Specialty projects with Cricut Mug Press and Cricut Hat Press
Start making pro-looking mugs and hats in minutes with the Cricut Mug Press and Cricut Hat Press. It’s easy to make your own designs and custom looks with Design Space.
The Cricut EasyPress family
In 2017, Cricut created a whole category of handheld heat transfer products with Cricut EasyPress. We knew traditional irons were unreliable with inconsistent and uneven heating. Instead, we wanted to make a product that delivered the speed and quality of a professional heat press with the convenience of a home iron. With precise time and temperature control up to 400°F (205°C), Cricut EasyPress makes it easy to take on any heat-transfer project. We also included the added safety benefits, of an auto shut-off feature for peace of mind and an insulated safety base to protect work surfaces. Cricut EasyPress comes in two sizes (9” x 9”, 12” x 10”).
Cricut EasyPress 2 vs Cricut EasyPress 3
The Cricut EasyPress family got a major upgrade with Cricut EasyPress 3. Making heat transfer projects are simpler, with even less guesswork than before. Now equipped with Bluetooth™ connectivity, Cricut EasyPress 3 pairs with the Cricut Heat app for guided making, including one-tap precision temperature and time settings.
Cricut EasyPress Mini
The small but mighty Cricut EasyPress Mini gets things done in tight spaces. Unusual objects and improbable projects are not a challenge with this powerful tool. With three easy heat settings, Cricut EasyPress Mini makes professional heat-transfer results possible for small and irregular objects and projects, like baby shoes, stuffed animals, pockets, clothing labels, tags, and more.
Cricut EasyPress Mini vs Cricut EasyPress 2 and Cricut EasyPress 3?
Size. Any product in the EasyPress family works for customizing anything from apparel to paper crafts to home décor. It all comes down to what size projects you’re likely to make to determine whether a full-size EasyPress is right for you, or if you just need the EasyPress Mini. However, we’ve heard many convincing arguments that having both is a great option if possible.
Cricut Autopress is a revolutionary heat press that has been years in the making! Merging commercial power with a sleek, home-friendly design. Cricut Autopress is perfect for those who make customized apparel and other heat transfer projects in bulk. So, whether you’re creating fifty volunteer sweatshirts for your community or fulfilling a t-shirt order for your side hustle, Cricut Autopress offers breakthrough auto-assistance resulting in fast, perfect transfers. Less effort. More magic.
Cricut EasyPress vs. Cricut Autopress
Both Cricut EasyPress and Cricut Autopress work on similar types of projects, but if you’re finding yourself making a lot of heat projects, you may want something a little more automated. That’s where Cricut Autopress comes in.
Cricut Autopress takes as few as two fingers two press down when you’re ready to start your project. It uses your time and temperature settings, and automatically adjusts the pressure based on whatever material you’re pressing — there’s no need to manually hold Cricut Autopress down while it’s heating your transfer. When the timer is up, the lid lifts automatically, allowing you to work on something else without worrying about the project in the press.
This works great for small business owners, making for volunteer groups or the community, or even multiple batches of items for friends and family.
Cricut Autopress takes up more space than Cricut EasyPress. With overall dimensions of 16.63 in (w) x 6.62 in (h) x 26.07 in (d) and weighing in at just under 53 lbs., Cricut Autopress is not meant for small space. Cricut Autopress also allows for larger project making with a 15” x 12” heat plate.
Cricut EasyPress machines, with the largest size at 12” x 10”, take up much less space than Cricut Autopress, making them easier to store and more portable.
For most crafters, Cricut Explore Air 2 is a clear choice.It simply does more overall since it is a full-sized machine.You have more control over the machine settings.If you plan on doing plenty of projects, the Explore Air 2 is the way to go.
Connect Cricut Explore Air 2 With Device
Unboxing: Open the box and take out all the components: the machine, power cord, USB cable, cutting mat, and a fine point blade.
Connect to Power: Plug in the power cord and connect it to a power source.
Connect to Computer or Mobile Device:
For a computer, go to the Cricut website and download the Design Space software. Follow the instructions to set up your machine and connect it via USB or Bluetooth.
