With just a little design experience, you can create Cricut Cut files in Adobe Photoshop with this tutorial! Use your own graphics or purchased designs for beautiful print and cut illustrations!
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Welcome to another week of the Cricut Post Series! I almost always use Adobe Illustrator to create Cricut Cut Files, but not everyone knows how to use it. I’ve found a lot of people are more comfortable with Adobe Photoshop, so I wanted to give you a tutorial for creating Cricut Cut Files in Photoshop! Don’t worry, we’ll cover Illustrator, too!
Check out this video to create a Cricut Cut File in Adobe Photoshop
Here’s everything you’ll need to get started:
- Cricut Explore Air -while I don’t use my Cricut in this tutorial, you will still need it when you cut out your project.
- Cricut Design Space
- Adobe Photoshop
- Bright Life Watercolor Set
- Hello Sunshine Font
- Open Adobe Photoshop, then create a new document. Tip: I always recommend making the file size larger than the size you will be cutting out since Photoshop images can get pixelated if you enlarge them.
- Go to FILE then click on Place Embed and choose a PNG image you’d like to use. I used elements from the Bright Life Watercolor Set.
- Repeat until you have all the elements you’d like, then rearrange and resize them. Tip: To move an item to the back or front, go to the LAYERS panel, click on the element, then drag it down or up.
- Select the type tool, then choose your font (I used Hello Sunshine Font). Click anywhere on the page and start typing. Adjust the size in the CHARACTER Panel.
- Once everything is where you want it to be, select all of the elements, then go to the LAYERS panel, select all the items by clicking the top element, hold the shift key, then select the bottom element. Now drag everything to the file folder to GROUP the images.
- Select the group and drag it to the NEW icon (it looks like a sticky note). This will duplicate the group. Note: I do this in case I ever want to change anything…you’ll see why in the next step.
- Now, hide one of the groups by clicking on the icon that looks like an eye. Open the other group and select all the elements, right click and select MERGE LAYERS. Once they’re merged you will not be able to edit individual layers.
- Now, hide the white background.
- Select the MAGIC WAND tool and click outside the grouped image. Also click inside the loopy letters like the f, e, o, etc.
- Right click, then SELECT INVERSE. Keep it selected for the next steps.
- Create a new layer in the layers panel behind the graphic by clicking on the sticky note icon.
- Go to the Drawing Tool, make sure the color is white, and start coloring on the graphic in the new layer.
- Once it’s filled in, go to FILE, click on SAVE AS and choose PNG as the file type.
Now that your file is saved, you can upload it to Cricut Design Space as a Print and Cut file! Cricut will do the rest for you 🙂
Next week, I’ll be sharing how to create a Hand Lettered Cut file in Adobe Illustrator! Can’t wait!
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