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How To Use The Slice Tool In Cricut Design Space To Split Images
  • By Design Bundles
  • 04 Dec 2016
  • 9 Mins
  • Cricut Tutorials

How To Use The Slice Tool In Cricut Design Space To Split Images

Learn how easily to Split Images in Cricut Design Space using the Slice Tool.

If you want to split an image to create a monogram, cut a shape out from a photo, or are curious about what the Slice Tool in Cricut Design Space can do then keep reading.

First, you will need to make sure that you have downloaded and unzipped the file. If you need help on how to unzip a file we have some guides on how to unzip on Windows, and how to unzip on Mac.

Step 1 - Upload Image to Design Space

Click on New Project, then when the blank canvas appears click on Upload in the lower left corner. Click on the Upload Image button, locate your file, and press Open. You can save your file as a Cut Image and click Upload.

The apple I’ve chosen to use today is included in the Teacher SVG bundle from MStudio. You can also choose another Teacher SVG File should you wish!

Upload Image to Design Space

Next, you will need to click on the image you have just uploaded and click the green Insert Images button.

Insert Image to Design Space

If your project opens too large, you can resize the Width or Height in the top menu panel. By keeping the padlock locked it will keep the proportions correct.

Resize Image in Design Space

Step 2 - Insert a Rectangle

Click the Shape button on the left menu and select the square option.

Insert a Rectangle

Click on the padlock to unlock it so you can make a rectangle.

Unlock the Padlock

Drag the rectangle over your image and place it where you would like to split it. Make sure that the rectangle is larger than the width of your image. Then, right click on the rectangle and click Duplicate.

Duplicate the Rectangle

The rectangle has now been duplicated. You can move it off to the side or turn it off in the layers panel by clicking the eyeball. We will use the second rectangle later.

If the image you imported has multiple layers then you will need to ungroup it. Select all the layers and press Ungroup. This step is only required if you imported an SVG with multiple layers.

Ungroup the Layers

Step 3 - Weld the layers

Select both the image and rectangle together then click on Align > Center. This will move the rectangle to the center of the apple.

Center Align the Layers

Then with those two layers still selected, click on Weld.

Weld the Layers

Step 4 - Slice the image

Right click on the second rectangle we made, and click Send to Front.

Send Retangle to Front

Center the rectangle to the apple like we did previously. You can make the grey rectangle shorter in height if you would like the split monogram to have the bars attached.

Once you have the rectangle positioned where you want it, select both the rectangle and the apple and click Slice this time.

Slice the Rectangle

You can click on the layers of the pieces that have been sliced and then click on Delete by pressing the X or by clicking on delete button in the layers panel.

Your image should look something like this now.

Slice Result

If you are happy with how this looks, you can keep it as is. However, if you’d like to be able to move the top and bottom pieces of the apple around, then you will need to slice the image one more time.

Create a new rectangle and place it over the entire bottom half of the image. Select the image and the rectangle and press Slice again.

Slice Bottom Half Results

Delete the unwanted pieces from the slice result.

You should be left with something like this. The pieces of the image are now separated from each other, as shown in the layers panel. You can now move the individual layers around.

Second Slice Result

Step 5 - Add your text

Add some personalization to the image by adding some text! I’ve chosen Wished from KA Designs. You can also choose any font from KA Design if you wish.

Your project is now ready to go off to cut on your Cricut cutting machine!

Add Text to Design

Why can’t I select Slice in Cricut Design Space?

If you are unable to select the Slice option, please ensure that you have selected two layers. Then you should see the option appear and you will be able to split your image. You cannot slice a group of layers, so you may need to ensure you’ve selected an individual layer and not the entire group (or you could ungroup the layers).

If you liked this tutorial make sure to check out some of our other Cricut tutorials like how to edit default material settings and how to create a layered image in Design Space.

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