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How to Open Your Own Design in Design Space to Cut with Cricut

In order to open your own designs in Cricut Design Space, open CDS and click “New Project” to get a blank canvas.

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On the left hand side, click “upload”.

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Click “upload image”. You can see the file types here that can be imported into CDS.

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Click “browse” to find the file on your computer. For this illustration we are using a jpg file.  This also works with PNG files (included in

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You will now have to pick a type of file. This choice actually can make a huge difference in your import. I used “simple” in this case as there is a high contrast between the image and the background. If you have any trouble with further steps in this tutorial, go back and start over picking a different option here.

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On the next screen, you will need to erase the background of a jpg image.

Make sure that there is a checkered background behind everything that you do not want as part of your image. That would include the centers of letters, circles, etc. You can click on anything that you would like to erase here and it will turn it to checkered.

So, for this design, I will need to click the center of each letter as well as the center of each of the leaves.

Click “continue” when done. On this screen, you first need to check the “cut file” option and make sure that everything you wanted erased has been. If not, go back and erase some more.

If so, you now have two options for saving your file. Either save as a print then cut or a cut file only. Here we are going to choose “save as a cut image” to cut this file from cardstock or vinyl. If you wanted to print the image, say for a notecard, you could choose print then cut here.

The image is now in your uploaded images area. You just need to click it here to add it to your canvas.

The file is now on your canvas and can be resized to fit your project then cut out of any material.