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how to ungroup in cricut design space

how to ungroup in cricut design space 150 150 Helen

How to ungroup SVG in Cricut design space

Ungrouping letters or images in Cricut design space is fairly simple; once you know how to do it. Let me teach you how.

In this example, I am going to take the mandala design. A very popular design with Cricut recently.

This design comes with over 100 mandala designs, so we have no choice to ungroup it to use only one design.

As a side note, the steps are the same to ungroup in Cricut on iPad.

Let’s start:

1. First, let’s upload the mandala file (If Cricut tells you the file is large, don’t worry, it’s ok. Wait, and it will upload the file.

2. The file will show in a very small size, so we need to resize it.

3. With your mouse, right-click and select “ungroup”. It will ungroup all the designs. Look at the right side.

4. Now, we want to keep only one (1) mandala design. For this, we will select the one we like and push it away.

5. Instead of selecting the layer’s eyes icons on the right side, we will create a selection all around the mandala group. That way, it will select all the designs we don’t want to use. That method is faster.

And then, click the delete button on your keyboard to remove the whole selection. Or, you can right-click in Cricut design space and select “delete.”

Voila! Now, you have the design you want to print.

The process is the same for any SVG image, so now you know how to ungroup SVG images or even letters in the Cricut design space.

Happy crafting!

How to add tails to fonts in Cricut design space

How to add tails to fonts in Cricut design space 150 150 Helen

2 Best way to add tails to fonts in Cricut

Method 1: Using Character Map or FontBook.
Method 2: Using SVG files.
Jump to the final step: How to add tails to fonts

Fonts with swashes (Some call it flourishes fonts or long-tail letters like I do) are created by font designers like me. But we don’t always create fonts with tails on the uppercase letters. As a designer, we decide what’s best for the final look. In my case, I made tons of custom fonts and graphic design for small to big companies, and after years, I noticed long-tail letters look much better on lowercase letters. While some people would not see any difference between the lowercase and uppercase swatches, I really do, and I strongly think a design or logo looks much better with lower case. That is my opinion, but I am always open to new ideas, so I did create a few fonts with capital letters with the tail, but that is not my preferred choice.

Like the Olivia font, some people often ask me where the Uppercase tail is. In my opinion, it even looks better. Since I did not create it to balance the final design, I will show you how to achieve a much better look by using the lowercase tail letter.

Let’s Start!

Method #1

Step 1.

Unzip the folder.

I always provide fonts within a zip folder to save space. PC requires software to unzip it. The one I am using is that one:

www.peazip.github.io

But any other zip software will work on a PC desktop or laptop.

You will need a Zip application on Android devices (Any Tablet or mobile; Chromebook, Samsung tab, Samsung book, etc. Some people told me they are using one of these three apps:

  1. B1 Archiver
  2. RAR
  3. WinZip

Some are free on google play store, but it comes with ads.

Luckily, it doesn’t require any zip application to unzip it on Mac or any Apple devices (iPhone, IPad, Mac Desktop). 

Once all the zip application is installed, or on Mac, all you have to do is to double-click on the zip folder, and it will create a new folder. Please note the location because I have been asked many times, “where are my files.” The Zip application will ask where to unzip it. I would recommend selecting the desktop.

On mobile, it is a little bit different and annoying for a beginner, if you will. So far, it doesn’t create a new folder, but once you tap on the zip folder, it will release all the files. I say it is annoying because having all the files grouped within a folder makes it easier to manage it, but since the apple device will release the files, you can’t be sure which file is related to the font folder. I think it is the same on android devices, but I can’t tell since I never tried. I own Apple devices. Please remember that the zip folder will usually unzip the files to your “FILES” blue app colour on apple. You can browse “latest” to see all the files.

Step 2.

Double click or tap on the font file ending with the extension “.ttf.” This will install the font.

TTF font files usually are more compatible on any platform, so even if I provide the “OTF” version of the font, I still recommend installing the TTF font version to ensure you get all the special characters available.

Step 3.

Access the long tail letters.

I provide two ways to access your font tails.

  1. If I provide an SVG file, you can upload it to Cricut, and it will upload all the long tail letters. If you have uploaded the SVG file to Cricut, all you have to do is ungroup it and keep the character you need for your design using the eye icon next to the layers.
  2. The second method is a little bit advanced if you ask me because it requires you to use the Character map on PC or Font book on Mac. I call this the “copy and paste” method. That method is really for advance designers because it gives more control.

This is Character map on PC

How to access flourishes characters on PC via Character Map.

 

This is Font Book on Mac

How to access flourishes characters on Font Book on Mac.

 

Where is the Character Map on PC

  1. On Windows 7 and before: Character Map is located in “All Programs” →→ Accessories →→ System Tools →→ Character Map in the Start Menu. 
  2. On Windows 8 and 10: The Character Map is located in the Windows Accessories folder in the Start Menu.

How to access font book on mac

You can access Font Book with a keyboard shortcut; press the F4 button on your keyboard. Once the screen panel opens, type Font Book and you will see the Font Book app.

