licensed content such as Disney, Pixar, Sesame Street, Marvel, Hello Kitty, etc etc. and Designer Content such as that by Anna Griffin, Lia Griffith, Close to My Heart (CTMH), and others is NEVER included in the Cricut Access Subscription, that Cricut content and cartridges will always have to be purchased in order to use on your projects. 
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Free for a week images

How do I find the Free Images of the Week?


***NOTE*** the Free for one Week image sets will NEVER include Licensed (Like Disney or Sesame Street etc  or Designer (like Anna Griffin, etc) in the Free for a Week offerings, they will always be images that are included in the Cricut Access Library for subscribers.

The Free for a Week offer is a way to introduce those who don't Subscribe to the Cricut Access Library of images, a Sample of what those who do subscribe get with their subscription. For one week, you can create and save projects and cut them for FREE for that One Week period. Then once the week is up, if you later on. open that saved project,  any images or fonts that you used from the free for a week image set,  - you would then be asked to pay for them if you want to cut that project at that time.

But NOTE: Any time you purchase either a single image, a font, or an entire cartridge of content, it is yours to use over and over with no further payment and regardless of your subscription status.

If you ever decide to subscribe to the Access Subscription Library (and the basic $96 a year is the most economical option) - that allows you to use any of the 1000's of images or fonts that are included in the Access Library (images that have the "a" on them) for free while you are subscribed.

You can save any/all projects created with those subscription images.

But - the Access and Free cutting is ONLY available while you are an active and paid up subscriber. (it is often referred to as a rental program, pay the rent - use for free, stop paying the rent and you have to buy outright to use or start paying the rent again)

 So again, if you decide to discontinue your subscription, any of the saved projects are still in your Design Space account, but now you will be asked to pay for any/all images/fonts (or resubscribe to the plan) you used in that project from the Access Library.  

And again, if you buy any of them outright, you don't have to pay again. **Its always good to keep records of any all purchases you make with Cricut, so that in the future if there is a request for payment that you are positive and have proof of purchase or payment** you can phone Cricut and have them make the necessary adjustments to your account. Never pay twice for something you have proof of purchase for. Sometimes you can try logging off and clearing your Internet Browser cache to refresh your account, and see if you are still being charged for something you know you own outright, if that doesn't work, then Phone Cricut directly to get the issue resolved. 

There is lots of content, images and Cartridges that are NEVER included in the Access Subscription, those by Disney, Pixar, Sesame St., Hello Kitty, Marvel etc etc and Designers like Anna Griffin, Lia Griffith and others, and Cartridges by Close to My Heart (CTMH).

That content would always require purchase before being able to cut projects using those images.

You always have choices, buy content outright, subscribe to the Access library and keep it current, buy licensed and designer cartridges or images or fonts outright etc. And of course Cricut allows for you to upload images and svg files that you may have obtained elsewhere online and use in your projects for free.

And you can use any of your own installed fonts you have on your own computer for free in projects in Design Space.
Some people like only using their own stuff in Design Space and never use Cricut content.
Others have lots of their previously purchased Cricut Cartridges linked to their Cricut accounts and have found no need for the subscription or who may only purchase outright an image or a font when needed and they have use of it forever (well as long as Cricut is a viable company and have their online website)
The Free for a Week image sets, the Free trial periods when machines are set up, etc. are a way to introduce customers to the Cricut Access Library of Images.
If they like what they see, they can choose to Subscribe, or buy images, cartridges etc. out right. They always have choices.
Any projects that you create and save are always available in your Design Space account, and regardless of any subscription status.
The only time payment comes into play is if the image or fonts require payment because you aren't subscribed or the images or fonts are licensed and always have to be purchased outright before being able to cut.
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How do I find the free images that came with my Explore machine?
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What is Free for Everyone in Design Space 

the shapes off to the left on the Design Space work area are Free to everyone, the shapes option is where you will find the Scoreline.

The Cartridge named Cricut Craft Room Basics  is free for everyone, it has several shapes in it to use for Free. 

