Viewing your project on the Project Preview screen is the final step before sending your project to your Cricut machine. To access the Project Preview, select Make It in Design Space from your Canvas or ready-to-make project screen. One the Project Preview screen, you can make the following final adjustments:
- Move and hide images
- Increase project copies
- Select material size
- Mirror mats (for iron-on projects)
- Move & rotate images on mats
- Turn Bleed on/off for Print Then Cut projects
All of the images and text on your project will be separated onto different mats based on Linetype and material color. Attached images will be placed together based on selections made on your Canvas. You can preview each of your mats by clicking on a mat thumbnail on the left side of the screen. In the mobile apps, you can swipe right/left on the screen to navigate between mat previews.
Move and Hide Images
- The move and hide on mats feature in Cricut Design Space allows you to conserve material by manually consolidating your project elements onto fewer mats, or hiding the ones you don't need.
- This feature is found in the Project Preview screen and is accessed by tapping the "More Options" icon (3 dots) in the top left of the image selection box (Learn More).
Increase Project Copies
On the Project Preview screen, you can select the number of projects that you would like to make. Each of the images in your project will be duplicated as many times as indicated. Your images will automatically flow to new mats as necessary.
- Windows/Mac: Select the box next to Project Copies, type in the number of copies, then select Apply.
- iOS/Android: Tap the mat settings icon in the upper left corner, enter the number of project copies you would like, then tap the mat settings icon again to apply the changes.
Select Material Size
To change the material size, select an option from the Material Size menu that is closest to your material size. The Material Size menu only offers material sizes larger than the largest image on the mat. At this time, Print Then Cut is limited to 8.5" x 11" material.
Mirror Mats (for iron-on projects)
You can turn Mirroring on or off using the toggle labeled Mirro (for iron-on). All the images on the mat will be mirrored (flipped horizontally). This is particularly important when using iron-on materials; if you do not mirror your images, they will appear backward when applied to your base material (Learn More).
Note: Mirror only affects the selected mat. If you wish to Mirror more than one mat, turn Mirror on for each mat individually. You can skip this step if you have already mirrored the image or text using the Edit Bar.
Move & Rotate Images
Images will automatically arrange on your mat as shown in the Project Preview screen. You have the option to move and rotate images around on the Project Preview for preferred placement.
- To move images, drag the image to the desired location. Bounding boxes can overlap. However, keep in mind that cut lines that overlap on the mat preview will cut into one another.
- To rotate an image, select it and then drag the rotate handle to rotate the image in either direction. The rotate handle is a circle icon at the top right of the bounding box. Once you are satisfied with image placement, select Continue to proceed to the Cut screen.
Tip: In the iOS app, if two images are overlapping in the Mat Edit screen during the move or rotate operations, they will be highlighted in yellow.
Turn Bleed on/off for Print Then Cut projects
Each image in the Print Then Cut project is given a bleed by default. The bleed is a small border around each image that allows for more precise cutting. Although we recommend printing with a bleed for best cut results, you do have the option to turn the bleed on or off.
- Select Make It from the canvas.
- Select Continue from the Project Preview screen.
- Select Send To Printer to then turn on/off the Bleed.
- Select Make It from the Canvas.
- Tap on the mat options button on the top-left.
- Now you can turn on/off the Bleed option.
Note: The bleed may make the printed image look fuzzy or distorted, but this border will be trimmed off in the cutting process, yielding a precisely cut image.
Important: Print Then Cut is not yet available for Android.