How to Use the Cricut Design Studio

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The Cricut Design Studio software allows you to connect your computer and your Cricut machine to make beautiful creations. It allows you create beautiful die cuts with a click of a button. You can cut several die cuts on one sheet of paper from multiple Cricut cartridges with the Design Studio Software. It only takes a few minutes to set up your machine and software, and it can save you a lot of time and money in supplies in the long run.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Design Studio software
  • Cricut machine

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  1. 1

    Install the Design Studio software into your computer. Make sure your computer is not connected to your Cricut at this time. Either use the disk provided with the software or download the software from Provo Craft's website. At the end of the installation process, you will be asked for your product key of the Design Studio to register it.

  2. 2

    Connect your Cricut machine to your computer using the USB cord that is provided with the Design Studio. This will allow you to update your machine to the latest version of the software. It is important that you use the latest version so you can use Design Studio with the newest cartridges available from Cricut.

  3. 3

    Open up your Design Studio software and design your layout. Keep in mind that you can only cut the images from the cartridges that you own, because you have to plug them into your Cricut to be able to cut them. You can view every image available from the Cricut library, but won't be able to cut them unless you own them.

  4. 4

    Align your paper to be cut onto your sticky board and load it into your Cricut machine. Once you have created a layout or objects to be cut, you need to select the paper you want to use and mount it firmly onto your sticky board. Load it into your machine by pressing the load paper button on your Cricut machine.

  5. 5

    Select the cut icon on your Design Studio software. Once you have the paper loaded and the objects selected you are ready to cut. The Design Studio software will walk you through the process of cutting, and will alert you when you need to load another cartridge into the machine if you are cutting from multiple cartridges.

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