Cricut | Software

How to Slice in Cricut Design Space

Cricut | Software

Written by Ali Fields | Updated: October 18, 2020

Screenshot from Cricut Design Space

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As you probably know the slice tool is one of the more useful and frustrating tools available in Cricut’s Design Space software.

If you aren’t familiar with it, I’ll explain exactly what it does and why it’s essential you know how to use it. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to master the slice tool while avoiding the most common issues. If you have never used it before it’s going to open up a whole new world of possibilities!

This tutorial is part 1 of 5 on the most important tools in Design Space.

At the end of this tutorial, you’ll know how to slice on a Cricut machine using Design Space.

What is the slice tool?

The slice tool splits overlapping images or text into different parts: this lets you cut a shape or text out of another shape. Think of it as holding a cookie cutter over the dough and pressing the design in. You’re left not only with the cut-out cookie but also the negative space where that cookie used to be in the flattened dough.

It provides two basic functions:

  • Trimming off part of a shape
  • Cutting out a shape or text from another shape

The more common of these two functions is cutting out a shape. I’ll go over exactly how to do this, step-by-step.

How to use the slice tool in Cricut Design Space

  1. Arrange your images so they overlap. Hold the shift key on your keyboard while clicking on each layer. A box will appear around both images.
  2. Images arranged for slicing in Design Space
  3. Select the images in the layers panel on the right.
    Using the layers panel
  4. Click slice. The new images will appear in the layers panel and any hidden layers will be removed.
  5. Click on the newly sliced images to move and separate them. Delete them if you no longer need them.
    Separating the newly sliced images


Where can I find cut/slice images?

I recently updated (September 2020) my collection of over 15,000 free SVG files for Cricut machines. Check it out!

Why won’t the slice tool work?

Make sure you’re only slicing two 1-layer images. If either image has multiple layers, make sure to ungroup them or delete before slicing.

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Ali Fields

Ali Fields is a DIY enthusiast and the founder and editor of Cut, Cut, Craft!, a DIY crafting blog.

She's a mechanical engineer by trade and the mother of two delightful kiddos.