how to print and cut on cricut

How to Print Then Cut Using Your Cricut Machine

I am going to show you how to do Print Then Cut project. I will begin by getting an image/project unto your Cricut Design Space, print it out with your Printer (usually inkjet) and then cut the design with your Cricut machine in a step by step fashion.

The first thing to do when you want to achieve this is to first start with your Cricut Design Space. So, let’s go there:

Step One: Cricut Design Space

First of all, you know that you can access the Cricut Design Space using your regular internet devices. Right? Good. It doesn’t matter the Operating System used by that device because a lot of these devices are compatible with the Cricut Design Space program.

It is widely known that majority of our regular internet devices use either Windows OS, Mac OS, Android OS or iOS. You don’t have any problem what OS that you have on your device as we will discuss how to upload or place an image unto the Canvas of the Cricut Design Space using each of these OS. By this, no one is left behind.

First, let us start with the Windows/Mac OS on a laptop/notebook.


On Windows/Mac

The first thing to do is to open your Cricut Design Space which will show the canvas area as displayed below


  1. Choose Upload on the design panel which you can located at the bottom left of the Canvas.


You can drag and drop the file you intend to use unto the upload window or you can select browse to locate your desired file from your compute.

  1. Remember that you can upload Basic Image or Vector Image. For now, we will not bother ourselves with the technicalities of these images. What we want to achieve is to get an image unto the canvas using the options below:
  • Select and then open your desired image file or you can drag and drop the file unto the canvas. As you know, there are over 50,000 images you can play with in the Cricut Design Space library and the number will increase with your own customized images on your computer.
  • From the screen, choose what best describes your desired image type. It can be simple, moderately complex or complex
  • Click Continue
  • Do you have unwanted background in the image you intend to edit? If so, then you need to define the cut lines of your image using Select & Erase. You can also use Erase and Crop. When you have removed the unwanted background, move to the next option.


  • Select the Preview to view the cut lines of your image. The essence of this option is to find out if you are okay with the image you want to print and if you are not satisfied with the preview, you can hide the preview to edit your image again.
  • If you are satisfied with the image, select Continue.
  • Give your image a name and tag it.
  • Select Save. To ensure that your image save properly, click on Print and Cut before clicking on Save button because if you click on only Cut, your image will not save properly and you may have to upload it all over again. Am sure you don’t want that to happen.
  1. After saving, the image will be uploaded into your uploaded images.
  2. Select the image and insert it into the Canvas.
  3. Resize it to suit your desired project.
  4. Click Make It. Your image will be shown with a black bounded box.
  5. Select Continue.

So, you have finished your first step with the Cricut Design Space and you now ready to print. Jump to the Print Section to continue the steps.


On Android device:

If you have an Android device, then follow the steps below to place an image unto the Canvas. The picture below is an open blank Canvas on Android device.


  1. Tap the Upload tool located at the bottom of the screen as shown above.
  2. You can decide to take a photo, select from the photo library or open an uploaded image.
  3. If you desire to “Select from Photo Library” from your file storage application where the image is saved, then tap to select an image and open it. You may have to clean your image if there are unwanted backgrounds or any addition to it.
  4. Click Done when you have finish cleaning the image to your satisfaction.
  5. Tap Next at the upper right corner of the screen.
  6. You need to name your image and choose how you desire to save it.
  7. Your Uploaded images library will open next where you can select the image to insert unto the Canvas.
  8. After saving the image will be uploaded into your uploaded images.
  9. Select the image and insert it into the Canvas.
  10. Resize it to suit your desired project.
  11. Click Make It. Your image will be shown with a black bounded box.
  12. Select Continue.

Next, jump to the Print section to continue.


On iOS device:

What if you are using an iOS device, then follow the steps below to upload or select your desired image unto the Canvas. An empty Canvas on iOS device is shown below

Locate the Upload tool at the bottom of the screen and tap it.

  1. Tap on the Browse files to search for your desired image or file from the available storage applications in your device.
  2. Clean up the image and define its cut lines using the edit tools as in Windows/Mac OS.
  3. Select Next button located at the upper right corner of your screen
  4. Make final adjustments to your image using the Refine screen before you saving it to your library.
  5. Tap Next
  6. Choose how you want to save your final image; either as Cut image or Print Then Save.
  7. Tap on the Save button located at the upper right corner of your screen.
  8. When your Uploaded Images library opens, select the desired image you intend to upload unto the Canvas.
  9. After saving, the image will be uploaded into your uploaded images.
  10. Select the image and insert it into the Canvas.
  11. Resize it to suit your desired project.
  12. Click Make It. Your image will be shown with a black bounded box.
  13. Select Continue.

Next, jump to the Print Section to continue.


In order to print your image with the printer,

  1. Select Send to Printer. Ensure that your image is saving to your preferred printer after clicking Send to Printer
  2. Select Print.

And boom! Your image is printed for you.



  1. Align the printed copy to the top left corner of the mat with the image facing upward.
  2. Load it unto your Cricut machine with the image facing upward too.
  3. Set the type of material from your Cricut Design space.
  4. Ensure you have your fine point blade in place.
  5. Turn fast mode On.
  6. Click on the Load button and flashing Cricut button to load and cut your image respectively for you.
  7. When done, press the Unload button and remove your mat from the Cricut machine.
  8. Remove your cut image and place on your desired object including mugs, wine glasses, etc. Some of these projects are displayed below.





How to Print and Cut T-shirts Using Your Cricut machine.

