How to Slice in Cricut Design Space [for Desktop Users]


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One Cricut Design function that I used a lot is the “Slice” tool. It is one of those types of tools that will become a staple in your design work.

So it is really important for you to understand what Slice does and how to use it to tweak or create the designs you want.

Our tutorial is a super easy and straightforward one. We also share our video on how to use Slice in Cricut Design Space as well.

Note: This tutorial is aimed at those who use a desktop (PC or MAC), however, there is loads of helpful info in here for those on Android and iOS as well.

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What is the Cricut Slice Tool and What Does it Do?

The Slice tool splits two overlapping images or text into different parts. 

I can think of one good example to explain how the Slice works, it is like slicing a loaf of bread.

You have the whole loaf (one piece) and then you cut a slice with a bread knife (the Slice tool). So you end up with two pieces.

You can also use a cookie-cutter (a Shape) to cut that shape out of a slice of bread.

You can use the Slice tool to:

  • Cut one shape from another shape
  • Cut text from a shape
  • Cut a shape out of text
  • To crop images (so remove parts of an image you don't want)

To let you know more about how to use the Slice tool on Cricut Design Space, find out below.

How to Slice in Cricut Design Space [for Images]

You can use the Slice tool for any shape and image that you want. You can also use it when working with text – we have a separate step-by-step tutorial for that below.

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  • Insert your image or shape onto the canvas. In this example, I wanted to make a heart frame. So I inserted two heart shapes.
  • TIP: If you have something you want to delete from an image, you can choose the best shape that will be able to cover that area (but not cover areas of the image you wish to keep).
  • Put the first shape/image over the other.
  • Tip: If you are using the same shapes, it might be helpful to change the color so it is easier to see what you are doing.
Select layers
  • Next select both shapes (or your image and the shape). You can either drag a box around the layers to select them, or ctrl click to select them on the layers panel. Note: You can only slice two layers at a time.
  • Click Slice at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Slice images in Design Space
  • Three Slice results are now visible in the layers panel.
Move slices pieces from design
  • You may now delete the other layers that you don't need.

How do you Slice in Cricut Design Space [with Text]

The Slice tool can also be used on text, just make sure to use a nice thick font so the shapes and images will be visible.

  • Add some text to your canvas.
  • Tip: Choose a thick font to work with.
  • Choose a shape that you want to slice out of your text and pop it on top of your letters.
  • Select both the text and the shapes.
  • Click Slice at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Use slice tool to slice star from text
  • Delete the layers that you don't need.
Delete unwanted sliced layers
  • And now you can slice shapes out of letters to make your words even more interesting! Here is an example of what you can do with the slice tool and text.
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Troubleshooting: My Slice is Not Working!

Please note that you can only slice two layers at a time. If you have 3 or more layers, you can weld some of your layers together (to create one layer) or you simply need to repeat your slice steps to complete your design

There is also no such thing as Unsliced, so if you accidentally sliced incorrectly, you just need to click the Undo button.

See how easy it is to use Slice? Just remember the following when using the Slice tool.

  • You can slice images, shapes, and texts
  • You can only slice 2 layers at a time
  • To undo slicing use the undo button
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I hope this tutorial helps you understand how easy the Slice tool works. For me, this is the most flexible tool and this tool helps unleash the most creative part of you.

How to Slice in Design Space

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Try to use it from now on, see how you can create more with just shapes, images, and text 🙂

Hi, I’m Jolene! I have a whole career based on working with all different types of crafts. Some of my work has also been featured in craft magazines. I’m passionate about helping others to unlock their creative potential and turn it into something beautiful. I don’t just provide tutorials on my website, but also inspirational ideas and advice to help kickstart your creativity.

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