This post first appeared on Cricut’s blog where I’m a contributor. Learn how easy it is to know when you should use either the attach or group option in Cricut Design Space!
When do I use attach and when do I use group?
I use one (or both!) of these tools almost every time I create a project in Cricut Design Space. They open up so many possibilities and allow you to customize your projects with just a few clicks.
The attach tool is used for two different functions. It can hold images in place on your mat or it can attach a write or score line to a layer of your project. Let’s show some examples of how it works!
How many times have you carefully arranged a project in Design Space, only to click “Make it” and suddenly your mat looks like a jigsaw puzzle? The default setting in Design Space places your project pieces as close together as possible on the mat to save space and material (it is called paper saver mode) – which I think is a great feature. We all want to conserve material! Sometimes though I want my project to cut EXACTLY where I’ve placed it on the mat…so I use the Attach tool to hold the images in place while it cuts.
The second function is the ability to attach a write or score line to your project. This is perfect for using the write feature on projects, or for creating custom projects like gift boxes that require score lines.
The group tool is used to group layers, images or text together. This makes it easier to resize or move them in Design Space as you are working on your project. Why resize or move each individual image when you can do it all at once? What a great time saver!
For both the Attach and Group functions, there are two ways to select the items you wish you attach/group. One way is to hold down the shift key then click and highlight the images on the canvas. Or you can draw a box around the images with your mouse and then select Attach or Group.
I hope these quick tips save you some time and effort in Design Space and open up a world of creative possibilities. Happy Cricuting!