Last updated on February 6th, 2018 at 10:09 am
How do you weld in Cricut Design Space? Here’s everything you need to know about the weld tool, as well as sample images to show what welding two shapes together actually looks like.
There are several features in Cricut Design Space that make the program SO much easier to use if you understand what they do. I’m going to be taking an in-depth look at these features—Attach, Weld, Slice, Flatten, and Contour—so you’ll be able to better use Cricut Design Space and create better designs more quickly.
Today we’re tackling the Weld tool. If you are familiar with Illustrator, “weld” in Cricut Design Space is equivalent to “unite” in Illustrator.
Welding is simply taking two or more separate shapes and uniting them into one shape. This gives you the ability to do a variety of things, including:
- Connect pieces of your project that you want cut out as one piece.
- Create more complex shapes using the simple shapes found in the Cricut Design Space.
- Connect cursive letters to cut as one piece.
Let’s look at an example of each of these.
Using Weld in Cricut Design Space
First, I’m going to take two shapes from the Cricut Image Library and make one shape that will cut as one piece rather than two. I want “Lucky” and the four leaf clover to cut as one unified piece.
Select both items together, click “weld” in the lower right menu, and the two shapes will weld together into one shape. You can see that there’s no longer any border between the two shapes — it is a single shape now that will cut as one piece. Easy!
Now let’s create a complex shape out of the simple shapes in the Cricut Design Space “shapes” toolbar on the left-hand sidebar menu. Do you want to build a snowman? (Sorry, that song will be stuck in your head for a week!). Let’s insert three circles from the Shapes toolbar. Resize them and stack them on top of each other. I colored them white, because, well, he’s a snowman.
Then hit “weld” and it takes these three separate circles and makes a perfect snowman shape! Olaf would be proud.
Another way you might use the weld tool is connecting script or other closely-spaced letters together. Take this word “love” below. I wrote this using the Andara Script that is in Cricut Design Space, and decreased the letter spacing to -0.9 so the letters overlapped (Cricut Design Space defaults to extra wide spacing — that letter spacing toolbar is your friend!). Even though they overlap, the letters will still cut out individually — you can still see the borders on each letter.
But if you weld them together, they become one piece. A super easy way to cut out beautiful and intricate cursive words!
Keep in mind that whatever you weld together will turn the same color and be cut on the same layer. If you just want to keep your different shapes in the same arrangement on your mat, you’ll want to use Attach, which I will talk more about next week!