Cricut Design Space for Beginners

Learn the Basics of Cricut Design Space 3.0 in this broad 45-minute tutorial.

Cricut Design Space for Beginners Video



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Cricut Design Space for Beginners Transcript

The Cricut Design Space 3 was released in the public beta in early 2017.

 

The video will show you some of the new features of the Cricut Design Space version 3.0.

For those of you who are new to Cricut

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I’m going to walk you through how to use

00:32

design space and navigate through the

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workspace so let’s get started here we

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are at the home screen and right away we

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see new features first of all we have

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all kinds of great deals and offers

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across the top and you can navigate

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through these by using the arrows left

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and right next we have my projects this

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is new this is an easy way to get to

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your saved Cricut projects these are

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projects that you have created and saved

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into design space and also new is we now

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get a preview of our projects before we

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just had the name but now you can go

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through and see your projects you can

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click on them and get a bigger preview

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these are some coin envelopes that I

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uploaded into design space we can rename

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our projects which I love and you can

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delete them from here and also you can

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scroll left or right to see all of your

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projects in design space that you have

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saved we can also create a new project

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from right here and we can create a new

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project from right here in the upper

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right next we have what’s new this is

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what’s new for Disney and you can click

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a gun the arrows left and right or you

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can click see more and be taken to a and

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I was playing in design space I’m just

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going to hit replace so if you click see

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more you can see a bigger preview of

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each image and then as you pick the

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image that you want

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you can click on it and these are make

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it now projects and I’ll go into that in

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just a moment let’s go back to the home

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screen next we have kind of a trending

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category here and this shows you know

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner

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so they’ve got Mother’s here this is

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definitely a trending topic right now so

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these are all kinds of Mother’s Day

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projects and again you can scroll

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through these by going left or right

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click see more to see them all in one

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screen these are vinyl projects so all

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of you vinyl lovers or those looking to

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get into vinyl can find some easy make

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it now projects right here that include

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vinyl we have an iron-on category same

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thing we have cards category and a home

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decor now what these projects are are

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called make it now projects and if you

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click on a make it now project I’m just

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going to click on this first one right

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here it’s going to bring up a nice new

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big preview window of your project it’s

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going to give it a name it’s going to

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give you a skill level which this one’s

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considered easy and a proximate

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timeframe it says about 30 minutes less

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than 30 minutes it’s going to give you

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the finished size of the project the

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materials you need to cut it anything

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else you need to assemble it as such as

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transfer tape or adhesive it’s going to

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give you a description of the project

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it’s going to tell you what you need to

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do to prepare to make the project it’s

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going to tell you what you need to cut

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it and then it’s going to tell you how

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to assemble here are some tips and trick

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videos that Cricut has put together to

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help you assemble this if you need to

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and then it’s going to tell you the

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images and fonts that are used in this

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project and you can see like this one

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all are part of access images or free

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images so it wouldn’t cost you anything

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to make this if you are an access member

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you also have two other options down

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here at the bottom of each of these

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project

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to have customized and you have make it

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if you click make it and again I have to

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replace because I was playing in here so

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you click make it and this is going to

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take you right to your cutting mat you

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don’t have to do anything

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crickets got it all set up for you those

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of you who have had design space in the

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past are going to notice the screen

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looks very different and it is amazing I

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love it

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everything looks so clean it’s so

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streamlined and will get into the screen

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a little bit more but I want to go back

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to the make it project so that is if you

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just want to make it exactly like it’s

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shown then you just click make it

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however say I wanted to make this but I

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wanted to change something so we could

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go into customize now if you go into

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customize Cricut is going to put this on

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your canvas so that you can do whatever

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you want so maybe I wanted to make this

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envelope a different color I could do

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that so that’s the difference between

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customize and make it let’s go back to

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our home screen so again all of these

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projects you have those two options you

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can say I want to make this just like it

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is click it click make it or you can

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click it click customize and customize

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anything to your liking the other thing

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I want to explore right here is this

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little menu bar you can click this and

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you have access to the home page canvas

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printing cut calibration we’ll get into

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that in another video

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manage custom materials we’ll also get

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into that in another video new machine

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setup if you’re new to design space you

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can click right here and it’s going to

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walk you through setting up your machine

