Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Design Studio Tips

You did it, you purchased the Cricut Design Studio software.

Ok Now what?

Here are some basic tips to help you use DS (Design Studio).
You can design with all of the cartridges, but you can only cut with the ones you have. Cricut Design Studio has the current available cartridges loaded into the program.
You need to get updates to the Cricut Design Studio at the Cricut website. The updates not only fix any bugs in the program, they also add the latest cartridge releases for you to design with.
They are FREE updates, but sometimes DS has the preview of the cartridge months before the cartridge is available. Sometimes the cartridge comes out, but the update to use it with DS takes months to become available.
You can create & save all kinds of cutting files with any cartridge they offer. While that is fun for experimenting, just remember that when you go to cut the Cricut will ask you to load the specific cartridge used. JukeBox allows you to have 6-18 cartridges connected to the Cricut all at the same time.
You can use more than one cartridge in a cutting. The options are endless. Bring letters and images from any cartridge into the cutting you are designing. When you are ready to cut, the Cricut will ask you to load each cartridge you used.
Connecting letters together to form one cutting is referred to as welding. In order to weld letters together it is important to remember to check the welding box for each image that has a bounding box. Another interesting tidbit about welding is that it removes any scorelines on the image. So make sure if you want to score you copy the image unwelded to a seperate page to score at a low cut first.
You can use cut files from other Design Studio users. Many Cricut Design Studio users freely share their designs & ideas. Google for them, read their rules and download the file to your computer. Design Studio will now open it. You might want to create a folder just for Cricut Downloads, you can even create a folder for each of your cricut friends so you know who shared it with you.
You need to get updates to the Cricut Design Studio at the Cricut website. The updates not only fix any bugs in the program, they also add the latest cartridge releases for you to design with.
When previewing a cut:- If it is welded together-the cutting lines will be in a bold line. - If an image previews as a solid color then it is not welded. - It is easy to miss checking the welding box on a letter as you are creating, - SO REMEMBER to Preview - saves you time and frustration!
You can use several layers when creating a design. For example: If you are creating a shadow for an image (say a black background for a PaperDoll, so her feature stand out) you need to open a new layer just for the shadow. Otherwise, when you go to cut, if they are on the same page, over lapping, it will cut the image and the shadow at the same time using the same paper. When previewing, the user has the option as to whether or not other layers show through to the one they are working on.

2009 is a year for learning & shareing!

Well 2009 is off to a bang! I've been to the first Scrapbook Expo show in CostaMesa CA and to the first CKC convention in Portland. Meeting people and shareing ideas is always a great experience. 2009 goal with my blog is to share all things cricut and to help those bugs get out of the box and into Creative use! Come back or follow me in my Cricut Adventures and in learning shareing Cricut stuff!