How to Use Cricut Print Then Cut? [Design Space]

Cricut Print Then Cut
April 3, 2023 by
Richie Remington

If you're a fan of crafting, you've probably heard of the Cricut machine - a versatile cutting tool that can be used to create intricate designs on a variety of materials. But did you know that Cricut can also be used for printing? With the Cricut Print Then Cut feature, you can print your designs onto printable material such as sticker paper, cardstock, or even fabric and then cut them out precisely with your Cricut machine. This opens up a new world of possibilities for creating custom labels, stickers, and personalized apparel.

In this blog post, we will dive into the world of Cricut Print Then Cut and show you how to create beautiful designs using this feature.

What is Cricut Print Then Cut?

With the Cricut Print Then Cut feature, you can easily print any image using your home printer and then cut out exactly that shape with the Cricut machine. This feature adds an exciting element to your crafting projects, which include creating personalized stickers, vinyl decals, gift tags, scrapbooking, and even greeting cards. The beauty of using Print Then Cut is that it gives you more flexibility in your designs, allowing you to work with an array of colors without the need to layer, saving you time. Get ready to step up your crafting game and explore the endless possibilities of the Cricut Print Then Cut feature.

What are the Specifications of Cricut Print Then Cut?

Although the Cricut machine can handle images as large as 12 x 12 inches, the Print Then Cut feature has a paper size limit. This is because there must be enough space around the image for the sensor to take a clear image.

The maximum paper size for a Print Then Cut project is 9.25" x 6.75". There are two layout options available: Letter - 8.5 x 11 inches and A4 - 8.3 x 11 inches.

To modify these settings, open the Design Studio and tap on the icon resembling three bars in the top left corner of your screen. This will take you to a menu containing all the essential settings, such as account details, firmware updates, and how to manage materials.

Select "Settings" and then "Load Type." You can adjust the defaults for your specific Cricut machine here.

What Types of Images Can You Cut With Cricut Print Then Cut?

The Print Then Cut feature enables you to print and cut any image you can upload from the Design Space app or Cricut Access. This means that anything that can be placed on the canvas area where you design can be printed and cut out.

In addition, you're not limited to just images. You can also print and cut text typed into the Design Space app, shapes filled with Cricut or uploaded patterns, and more.

Which Cricut Machines Work With the Print Then Cut Feature?

The following Cricut machines are compatible with Print Then Cut:

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Maker 3
  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut Explore 3

It's important to note that the Cricut Joy lacks the sensors needed to support the Print Then Cut feature, which is available on larger cutting machines.

How to Use Cricut Print Then Cut in Design Space?

In order to use Print Then Cut in the Design Space app, follow the basic steps outlined below:

  1. To start the process, open the Design Space app and upload your desired image to create your design.
  2. Next, select the appropriate image file, set the Line Type to "Cut," and fill it as "Print."
  3. To print multiple layers at once, you must attach and flatten your images by pressing the attachment before flattening it.
  4. Then, tap on the "Make It" button to preview the cutting mat.
  5. If everything looks right, select the "Continue" button.
  6. You'll see an option, "Send to Printer," where you can select your desired printer.
  7. If you've already printed the design, click on "I've already printed."
  8. It's pre-selected to print with bleed, which eliminates any white borders and enables more precise borders.
  9. Now, select the material you have printed from the given list, and place it on the top right corner of the mat (StandardGrip).
  10. Load the mat into the Cricut machine and wait for it to detect the registration marks, which may take a few seconds.
  11. After that, hit the "Go"button and watch the magic happen.
  12. Once the machine has finished cutting, carefully remove the mat and peel off the paper or sheet you're using for your craft project.


The Cricut Print Then Cut feature is a powerful tool that allows you to easily create a wide range of creative and unique craft projects. From stickers and gift tags to vinyl decals and scrapbooking, this feature offers endless possibilities. While there are some limitations to consider, like paper size limits, the Print Then Cut feature is a great way to upgrade your projects and take them to the next level. So go ahead, express your creativity, and see what you can create with Cricut Print Then Cut.


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