The Cartridge "Basic Shapes" is free for everyone

The Cartridge named "Creativebug"  is free for everyone
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How do I find the content included in Cricut Access?

How do I find the linked, purchased, or subscribed contents in Design Space and Cricut Basics?
Any free trials that come with the Purchase of your Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker, start at the time you set up your machine. So if you don't think you will be able to take advantage of the Free Trial (and it can vary from 2 weeks to months depending on the anything included with your purchase and the vendor you purchase from etc.)  - don't set up the machine until you have the time to take advantage of your trial period.  The Trial period works just like the Free for a Week offer, it will be using images and fonts that are included in the Access Library and if you create and save projects using those images, then after your trial period is up, if you at a later time go to those saved projects you would have to pay for any images used from the Access Library or choose to Subscribe to the Access Library

What is Cricut Access?   http://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-access





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How to Link physical Cricut Cartridges to the Explore and Design Space
https://help.cricut.com/help/cartridge-linking-design-space 

 Note: Cricut plans on discontinuing the manufacture of Physical Cricut Cartridges. so you may find deals as retailers try to get rid of current stock.  If you purchase a physical cartridge from another source that may have been linked to a previous owners own Cricut account, You will NOT be able to link it to your own Cricut account and use with your Explore machine.  So make sure you are buying unopened / packaged physical Cricut Cartridges.   Going forward Cricut will produce Cartridge "cards" with a scratch off code on the back. You will enter that code online in your own account and that will link the content to your account and will be accessible to you in Design Space.

Many Cricut Cartridges - old and new, have Digital versions available for purchase in the online Cricut store.  Once a Digital Cartridge has been purchased it is linked to your account and available to use.

Note: sometimes when you buy something - you may need to log out of Design Space and log back in to refresh your own account to recent changes such as a digital image or cartridge content purchase - for it to show up as purchased.

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PRINT THEN CUT - what's that all about?

Using that feature, you print out flat images on your own Inkjet printer using white Printable materials that your own printer can handle (Note you can print on light color materials if you own the Cricut Maker).  
There is a printable area size allowance of 6.75 by 9.25 inches. Your image(s) can be smaller but not larger.  **there are workarounds - but when beginning stick with the sizing allowance.  Design Space will put a black outline box around the image. That is the Registration lines, that the Explore or Maker will scan in a few places and then proceed to cut out the images.  

The Cricut Explore Air Machines and the new Cricut Maker machine come from the factory pre-calibrated for using the Print then Cut featureCalibration is only needed to use that feature.  If you have issues with your printed images not cutting correctly - Contact Cricut by phone for assistance and suggestions on how to help with that situation.


I personally use the Print then Cut feature more than any other with my own Explore. 
I use the images for Cards, Embellishments, to add dimension to projects, Placecards, Tags, Banners, Small favor boxes, Stickers, Magnets, iron ons, and more. 

I have a large collection of wonderful clipart images that I been collecting over the past 17+ years.  I have a Flickr Album with photos of some of the printed then cut images and projects I have done with my Explore :  Cricut Explore Cut Projects and Images

You also can use Cricut images with Print then Cut, just select ALL of the Layers, and Flatten, that will make it a Printable image. There are also Printable images in Design Space content that are already flat and ready for use with the Print then Cut feature.


Where I currently purchase or obtain for free my Clipart images online
http://chocolateonthekeyboard.blogspot.com/2017/10/where-i-get-my-clipart-fromcurrent.html

Learn how to use the Print then Cut feature : video by Lorrie Nunemaker (published July 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL6kE4TjupA

Note: I personally use a HP Envy 7640 for my Print then Cut projects and subscribe to the HP Instant Ink program.  **Notes: I have found that this printer does NOT handle the Cricut brand of sticker sheets very well (and I don't care for the finish of the Cricut brand of sticker sheets) . But I have had good results using Avery full label sticker sheets, and also a brand I purchase on Amazon : LD Premium Inkjet Photo / Glossy finish sticker sheets.  I also print and cut my magnets using Avery Magnet 8.5 x 11 sheets.  I have not worked with printable vinyl or printable heat transfer vinyl (HTV).