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update firmware account details link

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cartridges if you were just setting up

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your Cricut and you have cartridges from

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a previous machine this is where you’re

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going to link those cartridges Cricut

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access settings some legal information

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if you just want to brief

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summary of all the new things in design

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space you can click right here and

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they’ve got a nice little kind of

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slideshow for you choose your state or

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your country help menu and if you want

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to sign out so let’s go back to home so

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we’re going to create a new project so

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you can click create new project right

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here or you can click right here either

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one what’s going to take you to the home

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screen and here we are this is the

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canvas this is where you create and put

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all of your images together the first

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thing we have up here in the left is a

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new button so if I was working on a

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project and then I wanted to start

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another project I would click new we’re

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already in a new project so I’m not

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going to click that the next button we

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see is projects this is going to take

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you back to make it now projects so

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again here are all the make it now

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projects so why we’re right here I want

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to take you up to this button right here

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if you click this you can sort the make

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it now projects or your projects by

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different categories so say I just want

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to see let’s say I just want to see baby

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projects so that’s just going to bring

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up the baby projects so maybe when I’m

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in baby I want to see a baby growth

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chart so I could just put in growth

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chart and that’s going to bring up a

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couple of projects that are ready to go

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that are baby

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growth charts so that’s how projects

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work so don’t forget to use your filters

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it really saves you a lot of time

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scrolling through a lot of projects when

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you can kind of zero in by following one

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of these categories to what you’re

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looking for so let’s go back to the

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canvas by clicking on canvas the next

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button we’re going to click on is images

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and this is going to bring you to the

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Cricut library one thing you’re going to

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notice is we have a much cleaner library

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everything is streamlined and

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it’s fast everything loads really fast

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we also have bigger previews of our

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images but watch this if we click this

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button here they’re even bigger so this

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is a really nice feature you’re going to

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notice that these little a’s right here

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on many of the images that is for cricut

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access if you have a access subscriber

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and for those of you who are new to

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access Cricut has a couple different

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subscriptions that you can subscribe to

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and they’re called access if you

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subscribe to access you can use any of

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these images with the green flag on them

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as many times as you want as often as

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you want it doesn’t cost you anything

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other than your subscription you can use

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them all the time while you are

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subscribed now if you stop your

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subscription you will no longer be able

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to use those images unless you purchase

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it if you’re not an access member and

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you want to use any of the images

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whether it has the green flag or not

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there is a purchase price right here in

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the lower left so this one I can

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purchase for $0.99 if I were to purchase

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this image for $0.99 I can use it as

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many times as I want for as long as I

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want

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whether I’m subscribed to anything or

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not it’s my image and I only have to pay

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for it one time so I get a lot of

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questions of the people wanting to

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understand the difference between buying

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an image and being an access member so

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for instance even though I’m an access

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member this image is not part of access

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so if I want to use this image I need to

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purchase it and it’s going to cost me

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the IE nine cents but after I pay that

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ninety nine cents I can do whatever I

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want with the school bus as many times

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as I want and I’ll never have to pay for

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it again so I hope that clears up that

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for you now there are thousands and

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thousands and thousands of images here

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in your library and if you’re looking

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for something specific you’re not going

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to want to have to scroll through

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everything so they have some ways to

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sort that out for you here we have

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categories if we click on categories we

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can look at what’s free the

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week and they’re these always change so

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all of these images are free in access

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or free in design space in this week

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let’s go back to categories we can

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search by most popular or recently added

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and this is fun just to go in and check

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every once in a while just to see if

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there’s some new things that have added

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that catch your eye it’s a fun way to

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just see what’s been going on when you

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weren’t looking

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let’s go back to categories they also

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have categories by topics so baby

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anniversary Cinco de Mayo Easter all

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kinds of topics there for you and those

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are ways to you know maybe Valentine’s

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is around the corner and you want to see

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there’s a project you want to make and

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you also have a filter by brand so you

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can say you know I want an Anna Griffin

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image or I want to Lori Whitlock image

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and all you do is click on that and this

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will bring up all of the projects by

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Lori Whitlock so once I have the Lori

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Whitlock projects up perhaps I just want

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to see a box by Lori Whitlock so it’s

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going to bring up boxes that Lori

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Whitlock has or their the name boxes in

