Take a look at the New Cricut Design Space and get a few of the most commonly asked questions answered. I am sharing this post as a part of the Cricut Ambassador Program. My opinions and craft tutorials are my own. This post may contain affiliate links, which won’t cost you extra, but helps support this site.
I have been waiting for this for the longest time- the new version of Cricut Design Space is here! I wasn’t a part of the beta testing group, but I’ve been reading many great things about the new site and anxiously awaiting my own turn to try it. The site is officially opened to everyone now, and I’m loving the new site and features.
As with anything, I have noticed that some users are unsure of the changes and wondering if their previous Design Space frustrations have been eliminated. If you are nervous to try it out, here is a tour of the new Cricut Design Space version in the form of frequently asked questions.
How do I access the new Cricut Design Space?
The new Cricut Design Space can be found at design.cricut.com. You will need to download the latest version.
What is the biggest positive change to the new version?
Hello, no Adobe Flash! All of those times refreshing my browser because the Flash was quirky is now gone. Thank heavens! This is definitely my favorite aspect of the new Cricut Design Space.
How do I find My Projects?
Finding my own projects is now easier than ever! On the new Cricut Design Space home page, my projects are conveniently in the middle of the page. I can click on them to see what images and fonts that I used, making it much more visually appealing when trying to locate a recent project.
Will My Projects transfer over from the old version?
Yes, all projects that are saved in the previous version of Design Space will transfer over to the new version.
How do I find Make It Now projects?
Previously, I had a hard time locating Make It Now projects. With the new Cricut Design Space version, I can access them now from my new project grid. The Make It Now projects are under the “Projects” icon on the sidebar.
Another thing that you will notice is the new layout for the supplies and instructions for the Make It Now projects. The description box is easier to read and follow.
Are Make It Now projects searchable?
Yes! Before, I could only search the projects by category. Now, there is a search bar that will show any project that is any category for the topic for which you are searching.
Is the font option easier to use?
Another resounding “Yes!” Who has waited for the font choices to upload for so long that you decided to just go do laundry? This is no more with the upgraded font feature. All the fonts are searchable with the click of a button, and they have a nice preview that helps with choosing the perfect font for my project.
What other new features do I need to know about?
The Hide Contour feature is awesome. The Hide Contour button lets me hide certain elements of an image. This is specifically helpful when I only want an outline of an image to cut. By clicking the button on the lower right panel, a new window appears that lets me choose what parts to hide.
This tool is helpful when trying to line up an image within another image, as with the below “O” inside the rectangle. There are several align choices.
I really like this feature! Under the color choices, I can now see which colors I am already using in my project, making it easy to choose the same (or different) one.
Once the machine is cutting, a new progress bar appears on the screen to let you know when the Cricut is at a new stage in the cutting process.
Also, I’ve heard that the Print to Cut area is now a bit larger, though I have yet to try this feature out personally since the update.
Can I now curve text?
Well, curving text has always been an option to do manually. And it appears that it will stay that way. There is no “magic button” to curve text. It will still have to be done the old-fashioned way by ungrouping the letters and curving them individually. I do have a tutorial for that– How to Curve Text in Cricut Design Space. The tutorial is done with the previous version but is still applicable for the new version.
What seems to be the biggest complaint about the new version?
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017: The Canvas feature is back! After tons of input, Cricut placed this feature back into Design Space. Yay!
I’ve heard the most complaints over there no longer being a “Canvas” option. I never used this feature in the old design space, but apparently many others did. If this was a favorite element of yours, sorry, but it appears to be a thing of the past.
Do I have to upgrade to the new version?
Not currently. However, Cricut team members are estimating that everyone will be transferred over in about two months. I recommend going ahead and downloading it and familiarizing yourself with it.
As a frequent Cricut Explore Air 2 user, I am extremely happy and satisfied with the Cricut Design Space upgrade. I find it user friendly, visually appealing, and faster to use than the previous version. I recommend every Cricut user to upgrade; I believe it will greatly enhance your Cricut crafting experience.
Do you have any questions about the new version?