Debbie O'Neal the admin of the Lets Learn Cricut Explore Facebook group, recently did some research among her members asking about the printers they use for Print then Cut. You can see the results of her research at :

Top Printer Choices for Cricut Print Then Cut |

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Inkscape ( a drawing and design program)  is often mentioned in Facebook groups, it is a Free program. There are many youtube videos for learning the program. 

Here is one example: Inkscape tutorials by Troy Young on his TroyTube channel
(download Inkscape from http://inkscape.org )

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxsCt7it2zaCubQoCpwSzm101ZTnAPFQn

Other programs that are often mentioned that people use to create with and then save the images created in them to upload to Design Space  There are tutorials and youtube videos available online for all of these programs

Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL)   http://www.craftedge.com/

Make the Cut   (MTC)  https://www.make-the-cut.com/

Adobe Illustrator (AI)  https://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html

PicMonkey   https://www.picmonkey.com/

Free programs

The GIMP  https://www.gimp.org/    download >>> https://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Paint.net   https://www.getpaint.net/    download >>> https://www.getpaint.net/download.html 

I personally use an old program that has been discontinued by Microsoft when compiling my clipart or graphics compilations and some text images - Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006. It is no longer sold or supported by Microsoft, but can still be found on Ebay.  I find it to be a very user friendly program. I can curve text in it, etc.  I also like using Paint.net for removing the white backgrounds on JPG images and saving in PNG transparent format to upload to Design Space. And I sometimes use Paint.net for creating text images. 
And I have installed on my computers: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel's  Paint Shop Pro and others.   

But usually rely on Digital Image and/or Paint.net.when working with images offline and prepare them to upload to Design Space.

I also on occasion use Fontlab Pad for creating text images.
Easy Beautiful Text for Cricut Design Space youtube video by Kay Hall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csCjP63IuSs

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YOUTUBE CHANNELS

While there are lots and lots of good Youtube Channels - here are a few of my own favorites that you might want to consider subscribing to:

Dreaming Tree (how to's for assembling their SVG projects) :  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-ShzfhAWmDP-PhzlJiidRA

SVG Cuts (how to's for assembling their SVG projects)  :  https://www.youtube.com/user/svgcuts
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Working with SVGs  (SVG = Scalable Vector Graphic, it can be scaled up or down without losing resolution)

How to unzip an SVG file and import into Cricut Design Space  Published Nov 6, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgewC02OBQc&feature=youtu.be

How to bring & save svg files to Cricut design space 3  published May 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq17F0DsZrY

Cricut Design Space - Uploading SVG files  published Nov 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvTcZfKm6FY

How to upload SVG Files to Cricut Design Space   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvJ6TjNd-_U

Downloading and Uploading SVG Files To Cricut Design Space  by Tidbits and Tinkerings Published on Apr 21, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jrCql7aCz8&t=38s

Using Miss Kate Cuttables FREEBIES in Design Space  published Jan 2016  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e15MJRui9NE

Working With SVG Files vs. PNG Files in Cricut Design Space published Aug 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kGa1qxeIig

Viewing SVG thumbnails on Windows Computers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORhxrzkVkcc

SVG Viewer for Mac and Windows - Overview   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6e3Xh4FdQU

How to download multiple SVG's from a Facebook Group and view them   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEMxB8QYEfU

related :  Finding Files in Lets Learn Cricut Explore FB Group    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovgfVSS2A-0


Favorite SVG websites

3D SVG / Dreaming Tree  https://www.3dsvg.com/

My Scrap Chick  https://www.myscrapchick.com/ 

My Scrap Chick Tutorial. How To Use our SVGs with Cricut Design Space

http://myscrapchick.blogspot.com/p/the-latest-update-to-design-space.html

SVG Salon  https://svgsalon.com/

Simply Crafty SVGs   https://www.simplycraftysvgs.com/    Simply Crafty SVGs - SVG Files for Cricut, Silhouette and more

Craft Bundles https://craftbundles.com   
Freebies >>  excerpt quoted : Free DXF and SVG Cut files all available for instant download. From cute quotes to graphics, all freebies and cutting files come complete with a full commercial license. https://craftbundles.com/freebies/

