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Argh. Redesigned Cricut Craft Room

27 Aug

So I opened my CCR to make this month’s ~CNS~ Cut N Swap extra special card swap and I was forced to do an update. My computer has been updating for the last 2 weeks. Usually when my computer is running like Grandma’s molasses on a cold day, uphill, I know it is trying to do an adobe update.

I have the full gambit of adobe professional, it is what I get for not submitting my computer to the geeks after the school year to get re-cloned (I knew if it was re-cloned, I would lose my favorite tool- converting everything and anything to PDF)

After completing the update, I was finally able to see what the new and improved features are. And which of my old favorite features are gone.

Super Awesome improvements: first off- it runs so much quicker! It loads quicker, it moves quicker, and so far it only froze once out of the 8 or so times using since the update.

Gone: No more editing the image using Contour. So I guess my fantastic tutorial I recently posted is … well obeselete.

Interface is interesting: I think the push for user friendly layering is strong. The layering is no longer on the left screen menu, but along the top. Think internet TABS or Microsoft RIBBONS.

Old Mat layer tab. Was in the left hand options column

New Mat layering. Now is a ribbon/tab along the top of the mat

You can still change the color of the fill, same way. Just click on the color circle and change. You can still change the name of the layer, same thing- just click and type new name. You can still re-organize the layers, instead of dragging up and down, now you drag left and right.

The other categories on the side panel are still the same (shape, text, color, machine, help)

You can still rename the project just by clicking and retyping in the bottom as before.

Click on the bottom of the screen. Retype new name.

The top menu is still the same. (undo, text, zoom, flip, etc)

The bottom panel (called image drawer) is different. I think there are some parts that are friendlier, and some parts that are not. About 70/30. I would saw the old image drawer was closer to 50/50 with friendliness/egags.

Next post will be a more detailed look at the image drawer. I have to get ready, first day of semester 2. I have a very heavy schedule, I will be doing classroom observations 2/3 days a week until December and evening classes from 4:30-10 4 nights a week. EEK.

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Modifying images in CCR Part 6: Cutting with layers

9 Aug

At this point I have showed you how to:

Set up layers (part 1)

Isolate images using contour (part 2)

Create new bases using weld and group (part 3)

Make use of a drafting/drawing space (part 4)

Simple way to make multiples of images (part 5)

Now to cut.

With CCR you can unload your mat, and then reload it without exiting out of the cut screen. This is useful to change out the paper but you want to do so quickly (aka have your mats ready to load as soon as the previous cuts are finished)

Also with CCR, you can cut out everything all at once, or each layer separately. I usually do each layer separately.

Scary! This is what would happen if I cut all layers at once!

I would do the following: Cut, Select my machine,

Select pineapple layer, load mat, cut

Then unload my mat, have my new one ready (with my paper scraps correctly placed!)

Load mat with all or just one set of papers at a time (since I use scraps I just lay it out at once, which is why every image is on my mat), select a layer using the drop down, and cut. you do not have to reload! just select another layer and cut!

Assemble my items and done is done.

I am sorry for the length of this tutorial. I hope I covered everything that might be wanted. And I hope I gave you inspiration to do something similar with other wacky layering. I also have used this method to make customized cupcake bases using the cupcake from Spring Holiday Lite. There was no base to this either. The layering was similar to the pineapple drink where it was all at once! I created my own base using two rectangles (from the ccr basics), slanted one on the left and one on the right, placed them on top of each other, welded and grouped. To get the correct angle, I used the actual cupcake base and my “drafting side” of the mat.

I would have a final project but… I do not actually have the Life is a Beach cart!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment! Thanks for visiting!

Modifying images in CCR Part 5: Easily multiply images

9 Aug

At this point I have showed you how to:

Set up layers (part 1)

Isolate images using contour (part 2)

Create new bases using weld and group (part 3)

Make use of a drafting/drawing space (part 4)

In this section, I will show you a simple way to make multiples of images.

Now for our swaps, I always like to make 6 of things. The groups are never more than 5 but I like to have extras for myself or for extra swappers (not in my group but we exchange anyway) or for mistakes!

There are several ways to make multiples.

One way is to use the shape properties tab. And select the number of items you want, and apply.

sometimes this option will change the size of your image. Not sure why.

Another option is to do a fill page. It is nice because you can change the page from a 12×12 (default) to say 8×11.

Sometimes this option has so much space between images, kind of defeats the fill page (I would suggest fill it with as many items as possible with as little negative space as possible!)

Another way, and I referenced this in previous parts is to simply select, copy, paste, and repeat.

Sometimes the images will look as though they did not show up, it is most likely because you are in a different layer than the one you “wanted”. Refer to part 1 and 2 about active layers.

