Saturday, April 1, 2017

How to Weld a Word in Cricut Design Space

1.  Start a new project, and click Insert Text.
2    2.  Click Edit, and change your font to one that is easily connected.  In this tutorial, I’m using Pacifico, one of my favorite free fonts.

3.  The next thing you want to do is get the letters as close together as possible.  Click the down arrow in the Line Spacing setting on the right.  Continue clicking until the letters are as close together as possible, without them overlapping too much.

      4.  Now you need to move the letters individually, so you have to Ungroup them.  Right-click on the word, and click Ungroup.

5.  Next, click on a letter, hold your mouse/touchpad button down, and move it until it touches/overlaps the others.  Do this for each letter until everything looks the way you want it to look.  This might take some time at first, but the more you do it, the easier it will become.

6.  Once everything looks good, you need to Re-Group and Weld the word together.  To do this, you must first select the entire word by drawing a box around it.   Do this by clicking and dragging with your mouse/touchpad.  I usually start directly above and left of the word.

7.   Now, right-click on the word, and then click Group.

8.  The last thing to do is right-click on the grouped word, and click Weld.  Now you can re-size it and move it around.  (Note that you might be able to skip #7, but I always group the word and then weld it.  It  works well for me that way, and it only takes a few extra seconds.) 

Here’s what mine looked like when it was finished.  I probably could have moved the first “t” a little closer to the “e” next to it, but it will still weld and cut out in one piece.  I’ll just have to be careful not to rip it.

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