Jamie and Jenn https://www.jamieandjenn.com/ 
I really like the gift box ideas svg files from Jamie & Jenn 
https://www.jamieandjenn.com/gifts/

My SVG Hut on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/MySVGHUT

**note there are several good stores on Etsy that sell SVGs for very reasonable prices - just input
 SVG for Cricut  into the search field of Etsy.com

Another good Etsy shop >

Crafts You Cut Shop    SVG Cutting Files For Silhouette Cameo and Cricut!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftsYouCutShop?ref=ss_profile 
 Website:  http://www.craftyourhappy.com/

Cut Supplies  http://cutsupplies.com/svgs-digital-downloads/

Awesome SVGs    http://www.awesomesvgs.com/

The Craft Chop (note for personal use only, some images are copyrighted or trademarked ) http://thecraftchop.com/svgs


Hey Let's Make Stuff  https://heyletsmakestuff.com/category/paper-vinyl/svg/

FREE 8 MUST HAVE SVG, PNG, DXF & EPS Bundle 12/24/2017













Cutting for Business  Free SVGs (*excerpt quoted : Like most files on Cutting for Business, you can use the file to sell products. However, you can not sell the file as is or distribute it as your own.)




Craft Direct free SVGs
related - see Cricut project ideas https://www.craftdirect.com/blog/brands/cricut/
 

More Listings of  SVG Resources: *May include some already listed above*

Where To Find Free SVG Cut Files For Cricut


See too this listing on the Cutting for Business website: 

The Big List of Places to Download Free Commercial Use SVG Cut Files  http://cuttingforbusiness.com/2017/12/25/free-commercial-use-cut-files-silhouette-cricut/

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SVG Viewers

Viewing SVG Thumbnails in Windows   (I have this extension installed on each of my Windows Computers, I have computers running Win 7, Win 8.1 and Win 10 and it works fine for viewing thumbnails of my SVG files on each of them)                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORhxrzkVkcc

SVG Viewer for Mac and Windows - Overview                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6e3Xh4FdQU

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Converting JPGs, PNGS, or GIFs to SVGs

Online conversion sites

https://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg

https://picsvg.com/

https://vectormagic.com/

http://www.svgcreator.com/ 

https://www.mobilefish.com/services/image2svg/image2svg.php

Convert Studio files (Used by Silhouette Studio Software) to SVG

 http://www.ideas-r-us-software.uk/FileConverters/SilhouetteStudioConverter.aspx





INKSCAPE: Converting a JPG or PNG into a SVG  posted Feb 2015

http://www.thenoncraftycrafter.com/2015/02/inkscape.html

How to Convert a JPEG to SVG in Inkscape  Posted on 14th November 2016  https://designbundles.net/design-school/how-to-convert-a-jpeg-to-svg-in-inkscape

Using Inkscape to easily create SVG files By


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FONTS

Using your own computer installed Fonts that are on your Computer in Design Space
How to download and install fonts to your own computer and then use in Cricut Design Space with the Add Text feature

How To Install a Font into Cricut Design Space For Free published Feb 2017

Learn how to use the program of Fontlab Pad to create text and save as an image to upload to Design Space

Easy Beautiful Text for Cricut Design Space by Kay Hall  (published Sept 2016)

Using FontLabPad with Cricut Design Spacehttps://fieldsofhether.blogspot.com/2018/01/using-fontlabpad-with-cricut-design.html

Downloading fonts and using Fontlab Pad by Laura Harnish
Published on Jan 23, 2017
This video will show you how to download fonts from Dafont.com and Fontbundles.net and use them in Design Space as well as how to use FontLab Pad

Finding and using the Special Characters or Glyphs in the Fonts that include the extra characters (when given a choice to download and install a TTF or an OTF version of a Font, choose the OTF version as it will be the version with the extra characters also called Glyphs, if only given the TTF option then obviously use that version.) 

Fonts: OTF versus TTF – What is the difference?  http://cuttingforbusiness.com/2016/01/27/fonts-otf-versus-ttf-what-is-the-difference/

Fonts with Special Characters in Cricut Design Space Using Fontlab Pad by Melody Lane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYJPM9FQbR8&t=136s

BabelMap Character Map for Design Space/Inkscape - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrKD_AR5rb8

Cricut-Crafting How to use font extras with Character Map  Cricut Crafting Published on Jun 19, 2017    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_KpbX3FpVs&t=275s

Samantha font and Babel Map  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIxmGygiuW8

Samantha Font Glyphs - Easy Guide to access the extras! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocLFfL0zfV4

How to use the Samantha Font in Cricut Design Space   June 2017 by TroyTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDp3diK_-zY&t=144s

How to Use HungryJpeg Bundles in Design Space Published on Mar 28, 2016    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U9zY0ftZ_M&t=620s

I like the using the free version of the  Font manager Main Type by High Logic over using Character Map or Babel Map (there is a limit to how many fonts you can use with the free version, but it works fine for me, for what I want to do when accessing the Special Characters or Glyphs that some of my installed fonts might have)
 http://www.high-logic.com/font-manager/maintype.html
I copy and paste the special characters into either Fontlab Pad  when using that application for creating text images, or another program I use sometimes for creating text images (but can only save in transparent PNG format and not SVG format) is the free program of Paint.net  http://getpaint.net  

Curving Text


Curve text for Cricut Design Space with PicMonkey   by  Melody Lane

Published on May 18, 2017   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHPig5HEws8


Curve text on TroyGram : http://troygram.com/curve-text/



How to Do Curved Text in Design Space July 25, 2017 • Contributor: Natalie Wright From Natalie Wright http://inspiration.cricut.com/how-to-do-curved-text-in-design-space/

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NOTES:  sometimes after installing a new font to your own computer system, to use it in Design Space you may need to log out of Design Space and log back in, OR restart your own computer, to refresh your system and for the font to show up in the listing of System Fonts in Design Space.

Remember too: Design Space does NOT render Cursive fonts the way that designers designed them, it renders that as separate letters, not flowing naturally.  So you can either use tools within Design Space to arrange the letters so that they do look natural OR create text in offline applications such as Fontlab Pad mentioned above.  

And if you choose to use the Writing feature with a Pen or Marker in your Explore or Maker, Design Space is unable to "Fill In" most fonts, it will draw an outline of the font.  

In Design Space Cricut has its own listing of Cricut fonts that have a Writing Style - if you choose one of those Cricut fonts with a writing style - it will be a single stroke /monoline font and it will appear filled in.  Cricut has in its Database of its own fonts, about 199 of them currently (new fonts are added to the Cricut database periodically) also have a "Writing Style".  Some of the fonts will have more than one "Style" so the same font may be good for Cutting, and then when choosing its "Writing Style" option of the same font, it will become a single stroke monoline font, that will look filled in when writing it with a pen or marker that is placed in the accessory holder of your Cricut Explore or Maker machine. 

When you are using your own computer installed fonts, Design Space is NOT able to search or know which of your own fonts may be a single stroke or Monoline font that would appear filled in when using a Pen on it.  So you will have to do your own trial and error for finding fonts that you have on your computer that would look best written with a pen or marker.

Here is an old 2014 post on the Glittering Eyes website, where the author mentions some fonts that may appear filled in.   http://withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com/2014/04/alternative-handwriting-fonts-for.html

You may find searching online newer posts with suggestions for good writing or monoline/single stroke fonts that you can download to your own computer for working with your Explore or Maker.

Here is one example:

22 Single Line Fonts That Will Write Like Handwriting In Cricut -published Nov 2017 https://fieldsofhether.blogspot.com/2017/11/6-single-line-fonts-that-will-write.html

Related > Alternative markers for using in your Cricut Explore http://fieldsofhether.blogspot.com/2017/12/alternative-markers-for-cricut.html
 
Personally I rarely use the writing feature of Design Space because I find it annoying. Since I use the Print then Cut feature most, I create my text offline and save as an image and upload to Design Space, and place it on a shape and flatten it to the shape. Then I print and cut it with the printed text on it, and the Explore cuts the shape.

Note: if you choose a Cricut Font that is in a "Writing Style" that you want to write on an image with a Pen or Marker, in a Print then Cut project, you can NOT flatten the text to the image.  You must first have your flat image all flattened and ready to Print out on a printer, then any text that you want "written" on it - you would make sure in your layers that the text is set to "write" and then Select ALL and ATTACH the writing text to the flat image. When you print out your image on your printer, you will NOT see the text.  After loading your image to your Cricut mat, and load to the machine,  make sure the color of pen or marker you want to use is in the Machine, then click on go to load the mat. Your machine will then "write out the text with the pen on the image"  and after writing your Explore or Maker will then cut out your image or shape.

If you create a text image in another program and upload to Design Space and you want it written by a pen in a project after uploading, it will default to either a print then cut image or if in svg format it will save as a cut file.  So when you bring that image into Design Space work area, you will need to click on that layer of the text and change it to Write, being mindful that Cricut will draw around the letters and not fill them in.  

**Here is a link to a 2014 article on the Glittering Eyes blog where she lists some fonts that she found available at the time of writing the article, that you can download from other sources to your computer that may appear to be filled in when using a pen or marker and the writing feature of your Cricut Machine: 

April 26, 2014    Alternative Handwriting Fonts for Explore! http://withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com/2014/04/alternative-handwriting-fonts-for.html

When looking or searching for other fonts online, look for single stroke or monoline, they may give you your best appearance for looking as if filled in. But results will vary by both the thickness of the lines in the font and the pen tips of your pens or markers that you use.

If you want a text image to look just like it is, already filled in, then you can only do that with Print then Cut projects, and first make sure the text layer is either set to Cut or to Print, and then place it on an image or a shape, and Select All and Flatten.  

If you leave a text image or added text as a CUT layer, and you Select All and Attach that text to an image or shape, it will "Cut" out the text from your image or your Shape.

In such projects if you aren't using Print then Cut, you aren't limited to the printable area allowance of 6.75 x 9.25 inches.  So you can cut your text from any size material or shape up to 11.5 x 11.5 or 11.5 x 23.5.   You can for example have a 10 x 10 shape, and have text on it set to Cut, and Select all and Attach, and your text will be Cut from that shape.  You don't have to use the Slice feature to accomplish the cutting out of the text from the shape, as Attaching a Cut text or a cut shape etc to another image or shape, will accomplish the same thing as Slicing.  

When you use the Slice feature, you can only Slice ONE complete image or shape from one other - only 2 images at a time.  Once you slice one cut layer from another, you can then again "slice" another shape or text from the remaining image. 

But by using the Attach function, of attaching a Cut image or text to another shape or image, you can "Attach" as many cut shapes or cut text to that single shape or image and it will cut out each of them.  To keep the arrangement of multiple cuts, place/arrange, each cut shape or cut text the way you want it on the single image or shape and then Select ALL and Attach. 

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Adding Fonts information For iPad or iPhone users

How to Add Fonts to Your IPad to Use in Design Space https://www.creativecuttingclassroom.com/blogpost/add-fonts-ipad-use-design-space

and / or
 How to Install Fonts on iPhone or iPad 



How to Download Fonts to iPad and use with Design Space by  Audrey Ostoyic

Published on Nov 7, 2017

 

Favorite websites for Fonts : Free and Payfor

Mighty Deals  https://www.mightydeals.com/  (**this is the website that sells the popular Samantha font) 

Lettering Delights (Fonts, Alphabets, and Image Sets)
http://www.letteringdelights.com/

Craft Bundles  (Fonts, SVGs, Graphics)  https://craftbundles.com/

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Facebook Groups

Cricut Crafting with April

Lets Learn Cricut Explore

Cricut Design Space with Melody Lane

Cricut Explore and More

Carole's Cricut Crafts

Cricut Craft Life
https://www.facebook.com/groups/145837312732328/

Cricut Maker with Debbie O'Neal

Maymay Made It and So Did I

Cutter Software
The purpose of this friendly group is to provide free support for software that is used with electronic cutters, including but not limited to Make The Cut, Sure Cuts A Lot, Cricut Design Space, Pazzles InVue, Pazzles Pro, Funtime, Silhouette Studio, Funtime, Inkscape, Illustrator, Wishblade, Robomaster, etc.

Paper Crafting With Electronic Cutting Machines
https://www.facebook.com/groups/papercraftingonly/

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FAVORITE WEBSITES or BLOGS

Kay Hall Cleversomeday   http://cleversomeday.com/

Jennifer Maker   https://jennifermaker.com/

Anna Griffin  http://blog.annagriffin.com/

MayMay Made It   https://www.maymaymadeit.com/

Scrap Me Quick Designs / Debbie O'Neal   https://www.scrapmequickdesigns.com/

Damask Love  https://damasklove.com/

Designs by Miss Mandee http://www.designsbymissmandee.com/

Creative Cutting Classroom  https://www.creativecuttingclassroom.com/

Lorrie Nunemaker  https://lorrienunemaker.com/   her old blog : http://www.lorriesstory.com/

Teri Brown's  Tidbits and Tinkerings  - often features free Cricut Design Space files    http://tidbitsandtinkerings.com/  

Fields of Heather  https://fieldsofhether.blogspot.com/p/cricut.html

My Sister's Suitcase   https://www.sisterssuitcaseblog.com/

Cricut Inspiration blog  http://inspiration.cricut.com/

Happy Go Lucky  https://www.happygoluckyblog.com/2017/02/can-make-cricut-explore-air-2.html

Hey Lets Make Stuff   https://heyletsmakestuff.com/category/learn/cricut-design-space/
https://heyletsmakestuff.com/cricut-shadow-cricut/

Miss Information  https://www.missinformationblog.com/creating-with-cricut-explore-air-2/

Cara Miller > see her Design Space and SCAL version 4 (SCAL = Sure Cuts A Lot)  class learning options 
https://www.caramiller.com/single-post/2017/11/26/Design-Space-and-SCAL4-Classes

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iPad and iPhone Design Space app
Download to your iPad and/or iPhone

iPad and iPhone Design Space app user manual (may be outdated in some areas)

Snapmat Feature FAQ

Uploading Images via ipad and iphone NOT svgs
Differences of Features of the various versions of Design Space
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How Do I pair my Explore or Maker machine with Bluetooth

Which mats are used for what materials :  http://inspiration.cricut.com/which-cricut-mat-should-you-use/



A Huge List Of The Best Cricut Tutorials Ever (published May 2017)




Cricut Maker

It cuts up to about 2.44mm thick of materials! The Cricut Maker is a much heavier machine because it has been created to exert 4000 grams of pressure

quoted excerpt from Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air machine at Clark Condensed.com




or this comparison : Cricut Maker vs Explore Air 2   https://vinylcuttingmachines.net/cricut-maker-vs-explore-air-2/






Vinyl Cutting 101: Everything You Need To Know About Craft Cutters  (posted Oct. 2016 - prior to release of Cricut Maker which was released in July 2017 - Cricut Explore Air 2 released in Oct 2016 )







Other cutting machines you might consider over a Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
Be sure to do your own research before investing in a cutting machine. 

Choosing the Best Electronic Craft Cutting Machine – Compare Silhouette, Cricut and More  >> posted November 20, 2017 @   https://everydaysavvy.com/choosing-the-best-electronic-craft-cutting-machine-compare-silhouette-cricut-and-more/



KnK Zing Orbit new machine - replaces the Zing model    https://knkusa.com/zing-orbit/

Increased Cutting Force

The KNK Zing Orbit now has ~1000 grams of cutting force to more easily cut dozens of materials including vinyl, cardstock, HTV, fabric, Mylar, craft plastic, chipboard, and more



Then there is also the KnK Zing Force (an expensive option $629.00 but check out the capabilities)  - find all the capabilities of this model (it offers a Rotary blade option - note the Cricut Maker comes packaged with a Rotary Blade)  https://knkusa.com/knk-force-cutter/ref/whatsondigital/
 