I will now arrange each of my new individual layers, and since I tend to use scraps for the little guys, I am going to arrange them in groups of 6, but placed around my board to I can fit standard scraps (I usually cut my scraps into rectangles before adding them to my scrap pile)

Sometimes the images will go off the mat. So zoom out (CTRL -) and you can see any of the items off the mat.

Also the items off of the mat (on the right) will not cut. You will receive an error message saying not everything was cut. But that is okay because it is your drafting table!

Use the lasso (click and drag) method to bring the bottom images to the top (or in this case the side)

A little more lassoing and I have a nice compact group of 6 fruit slice bottoms.

Notice I used this method for each of my groups. I am showing each of the groups as well. This is a great way to organize your board for cutting!

I would love to have the option to insert a new mat (like in word, insert page break), but that is just not going to happen.

Now I am going to set up my mat for the pineapple drink base. To do that, I will hide everything but the pineapple drink, and repeat the process (select, copy, paste, repeat)

I will use a 12×12 for the pineapple drink base so it makes it a bit easier to group.

This is a great option to the non-existing “add new mat”

Next I will discuss how to cut in one sitting all of your layers!

Modifying images in CCR Part 4: Making a drafting space

9 Aug

At this point, I have showed you how to:

Set up layers (part 1)

Isolate images using contour (part 2)

Create new bases using weld and group (part 3)

In this section, I will show you a little personal thing I do.

I like to test all of my pieces out. Then I zoom out and use the space to the right and put it all together.

I make visible all of my layers.

Then make double of everything. Shortcuts select image, CTRL C (copy), click somewhere, CTRL V (paste)

Zoom out (CRTL, -) to show some of the white space to the right. Drag my pineapple drink

Add my umbrella

Add the bottom layer of my fruit slice

Add the top layer of my fruit slice

Add my straw layer

Add my cherry layer

NB if your layers are out of order (in background when should be in the foreground, simply arrange them in the correct order by clicking and dragging up or down the layer you want to move (on the far left options layer tab.)

This is a great tool to use when creating layers from multiple carts!

I will show you simple ways to make multiples (say for swaps!) using just one mat.

Modifying images in CCR Part 3: Welding bases

9 Aug

At this point, I have showed you how to:

Set up layers (part 1)

Isolate images using contour (part 2)

In this section, I will show you how to weld bases, or create your own base.

If there is a particular question you have, let me know and I will check it out. There is usually a simpler way to do things.

Not all of my steps have pictures, especially the standard steps. I do not have a camera so I cannot make a video. (Honestly I am not sure how I would do that while going through the steps at the same time).  IF you need more help or details on a step, just ask!

At this point, you should have read part 1 and part 2. You should have all of your options set up and your file created.

You should have isolated each part of your pineapple accessories/top layer.

Your mat should look something like this:

Now you have little pieces everywhere!

I could not figure out where the cherry attached to my pineapple drink, so I used the welding feature and attached it to my pineapple drink base.

Here is how I did it.

Step 1: Hide everything but the cherry and the pineapple drink.

Step 2: Make a copy of your cherry. We want to place this new cherry in the pineapple drink layer. Select cherry(1), copy, select blue layer(2) (remember the active layer is darker), and paste(3)

Step 3: highlight your new cherry, go into the contour/edit menu

NB you see all of the other lines that you hid before!

Step 3.1: select that little thing in the corner, and then exit

Step 4: To weld this to the pineapple drink, drag the new cherry base to the pineapple drink

Step 4.1: When the box pops up, “weld” them together.

The drink looks like it lost its lines, but not really!

Step 5: Select your improved drink and “group”. What this does is keep it all together, in case you want to change size or move it around.

This is a great skill to learn when creating shape cards, letter books, or just adjusting the base layer in any way!

In the next step, I show you a little helpful hint I have for creating my own drafting/drawing space in CCR

Modifying images in CCR Part 2: Isolating images

9 Aug

At this point, I have showed you how to:

Set up layers (part 1)

In this section, I will show you how to isolate images using the contour option.

I decided to pull apart the individual items from the top layer image. I used mat layers and the contour (should be renamed edit) button.

If there is a particular question you have, let me know and I will check it out. There is usually a simpler way to do things.

Not all of my steps have pictures, especially the standard steps. I do not have a camera so I cannot make a video. (Honestly I am not sure how I would do that while going through the steps at the same time).  IF you need more help or details on a step, just ask!

Open CCR and create a file

On the OVERLAY toolbar, find the cartridge Life’s a Beach

NB I found it was easier to do this using the overlay than the image tab.

Relative dial size should be selected. Mat layers and fill mode should be selected too.

