You can edit images multiple ways.
(1) Shape Properties Tools
The Shape Properties tools helps you manipulate and edit images. Click the arrows to increase or decrease the values in the fields. You can also type a specific number in the fields. Many of these edits can also be made to the image directly using the image handles that surround a selected image.
(2) Image Handles
The Image Handles appear around a selected image. Each handle has a specific edit function and can be used to quickly change the shape properties of a selected image. Simply click on the desired handle and drag it with your mouse to perform the function.
The Rotate feature is located near the top in the Shape Properties tools. Use the Rotate feature any time you wish to rotate a selected image. Manually entering a numeric value representing degrees (between 0 and 359) will place the image at that specific rotation. Use the arrows next to the rotate value to increase or decrease the rotation by one degree per click.
You can also rotate an image using the Rotate image handle. Click the image to activate the image handles. Then use your mouse to drag the bottom left handle and rotate the image.
- Move & Position
You may wish to reposition your images after you have added them to the mat. You can move images around the mat a few different ways.
Note on Imported Projects: If you have imported and opened a project that was designed on a larger mat than the one used with your Cricut® machine, you may need to change the Default Machine and/or Mat Size in the Machine & Mat tools. Once the mat size is correct, you may need to reposition the images so that they are all in the valid cutting area.
X and Y Coordinates: If you desire a very precise location for your image, use the X and Y coordinates feature. This feature is located at the bottom of the Shape Properties tools AND in the Top Tools. The X coordinate indicates how far across the mat an image will start. The Y coordinate indicates how far down the mat an image will start. Simply select an image on the mat and then input the desired X and Y coordinates.
You can also position or move an image using the Move, Horizontal Move, or Vertical Move image handles.
Move: Click the image to activate the image handles. Then click the top left handle and drag your mouse to move the image anywhere on the mat.
Horizontal Move: Click the image to activate the image handles. Then click the left middle handle and drag your mouse to move the image horizontally. This locks the Y coordinate and adjusts only the X coordinate.
Vertical Move: Click the image to activate the image handles. Then click the top middle handle and drag your mouse to move the image vertically. This locks the X coordinate and adjusts only the Y coordinate.
- Resize & Stretch
The size feature is located at the top of the Shape Properties tools AND in the Top Tools. Use the size feature any time you wish to change the width or height of a selected Image. Simply select an image on the mat and input your desired width or height. When the link between the size values is active, a change to one dimension will result in an automatic change in the other to maintain the image’s proportions. If you wish to size the width or height independently, click the link to deactivate it before making your changes. Click the link again to reactive it.
You can also size an image using the Full Scale, Horizontal Scale, or Vertical Scale image handles.
Full Scale: Click the image to activate the image handles. Then click the bottom right handle and drag your mouse to scale the image proportionately.
Horizontal Scale: Click the image to activate the image handles. Then click the middle right handle and drag your mouse to stretch or condense the width of the image.
Vertical Scale: Click the image to activate the image handles. Then click the bottom middle handle and drag your mouse to stretch or condense the height of the image.
The Slant feature is located between the Rotate feature and Image Quantity in the Shape Properties tools. Use the Slant feature any time you wish to slant a selected image top to bottom and/or left to right. Simply select an image on the mat and input your desired slant value. You can also click the up and down arrows to make small adjustments.
Vertical and Horizontal Slant: Click the image to activate the image handles. Then click the top right handle and drag your mouse to slant the image.
- Hide Cut Line (Hide Contour)
The Hide Contour feature allows you to hide cut paths within an image so that only certain elements remain. If this feature is available for your image, the Hide Contour button will appear when the image is selected on your mat. Click this button to enter the Hide Contour Editor. Mouse over the design to highlight the different cut paths in red. If you wish to hide a contour, move your mouse until those lines are red and click on them. That contour will then appear faded out.
To exit the Hide Contour Editor, click Exit at the top left of the mat window. You can also exit by pushing the Esc key on your computer keyboard.
Any hidden contours will no longer appear on the mat and will not cut.
To restore a hidden contour, select the image on the mat and click Hide Contour to go back into the Hide Contour Editor. Select the hidden contour so it will become bold again. Exit the editor and the line will appear on the mat again and will cut.
Welding is the process of combining two or more separate images into one cut. When images overlap or touch each other, a small pop up will appear with the options Weld or Don’t Weld. The Cricut Craft Room® design software will automatically weld the images. You can elect to not have the images weld by selecting Don’t Weld. Cut lines that are welded appear grayed out. Only the dark lines will cut.
- Group and Ungroup
Grouping allows you to tie images together so you can make edits to all the images in the group at the same time.
The Group and Ungroup buttons are located at the top of the Cricut Craft Room® design software between the Paste and Flip-h buttons. Use the Group and Ungroup buttons any time you wish to group selected images or ungroup selected images that have been previously grouped.
Select images for your group. The quickest way to select multiple images is to click on the mat just beyond an image and then drag your mouse to create a blue box. When you release your mouse click, all the images touching the blue box will be selected. (You can also hold down the CTRL or SHIFT keys on your computer keyboard and click on the images you wish to group.) The image handles now appear around your entire selection instead of each individual image. Any edits you make will apply to all of the selected images. However, once you click on the mat outside the selected images, your multiple image selection will end.
Grouping makes your multiple image selection a single image. Select your images and click the Group button. This will maintain the group even if you click outside the group. If you later wish to ungroup the images, just select the group and click the Ungroup button.
If you are working with a group and need to edit the individual images within the group, select the group on the mat. Then click the green Edit Group button that appears just below the group. This will take you to the Group Editor where you can select and make adjustments to each image individually.
To close the Group Editor, click the exit button near the top left of the mat. Your individual image changes will be saved, and your group will remain intact.
- Front and Back
The Front and Back buttons are located at the top of the Cricut Craft Room® design software next to the Delete button. The Front and Back buttons are especially useful when designing with the Cricut Imagine® machine. Use these buttons to determine the order that images are layered on the mat.
To change the image order, click on an image and then click the Front or Back button one or more times until the desired image order is achieved.
- Undo and Redo
The Undo and Redo buttons are located at the top of the Cricut Craft Room® design software next to the Tools button. Use the Undo or Redo button any time you wish to undo or redo your last action. The Undo and Redo buttons can be used as many times as needed. The change history is cleared when the file is closed.
Keep in mind that these options only apply to changes made to images on the mat. If you make changes to the tools panels—hiding or closing the panels, for instance—the Undo and Redo buttons will not affect these changes.
The Delete button is located at the top of the Cricut Craft Room® design software next to the Width and Height display. Use the Delete button any time you wish to delete a selected image from your virtual mat.
- Flipping images (flip-h and flip-v)
Auto Fill is located below Image Quantity in the Shape Properties tools. Use Auto Fill any time you wish to fill the specified portion of the mat with a selected image. To use the Auto Fill feature, select an image, specify the size of the area you wish to fill, and click Apply. Auto Fill will start at the top left corner of the mat.