 

4. Last Step.

Finally, How to add tails to fonts that don’t have uppercase with long-tail letters:

In that example, I created the word “wear,” and all I did was take the long tail letter “w” and increase its size to make it look like an upper case. Don’t you think it looks beautiful, even better than with an uppercase!? I do!

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1. I create two typing boxes.

Notice I created two separate typing boxes, not the same one.

 

Step 2. Make sure to select the Olivia font on the two typing boxes. (Keep in mind I explain using the Olivia font, but you can do the same with any font).

Select the font you want to use. It is normal you don’t see the tail yet.

 

Step 3. This is where we add the tail using Character map or Font Book.

I will use Font Book in this example, but the process is precisely the same with Character Map. We will do the copy and paste method.

1. Select the letter where you want the long tail to appear (double click on desktop computer or laptop or tap on tablet and mobile)

Select the letter where you want the long tail to appear.

 

2. Open Font Book or Character Map, select the long tail letter that you want and copy it. (On your keyboard, you can do the shortcut “CMD button + C” to copy or click at the top menu on “File” >> “Edit” >> “Copy”).

Make sure to double click on the letter. Selecting only one time won’t work.

 

3. Go back to your Cricut canva, select the letter again and paste it.

I need to mention it because I heard some people wondering why is this happening. The letter you selected will become blank, but this is normal in Cricut design space. What you have to look for is the main letter, and noticed you pasted the tail letter successfully. 🙂

The blank letter is normal in Cricut design space.

 

4. In the final step, move the two letters next to each and make it look the way you want it to be. Follow the designer inside you 🙂 Voila!

A simple technique, but wow! Gorgeous!

Isn’t beautiful? It’s much better than using am uppercase if you ask me!

 

Method #2

This method is for lazy people, ah ah! 😉

Sometimes, I include SVG files. I don’t do it every time because it takes a lot of time doing this one by one (I might be lazy too, ah-ah), but I am aware some crafter like it to save time.

If you have an SVG file template, all you have to do is upload it and ungroup it. Finally, you can use the eye icon located at the very right side of the layers and keep only the long tail letter you want for your design. As simple as that, and it takes literally 2 minutes!

Click on the ungroup selection to ungroup in Cricut design space.

 

How to use the eye icon on cricut design space.

You can toggle (click) on and off the eye icon to keep visible the layers (letters) you want to keep for your design.

 

Both methods are excellent but uploading an SVG file is much faster, while using the Character Map or Font Book is more for the advanced crafter. Not every designer provides SVG files because it’s time-consuming, but I will do my best to do it if I notice you prefer this method. You can email me about it if you want. Both ways are perfect anyway (I repeat myself because it’s true, ah ah 🙂

I hope this free tutorial helped you with your project. I wish you happy crafting, and don’t forget to visit the font section for the latest custom font creation on cricutny.com!

Helen

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How to sell Cricut items on Etsy

How to sell Cricut items on Etsy 560 400 Evelyn

How to sell Cricut items on Etsy

Hi All, My name is Evelyn, and I am an Etsy seller since 2015. I sold over 202,516 items using my Cricut machine, selling custom apron and custom decal for bottles using beautiful fonts. I am making around $80,000 per year, and it’s stable (That’s the best part). 

Selling on Etsy might seem challenging, but it’s easier than you imagine if you do it the right way.

All you need is to pop out from the crowd.

Cricut is gaining so much attention since a few years with their easy software and all those beautiful products created with their cutting machine.

That’s why it’s time to create stunning items with your Cricut and start selling right aways on Etsy! (if you need money, of course!!)

How to sell on Etsy

Forget luck and SEO (Trust me, with the latest search algorithm, Etsy is ranking every product on the first page at least once for a full week even if you are a newbie). Actually, It’s all about one thing.

BEING UNIQUE!

How? By using exclusive fonts on your products.

Think like a customer, not like the fantastic artist you are. 

Imagine yourself browsing tons of the same item on Etsy. What would make you buy it over the others?

The answer is;

ATTRACTIVENESS!

Yep, your product’s appearance is everything.

Have you ever purchase green banana over those beautiful yellow ones? 

Again, LOOK IS EVERYTHING!!

The first reason why we click on an Etsy product is that we feel attracted.

Attraction meaning:

NOUN:

the action or power of evoking interest, pleasure, or liking for someone or something.

Being aware of this fact is so powerful that if you apply it to your product’s marketing, you will become a top seller on Etsy quickly.

Everybody is talking about SEO and ranking recently. While it plays a role in your search ranking, it’s far to be the main factor.

Because we mostly use Google, we all have access to the same SEO topics over the web. The majority of Etsy sellers are even using special tools such as Marmalead to copy other sellers’ SEO.

What’s that mean for you and me? If we keep doing the same as the others, our items will always end up near the end of the Etsy search.

You’ll be surprised to see on Etsy how only a few products are truly unique, and that’s why there are only a few Top sellers on Etsy.

