Cricut has made some great improvements to Design Space with the release of version 5.7.20 of Design Space for PC/Mac.
Note: these changes don’t apply to the iOS or Android apps.
Image Filters and Searches
“Cartridges” has changed to “Image Sets”.
New users to Cricut have likely never seen a cartridge, and so this will probably alleviate some confusion.
There is a new landing page when you click on the “Images” tab.
As you can see, you can browse categories, themes, occasions, etc. I particularly like to see what’s “trending” in the Cricut world. There are so many creative crafters out there!
If you click Browse All Images, you’ll get to the above screen. The left side lets you choose different filters to narrow down the images that you see. Some of these filter options are completely new, and some have been in previous versions of Design Space in different forms.
I entered the search term “Happy Birthday,” which got me just over 5,000 results! However, because what I really want is to draw “Happy Birthday” on the inside of a card, I expanded the “Art Type” menu and chose “Draw.”
Filtering to “Draw” brings my results down to a way more manageable 362 results. The most relevant results are displayed first.
Filtering Ready-to-Make Projects by Machine Selection
This change may not be as obvious if you only have one machine. When you log into Design Space for the first time, it makes you choose a machine.
Now, when you click on the “Projects” tab and view the “Ready-to-Make” projects, you will only see projects that are compatible with the machine you have selected in the upper right corner. In the above example, I have “Explore Family” selected. This means I won’t see anything that requires one of the Maker’s adaptive tools like the Perforation Blade or the Knife Blade. I also won’t see any projects designed for the Cricut Joy.
Here, I have the Maker selected, and so I can see and search projects that I can create with my Cricut Maker.
This picture shows the projects I get if I select the Cricut Joy. I won’t see any projects that exceed the size limitations of that machine.
It’s important to note that this only applies to the Ready-to-Make projects, and not the projects you have created in the “My Projects” section.
I hope this information helps everyone adjust to the improvements to Design Space. Happy crafting!