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the name like these are box cards so

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that’s another way to filter so let’s

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delete that let’s go check out

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cartridges okay this is going to bring

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up different Cricut cartridges and you

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can search cartridges by name so say I

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want cartridges by cartridges related to

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Christmas so I’m going to type in

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Christmas and hit enter now what this is

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going to do is bring up any cartridge

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that has the word Christmas in the title

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so that’s a easy way to search out a

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cartridge this one I haven’t purchased

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so I want to show you this if you want

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to buy all the images on the car

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you could buy them all for $29.99 which

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is a pretty good deal there’s a hundred

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and twenty four images on here they’re

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each $0.99 so you save a lot of money

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that way if you want to do that or you

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could just buy this one bird for $0.99

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okay so let’s go back to images and I’m

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going to put flower and we have one

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other way to filter our images and that

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is by clicking on filter right here and

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here I can say I want to see flowers

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that are part of access so I’m going to

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click on that and this is just going to

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bring up all the flowers that are in

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access so it just removed all the stuff

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that I don’t have access to and it saves

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me the time of trying to sort and find

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what I’m looking for so here we can also

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filter it out by cards that have flowers

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or frames that have flowers or

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multi-layer projects that have flowers

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so you can use these filters to save you

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some time from scrolling through all the

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different objects and while we’re here

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I’m just going to grab this flower by

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clicking on it and click insert image

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and we’re going to go back to the canvas

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and I’m just going to use this to

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demonstrate some other items but we’ll

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put this off to the side the next button

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here we have is text and this is where

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the fun of design space 3 really shines

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I’m going to type I love my Cricut I’m

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going to move this up here so here I

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have some text that I have put on the

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canvas Cricut has moved the edit menu up

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here so there are some fun things we can

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do here with our text

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let’s move this actually I’m gonna move

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it down about right there

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okay so while the texts selected we now

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can change the font up here it used to

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be over to the side and you had this

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little tiny preview but look at this

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this is beautiful too

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see a better preview of the text that

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you might want to change your font – and

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this is has your system fonts as well as

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your Cricut fonts everything moves

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really quickly it loads your font much

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quicker

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we have style right here we can change

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it to regular bold italic bold italic we

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can change the font size you can use the

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up and down arrows to change it or you

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could change it this way we also have

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letter space which makes more or less

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space in between each letter this comes

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in handy when you’re using script we

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have a line space which puts more or

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less space in between lines of text you

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can see those are getting further apart

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we have alignment which we can justify

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left we could center or right justify if

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you have multiple lines of text if you

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look over in the layers panel you’ll see

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this text is let’s get this flower out

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of our way you’ll see this text is on

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one layer right here if I turn it off

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everything turns off so if we click on

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the text and we click ungroup two

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letters watch the layers panel now you

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see every single letter has its own

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layer and the beauty of that is if I

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just want to move this letter C over a

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little bit I can do that if I just want

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to make this letter C big I can do that

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the other thing that is new is that now

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even though I have ungrouped all these

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letters to their own layer I can just

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change the font of that letter if I want

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you couldn’t do that before so that’s

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really a fun feature now let’s click

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undo get this back to where it was

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and we’re going to I’m going to undo one

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oops

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redo okay now we’re back to where we

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were all the text is on one layer okay

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now watch if we click ungroup two lines

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what that did is make this one layer and

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this line one layer and again we can

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still edit this text we can still change

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the font we can still change the size we

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could ungroup just the letters on this

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so those are some fun new font features

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one other thing I just want to mention

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quickly when you’re working with fonts a

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lot of times people will message me and

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ask they want to cut words out for maybe

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a bulletin board and they want each

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letter to be 2 inches and so they will

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select or type their word and they’ll

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type 2 inches in the size what happens

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when you do that is it makes the word or

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whatever you have selected two inches

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from left to right you see that’s two

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inches if you want each letter to be 2

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inches you need to do ungroup two

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letters select each letter and change

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that to two inches that’s just a common

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question that I get a lot people want

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their letters to be a certain width but

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you have to undelete ange each letter

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okay let’s get rid of the text and let’s

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explore the next button

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this is shapes these are shapes in

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design space these are free you can use

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them as much as you want their basic

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shape square circle triangle diamond