For a mobile device, download the Cricut Design Space app from the app store and connect your machine via Bluetooth.
Calibration: Follow the instructions in the manual or on-screen prompts to calibrate your machine. This usually involves loading a sheet of paper and having the machine detect its edges.
Open Cricut Design Space on your computer or mobile device.
Create a new project or choose from existing templates.
Design or select the shapes, text, or images you want to cut.
Place your material on the cutting mat. The Explore Air 2 can cut a variety of materials such as vinyl, cardstock, fabric, and more. Ensure the material is adhered firmly to the mat.
Loading Mat and Cutting
Insert the cutting mat into the machine by pressing the arrow button. The machine will automatically detect the mat and load it.
Ensure the blade is inserted correctly and choose the material setting in the Design Space.
Press the “Go” or “Cut” button on the software to start the cutting process.
Unload and Weed
Once the cutting is complete, unload the mat from the machine.
Peel away the excess material (this process is called “weeding”) to reveal your design.
Tips for Best Results:
Material Settings: Use the correct settings for the material you’re cutting. Design Space usually provides default settings, but you can customize them based on your experience.
Blade Maintenance: Keep the blade clean and sharp for precise cuts. Replace it when necessary.
Mat Care: Clean the cutting mat regularly to maintain its adhesive quality for holding materials firmly in place.
Trial and Error: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different materials and settings to understand how the machine works best for your projects.
Remember, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is a powerful tool for crafting, and practice will help you become more proficient in using it for various projects. Refer to the user manual or online video tutorials for specific guidance or troubleshooting.
How do I set up my Cricut Explore Air2
To set up your Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine, follow these steps:
Plug in the machine and power it on.
Connect the machine to your computer with the USB cord or pair it via Bluetooth.
Slice is a tool within Cricut Design Space that allows you to cut one image out of another image. You’ll find it at the bottom of the Layers panel, next to the other Design Space layer tools: Weld, Attach, Flatten, and Contour.
When to Use the Slice Tool
The Slice Tool is ideal for situations where you want to create complex designs or when you want to remove specific parts of your design. It is particularly useful when you want to create layered designs, such as when creating custom stickers, decals, or vinyl lettering. It can also be used to create intricate designs from more straightforward shapes, such as when creating stencils or paper cutouts.
5 Ways to Use the Slice Tool
Cut shapes and text from a larger background shape
Create a new shape from two standard shapes
Crop an image
Cut an image into multiple pieces and layers
Modify or rearrange a ready-made image
Basic Steps to Using the Slice tool
Arrange 2 images so that they are overlapping. Click and drag the images so that they overlap. If you try to Slice two images that aren’t overlapping, nothing will happen.
Select both layers. Remember that when you’re using Slice with images, you can only work with two layers at one time. Once you select the two layers, a gray bounding box will appear around both images, and the individual layers will be highlighted in the Layers panel.
Click the Slice button at the bottom of the Layers panel if you’re on a computer or in the Actions menu at the bottom of the screen if you’re using the iOS and Android app.
See your results. Separate the layers to see your new shapes. Now you can edit the layers individually, and delete any layers you don’t need.
You can actually do the vectorization within Cricut Design Space. Cricut Design Space does have some native vectorization capabilities. They are not great, but it covers a lot of use cases for Cricut crafters.
Cricut Design Space
You simply upload the JPEG/PNG image. Because there is high contrast between the colors and the back is uniform, you can select “Simple” in the upload process. Then just Select and Erase the background by clicking anywhere on the background. Then select a Save as a Cut Image.
To cut around a photo in Cricut Design Space, start with Upload Image. After selecting your image, select “complex” so Design Space knows to preserve the resolution of the image. Then do nothing on the next page when it asks you what you want to keep and erase. On the following screen, “Save as a Cut image”.
Create SVG File in Adobe Photoshop
Open an existing JPEG or PNG image in Adobe Photoshop, or click “New” and open a new graphic canvas.
