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This week we are diving into the Weld Tool and I personally feel with the weld tool comes the attach and group/ ungroup tool. These go hand in hand and by the end of this article, you will be able to understand what each of these tools do and when you should use one vs the other.
We will be implementing many examples in this article so follow along and do these with me. The more you do the easier it becomes! I have chosen examples that will always answer some other questions that you may have such as how do I attach a score-line or how can I outline my shape.
Last week, we talked about The Slice Tool in Cricut Design Space with in-depth descriptions and examples you could actually follow along with and implement as we go.
We talked about what the slice tool is, what it does, followed by step-by-step guides for you to follow.
If you need to learn the slice tool you can go back and read my Slice Tool In Cricut Design Space-everything you need to know about the Slice Tool
And if you are brand new please check out my Ultimate Beginners Guide to Cricut Design Space
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First, let us talk about each one of these separately and explain what they do.
What is the Attach Tool in Cricut Design Space
The attach tool attaches the different items, objects, or text together, but they are still separate layers. For example, you are taking two or more images, objects, or text and sticking them to each other, but they do NOT become one layer!
The best way I can think to explain this is a paper clip and three different papers. A paper clip attaches the three papers so they can move together because they are attached but they are still individual pieces.
There are two functions the attach tool serves
- Attaches objects or text in place
- Attaches the Score-lines
*TIP-if you ever went to cut a project and your mat was all over the place it’s because you forgot to attach the items to your mat.
Group/ Un-Group in Cricut Design Space
This is used when you have multiple layers, objects, or text that you want to be grouped together so you can quickly edit things like color, size, position, and many more. If you group items together they can be changed altogether.
3 ways to Group things together
- Click and Highlight each item on the canvas that you want grouped together. Once everything you want is highlighted click the group button (top of the layers panel on the right hand side.
- Use the mouse to drag or draw a box around the items you want grouped. Once you got the box around everything release and check your layers panel and make sure you got all the items together, then hit group
- You can hold the ctrl (pc) or Shift (mac) key down and select each layer you want to group together to make it easier to resize, change the color, or move them as a unit.
I say practice these as often as you can and get a feel for the ones you like. They all come in at some point so have this handy so you are refer back to it when you need to.
What is the Weld Tool In Cricut Design Space
We briefly touched upon welding in the slice article, but are now going into details on this. The weld tool takes two or more images, objects, or text and transforms them into one piece or layer. So Multiple layers into one layer:) How cool is that?
The best way I can explain this is to use an actual welding machine because Curtis, Trenton, and I literally just welded some cats, frogs, and a coat hanger together with my dad back in Illinois. Plus my dad has welded his whole life. LOL
A welder uses heat to warm up the metal once you connect them together it is non-reversible. It will be one piece.
We are in Illinois visiting my parents and we all played our part. First, we had to clean the horseshoes and whatever else we were using. Next, we welded it together and then sanded it down. We made that frog and cat:) My dad also helped Trenton weld a coat hanger together for his room! It has been a fantastic day welding together!
REMEMBER when you weld something together make sure it is exactly how you want it because you can NOT undo the weld once you save and exit out of a project. Now you do have the undo icon that will undo the weld if you haven’t moved on to something else.
TIP #1- Welding is usually the last thing I end up doing before making the cut. That way if I want to save it as unwelded I can. This is just a tip I picked up along the way.
TIP #2- I always make a copy of the images I am welding together so I don’t have to keep finding them if I wanted to use one image by itself. I just hit the eye in the layers panel so it’s there but I don’t see it.
How to use the Attach Tool
Alright EXAMPLE TIME. Let’s have you open Cricut design space and log in.
I am sticking with basic shapes because I know not everyone has Cricut access and basic shapes everyone can use. If you want to join Cricut access you can click here to be taken right to the sign up for Cricut access.
Alright let’s say we are making a birthday card
First, let’s grab a square from the shapes icon on the left side panel. Once you have that square unlock it and size it to the size you want your card to be. If you want a 4″ X 6″ card you want your card 8″w x 6″h (tall). See the picture below.
Next, we are going to go into the text icon and write Happy Birthday. Once I am done typing the text I will then go up to the Linetype and change the Happy Birthday to a draw line instead of a cut line. See the image below.
This is what you should now have on your canvas. A square that we made bigger and a happy birthday that we switched to a draw. Results Below. You just did that! I am so proud of you!
If you weren’t implementing I invite you to go back up and follow along and if you just want to read it first I totally understand. I tend to read articles 10 to 20 times.. LOL I know that it’s a bit much but I want the knowledge to stick! LOL
Next, we are going to want to attach the words and a score-line to the card.
First, let’s get the text where you want it on the right-hand side of your card because that’s our front. Once you are happy with the placement of your text, select both the card (square) and text and hit the attach icon in the bottom right corner.