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hexagon Pentagon star octagon heart and

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your score line so you can use these as

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many times as you want as often as you

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want and they’re always free next is

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upload images this is where you’re going

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to go if you want to upload your own

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images you can use JPEGs gifts PNG

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bitmaps SPG’s or

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DX X DX F Files

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I’m going to have a separate video just

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on uploading images but I’ll just do one

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really quickly just to show you how

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simple this is you click on upload image

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and you can drag or click a browse and

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I’m just going to find an image from my

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desktop I’ll just do this PNG file and

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we’ll click open there it is we have a

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transparent background the simple image

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and I’m just going to click continue

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here I have some options and again I’m

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going to go into all of this in the next

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video so we’re going to click continue

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you have a choice to save it as a

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printing cut or a cut image and I hope

20:52

you’re noticing how quickly in response

20:54

of this design spaces here we could tag

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it and I could tag this as journey and

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click Save and here it is I can click on

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it and that easily I have brought in an

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image that was not a Cricut image into

21:18

design space and this is ready to cut so

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now we’re going to grab our flower that

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we grabbed earlier and we’re going to

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explore this edit menu up on top we have

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undo and redo

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when you click undo it takes away the

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last thing that you did so I just move

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that flower from here to up here if I

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click undo it’s going to put it back

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where it was

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if I click redo it’s going to redo it so

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that’s pretty simple we have a select

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all select all is going to select

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everything that’s on the canvas we have

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edit once you have something selected

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you can click Edit and it’s going to

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give you the option to cut which is the

22:03

same as delete also this red button is

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delete and copy

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so if I click copy

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and then I click Edit I now have the

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option to paste and that’s going to

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paste whatever you copied it keeps it in

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the memory so if I were to do some other

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copy that and do some other things and

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then come back later and click paste it

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will remember that I have that copied

22:32

the next thing we can do is click align

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so if you have more than one object on

22:39

your mat we do we can select them both

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by drawing a box around them and I just

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click and drag to do the box click and

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drag and now I want to align these two

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flowers and say I want to align them to

22:52

the left now those are two flowers are

22:54

perfectly aligned on the left the next

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option we have is a range and this

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flower you see if I move this flower it

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goes behind that flower okay what a

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range does is it changes the order of

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the layers so if I hit a range move to

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front

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now this flower is on top of that flower

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that makes sense

23:24

the next item we have is flip I can flip

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this image horizontally or I could flip

23:32

it vertically the next option is the

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sizing now there are a couple different

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ways to resize an image you can always

23:42

resize an image by clicking on this

23:45

arrow and pushing or pulling to size it

23:49

but say I had this flower and I need it

23:52

to be exactly 3 inches wide I would type

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three point and now it is exactly three

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inches wide

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you notice this lock up here what this

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does is called lock proportions and when

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it’s in the lock position the lock is

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closed and it’s the same as this button

24:10

right here you can use either button

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when it is in the lock position like

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that if I resize this 3 inches wide it’s

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going to keep the height in perfect

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proportion it’s going to automatically

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adjust the height for me however if i

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unlock the

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this and say I make this six inches wide

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you see what happened it kept the 2.83

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for the height and it only adjusted the

24:40

width so let’s click undo similarly we

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can unclick the lock this way and now we

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can when we move this arrow we can move

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it down we can move it out so we can

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manipulate this image in all directions

24:56

whereas when it’s locked

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we can only proportionately resize it so

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that’s how the sizing works and the lock

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button next we have the rotate button

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and this is convenient if you’re doing

25:12

something at angles and you want to make

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sure everything is at the exact same

25:17

angle you can key it in and you can also

25:21

use the up and down arrows or highlight

25:29

it and to say we want that rotated 45

25:31

degrees the other thing you can do to

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rotate is use this button right here and

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this is a freestyle rotate however if

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you hold your Shift key it’s going to

