When Cricut machines first came on the scene, images and fonts were purchased on cartridges which were put in a slot on the machine every time those images or fonts were used. Fortunately, those days are long gone, and we can easily access hundreds of thousands of images in seconds on Design Space.
The term “cartridges” hung on, though, but Cricut recently updated the term to “Image Sets” in Design Space for PC/Mac.
- On the left side, click on Images.
- Next, click Image Sets on the left side under “Highlighted Categories.”
To search the image sets, put a search term in the search box at the top of the screen. This is a great way to narrow down a search. I could put in “Disney” and all the Disney image sets that I have either purchased or could purchase will come up.
Let’s say I asked someone about a particular image, but she couldn’t remember the exact name, but that it came off the Teacher Gifts image set. I could search image sets for “teacher,” and can quickly find that image set and the image I need.
There are three filter options for image sets. Selecting Cricut Access will show only images that are included in the Cricut Access subscription.
Purchased will show image sets that I either bought through Design Space, through the Cricut shop (like in a digital Mystery Box), or the contents of physical cartridges that I linked to my Cricut account.
Filtering to Free will only show me images that are free to cut for any Design Space user. Some images are only free for limited periods of time. (This post has more information about finding free images in Design Space.)