Wondering how to use the attach feature in Cricut Design Space? Here is everything you need to know: how to keep text and images in place, attach writing and score lines onto a shape, and troubleshoot some of the most common problems with using Attach in Cricut Design Space.
Using Attach to lock images in place on the cutting mat
Create or open a project in Cricut Design Space with multiple shapes or text that you want arranged in a certain way when the machine cuts them out.
Select all of the images, shapes, or text that you want cut out of a single color.
Click Attach to attach the layers into an "Attach folder" in the Layers panel on the right side.
If there is a second color or material in your project, select all of the images, shapes, or text that you want cut out of that color, then click Attach; you will end up with another "Attach folder" in the Layers panel.
When you go to cut out your project, all of your Attached layers will be locked into place on your cutting mat in the same position as you see them on the Canvas screen.
How to attach writing to a shape in Cricut Design Space
Create or open a project in Cricut Design Space with a drawing layer and a cut layer/shape.
Position the drawing layer on top of the shape layer, then select both layers.
Click Attach to "fasten" the writing in the drawing layer onto the shape in the cut layer below.
When you go to cut out your project, you’ll see that the text has been “attached” to the shape below it so that both the “Draw” action and “Cut” action happen on the same mat instead of being on two separate mats.
How to attach score lines to a shape in Cricut Design Space
Create or open a project in Cricut Design Space with score lines and a cut layer/shape. Position the score lines on top of the shape layer.
Select all of layers and click Attach to "fasten" the score lines onto the shape in the cut layer on the bottom.
When you go to cut out your project, you’ll see that the score lines have been “attached” to the shape below it so that both the “Score” actions and the “Cut” action happen on the same mat instead of being on two separate mats.
Using Attach in Cricut Design Space is pretty simple, but there are a few rules you have to follow.
You must be working with at least two shapes/layers. You can't attach a single layer; the Attach button will be greyed out if only one layer is selected.
Attaching always fastens shapes "down" to the bottom layer. Even though Attach doesn't change the shapes within your individual layers, it will change the color. If your layers are different colors, the final Attach group will be the color of the bottom layer.
Attach works even if the images are grouped, welded, already attached, or multi-layered/hidden. Because Attach creates a "folder" of layers, it doesn't matter if some of the layers are already Grouped or Attached, or if a layer is hidden or multi-layered.
Attach works on overlapping OR separate images. Attach just holds the position of the layer. If your shapes are overlapping, you are "forcing" the cut lines to intersect when your machine cuts. If your shapes are separate, you are "forcing" the machine to preserve the spacing of your images.
Attaching text is the same as Attaching images. The Attach tool only cares about the layers in the Layers panel, so it doesn't even notice if the layer contains text, shapes, images, photos, or whatever else.
The Attach button becomes a Detach button if you select an already Attached object. When you select layers that aren't attached, the Attach button is activated at the bottom of the Layers panel. But if you select something you've already attached, the Attach button becomes a Detach button so you can easily undo the action if you wish. (Even after saving your project!)
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