25:41

rotate at 45 degree increments the other

25:45

next option we have is the X and Y axis

25:48

and that just tells you where it’s at on

25:51

the canvas so it’s saying that this

25:54

flower is at five point seven nine on

25:57

the x axis which is this and it’s at one

26:02

point four three on the Y which is the

26:05

horizontal you don’t you really won’t

26:09

use those a whole lot now that we have

26:11

the align feature it used to be more

26:13

handy when we didn’t have the align

26:15

feature but now if I want you know both

26:18

of these flowers to be perfectly in

26:20

alignment

26:20

I would instead of going up and typing

26:23

in two point five six on each one I

26:25

would just hit a line left so that’s

26:29

what those buttons are for now we go

26:33

over here to the layers panel and the

26:35

color sync panel and you can see I have

26:38

flower one right here it’s highlighted

26:40

and

26:40

this is flour to the first button under

26:45

the layers panel is group it’s not

26:48

highlighted because this object is

26:50

grouped together and what that means is

26:52

we have flour and then we have all the

26:53

related layers to that flour right under

26:56

it if I move one if I click on this it

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moves the entire group of layers the

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next button we have is ungroup now watch

27:09

what happens in the layers panel when we

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hit ungroup I just ungroup that flour

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and now instead of all of those layers

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being nice and grouped under the word

27:19

flour each layer is separate and if I

27:22

click to move this I’m only going to

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move one piece at a time

27:28

ok let’s click undo get back where we

27:31

were

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so let’s select it all and group again

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and now you see this is all grouped if I

27:40

select one layer everything selected so

27:43

what do we use this for well we use this

27:45

to keep things in place like this so

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that we can move it without having to

27:49

move every piece and line it all back up

27:51

again but we also use it if I want to

27:54

say I’m going to cut this flower and I

27:56

want to resize it I want to cut it this

27:59

big so that I don’t have to go and

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resize each layer by hand I group it so

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that I can resize it the way I want it

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all at one time so it’s going to resize

28:12

all the layers at once so while it’s

28:16

still grouped I can still manipulate

28:18

these layers a little bit I could go in

28:20

and change the color of this layer for

28:23

instance but by-and-large anything I do

28:28

to the grouping is going to do it to

28:31

everything so if I just want to maybe

28:35

resize this blue layer to be bigger than

28:40

it is I would click ungroup and then I

28:44

can grab just this blue layer and make

28:48

it really big so maybe I wanted to do I

28:50

don’t know why I would but maybe I would

28:52

want to do something like that

28:54

so that’s why you group and ungroup if

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you just want to manipulate one part of

28:59

something you’re going to ungroup it if

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you want to just move one part of

29:04

something you’re going to ungroup it so

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let’s undo get this back to the side

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that’s supposed to be so this is all

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ungrouped and this flower is grouped do

29:17

you see the difference in the layers

29:19

panel this is the grouped flower and

29:22

this flower in order to move it I’m

29:25

going to have to select all of it to

29:26

move it otherwise I’m just going to move

29:28

one layer at a time

29:31

so that’s group and ungroup the next

29:35

option we have is duplicate so I’m going

29:39

to select this grouped flower and click

29:40

duplicate what that does is just make

29:44

another one just like you would think it

29:46

does it’s much similar to the Edit copy

29:50

and paste however it saves the step for

29:54

one I can just hit duplicate I don’t

29:57

have to paste it’s just going to

29:58

immediately duplicate but the difference

30:01

is with the Edit menu

30:02

if I hit copy and then I do something

30:07

else say I go over here and I play with

30:10

this layer and make that big something

30:13

like that

30:14

I can come back and I can hit edit and

30:16

paste and it remembers what I did

30:20

where duplicate is only going to

30:22

duplicate whatever is selected so that’s

30:25

the difference between copy paste and

30:27

duplicate and then we have the delete

30:31

button and in design space there’s

30:33

always more than one way to do things so

30:35

I could click delete right here while I

30:38

have an object selected delete I can

30:41

select an object I can hit edit cut

30:44

that’s going to delete it I can select

30:47

an object and I can click this red X so

30:50

there are multiple ways to delete and

30:53

again the button right here okay the

30:57

next thing we’re going to look at in the

30:58

layers panel is when we have a image on

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the mat we have different layers here

