Hi there! In continuing with our Cricut Basics Mini Series, today we are going to tackle the next installment to Design Space 3’s creative functions: Group. Now, Our first mini series entry was Attach and ways/where/where to use it. Group, though similar in it’s actions, is slightly different. Confused? Don’t worry! We are here to give you a quick breakdown so you’ll be running Design Space like a pro within no time!
Group essentially and easily put is just that – grouping two objects together and pinning them together so you may move them around the canvas without losing your spacing or placement. Sounds EXACTLY like attach, right? The difference with Group is it does not tack together your items until you tell it not to. When you go to the “Make it” screen, you’ll quickly find the difference between the two. While ATTACH will hold your entire design together through cutting (which is SUPER helpful when working with multiple elements you don’t want to weld together), group simply holds them together on the CANVAS. Once “Make it” is selected, all those elements that were held snugly together transform back into their own pieces, often jumbling up on your preview mat (cue frustration and tears!)
Take a look below at just how Group works:
In this short pictorial, we are going to use the triangle and square from our SHAPES, located on the left side of your Canvas. If you wish to follow along, click on both shapes to bring them to your canvas.
Once you have a triangle and a square on your canvas, take a look at your layers panel ( located on the RIGHT side of your canvas). Both items display as separate items. They each are a LAYER on their own.
The GROUP option should become available after you click and drag your mouse to select all the pieces you would like to group together! In this case, it’s only our triangle and square. Once they are selected, select the GROUP button, joining the two items together in one item that can be selected and moved together around your canvas while designing as needed. It won’t ungroup unless you tell it to so no worries!
Now that the GROUP button has been hit, you will see on your Layers panel every action that you have taken. Instead of the triangle and square being two SEPARATE objects and layers they are now a GROUP in the panel, with a drop down arrow showing exactly what the group consists of! Pretty easy, huh?
When you send the grouped items to your “Make it screen”, instead of them remaining grouped together like you had them, they revert back to being individual objects. Therefore, group is only a tool you may want to use on the main canvas/design screen. If you want your items to stay as you have them when they get to the Make it screen – attach is going to do the job for you! If you forgot how to use Attach, you can find the post here on our blog 🙂
Group is a great way to temporarily hold items together like fonts or images so you can get a better idea of how they may look together, without the commitment of weld (more on that later!) or the constant attach/dettach fight. We hope you found this quick little run down helpful!
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