What is the difference between physical and digital cartridges?
Cricut uses the term "cartridge" to refer to image sets in general. Cartridges (or Image Sets) are groups of images that are related by a theme. Many cartridges exist in both physical and digital formats. Some physical cartridges have been retired, but the digital versions may still be available for purchase on Cricut.com. There are also some image sets that have been released only in digital form.
Many image sets have been released in physical form as a plastic cartridge that you can insert into a Cricut machine to access the image content. Physical cartridges can be linked to your Cricut account through Design Space. When a physical cartridge has been linked to your account, the digital versions of those images are activated on your account and the physical cartridge is no longer needed in order to use those images with Design Space.
Digital cartridges are image sets that are sold as a digital item only; nothing is shipped to you, but the image content activates on your account instantaneously once the purchase is complete, and then can be accessed when signed in to your account in Design Space.
Note: Digital content, including cartridges, single images, and Cricut Access plans, will activate on the same email address used to complete the purchase.
Which machines are compatible with Design Space?
Design Space is compatible with Cricut Joy machines, Cricut Explore series machines, and Cricut Maker series machines.
Do I have to be connected to the internet to use Design Space?
Design Space for computer and iOS mobile devices does require a high-speed broadband internet connection to download, install, and sign in. However, there is an Offline feature for Design Space for Desktop and for the iOS mobile Design Space app. Design Space for Android does not currently have an Offline feature.
Which operating systems will work with Design Space?
For a complete list, read our System Requirements for Design Space article.
Does Design Space work on Chromebook computers?
No. Design Space requires a Windows or Mac operating system. Chromebooks run Google's Chrome operating system, which is not compatible with Design Space.
Can Design Space work on multiple computers and mobile devices?
Yes. Because it is cloud-based, Design Space makes it possible to design here, there, and everywhere! Start a project on your iOS or Android device from the couch and finish it on the computer in your craft room. Design Space gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or device.
How long do I have access to images I purchase?
Once you purchase an image, it remains in your Image Library and does not expire. You will be able to access the images you purchase or upload as well as the other images you own through your account in Design Space.
How do I find my Cricut Access images and fonts in Design Space?
Everything that is included in Cricut Access is marked with a green "a" in Design Space. You can also use the filters to select "Cricut Access" when searching for images, fonts, or ready-to-make projects.
How can I unweld an image in Design Space?
There is not an unweld feature, but if you have not saved and closed your project, you can undo your changes to reverse any Weld action.
Can I disable the grid in Design Space?
Yes, Design Space allows you to toggle grid lines. On a Windows/Mac computer, open the app menu (three stacked lines in the upper left) and select Settings. You will see the Canvas Grid options and can select your preference. In the settings menu, you will also see Keyboard shortcuts. Select it to view a keyboard shortcut for toggling gridlines off and on.
When using the Design Space iOS or Android app, the option for turning the grid lines off and on is available under Settings at the bottom of the screen. Swipe left to view all options at the bottom of the screen.
How do I change to metric units?
To switch from Imperial to Metric units on a desktop or laptop computer, open the app menu (three stacked lines in the upper left), then select Settings. You will see the option to choose Imperial or Metric.
On Design Space mobile apps, you can select Metric units through Settings at the bottom of the screen. Swipe left to view all options at the bottom of the screen.