How to upload images to Cricut Design Space
This tutorial will walk you through the steps to uploading images into Design Space and transforming it into a cutting file. This is the easiest way to upload an image in Cricut Design Space using the Contour feature.
For the sake of practice, download this cute little unicorn we will be working with and upload head straight to Cricut Design Space.
Next, you’ll select Upload
This is where you can either search for the image file, or drag and drop the image for it to upload. Once the image appears, select Complex image for the best resolution.
You’ll select the magic wand tool (top left corner), and you will select away all of the inside layers. Be sure not to select the outer outline.If you do, you can always click the back button to undo it.
Hit continue, then save this image as a cut file (not a print). Select save once you have changed the name/description of the file.
Select the newly uploaded image, and select insert image. Be sure to have the image selected, then click contour. This is how we will be getting our new layers.
A pop-up will open with your contour settings, which will look like the image below. **Nothing should be selected (darkened) at this point.
Next, you’ll select hide all contours but be
The top option will be the only object that is not darkened. This is going to give you your bottom layer, the silhouette.
Now duplicate the layer as shown below, then select the contour tool once again. There will be a lot of duplicating in this tutorial!
We’ll create the horn first by deselecting the pieces of the horn. It should look like the image below in the contour box.
At this point, you’re going to want to change the color so that there is no confusion as to which layer you’ve just created. I made mine yellow.
Go back to the unicorn’s silhouette layer (black) and duplicate it. Now open your contour tool, and we’ll be making the layer for the unicorn’s face and ears. It should look like this after you select these.
Once again, change the color of this layer so there is no confusion. I changed mine to white. This is how your unicorn should look when you overlap the layers.
Next, we’ll create the unicorns colorful hair strands so go back to the silhouette layer and duplicate it before selecting the contour tool. I’m now going to be selecting the front strand.
Go back to the silhouette layer of the unicorn and duplicate that layer before selecting contour. We’ll be contouring more of the unicorns hair and it’s ears in this step.
Go back to the silhouette layer of the unicorn and duplicate that layer before selecting contour. We’re going to finish up on the unicorns hair with this layer.
Go back to the silhouette layer of the unicorn and duplicate that layer before selecting contour. Now we’re going to contour the bow.
I made that layer black.
The very last think we need to contour is the inside of the bow (the circle). For the last time, duplicate the first layer of the unicorn and open the contour menu. Select the center of the bow.
So now you know how to upload your own images into design space, and make them cut files that can be used with your Cricut Explore cutting machine! Even though there are quite a few steps, it is such a simple process…and completely free!!!