Click the “Pen,” “Brush” or any other drawing tool from the “Toolbox” on the left side of the canvas. Draw your design onto the canvas using one or more drawing tools. If importing an existing graphic, click the “New Layer” button in the Layers palette to open a new drawing layer over the graphic. Draw over the existing image to recreate the image in vector format.
Click on the imported image layer and press the “DEL” key to delete the image layer after you have recreated the original image in the vector layer.
Click the “File” option on the top navigation bar, and then click the “Export” option.
Type a name for the new SVG file in the “File Name” input box.
Click the “Save as Type” drop-down box and then click the “Scalable Vector Graphic (.svg)” option. Click “Save.” The file is saved as an SVG file and can now be imported into the SCAL software and used in Cricut.
The function to make SVG files out of bitmap images is “Image Trace”. You can access the tool panel by going to Window > Image Trace.
After the image has been selected, select the “Trace Bitmap” function under “Path” in the toolbar
After this function has been selected, you should see this pop-up box in the upper right corner.
VectorMagic automatically convert JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF bitmap images to true SVG, EPS, and PDF vector images online by simply uploading them. Real full-color tracing, no software to install and results are ready right away!
This guide will show you just how easy it is to make your own custom stickers with a Cricut. You’ll need some sticker paper, an inkjet printer, a Cricut machine, Cricut Design Space.
What is Cricut?
Cricut makes smart cutting machines that work with an easy-to-use app to help you design and personalize almost anything — custom cards, unique apparel, everyday items, and so much more.
A Cricut can cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, faux leather, thin wood, and more! They have a wide variety of machines to suit your needs, from the compact machine called a Cricut Joy to the newest machine that can cut thin wood called a Cricut Maker 3.
Cricut machines connect to your computer, Ipad, or phone either by Bluetooth, a printer cable, or USB. You can then download an image from their program, Design Space, and send it to your Cricut to cut. Once a design is ready to be cut, place your material onto a mat, then load it into the machine as you would paper for a printer. The machine carefully cuts, scores, or draws the chosen image onto your material.
Cricut Design Space is an App where you can access thousands of images and fonts that can be used with your cutting machines. These images and fonts are available free or for cost.
Which is the Best Cricut Machine for your need
3 current machines are being offered on Cricut.com. Each one has its own pros, and cons. let’s go over them together.
Cricut Maker 3
The Maker is the most powerful machine Cricut offers. It was released in June 2021. It can cut more than 300 materials such as wood, leather, fabric, thin acrylic, and more. The newest feature of the Maker 3 vs. the previous version, Maker 1, is the ability to cut vinyl without a mat using a new product called Smart Materials. This means you can cut an entire 12ft roll of vinyl in a single project! When cutting with other materials, the maximum cutting area is 11.5 x 23.5 or 11.5 x 11.5, depending on the size of your mat. Cutting speeds are 2x faster than the original maker and 4x faster than the older Explores. This machine has 12 different blades to cut, emboss, engrave, score, and foil. Pens and markers can be used to draw within the second housing space on the machine. The retail price of the Maker 3 is currently $399.00.
Cricut Explore 3
The Explore 3 was also released in June 2021. Like the Maker, it can cut Smart Material without a mat, making creating borders or long decals a piece of cake! This machine can cut up to 100+ materials and is twice as fast as the older version, Explore 2, cutting up to 8 inches per second. It has been upgraded with a sensor that allows it to print then cut on colored paper. Previous Explore’s can only print then cut on white paper. This machine has 4 blades, the fine point, deep point, bonded fabric blade, and the foil transfer tool. Pens and markers can be used as well. The retail price of The Explore 3 is currently $299.00.
The Joy is the smallest of the family. It was released in March 2020. It weighs 3.9 pounds and can be easily moved around for those who like to create on the go. The max-width of material used in the Joy is 4.25 but can cut lengths up to 20 feet long using the Smart Materials made for the Joy! The other machines cannot do this. The Joy has a total of 2 blades and can write using pens and markers. This machine does not have a USB port, so it must be used via Bluetooth. The retail price of the Cricut Joy is currently $159.00.
How to Use Cricut?
Open your machine at first, if you have the Cricut Joy or the Maker 3, all you do is lift up on the lid (where you see the indent for your fingers.) If you have the Explore 3, a button must be pressed to open the machine on the top left.
