Using Cricut Design Space Slice Tool For Pattern Fill Print and Cut
I did a video on how to use the Cricut Design Space slice tool to print and cut to do a pattern fill using a photo and text, and it was brought to my attention that I left a few ant questions unanswered.
So I decided to come back on and do a second video and show you how I did this awesome shirt from start to finish. You can find the Cricut Print then cut the first video here.
This blog post will teach you a few things, how to fill the text with a pattern or a photo, how to use Cricut print then cut feature. So if you came here to learn more about how to print then cut on Cricut, then you are in the right place!
I recently also used this technique to do a shirt for my twin nephews 10th birthday. I used their photo as the pattern fill and put their last name in the photo text. This technique can also be used with the Silhouette and you can find that video here.
Using Cricut Design Space Slice Tool For Print and Cut
The first thing I do is select my image. I didn’t like the image in the last video (again see that video here) how it turned out with the white around the outside so I googled to find another image.
When you go to Google and search for an image, it tells you the size of the image. I always try to find ones that are at least 1000×1000 px. For me, this tells me that the image will print well, and will not pixelate. Even if you are using your own image you want it to be a very high resolution.
If the initial image you have isn’t a large enough size for you then you can just click on the size and it will pull up a page like the one below, that will take you to a page that will show you a variety of sizes for that image.
What you will need:
- A good quality printer I use this one.
- Jolee’s Iron-on transfer paper for darks.
- Vinal, Siser is my favorite.
- Cricut I have the Cricut explore air
- or Silhouette (video here)
- Sealer (I like this one)
- You will also need Cricut Design Space which is a cloud based design tool, this is where you will store all your images and projects. It is also loaded with images, fonts and other ready to make projects that you can use for free.
- Cricut weeding tool.
Cricut Design Space
To save, just right click and save to a location that you can easily find.
Now go back over to Cricut Design Space click on upload because we want to upload the image, find the one you want to use and upload it. There’s no editing necessary so your image should show up nice and large, and what the size tells me is that when I am ready to print, it will print very clear and true to the photo.
Make sure to name your image in Cricut Design Space, I have a bad habit of allowing them to save as whatever, but if you name your image when you upload then you can easily find that same image.
Using Cricut Design Space Slice Tool For Print and Cut
Now that you have your image into Design Space there’s our image into the canvas, larger images may take a few mins to load. Once it is on your canvas, resize it, because it will be huge, not too small though.
Go ahead and type your text, I like to use the Impact font for these, but any nice boxy bold letters will do.
Adjust the lettering to where you like it, fix the line space and adjust the size of the lettering. If you have more than 1 text box then you need to do this for each.
How To Print then Cut On Cricut.
Now go to the slice tool and left click and select only the image and 1 textbox and then click slice, do this for each text box. (for me this sometimes takes several tries before I get the results that I like.
Add any additional text that you will cut out in vinyl and adjust till you like the way it looks. right here that says that the image is
too large so what you’re gonna have to
Here is where it can get a little tricky. Sometimes the sliced image is too big for the 8.5″x10″ paper, design space only allows 9.25″ x 6.75″, so how I do this is select a square shape, lay it over the lettering.
Left click and select both the shape and the lettering. Then click silce, in the bottom right-hand corner.
Be very careful with this, because you don’t want to slice through more than you intend to.
You should now have something similar to this. You can get rid of what you don’t need, just click on it then click the red X. Now we are ready for print, if you have turned the htv text layer off then turn it back on and click make it.
Note: YOU DO NOT NEED TO MIRROR THE JOLEE’S ONLY THE TEXT YOU ARE CUTTING WITH VINYL.
Again only mirror the HTV layer, once you have done that click continue. Make sure the print then cut layer is selected and then send to the printer. I have found that 2 print settings work amazingly well with printable transfer paper.
- Plain Paper
- Matte Photo Paper
Design Space Slice Tool For Print and Cut
I’m using an Epson XP 8500 I also have the Epson XP 440. I like to print with the bleed on because it gives a little bit more room for error when cutting.
Once you have your image printed out, place the transfer sheet on your Cricut Mat and load it into your Cricut, set the Cricut to paper+ and click cut. You will see the light on your machine come on to search for the registration lines and then it will begin to cut around your transfer.
I no longer use the sealer as much, but you can, I do believe it allows the ink to set better. Spray the image directly after it comes from the printer and allows to dry before you go to cut.
You will weed this just like any other project and then place the transfer letters by hand. Then press like normal.
I get tons of questions daily on this video so I decided to make it into a blog post, I hope this helps my visual people a little bit.
Did you make a boo boo with your htv? Check this out How To Remove HTV With An Ordinary Iron.