If you want to become a top seller on Etsy, you have to become unique.

Again, I repeat; Don’t copy others’ SEO Etsy items, or you will end up at the end of the search. Try it if you don’t believe me. I already tried it multiple times using Marmalead.

Using the Marmalead website or any other “Etsy spy” software means that you will voluntarily compete with all the other sellers on Etsy.

Instead, be unique (I can’t repeat that word enough), and your search image will pop out so much more, attracting more visitors and then sending a signal to Etsy. Etsy search engine will finally promote your product organically across the entire search engine for free. That’s how we do it the proper way, and it’s working very well!

You know what, you already have the best tool in your hand for free; YOUR CREATIVITY.

And what does that mean on Etsy?

More people visit your item, better rank on Etsy and more money in your wallet!

How to be unique on Etsy

At first, thinking like a customer will help you become unique on Etsy because you will finally discover what your audience really needs. Note I didn’t say “want,” but I said “NEED”! You want them to buy it, not to stare at it.

And to become unique on Etsy, it involves investing little money at the right place, and it’s ok because that requirement is creating a barrier to competition, and that’s what we want to become a top seller on Etsy!

There are so many sellers on Etsy selling mugs and decals, and the majority of these Cricut products look way too similar, which is probably the primary reason for failing on Etsy.

The solution?

Again, be unique by using exclusive supply such as exclusive fonts for your Cricut design and craft projects. People will notice it right away, trust me.

And when I say exclusive, I mean paid. Not free, that is so important. You want to use what the majority of people are not willing to pay for. That’s the secret sauce in Marketing, but generally speaking, people are afraid to innovate, so they just copy, and it only increases your own competition, which doesn’t make sense.

Which mug is more attractive, in your opinion?
 To me, that one is catching my attention.
Guess why, the font!

Every Cricut crafter has access to the same material, same software and the same resource; that’s a marketing problem. But not everybody is willing to pay for a unique Cricut font, agree?

And that’s where you kill the Etsy competition.

Show your Cricut items in the Etsy search with a unique and beautiful look. Imagine your exclusive product’s thumbnail next to all the others. For you, it means more Bacon!! 

Etsy rank top sellers

Need proof?

Open Etsy and type mug in the search.

Look at the first 4 items and notice how they look different, not because of the mug itself but because of the design. It’s all about fonts and the look that make you feel when you look at it.

I have seen so many Etsy sellers creating Cricut items using unique fonts going from one sale to 5000 sales within only a few months!

And it’s not about luck or SEO search ranking.

Ah, I know, you might say, “Hell yeah, it’s about SEO search ranking,” but let me tell you something.

Are you aware Etsy is releasing a new search algorithm every few months, similar to Google does!

Each time a new search ranking algorithm is released, items start ranking entirely differently, and what does that mean for you?

While your items were ranking at the very top last week in your area (Your country, city or state), it might not rank it for you anymore on the same page, but it might rank it at the top page to a different audience/country/city, get it?

It’s incredible if you think about it because Etsy is trying to show your items to a different audience over and over. 

Imagine if you spent all this money on google ads, you would lose so much money. Etsy is gifting people, so your best bet is to make your first impression to look the best on the Etsy search result.

And that’s why using exclusive fonts is crucial.

It’s important to understand that Etsy is a marketplace, the same as Amazon and all the others. Their main goal is to make money with sales done by sellers. They don’t want to punish sellers or put preferences on one or another. It’s business, after all. Imagine Etsy as your partner. 

You would pay the rent to your office in real life and then probably someone to help you as well. It means a lot of spending each month. 

On Etsy, however, you let them manage your money (Yep, it’s creepy, I have to admit). They take their fees and do their best to help you with your sales. But if your products suck, so your sales too.  

Cricut free fonts vs paid fonts

Do you know how many fonts are free over the entire web? Over 200 000 free fonts!!!

That means if you use one of these free fonts on your Cricut item on Etsy, you might compete with over 200 000 other products out there, and that’s a big chunk of competition. The most absurd is it can be avoided in one click, but people are too lazy to purchase fonts… Do you understand how using a paid font on your Cricut items can leverage your sales on Etsy?!

“It’s horrible to see that most of the products created with Cricut sold on Etsy are using free fonts. So bad marketing! So much time wasted on adding new Etsy items and so much time wasted in refreshing your “Etsy sold” page to realize all the work you’ve done will be paid with only a few bucks left after all the Etsy fees paid.”

If you want to sell more, you have to do what the others are not willing to do; Buy exclusive fonts. It’s still very affordable, and you will save so much time on creativity, and the best part is because your products will become so much different, your Etsy sales will increase. It’s a no brainer.

The secret of successful sellers on the web?

Be different, sell unique products and use exclusive fonts and material.

Keep in mind that you are competing with zillions of other sellers on Etsy.

It means zillions of the same mug on the Etsy search results. 

Don’t look boring but look unique, and sales will flow like a river!

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