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Save, Open & Edit Projects in Cricut Design Space Desktop and App

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Hello Daydreamers!

In today’s tutorial, you are going to learn how to save, open, and edit projects in Cricut Design Space (App & Desktop).

When I first got my Cricut I spent a humungous amount of time trying to find how to open my projects on my phone, and other things that I, now, know that Cricut doesn’t allow us to do.

Although this tutorial may sound a little basic, I encourage you to read it all, because you never know what new things you can learn.

Save, Open & Edit Projects in Cricut Design Space Desktop and App Featured Image

In a nutshell, these are the topics we will be covering:

  • For Desktop:
    • How to save projects in Design Space Desktop.
    • How to open and retrieve created projects from your computer
    • How to edit projects on your computer and save them again
  • For Cricut Design Space App (Ipad, iPhone):
    • How to save projects in Design Space App
    • How to open and retrieve created projects from the cloud and phone
    • How to edit projects on your phone and save them again.

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

Save, Open & Edit Projects in Cricut Design Space Desktop

On this tutorial, I assume you know some basics like adding text, images, shapes, etc. If you feel lost, please check out my full tutorial on what is every Icon for In Cricut Design Space

Saving, Opening, and Editing Projects are quite easy things to do in Cricut Design Space.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Save a Project in Cricut Design Space Desktop

Cricut Design Space DOESN’T autosave your projects, therefore (and as a good practice), I recommend you to save your project after you place the first piece, shape, or image on the canvas area.

Sometimes, projects can take a while, and if you don’t save your project as you, your valuable time and precious work will go to the trash if Design Space Crashes.

I’ve lost many minutes before learning my lesson, so, please save as you go. Note: I save changes on my project every five minutes or so.

When you start on a brand new canvas, the Save option (located on the top right-hand corner of the window) is greyed out, but once you add an image, it will activate.

To save your project, place the first item (image, text, shapes, etc.) you will be using on your canvas.

For this tutorial, I added one of Cricut’s Images (#MC465F6C).

Image in Cricut Design Space Desktop

When you click on save, a little window will pop up asking you to name your project. If you are only using Cricut Images or fonts, you will have the option to share your project on Facebook or Pinterest.

However, if you use your images, the “Public” option won’t appear. Don’t worry though; you can still share your creations from the “My projects” window that’ll I show you later on.

Note: When you share projects, you will have to accept Cricut’s Term and Conditions; so make sure you agree with them. You can read their terms here.

Naming a Project in Cricut Design Space Desktop

After naming your project, click on Save. A blue banner will appear on top of the window, informing you that your project is saved.

Project Saved Confirmation in Cricut Design Space Desktop

At this point, you can start changing your design by adding text, changing colors. In this example, I just changed the color of the file.

Nothing fancy.

Just remember to save your project every three to five minutes; trust me, you don’t want to waste time if the program crashes.

If at some point you want to create a new project, make sure your project is saved.

Adding a new project in Cricut Design Space Desktop

No worries, though.

If for some reason you still have unsaved changes, Design Space will bring a warning.

Don’t take this warning lightly; if you click on “Replace” and not “Save,” you will lose your hard work.

It happened to me, and It can happen to you!

Replace and Save Warning Cricut Design Space Desktop

Open a Project in Cricut Design Space Desktop

To open a project, you’ve already created, you need to have a clean and brand new canvas.

At this moment, there’s not a way for you to combine projects. Let’s hope Cricut adds this functionality soon.

You can find your designs in two different ways.

The first and fastest one is by clicking on the “My Projects” shortcut link located on the right-hand corner of the window.

The second way is by clicking on the Projects option on the left panel of the canvas, and go to the drop-down menu and select the option “My Projects” (Check out the different options of the drop-down menu to find ready cut projects)

Where to find your created projects in Cricut Design Space Desktop

As you can see on the screenshot right above, the project I created is right there. The order of the projects it’s based on the last saved date.

From the “My Projects” view, you can edit, delete, customize, and cut your already created projects.