Next, you’ll need to set up your computer, tablet, or phone with the Cricut Design App. Download this program from your app store or design.cricut.com. This link will walk you step by step through setting up your machine with Design Space and even creating your first project with the example supplies provided in the packaging!
What Can You Make With A Cricut?
Create stunning shadow boxes with your Cricut by cutting layers of paper cardstock and layering them on top of each other.
Leather crafting is fun too! Your machine makes cutting leather a breeze and lets you get to the project’s assembly in a snap. This No-sew Faux Leather Coin Purse is a fun project to create for beginners.
Get your spook on by creating your own Halloween matching shirts for you and your family.
Wooden Personalized Signs
Create beautiful handmade wooden signs from a template like below. Add your last name or a friend’s last name for the perfect gift!
The Cricut makes this process even easier as it enables you to make various different-sized stickers, which it then expertly cuts, leaving you with professional-looking stickers.
How to Make Stickers With Cricut?
Cricut stickers are generally made using adhesive paper. This is then printed on and can be cut to size.
Prepare Your Design
1, Choose your sticker design in Cricut Design Space
On the homepage, click on “New Project” in the “My Projects” section to pull up a new canvas. Hit the “Images” button on the left-hand side of the screen to bring up the image search page, and type in the sticker design that you’re looking for. Click on however many sticker designs you’d like and hit “Add to Canvas” to upload them to your workspace. Check off the “Print then Cut” square on the “Operation Type” menu to narrow down your search results with compatible options. If you’d rather make stickers with your own designs, click “Upload” instead of “Images” on the left-hand side of your screen. Cricut Design Space accepts .jpg, .png, .bmp, and .gif image files, as well as .svg and .dxf vector files.
2, Add an offset to your sticker if you’d like it to have an outline
Select a sticker on your canvas and click the “Offset” option from the top horizontal menu. Adjust the thickness and curve of your offset and then hit “Apply” to confirm your settings. Beneath the “Operation” section on the top menu, check that the “Basic Cut” option is selected. Cricut Design Space automatically makes your offset black. If you’d like to change the color, click on the colored square in the “Operation” section of the top menu to make adjustments.
3, Flatten each sticker so it isn’t made with multiple layers
Click and drag your cursor over a single sticker—this automatically selects all of the layers in the design. Then, click the “Flatten” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to condense the sticker into a single layer. This way, your Cricut machine only has 1 shape it has to cut around. The “Flatten” option can be found between the “Attach” and “Contour” buttons.
4, Create a digital rectangle that’s 6.75 by 9.25 in (17.1 by 23.5 cm)
Click on the “Shapes” button along the left-hand side of the screen and select a square or rectangle option. Then, go the “Size” section along the top menu bar and type in 6.75 in (17.1 cm) for the width and 9.25 in (23.5 cm) for the height. Right-click the shape and select “Send to Back” so it goes behind your stickers—that way, you can use it as a template to help you accurately lay out your stickers.
A 6.75 by 9.25 in (17.1 by 23.5 cm) area is the largest amount of space that a Cricut Explore or Maker machine can cut on at once. Make multiple sticker sheets if you have a lot of stickers to create at one time. Cricut Design Space automatically makes new shapes a dark gray color. To change this, click on the colored square in the “Operation” section of the top menu to get different color options.
5, Arrange your stickers so they fit inside of the rectangle
Click and drag each sticker into the rectangle, rotating and resizing each one as you’d like. If you have leftover space in your rectangle, feel free to click the “Duplicate” button in the top right-hand corner to make extra copies of your existing stickers. Try to fill up as much of the rectangle as you can. You don’t want any of your sticker paper going to waste!
6, Hide the rectangle so it doesn’t show up in the print-out.
Go to the Layers panel on the right side of your screen and find the “Square” layer at the bottom of the list. Click on the eye symbol so it’s crossed out—this prevents the colored rectangle from printing out with the rest of your stickers. Just click on the eye symbol again to toggle the rectangle back onto your canvas.
7, Select all of the stickers with your cursor and click “Attach.”
