Many people are using the Cricut machine to unleash their creativity and design skills. It offers endless possibilities and you can create all kinds of wonderful art and crafts with this machine.
However, the Cricut software has some complex functions that users find difficult to grasp. If your a new Cricut owner or interested in seeing what the machines can do, check out our arts and craft guide for Cricut. Learning to use your Cricut device can be a daunting experience but don’t worry we will help you out.
In this article, we will go over the Cricut weld function and show you ways to use it more effectively so that you can use and reuse your designs.
What is the Weld Tool in Cricut?
The Cricut Design Space software offers several ways to combine objects and shapes together. Three of the most commonly used methods for creating combinations include weld, group and attach.
Weld is the best way to combine and meld two objects together. Making a Cricut weld is similar to welding metal. Just as the two metal pieces meld into each other and there is no border between them, the Cricut weld removes the border between two objects that are combined.
They appear as a single image after the change. Consider the image below where the word lucky is shown welded together with a clover leaf. Note the border between the two in the first image, which is removed after the weld. Also, note how the color of the word ‘Lucky’ changes after the weld.
Here is another example of the Cricut weld function.
The weld function can be used to combine text, shapes and images together to create the design that you want.
Working With the Weld Tool
The Cricut weld tool is powerful for creating a killer design for your project. You will generally want to use it for three reasons.
- First, the Cricut Weld tool allows you to make new and more complex shapes from basic shapes. You can create customized shapes using the weld tool and then save them in your library for future use. Many experienced and professional designers use the weld tool to create artwork made from basic shapes.
- Second, the weld tool allows you to join text together as a connected word. If you have a word that you want to cut as one piece instead of separate letters, you can overlap and organize it, then click the weld tool to join it together.
- Third, you may want to weld objects together so that you can use the slice tool to get your final design output. The slice tool only works with two objects. If you have text with multiple letters and want to combine it with a background image, you will need to weld all the letters together and align it with the image to get the desired result.
How to Unweld In Cricut
A lot of users want to know how to unweld on Cricut Design Space. They usually weld different shapes together and want to use them later separately in the project.
At the moment, there is no way to unweld images that have been joined in Cricut. This is unlike the group function where separate objects can be ungrouped later.
The reason why you can’t unweld images in Cricut is because the program saves them as a single image when they have been joined. This helps reduce file size.
When you weld only two or three images, the file size may not matter but it matters when hundreds of images are welded together. Professional designers often weld dozens or hundreds of images to create complex designs. Saving them as separate files but welding them together for display can system resources.
So if you weld shapes or text together on a project, make sure that everything is in the right position for your final design. Once the images or text has been joined, it gets saved as a single image file in the project. There is no way for the program to know how to unweld them.
However, you can always undo an action immediately after you have used it. Cricut saves every change in the design file as you work. If you weld something and then click ‘undo’ immediately, it will unweld because the software has a saved copy of the change.
You can change the size of the maximum undo limit. So you can weld dozens of images together in a single session and then undo them if you don’t like the end result, all the way to the beginning.
However, if you save and then close the file, the changes become permanent. There is no way to unweld the images later.
Create Backups for Your Images
There may be no way to unweld images right now, but there are things you can do to make sure that your work is not ruined due to an image welding mistake. Here are three ways to do this.
- Create a backup of your file before you start editing and welding images. Save the file as a backup copy, then create a new one and edit it. If you make any mistake, you can simply import images back from the backup copy.
- Before you start welding images, create another layer with duplicates of all your images, text and shapes. Set this duplicate layer to hide and work on your original layer. If you make a mistake and cannot unweld images, make another copy of your duplicate layer and work on that.
- Instead of welding images, consider attaching or grouping them together for your project. If your images or text do not have a separate border color or line to distinguish them then you can use attach instead of weld to join them together, the end result is almost identical. The attach button turns into a detach button when you click on images that are grouped together.
Currently, there is no way to unweld shapes, text, or images that have been welded together. However, you can create backups or work on duplicate layers to keep your original shapes and images that can be reused for a different project later. If a new Cricut machine comes out with the unweld function of they update there software we will make sure to update this article.