Did you find a great image on your favorite blog that you want to upload to Cricut Design Space? Or do you want to add a cute photo of your kids to make a print and cut magnet? Yes, you can upload your own images to use with your Cricut! Here’s how to upload your own images into Cricut Design Space. This post contains affiliate links.
If you’ve used any older versions of cutting machine software, then you may be intimidated by uploading your own images into Cricut Design Space. With my older Cricut Expression machine, this was not even a possibility. When I was using a Silhouette Cameo, I could upload my JPG and PNG images but I found converting them into cut files confusing. The Cricut Explore Air and accompanying Design Space changed all of this for me!
Update: This tutorial has been updated for the new Cricut version. Click HERE for that post.
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Cricut Design Space literally walks you through uploading images step-by-step. I was amazed at how easy it was the first time that I uploaded an image! Here’s how to upload your own images into Cricut Design Space.
- Click the “Upload Images” button on the left hand side bar.
2. Design Space will give you two choices- to upload an image or to upload a pattern. In this case, we want to click “upload image.”
3. Once you click upload image, you can choose the image from your computer files that you want to upload. This is sometimes the hard part for me because I can never remember where I saved my images (even with a folder system). Select the image and it will upload.
4. The image will appear in the Cricut Design Space window with a few options on HOW you want to upload the image. Cricut Design Space explains what each one means. I typically chose “Simple Image.”
5. The image will appear in the window and give you a chance to “clean it up”. There may be parts of the image that you do not want to cut, and this is your chance to remove them easily. In the image that I uploaded, you’ll see that I removed the snow that the bear was under the bear. Just click on the individual areas and the software will remove them. Once you’re finished, click “Continue.”
6. The last step is to tell Cricut Design Space what you want to do with the image. Do you want it to be a print and cut image or just a cut image of the silhouette? A print and cut image allows you to print the image with your computer software and then cut it with the Cricut. A simple cut image of the silhouette cuts out the image silhouette only. You’ll also be given the chance to name your image in the right hand column. Click next once you’ve finished.
7. The image will now show up in your uploaded images section for you to grab for future use. That’s right- the image doesn’t go away or isn’t for one time use only. Once you’ve uploaded it, you may use it again and again!
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