Click and drag your cursor over all of the stickers you’ve arranged. Then, click the “Attach” button on the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, between the “Weld” and “Flatten” buttons. This saves the exact format and layout of your stickers. If you don’t click “Attach,” Cricut will automatically layout your stickers for you.
8, Save your project and click the “Make It” button.
Click on the “Save” button in the top right-hand corner of your screen—you can find it between “My Projects” and the name of your Cricut machine (e.g. “Maker 3”). Type in a file name for your stickers, and then click the green “Make It” button in the top right-hand corner to pull up your printer settings.
Print the Stickers
1, Setting up the printer
Once you’ve got your images in place, it’s time to select your machine from the top menu and click the Make It button. You will notice that a lined black box will surround your design. This box will be printed, and the Cricut sensors scan it, so the machine knows exactly where to cut.
Next, click Continue, where you’ll be able to send it to your printer. When you click Print, you’ll be able to select the Add Bleed function. When this is selected, the ink is extended slightly beyond the image’s border, which eliminates the white margin when the image is cut. However, if you want your image surrounded by a white margin, turn this off.
You can also choose to turn on System Dialog, which will allow you to access your own printer settings, giving you the option to adjust the settings for the best print quality.
2, Printing and adding to the material
The next step of how guide to how to make stickers with Cricut includes your printer. This process only works with an inkjet printer; we have a list of the best art printers if you’re looking to upgrade. You will need to check which way up your printer should be loaded. Add your chosen printable material to the feed and click Print.
Once your sheet has been printed, you’ll need to add it to a mat, lining up the top of the paper with the top left-hand corner. Even if you have a machine that uses Smart Materials, you will still need to use a mat for this project.
3, Selecting your material and get scanning
In Cricut Design Space, you need to tell your machine what type of material you’re using. We used the Cricut Printable Sticker Paper, so we just searched for that in the search bar. But if you’re not using the official Cricut paper, select the sticky note setting.
A top tip if you’re planning to make Cricut stickers regularly is to click the star next to this material, which then adds it to your favourites. Once it’s in your favourites, it’ll save you plenty of time searching through the materials each time you want to create stickers.
The next step is to line your mat up and click Go. The machine will measure the mat length and will then use sensors to read the black lines before cutting around the individual images. And that’s it. Your stickers will be ready to peel off and use where you like.
Cutting with the Cricut
1, Choose the material you’re using in the Cricut Design Space.
Under the “Set Base Material” section on the screen, click on the paper option that most closely matches your sticker sheets. The screen preloads 12 popular options, but hit “Browse All Materials” if you don’t see the correct option on this list. If you’ve covered your stickers with a water-resistant transparent vinyl, select a heavy-duty option like “cardstock.” That way, the Cricut will have an easier time cutting through the thick material.
2, Adjust your machine settings for kiss cut or die cut.
A kiss cut only slices through the top layer of the sticker paper, while a die cut slices through the entire paper. Kiss cuts work well for sticker sheets, while die cuts are great for individual stickers.
Kiss Cut: On a Cricut Maker machine, choose “Sticky Note” as your selected material in the final option menu. On a Cricut Explore machine, turn the machine dial to the “Vinyl” setting.
Die Cut: Set “Cardstock” as the selected material for your Cricut machine.
3, Align your sticker sheet in the top-left corner of your Cricut mat.
Line up your printed sticker sheet so the top left-hand corner of the sticker paper lines up with the top left-hand corner of the Cricut mat’s grid. Press the sheet down onto the mat, or roll over it with a brayer to keep it in place.
4, Load the mat and hit the go button so the machine starts cutting.
Line up the mat and sticker sheet with the base of the Cricut machine and hit the center “go” button to start the cutting process. Watch and wait for the Cricut machine to finish cutting out all of your stickers before you remove the mat.
5, Remove the sheet from the mat to use your stickers.
Pull the freshly-cut sticker sheet off of the mat to admire your stickers. You’re now ready to use and enjoy your beautiful creations! Kiss-cut stickers will still be attached to the sticker backing paper, while die-cut stickers can be individually separated.