There are different places you can click on a particular project; if you click on the “Share” option, you will be prompted to add a description, photos, etc. And if you click on the three dots (bottom-right of each project), you will be able to delete it.

how to edit the sharing settings and customize a project in Cricut Design Space Desktop

If you want to customize your project or cut it right away, you will need to click on the featured image of your design.

Upon clicking a small window will open, and you’ll be able to share and also see all of the information about the project, including the fonts, shapes, and images you used.

Most importantly, from this window, you can customize your project or send it to cut; this “Make it” shortcut is great because if your project has been created, you can skip all the Design Space process and go to the Mat preview right away.

Nevertheless, if you want to edit the appearance of your design, click on customize.

Now let’s see how to edit your project!

Edit Projects in Cricut Design Space Desktop

When you click on customize for any project, you will be able to edit and change things around.

Check out the following screenshot to see the changes I made to the original design.

Welding and Slicing an image in Cricut Design Space Desktop
  1. Add Shape: Add a circle in the canvas and change color.
  2. Weld: Select the original image and click on the weld tool (bottom of the Layers Panel) to have all of our design in a single layer.
  3. Slice: Place the welded image in the middle of the circle and select both, the circle and hear and click on the Slice tool (next to the weld tool).
  4. Keep the purple circle with the cut-out image.

This editing is effortless, I am sure you can do better, but what I wanted to show you is how to proceed after editing a project.

Here’s the thing, if you click on save you will override your original design and if that’s what you want great. But, if you still want to keep the project you started with, click on save and choose the option “Save As.”

Saving a project with a different name in Cricut Design Space Desktop

When you click on “Save As” you will be prompted to change the name of your original project; in this case, I just added a “two” to the title.

Easy, right?

Now, if you decide to use either design again, go back to your projects and see that any of them are available.

Seeing two projects in Cricut Design Space Desktop

Save, Open & Edit Projects in Cricut Design Space App (Ipad, Phone).

The steps you take to save, edit, and open a Project in Cricut’s App are very similar to the ones you would make from your Computer.

You can figure it out very quickly, but I have to tell you that I grew some white hair trying to find all of the options, so here I am to make it easy for you.

Let’s learn together!

Note: On this mini-tutorial, I assume you know some basics from Cricut’s App such as change color, weld, slice, etc. If you feel lost, check out my Design Space App tutorial; it’s convenient, and it explains where everything is.

Save a Project in Cricut Design Space App

The Cricut Design Space App has three different views, Home, Canvas, and Make.

Usually, when you first open the app, the view will be set to “Home.” To start working on a new project, click on the big blue square with the plus sign, or tap on “Canvas.”

To be able to save your project, you need to place at least one item (shape, text, image). For purposes of this tutorial, I used the image #M44919.

Image in Cricut Design Space App

After placing an item, tap on the Save icon located on the upper-left corner of the app, and choose the option “Save.”

When you tap on Save, a little window will pop up where you can type in the name of your project, and where you want to save your project.

Choose “Save to the Cloud” if you want to access your projects from your computer, and you have a reliable Internet Connection. Choose “Save to Ipad/iPhone” if you don’t have reliable Internet and like being able to work without offline.

Saving and naming a project in Cricut Design Space App

When choosing “Save to Ipad,” you won’t be able to see those projects on your computer. However, you’ll be able to use that project again and again without the Internet.

I always pick “Save to the cloud” because I like having access to my projects on my computer. But, by all means, choose whatever fits your needs the best.

Save changes as you work on your design because if the app crashes, you will lose all of your hard work.

Something to consider is how to start a new project when you have something on your canvas. (It took me a while to figure it out)

adding a new project and project warning in Cricut Design Space App

Go to the “Home” view and tap on “New Project.” If you still have unsaved changes, the app will bring a warning. Select Previews and save all of the changes and repeat the same process to get rid of any sign.

Don’t take this warning lightly; if you don’t save, your project will be lost.

Open a Project in Cricut Design Space App

To open an already created project, first, make sure your canvas is clean (no other projects, text, design, or shapes) and go to the “Home” view of the app.