Once you attach it moves as a unit but it’s separate.
Adding a score-line
Now we are going to go back into shapes and grab a score-line from there.
Once you have that score-line on your canvas make it longer and then select it and the square which is now your card base. So both items are selected now go up to the align icon at the top and go to center. It will then center the line on your card base! See below
While both items are still selected you can go ahead and hit the attach icon in the bottom right-hand corner.
You are now ready to hit the make it button because this is a very basic card! AND BAM!!! There you have it! Now you can always add to your card if you want it more detailed. See how the attach tool carries over to the cutting mats!
Just to show you what it would look like if we forgot to attach the text and score-line so you are aware of what you would need to do. This can get messy very quickly if you are working on complicated projects with a lot of images or text.
In this example, we learned how to unlock shapes, how to attach text to a shape, how to attach a score-line to a shape, and what the mat would love like attached vs unattached. To top it off we learned how to create a card! WOOHOO!!!
Grouping and Un-Grouping In Cricut Design Space
When grouping objects or text together you are treating them as one on your canvas even though they aren’t. You can change many things with a few clicks of your mouse if it is grouped such as color, line-type, size, arrange, rotate, or position.
TIP- The Group function will NOT keep the canvas layout when you select the “Make It” button.
Let’s take that card again since it is already on your canvas. We want to add some hearts and stars to it. So go grab the star and heart.
Next, we are going to change the color of them first and then duplicate them numerous times and arrange them on the card like so. This is a huge time saver I just taught you! Always change the color first, then duplicate.
Now we are going to select all that is alike. I will be selecting all the stars and grouping them together and the same goes for both colored hearts. See the image below.
Now, remember that the group doesn’t carry over to the cutting mats so these will cut however design space lines them up, which is what we want because we are going to glue them on the card.
Once you have all the stars, and hearts grouped let’s say we wanted to change the color of the stars. Select the stars and change the color. EASY Peasy with a few clicks all the stars changed color at once.
Once the card is how you envisioned it you are ready to cut. ENJOY the process.
Welding in Cricut Design Space
The welding tool takes two or more images, objects, or text and transforms them into one piece or layer.
We are going to start with text so I went ahead and just typed out my name. While you’re typing you should realize that is not how you are going to leave the text. Cricut Design Space isn’t the greatest at spacing the letters out, as you can see.
I always try the letter-spacing first and try to get it as close to where I want it as possible before I ungroup.
Now sometimes the letter-spacing works all by itself and it is GREAT other times not so much and you have to ungroup the letters. See Images below
Now we can take a look at the letters and make sure they are all connected. Once you are happy let’s go ahead and make sure it’s selected and hit the weld tool in the bottom right-hand corner. And that is now one layer. If we didn’t weld them you would know once we went to cut it.
You are now ready to cut! WOOHOO! Size the image as big or small as you want it and hit that make it button!
Now I am going to show you the difference between the group and weld. The weld will hold the position that we see on the canvas to the cutting mat but the group will not and will be all over the place.
Real Quick- Let’s throw in the Attach tool-
I switched the grouped Amanda which was all over the place to attached and then changed the color so you could see it better. I then hit the make it button.
You can see that the one on the left which is the welded image has a clear flow between the letters all one piece. Now, look at the image on the upper right. It is attached but it is still individual letters that will be cut.
Alright so in this example we have learned a ton and you may not even know all you just learned. We talked about letter spacing, group and ungroup, connecting the letters, and welding vs grouping vs attaching.
Need a bit more help editing text? Check out my Editing Text in Cricut Design Space
Welding Two Shapes together in Cricut Design Space
Now we are going to be welding a few shapes together. There are many ways you can use the weld tool. You can use the weld tool to make completely different shapes or you can overlap shapes to make a banner for instance.
A banner you say? YES let’s Make a small heart banner.
Let’s go back into Shapes and grab a heart. Change the color of the heart to the desired color and duplicate it three times. So we should now have 4 hearts on our canvas. See the image below.
So we have 4 hearts and that’s great but what if I wanted two solid hearts and two outlines of a heart? We are jumping into that right now because that is a question I always get asked!
How do I make an outline of a shape?
First, let’s duplicate another heart and size it smaller than the others. This is going to come down to personal choice.
I then changed the color so I could see it. Make sure you select both images, align them, and adjust accordingly. Once you are happy let’s go ahead and hit the slice tool.
TA-DA You now have an outline of a heart. We are going to duplicate the sliced heart and pattern it like so
Make sure they are all overlapping about the same and once we are happy we are going to select those four hearts and weld them together for a small banner.
What are mat looks like
And there you have it!!! YOU DID IT! I am so proud of you! Now cut that banner and post your pictures in the comments. You can always make it longer and decorate it if you choose to! I have made so many fun banners for many occasions.