31:05

what a layer is think of the

31:07

as your desktop so this blue paper is on

31:10

the is touching my desk and on top of

31:13

that blue paper is this pink paper and

31:15

on top of that paper is this red paper

31:16

so it’s kind of like a paper stack and

31:20

then you know this one is on top of this

31:25

set so this is the bottom of my layers

31:28

panel this is my desk top and then this

31:30

is the order that all those papers are

31:32

so that’s how to think of the layers

31:35

panel when you’re trying to understand

31:38

why something’s not showing or you need

31:40

to get it on top okay there are a couple

31:45

things we can do in the layers panel I’m

31:47

going to select this flower and I’m

31:48

going to ungroup it so that we can work

31:50

with different layers here and you can

31:51

see what’s going on so the first thing

31:54

about the layers panel I want to show

31:55

you is when you have a layer that you

31:56

don’t want to cut but maybe you don’t

31:58

want to delete it you want to leave it

32:00

you’re not sure or maybe you just want

32:01

to get it out of your way you have these

32:04

little eyes off to the side that means

32:07

if you can see the eye it means you can

32:09

see the layer if I want to turn off say

32:13

this pink layer so that I can grab this

32:15

orange layer easy easier I can just

32:19

click on the eye and it the layer is

32:22

still there but it’s turned off so it’s

32:24

not going to cut it’s not going to do

32:25

anything if I want to bring it back I

32:27

can but I can turn a layer off

32:31

oftentimes you’ll bring up an image in

32:33

design space that will have a shadow

32:34

layer and it’s automatically turned off

32:36

so if you want to use that shadow layer

32:38

you need to turn it on so always look in

32:40

the layers panel see if you have any

32:42

eyes turned off okay the next thing

32:44

you’re going to notice in the layers

32:45

panel is the preview of the image if you

32:48

click on the preview of the image it’s

32:49

going to bring up some options

32:53

it’s going to let you change the color

32:56

so I could change the color of that

32:58

image I can choose a color that’s

33:05

pre-made for me right here or I can use

33:07

this little slider and find a color this

33:10

way can move this up change it to the

33:12

purples move this around and choose a

33:15

color that way it’s giving me the RGB

33:19

code right here

33:21

so that’s how you can change the color I

33:23

also can change this from cut to right

33:27

if I want the Cricut to write it with a

33:29

pen I can change that right here so now

33:32

it’s going to write that layer it’s

33:34

going to draw it with a pen and I can

33:35

choose what color pen color I want it to

33:37

tell me to put in I can change it to

33:40

score maybe I just want that layer to be

33:47

scored and then I can change it to print

33:50

if I just want to print that layer so

33:55

you have the option here to change it to

33:57

cut right score and print and you can

34:00

change the colors just by clicking on

34:02

the image so let’s click back on the

34:08

canvas panel okay so down here at the

34:12

bottom of the layers panel you’re going

34:13

to notice some other features the first

34:16

one is slice how to slice work well if

34:19

we had this the middle of this flower

34:22

and this piece and say we instead of

34:26

putting this piece on top of this piece

34:27

we just want those holes to be cut out

34:30

of this piece what we would do is select

34:34

both of those I’m going to hit a line

34:37

Center make sure that’s lined up and

34:41

you’re going to notice I have two layers

34:44

selected you can only slice with two

34:46

layers that’s very important so only two

34:49

layers are selected here and I’m going

34:50

to hit slice and watch what happens

34:52

I just cut those holes out of that piece

35:00

let’s try it again with these two pieces

35:03

so perhaps I want to make an outline of

35:07

a flower I’m going to select these two

35:10

layers make sure I only have two layers

35:13

selected in the layers panel I do I have

35:15

the pink layer and the blue layer right

35:17

here and I’m going to click slice and

35:20

now I have sliced that piece out of

35:25

there

35:25

think of slice like a cookie cutter

35:29

you’re going to take away one piece from

35:33

another piece

35:34

the next option we’re going to go over

35:36

is weld this is how I would use the weld

35:39

button say I wanted to make a flower

35:42

border I’m going to grab this piece

35:44

right here I’m going to duplicate it

35:47

twice and I’m going to space these out

35:54

like so and I’m going to select them all

35:59

and hit align align bottom okay so I

36:04

have them aligned I’m going to make sure

36:07

that they are touching a little bit

36:09

overlapping each other okay so once we

36:14

have all of those selected we’re going

36:18

to click weld and watch what happens you

