How to Group and Attach in Cricut Design Space. Step by step tutorial on how and when to use group and attach in Cricut Design Space plus a video tutorial.
Welcome to Lesson 6 on Cricut Design Space Basics. Today, we are talking about how to group and attach in Cricut Design Space. Both of these tools are available in the layers panel and allow you to move and size your images together on the canvas. Being able to proportionately move and size your images as one is a very helpful design feature when working in Cricut Design Space.
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How to Group in Cricut Design Space
The group function in the layers panel allows you to group multiple layers, images, or text together so that they move and size together on the canvas. Using the group tool does not change how the images or text appear on the cutting mat.
To see how this works, I started by adding a tote bag template to my canvas. Then I added some images to the canvas. I chose some cute designs from the Makers Gonna Make cartridge.
Align the images, and then click on Select All.
In the layers panel select Group. Now, you can resize all the images to fit the tote bag.
How to Use Group and Ungroup When Working With Text
Use the ungroup function to be able to move images, layers, and text independently of each other on the canvas. This is especially helpful when working with text. If you click ungroup once you can move and size each layer of text. If you click on ungroup a second time, you can move and size each letter on its own.
Add text to your design. I chose the Cricut font Library 3. Click Ungroup.
Now, you can separate the layers of the text from each other.
If you select one of the text layers and click Ungroup again, you will be able to move each individual letter.
How to Attach in Cricut Design Space
The attach function in the layers panel works similarly to the group tool but affects how images and text are placed on the Cricut mat when cutting. You also use the Attach tool to connect writing and score lines to a layer in your project.
If we go to the mat preview screen after grouping the two images for the tote bag, you will see that they will be cut out from two different materials.
If we select both images and then click Attach in the layers panel, now the designs will be cut from the same mat, in the exact placement you have them on the canvas.
How to Use Attach With Score Lines and Writing in Cricut Design Space
You will also use attach to fasten your writing or score line onto a layer.
Let’s say we want to create a card from scratch. Start by adding a rectangle that is 8″ wide by 6″ tall. This will make the finished folded card 4″ x 6″.
Add a Score Line in the design panel. Change the size to 6″. Click Select All and then Align. Choose Center so that the score line will be perfectly aligned on your card.
Add some text to the front of the card. I wrote out a simple Happy Birthday message. Not shown: Be sure to select your text layer and change the linetype to Draw.
Attach everything together by clicking Select All. (You can also select everything by clicking on the canvas and dragging over your entire design.) Then click Attach in the layers panel.
This links all the layers together so the Cricut machine knows where to score and write on the card before cutting it out.
When to Use Group or Attach in Cricut Design Space
Use Group when you want to keep your design elements together on the canvas while designing.
Use Attach when you need to keep your design elements exactly the same on the cutting mat as they are arranged on the canvas.
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