Silhouette CAMEO 3 Wireless Cutting Machine  https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/



Brother Scan n Cut 2  http://www.brother-usa.com/scanncut/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Working with Vinyl >> some links from the Vinyl Cutting Machines.net site



Craft Vinyl Lingo for Beginners  Expressions Vinyl

Published on Jan 13, 2018



How to Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl


  

Sign Vinyl on Mugs, Glasses & Cups online article with tips and advice: https://blog.signwarehouse.com/vinyl-on-mugs/


Expressions Vinyl Youtube Channel
Expressions Vinyl Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/expressionsvinyl/

Troy Young's Vinyl business online >> https://www.651vinyl.com/

Getting Started with Cricut Explore - Vinyl and HTV

How to Start a Successful Vinyl Decals Home Business published May 2017  https://vinylcuttingmachines.net/how-to-start-a-successful-vinyl-decals-home-business/

Slicing Multi Layer Images for HTV  Melody Lane Jan 13 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu5E-Wsn9F0&t=2756s


See too the Cutting For Business website for learning how to use a Cutting machine in a home based business
http://cuttingforbusiness.com/ 

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Miscellaneous Information


What is Cricut Circle Membership program about?
https://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-circle
You will need to purchase one Cartridge from the selection available on the Circle Membership page and that purchase entitles
What are Mystery Boxes?

At least once a Month Cricut will sell a Mystery Box

it can be a box filled with Cricut Supplies or a Digital Mystery Box where it contains image sets by various Designers.  There can be more than one offered each month, times and dates of release can vary during the month. 



Many of the Admins of the various Cricut related groups who are also Cricut Product Specialists or Affiliates - receive the Mystery Box from Cricut early. And they film a Reveal video showing what they received. They will include shopping links (so that the sale is credited to them) and any discount codes and pertinent information.  You are not guaranteed to receive the exact same items that the reveal shows they got, as Cricut always reserves the right to substitute items of equal value.  The price is usually around 29.99 to as high as 39.99 (not including discounts)  And value of the contents always exceeds the price you pay.

The admins can only release their youtube video when Cricut advises them that the Mystery Box is available for sale in the Cricut Store :  https://shop.cricut.com/en_us/sale/mystery-box.html 

Some Mystery Boxes are so popular they sell out in less than 24 hours and supplies of them are always Limited.  Sometimes a particular Mystery Box may come back in stock, but don't count on that happening often.  



Stay aware of posts by the Admins of any Cricut Facebook Groups you belong to. Some admins have mailing lists that you can sign up for to be notified about not only Mystery Boxes for also other videos they post.  Be sure to also subscribe to youtube channels of the admins of the various Facebook Cricut Groups you belong to, to see the Reveal videos.  The admins of the groups try to give a heads up post of when the next Mystery Box will be available and list the times etc that they will be making their Reveal video available to view. 
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Tips and Tricks 



Cricut Tips and Tricks For Better, Easier Crafting




Cricut Explore Air 2 Tips and Tricks: A Beginner’s Guide




10 Cricut Explore Tips and Tricks




Cricut Class Tutorials and Projects



Using the Cricut Scoring Stylus tips

How To Upload & Use ANY Image Into Cricut Design Space Kens Kreations Jan 9, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7b2xgNTvHg&feature=em-lss

Changing a Single Layer Image to Multiple Layers in Cricut Design Space
here is a step by step tutorial on how to change a single layer image (jpg / png) into a multi-layer cut file in Cricut Design Space. Watch the tutorial here: https://youtu.be/YRYnZ7RwiyU  by Lorrie Nunemaker posted January 2018

Lets Make Stuff Cricut Explore tips

Tips for Cricut Explore Print then Cut projects

25 Tips & Tricks We’ve Learned As Cricut Newbies

Paper Boxes by Cricut Box it up Melody Lane
Published on Jan 10, 2018  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KzeMarrPVc

50+ Genius Hacks for your Silhouette CAMEO or Cricut that Save Time, Money, and Effort!