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Today we will be discussing the slice tool in Cricut Design Space in detail! We will also be doing examples together so you are implementing as you are reading this:) WOOHOO! The more you practice and do things, the easier the things become!
We will be deep-diving into what the slice tool is and what it can do with numerous examples you can follow and implement as you read through this.
Topics covered here are
- The shapes Cricut Design Space offers
- Using the slice tool with two shapes
- Cutting text out of a shape using the slice tool
- What if I have more than 2 layers to slice
- Creating new shapes with the slice tool with the provided basic shapes in Cricut Design Space
- Cropping an Image with the slice tool
- Cutting an Image in half using the Slice tool
The purpose of the slice tool is to cut one image or text from another. If you overlap 2 images or text over one another to slice (cut) them into separate parts.
This tool is super powerful once you master it! Below is one of the examples we will be doing together! So let’s dive in!
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You will be using these all the time so get used to the shapes and designing things from them! You can do many cool things with some basic shapes.
I am not going into Detail about shapes here. If you need more information on shapes please visit my Ultimate Beginners Guide to Cricut Design Space.
The shapes in Cricut design space are
Also here is where you will find another version of your scoreline.
How to use the Slice Tool in Cricut Design Space
Alright, I am so excited to get into this! We are going to be slicing together:) WOOHOO
To start, I opened design space up and logged in. Go ahead open design space and log in. Start a new blank canvas.
I then went into Cricut access by going into images and searched for a frog in the search bar and choose the one I wanted to use.
I then grabbed a basic shape by going into the shape icon and selected the square. You should now have two items on your canvas. See the image below. You should have the frog, or whatever image you chose, and a square.
If that is not an option for you right now, No worries, We can just use two basic shapes. So go ahead and grab two basic shapes right now if you don’t have Cricut access. See picture below
Moving on– I then placed the frog in the middle of the square and selected both items. Make sure the frog and the square are both highlighted in that darker grey on the layers panel on the right-hand side. See the image below.
The same would go with the basic shapes. Choose which item is going in the middle and do the same thing with those basic shapes. See image below
Finally, we get to use the slice tool. So go ahead, once both items are selected go down to that slice tool in the bottom right-hand corner in design space. See the 1st image above to see where the slice tool is.
When you slice the images it won’t look much different than it did before you hit the button, but if you take a peek at your layers panel, on the right side, it will show you the results. You can also move your image to see if it cut it. Most of the time the slice will show through on the design once you slice it as well.
Depending on your plans for this, you can use all the pieces it produced or you can delete what you don’t need.
What if my slice tool isn’t highlighted to use?
Make sure all your items are ungrouped and/or unattached and ONLY two items or objects are selected at a time. Any more than that, your slice tool will not be available to use.
Ideas that could come from these
- Stencil- The square with the frog cut out could turn into a stencil for a piece of wood
- Vinyl cut out or HTV- the image of the frog could turn into a cut file with HTV for a tote bag or shirt
- Could also use the square with the frog in it as a picture with a solid square behind it with color
- Could add words to it and use it on a tote, shirt, or sign
- The same goes with the basic shapes!
- You can turn that circle after slice into a paper ornament for Christmas. Just add a picture and another solid circle behind it to hold the picture. Glue it together and hole punch the top and there you have it:)
Cutting Text out of a Shape with the Slice tool
If you need more help I linked to my Editing text in Cricut Design space because I will not be going into detail about editing the text.
Information on Editing Text In Cricut Design Space
Now we are going to grab a shape and add text to the shape. So go grab whatever shape you want and write something that inspires you, but make sure all your text is connected!
Below I am using a square that I modified and chose the text Alexis Mattox-Emma Rae, which is a single-layered text.
I tend NOT to write all my text in one box but you most certainly can write it all in one box. The choice is yours! Below I have 3 different text boxes for each of the words, plus my square.
Next, we are going to place the text on top of the shape you chose, which in my case would be the square. Make sure you align and center it, if that is what you are going for.
We are now ready to select TWO layers at a time to slice! Remember you can only do two objects at one time as we discussed earlier. If you have one text box, just select that and the square and hit slice.
More than one text box
I would have to select and slice three different times because I have three text boxes. You can see that above or below in my layers panel which is on the right-hand side.
Next, you may be surprised at what happened if you have more than a few layers. When you slice it, the 2 items you sliced will be on top and the rest of it will be behind the image. See picture below
So the next thing you have to do is select the square and send it back to the back. You can now view everything. And repeat the slice steps for the next two text boxes.
And TA-DA There you have it! YOU JUST DID THAT!!!
Creating Shapes with the Slice Tool
The Slice tool is great for creating shapes that Cricut design space doesn’t offer in the shapes icon. I thought we would start by making a moon slice and a lemon in one shot with 2 shapes. I am going to try explaining it the best I can.
So we are going to start with 2 circles on our canvas like so
Next, we are going to select both circles and go ahead and hit that slice tool.
So here I am just moving them and changing the color from the picture above. And there you have it. You have two moons and two lemons out of just two circles below.
If you want a thicker moon, you can definitely do that. Just move your circle further out
From these two things, you can make endless designs and shapes.
Cropping an object with the slice tool
Sometimes, well a lot of the time, you find an object and wish a part of it wasn’t there right? Oh, I understand how frustrating that can be, but no worries because this tool can help with that.
For example, Let’s take this curved arrow below. I love the curve but don’t want the arrow for the project I am working on so I want to remove it.
First grab a basic shape from the shape icon, for me that would be a circle. If you want the cut flat vs rounded you can grab a square.
Now let us line it up right where you want it to cut or slice at. Then you want to select both objects which are the arrow and circle and hit slice.
Your final results will look like this and you can add or embellish it from there. Use your imagination and play around here. You can make some pretty cool images from these shapes.
Just a few ideas below of what you could do and go from there. Once you are happy with each of your items here you can weld them together to make them one piece by selecting each piece or by drawing a box around the whole design with your mouse, then hitting the weld tool, which is right next to the slice tool.
Slicing a shape in half in Cricut Design Space
The same concepts apply here as well. You would take the shape you wanted to cut in half and put it on your canvas. For me, that would be a star that I want to be cut in half with a basic shape that fits what I want to cut. (1)
- Step 2- I unlocked the square to make it fit the whole side of the star that I wanted to slice off.
- 3- Make sure both items or objects are selected and hit the slice tool in the right hand corner.
- 4- Your slice results!! You cut the star in half! And that is how you would do most images.
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