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 are available 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 Cricut 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 Cricut 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 Cricut Design Space.
Note: Digital content, including cartridges, single images, and Cricut Access plans, will activate on the same email address is used to complete the purchase.
Which machines are compatible with Design Space?
Design Space is compatible with Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Explore Air 2, and Cricut Explore One machines.
Do I have to be connected to the internet to use Design Space?
Design Space for desktop or laptop computer does require a high-speed broadband internet connection. However, there is an Offline feature for the iOS mobile Design Space app (Learn More).
Which operating systems will work with Cricut Design Space?
For a complete list, please read our System Requirements for Design Space article.
Does Design Space work on Chromebook computers?
Not at this time. 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. If you make a change on this device, it updates on that device. 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 now 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?
Unfortunately, there is no "unweld" option available. If you have not saved your project, you can undo your changes.
Can I disable the grid in Design Space?
Yes, Design Space allows you to toggle grid lines. On a Windows/Mac computer, open the Account menu (three stacked lines in the upper left corner) 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 App, the option for turning the gridlines off and on is available under Settings at the bottom of the screen. You may have to swipe left to view all of the options at the bottom of the screen.
How do I change to metric units?
When using a desktop or laptop computer, you can switch from inches to centimeters by first opening the Account menu (three stacked lines in the upper left corner of the screen), then selecting Settings. You will see the option to choose inches or centimeters.
When using the Design Space mobile apps, open Settings from the bottom of the screen. You may have to swipe left to view all of the options at the bottom of the screen.