Edited: October 6, 2023
Note: This feature is available to Cricut Access subscribers in Design Space for Desktop v6.14 and higher only. To help us ensure that everything goes smoothly, Automatic Background Remover and Restore Brush features will be rolled out together at a slightly slower pace than v6.14 itself. We anticipate all users will receive these features within just a few weeks of after update to v6.14.
What is Automatic Background Remover?
Automatic Background Remover uses an algorithm to remove unwanted background from your uploaded raster images in just one click!
How it works
1. Select Upload, then select a raster image from your computer (.png, .jpg, .gif, .bmp)
2. Select image type – Simple, Moderately Complex, or Complex – and click Continue.
3. In the Background Removal area at the left of the screen, find Automatic and select Remove Background.
Note: If you don't have a Cricut Access subscription, you'll have the option to preview the feature. To have full access to the automatic background remover, select Subscribe and set up your Cricut Access subscription. If your account is eligible for a free trial, you'll see the option to start that free trial after you select Subscribe.
4. Use Preview Cut Image to check the cut preview for accuracy.
5. If further edits are needed, use the Manual tools to Select or Erase areas of the image you want to remove, or Restore parts of the image.
6. When you're satisfied with the cut preview, select Continue.
7. Choose to save as a Cut image or as a Print Then Cut Image, name and tag the image, then select Upload to add it to your library.
What types of images work best for the Automatic Background Remover feature?
Images with well-defined foreground and background work best. In the first image below the contrast between foreground and background is well-defined. The second image is more complex; only the central trees were detected as foreground, so one would use the Restore brush to bring back desired parts of the image, or revert to the original image and use the Manual tools to define the cut shape.
The feature removed parts of the image I wanted to keep. What do I do?
Drag the Restore brush over the areas you wish to include. You can adjust the size of the brush as needed.
If needed, select Revert to reset the image, then use the Manual tools to remove the areas you don't want to keep.
Why is there a Cricut watermark over my image preview?
A Cricut Access subscription is necessary to use the Automatic Background Remover feature, but we wanted to give everyone the option to see how it works, so the preview will contain a watermark. If you choose to subscribe to Cricut Access, the watermark will be removed from the image preview.
What if I don't have Cricut Access? Can I still use the Manual tools?
Absolutely! The Manual tools are still available to all users regardless of Cricut Access subscription status.