36:21

see that these are all now one layer up

36:23

here in the layers panel and they are

36:25

connected so I just made a flower border

36:28

the other time that you use weld and I

36:32

get asked this a lot is if I have text

36:35

they change this to a easier text to

36:39

read just love the text feature if I

36:42

have text and I want to make it isolate

36:47

ungroup two letters and I want to make

36:51

this text all cut out as one piece and

36:55

again you could align this and use your

36:58

letter spacing I’m just trying to show

37:00

you this quickly select all and weld and

37:06

now we have one piece right here so

37:12

those are two common uses for weld is to

37:14

take two shapes and kind of melt them

37:17

together or to take text and make it cut

37:21

out as one piece so I’m going to delete

37:23

that the next button we’re going to

37:25

explore is attach this question comes up

37:27

a lot I have three lines of text here it

37:30

says I love my Cricut and you should too

37:32

let’s click make it and see what happens

37:36

you can see that design space is set

37:39

this up on the mat to cut out like this

37:41

and what it’s doing is cutting it out to

37:44

save the most amount of paper

37:46

so it doesn’t look the way I want it if

37:50

I want this to cut out exactly like I

37:53

have it all set up and all lined up I

37:55

would select all and click attach now

37:59

look what happens when I click make it

38:02

it’s going to cut it out exactly the way

38:05

I have it set up another way that you

38:08

use attach and probably more often would

38:10

use attach is okay let’s put a shape in

38:13

square all right I’m going to click on

38:16

this square I’m going to make it white

38:17

say I’m making a card all right and I’m

38:21

going to put text and I’m going to say

38:24

happy birthday and I want to put that

38:32

text on the card

38:36

so I’m resizing it this is just for

38:41

illustration so I wanted to say happy

38:43

birthday on a card if I were to click

38:47

make it right now there’s my card here’s

38:53

my happy birthday that’s not what I want

38:56

what I would need to do to get that to

38:59

print happy birthday on the card is

39:01

select both of the objects and I could

39:06

click attach now what that’s going to do

39:10

is cut the happy birthday out of the

39:12

card because I attach the happy birthday

39:16

which was a cut file to the card but I

39:19

can go over here and click on the happy

39:21

and I could change that to print and I’m

39:29

going to change my font to black okay

39:33

now when I click make it I have happy

39:37

birthday printed on the card

39:42

alright let’s undo that another way if

39:47

you want to print something you’re going

39:52

to select it and instead of attach and

39:56

then switching it to print we can click

39:59

flatten the only time you’re going to

40:01

use the flatten button is when you’re

40:03

changing something to a print then cut

40:05

image so if I just click flatten it just

40:09

did all those steps for me so if I hit

40:12

click make it it knows that’s a print

40:17

and cut image so flatten is only used

40:22

for print than cut images say I decided

40:26

I wanted that happy birthday bigger I

40:28

could click on flatten and then I am

40:31

able to manipulate that again so that is

40:37

the flatten button we have one more

40:40

button here in the layers menu I want to

40:44

go over with you and that’s called

40:46

contour so I’m going to grab this image

40:49

I’m going to ungroup it and I’m going to

40:53

take this middle of the flower and say I

40:55

didn’t want those circles to cut out I

40:58

would click contour and this gives me

41:03

all of the images that I can get rid of

41:10

so I could get rid of all of them which

41:14

means now there are no holes in that

41:18

image you see that click undo let’s

41:25

click it again click contour say I just

41:28

wanted to get rid of I just don’t want

41:30

quite so many holes I can do that and if

41:32

you watch right here as I’m clicking on

41:35

these it’s getting rid of them

41:42

if we click off of it see we removed

41:47

some of those cut lines so that’s what

41:50

contour does okay we have one more

41:59

button to discuss over here and that is

42:02

color sync right here what color sync

42:04

does is say I want to cut this part and

42:11

say I want to cut the pink and the blue

42:13

out of the same colored cardstock all I

42:16

have to do is right here

42:18

grab the flower and pull it down to the

42:20

pink layer or maybe I want to cut these

42:23

flowers in the red layer I can do that

42:25

it’s just an easy way to without

42:28

individually going in and changing each

42:30

layers color hope to see you in the next

42:33

videos don’t forget to check out the

42:34

cheat sheets I’ve got them linked below

42:36

and I’ll see you soon bye bye

42:46

you

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