On this view, and bellow your profile picture, there’s a drop-down menu, click here and select where your project is (Cloud or Ipad/iPhone).

Note: From this drop-down (and if you are connected to the Internet) menu, you can also find ready to cut projects, free projects for your machine, etc.

Since all of my projects are in the cloud, I selected “My Projects on the Cloud.”

As you can see in the screenshot down below, I can access the projects I have been working through this tutorial.

Fantastic!

Opening projects in the cloud or Ipad/phone in Cricut Design Space App

From this view, “Home/My Projects in the Cloud,” you can do a couple of things on each project.

If you tap on the “Share” option, you will be prompted to add a description, photos, etc. of your project. And, if you click on the three dots (bottom-right of each project), you will be able to delete it.

If you want to customize your project or cut it right away, you will need to tap on the featured image of your design.

Customizing a created project in Cricut Design Space App

Upon tapping the view of your phone will change, and you’ll be able to see all of the information about the project, including the fonts, shapes, and images you used.

Most importantly, from this window, you can customize your project or send it to cut; this “Make it” shortcut is great because if your project has been created, you can skip all the Design Space process and go to the Mat preview right away.

Nevertheless, if you want to edit the appearance of your design, click on customize.

Now let’s see how to edit your project!

Edit Projects in Cricut Design Space App

When you tap on customize for any project, you will be able to edit and change things around.

Check out the following screenshot to see the changes I made to the original design.

Editing an image in Cricut Design Space App
  1. Select all of the letters inside of the “daydream outline.”
  2. Weld all of the internal letters.
  3. Slice the outline of the layer with the welded letters.

Note: Slice and Weld are inside the actions menu.

This editing is very simple, I am sure you can do better, but what I wanted to show you is how to proceed after editing an already created project.

If you tap on save, you will override your original design and if that’s what you want great. But, if you still want to keep the project you started with, click on save and choose the option “Save As.”

Saving a project from a previews one in Cricut Design Space App

When you click on “Save As” you will be prompted to change the name of your original project; in this case, I just added a “two” to the title.

Easy, right?

Checking all of the projects in the cloud in Cricut Design Space App

Now, in the case you decide to use either design again, go back to the “Home” view and see that both of them are available.

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Christine

Thursday 1st of October 2020

I can’t find the option for changing the color of the canvas on my explorer air 2.

Catalina

Thursday 8th of October 2020

At the bottom of the Layers panel, there's a white rectangle that says blank canvas; click on it, and on the top menu, select the color you want for your canvas

Joni Mullock

Friday 25th of September 2020

I received a cricut image machine but i have no instruction book or even how to begin using it can you help me? Please and Thank you.

Catalina

Monday 28th of September 2020

Check out this tutorial!

Kristy Lopez

Saturday 22nd of August 2020

I saved a project in cricut design but I can't remember if I welded it or not. Does that make a difference to wether or not I can customize it or just make it? I can't seem to open the project to customize it. Was wondering if it was because I welded it or my computer just being slow?

Catalina

Monday 31st of August 2020

It depends on what you welded. You can always edit it with contour or add new elements to it. You should be able to open the project no problem.

Abbie

Monday 27th of July 2020

Am I able to design something on my work computer (Windows) and then print from my Iphone at home? I am unable to find saved projects from my computer on my phone. I don't have a home computer so I was hoping projects would be saved under my account instead of per device.

Catalina

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

If you save to the cloud when working on a PC you can find your projects on your phone with no problem. Are you saving to the cloud?

Sylvia

Sunday 31st of May 2020

I just bought the Explore Air2. I’ve created some designs and was able to save them, but I don’t know how to retrieve them. I’ve followed the tutorial but under my profile there are no locations where they should have been saved. Can you help?

Thanks.

Catalina

Thursday 18th of June 2020

If you're on a desktop you access them from the "Projects" link on the top of the canvas. Not from your profile. If you're from your phone, it's not in your profile. There's a little drop-down menu below your profile pic and that's where you find them!