Among the projects discussed so far, I am super excited about this one; T-shirt. Maybe, because it is part of our daily attire or because of the different creative expressions on it or even the business aspect of it. I hope that by the time you finish reading this step by step approach, you will be as excited as I am to get to those amazing feeling too.

  1. Open a new project on your Canvas
  2. Click on Templates to visualize your projects. Under Templates are different T-shirts including Classic T-shirt, V-neck T-shirt, wide neck T-shirt etc. Click on any one you desire.


You can change the color using the Tool bar at the top of the screen. This will help you to visualize your design properly. So, if you are using black T-shirt, change the color to black.

  1. Now is the time to get an image unto the T-shirt. Click on Images. Type in the word that describes your image at the top right corner search box. For example, unicorn. Use filter to narrow down your search, click on Printable, click on your desired Unicorn image, and insert it to your Canvas.
  2. In case you cannot find any image that suites you, there is another alternative; Google. Go to Google and type in unicorn, select images and you have lots of them to choose from. Right click on it and save it to your device. The only challenge with this method is that it is only for personal use, if you intend to sell it, then you need a commercial license to do that. So, how do you use downloaded image in your Canvas? It is super simple. I have discussed this during the Print Then Cut project . You remember right? Of course, you do. Anyway, I will repeat the steps briefly:
  3. Click on Upload
  4. Click on Upload Image.
  5. Browse for the downloaded image and open it.
  6. When opened, click on Complex.
  7. Click continue.
  8. Clean up the unicorn image. Use the magic wand cursor to change the background if it is white by selecting it and clicking on the white background.
  9. Click the preview button to see your final cut image.
  10. Click Continue if you are Ok with the preview.
  11. Select Print and Cut images and then click Save. This upload your image.
  12. Select the image you just uploaded in the library and click Insert images. Then, continue from the next step.
  13. You may also want to print your customized image without using predesigned images in the library or online download. How will you do that? Let me walk you through the simple steps:
  14. Click on Shapes.
  15. Select any image of your choice. For example, heart.
  16. Move the image over the T-shirt and resize it to 6.5” or even less.
  17. Go to fill menu and select Print.
  18. You can also fill your shapes with the different patterns on Design Space by clicking on the Grey button at the top left side of the window, select pattern from the drop down menu to reveal the super amazing patterns for your image.


  1. Use any one that suites your design and edit it.
  2. You can also personalize it by text. Select Text, type in the letters, select your desired fonts.
  3. Move the text over your image and resize it.
  4. You have your Print Then Cut image as shown on the Layer’s panel.
  5. Resize the image to fit in your T-shirt. Traditionally, your print then cut image size should be smaller than 6.75”X9.25”.
  6. Drag it to the center of your T-shirt.
  7. Your unicorn image may have more than one layer and there is need to flatten it. So how do you do that? Select all the layers in the Layer’s panel and click on Flatten at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  8. Delete the remaining layers leaving only the default flattened layer.
  9. Go the LineType menu located on top of the window to ensure that the first box is set to cut and the fill box is set to print.
  10. Click make It to show the mat preview area with a black box boundary.
  11. Click Continue to go to the Print and cut page.
  12. Depending on what fabric you intend to use: transfer medium for light-color fabrics or medium for dark colored fabrics.
  13. For light colored fabrics, there is need to mirror your image. Click the Edit link on the top left corner of the window to open a new window. On the new window, ensure that your image is toggled. Click done.
  14. For dark colored medium, there is no need to mirror your image. So, set it Off.
  15. Click Send to Printer. Ensure that the Add Bleed option is enabled. Click the advance option and ensure that the paper has the correct settings: quality should be set to high quality, transfer medium type is the appropriate one and finally click on Print to send it to your printer.
  16. The recommended printer for this project is the ink jet printer. Do not use laser printer because it won’t work for this project. Select the appropriate transfer medium for the printer and load it into the printer. Place your transfer medium properly so as not to print on the wrong side. Print it.
  17. Now back to the Design Space, click on Browse All Materials, search for printable iron-on, select your desired transfer medium, and then, click Done.
  18. Place the transfer medium on the left corner of your mat, load it into your Cricut machine and then cut your decal.
  19. Weed your printed transfer medium carefully starting from the external transfer medium around your decal. Do not remove the decal from the backing when using light coloured transfer medium. For dark coloured transfer medium, you only remove your decal from the backing.
  20. Now, it is time to iron-on the decal unto your T-shirt. There are two methods of doing the iron-on depending on the transfer medium.
  21. For light colored transfer medium: First, press the front of your T-shirt then place decal on the T-shirt with the backing facing you. Ensure that the decal is placed at the center of your T-shirt. Now, use your EasyPress at 300ºC degrees to press the decal unto your T-shirt gently for about 2 minutes. Immediately you finish your ironing using the EasyPress, remove the backing. Your decal will stick to your T-shirt beautifully.
  22. For dark colored transfer medium: The first thing is to press your T-shirt, then place your decal on it with the decal facing you. Place a tissue paper over your decal, set the EasyPress to 300ºC, then place the EasyPress over the tissue paper for 30 seconds. Remove the iron and the tissue paper to reveal your decal on your T-shirt. If for any reason the edges are not properly attached to your T-shirt, iron it again for another 30 seconds. You are now good to go.

And there are thousands of images you can modify and use for you T-shirt. Understanding this project alone is worth a thousand jobs already. So, let’s get busy.