We are going to isolate the layers of the pineapple drink in Life is a Beach.

Step 1: Enable mat layers and fill mode from previous tutorial. I strongly suggest going through the previous tutorial first!

Step 2: Find the pineapple drink on the overlay tab and bring to your mat. A dialog box should pop up asking you if you want to add this to a new layer, current layer, or cancel. Select current layer.

Step 3: Press layer button, then select (same tab) pineapple drink (accessories/top layers)

Step 3.1: Select new layer. I explained on Part 1 how to determine which layer you are in.

Since you have mat layers and fill mode enabled, your mat will look something like this.

The colors might be different, but you can change them easily. I explained that in Part 1.

Step 4: Create 4 more (5 total) layers of the pineapple accessories/top layers.

It will be easier on you if you hide the pineapple drink:

Step 5: Hide pineapple drink (click on the eyeball on the pineapple drink layer)

Pineapple is gone!Well… Not gone, just out of sight (out of mind)

Now we have just the accessories/ pineapple layers on our mats. And we have a lot of them. And they are all called the same thing! And you might have them all similar or same color!

To change the color, refer to Part 1.

To change the name, refer to Part 1.

I used these names for my layers

This is also useful because now I know what each will be when I finish isolating!

We will isolate one image at a time. I am going to hide all images but the one I am working with. Since it was typed first, I am going to isolate umbrella first.

Step 6: Hide all of the other layers but umbrella.

I like to place what I am working on up front and center!

Step 7: Select the hide contour button.

Now you are in the underbelly of the image. On the top you notice the exit button. I am not sure what glyph stands for. But it doesn’t matter!

Since this layer is umbrella, we will select all of the non-umbrella pieces.

Step 8: Select everything that does not belong to umbrella.

It is a little touchy, but you will notice as you hover, the lines turn red. This means it is “selected”

NB the lines are now grayed out. You can always reselect them.

Exit out of that (remember glyph exit on top left?)

And you successfully isolated the umbrella!

Now we will repeat for each of the other items. Remember it is helpful to hide from view everything but what you are working on.

This is a great skill to practice with, especially with the horrible layering of Lite carts and others like. It is also useful to use when you don’t want a particular cut or line in your image.

I use the term isolated because as mentioned above, the other lines are there, they are just hiding from the machine!

In the next part, I will show you how to change the base of the images by welding.

Modifying images in CCR Part 1: Creating layers

9 Aug

Our swap theme this month is LUAU. After posting the theme, we always give an option to partake. They have a couple of days to decide.  I usually give inspiration pulled from the web to get the girls a-thinking. Some are skeptical since they do not have the cricut LUAU lite cart. So I suggested flowers! and Drinks! and so on!

On one image I posted, one swapper said most of the images are pulled from Life’s a Beach, but that the layering is difficult usually you have to make many many cuts in the different colors to get each item. She mentioned the pineapple drink. I do not have this cart, but I love a challenge so I went into CCR and looked at the situation. She was right. There is one image for pineapple drink (think of it as the base layer) and one image for the top layers (straw, fruit, umbrella). So you would have to print out the top layers several times. Yikes!

If there is a particular question you have, let me know and I will check it out. There is usually a simpler way to do things.

Not all of my steps have pictures, especially the standard steps. I do not have a camera so I cannot make a video. (Honestly I am not sure how I would do that while going through the steps at the same time).  IF you need more help or details on a step, just ask!

Without mat layers enabled, your mat would look something like this:

Part 1: Setting up layers

Step 0: Open CCR and create a file

NB Relative dial size should be selected. Mat layers and fill mode should be selected too.

Step 1: To enable mat layers and fill mode, on the options tab (left hand side) select options, then select the CRAFT ROOM tab. Check mark mat layers enable and fill mode enable.

**pay no attention to my numbers

Options, craft room tab, check mark both mat layers enabled and fill mode enabled

Each time you add an image to the mat, a dialog box will pop up asking if you want to add the image to a new layer or to current layer.

Dialog box

To determine which layer you are currently on, notice the above is grayed out on my “blue” layer.

Notice the grayed out layer is the blue. That is the active layer. Your colors will most likely be different from mine.

To change the color of your layers:

Go to mat layers tab, click on the colored circle, select either preset colors or custom color. Apply and done!

That’s it. To change the name of your layers simply click on the pencil symbol, delete the current text and create your own. Caution! it is quite limited to the number of characters.

Learning to layer in CCR was so useful to me. I was upset having too many images on my mat at one time. They were all blank (not filled) and it was just overwhelming. Not to mention the constant reloading of paper just to make 6 cuts of images.

IF you have any deeper questions on setting up layers, please leave a comment.

In the next part, I will show you how to isolate images and lines using the contour button