Cricut Joy has multiple options for loading materials into the machine. When you select Make It, a pop-up window prompts you to choose how you will load your materials. Only those options compatible with the size of your design will be available.
Note: If your design size is too large to be cut on a mat but the right size for a Smart Material, the load Type will default to Without Mat.
To change your load Type or material size on Windows/Mac, choose a new Material Load Type from the drop down, or select the Material Size field on the left side of the screen to adjust the material size.
To change your load Type or material size on iOS or Android, tap the mat settings icon in the upper left corner. Then choose a new Material Load Type or select the Material Size field to adjust the material size.
Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker machines can use 12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) and 12" x 24" (30.5 cm x 61 cm) machine mats of various grips. There are two ways to change the mat size in Design Space:
- Changing the image size
- Changing the material size
Changing the image size
The maximum cutting area on a 12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) mat is 11.5" x 11.5" (29 cm x 29 cm). If either the height or width of an image is greater than 11.5" (29 cm) when you select Make It you will receive an alert that one of your images is too large for a 12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) mat. You will have the option to continue with a larger mat or return to the Canvas to resize your image.
Changing the material size
You can change the material size in the project preview screen. If you select a material larger than 12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm), Design Space will automatically change your mat size to 12" x 24" (30.5 cm x 61 cm). The images will automatically flow to new mats as necessary based on the material size you have selected.
Tip: The Material Size menu only offers material sizes larger than the largest image on the mat.
Note: At this time, Print Then Cut is limited to a 6.75" x 9.25" (17 cm x 23.5 cm) print area on 8.5" x 11" (21 cm x 29.7 cm) material.