In Design Space, attaching is usually used to do one of two things: fasten a write or score layer to a cut layer, or hold cut placement. Normally, Design Space will arrange your images on the mat to conserve material. However, if you want your images to cut in the same positions relative to each other on the cutting mat, you will need to attach them.
Attaching tells Design Space to keep the selected items together on one mat. If you select items that are different colors, they will all turn the same color. So, if I want to keep images together and still send different colors to different mats, I will need to attach by color. Cricut images will already be attached by color. However, uploaded images will need colors attached separately.
In this design from LoveSVG, there are three different colors. When it comes into design space, it is grouped. Remember, grouping doesn’t affect cut placement. The design is in one big group and then the layers are in their own groups. First, I ungroup the main design by selecting it and clicking “Ungroup.”
The word “July” is in a group with “4th of,” which consists of three images. Ungroup that group.
The word “July” is one image, and so I don’t have to do anything to that. The red letters are in a group, and when that group is selected, click “attach.” If the images aren’t group, an easy way to select the images is to hold down the shift key and select them in the layers panel.
Next, select the stars and attach them.
If the images aren’t already grouped, an easy way to attach by color is to hide all but one color in the layers panel, select all, and attach. Repeat for other colors.
Watch me demonstrate attaching by color in this video: