How to Use the Operation Menu in Cricut Design Space

LEARN ALL THE WAYS TO USE THE OPERATION MENU IN CRICUT DESIGN SPACE TO CHANGE LAYERS INTO DIFFERENT LINETYPES

I have been getting a lot of emails and comments on blog posts regarding changing cut lines to score lines or draw lines.

With a recent update, we are no longer able to preset score and draw lines for you in design vector software. So, a lot of my previous tutorials are missing this step in the instruction.

I thought I would make a quick Cricut 101 tutorial on how to use the operation menu to change layers to different linetypes for your reference.

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USING THE OPERATION MENU IN CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

For this tutorial, I will be using my Pumpkin Side Edge Card available in my shop.

The steps outlined below will apply to any of my projects. The basic concept should be the same for other design files you may use as well.

STEP 1 – UNGROUP THE DESIGN

After you upload your design into Cricut Design Space, you will need to ungroup the design by clicking UNGROUP in the LAYERS panel.

If you need help uploading SVG files into Design Space, check out these tutorials for desktop and mobile.

click ungroup in the layers panel

STEP 2 – CONVERT CUT LINE TO SCORE LINE

Let’s start with the envelope as that is typically the layer located at the bottom of the LAYERS panel.

Find the envelope group. The top layer within that group are the score lines. Click that layer.

find the envelope and select the score line

Under the OPERATION menu, select SCORE.

under the operations menu, select score

Now, highlight the group that the score line and cut layer are under. Then, click ATTACH in the LAYERS panel.

highlight the group containing the score line and cut layer and click attach

Repeat this step for any other card layers like the card base or inner card pieces.

repeat the step for all layers with score lines

STEP 3 – CONVERT CUT LINES INTO DRAW LINES

Find the text you want to convert located in the LAYERS panel.

find the text layer

Under the OPERATION menu, select PEN.

under the operations menu, select pen

You can change the color of the pen as well as the pen type by clicking the outlined box next to the OPERATION drop down menu.

change the color to your choice

Now, highlight the group that the text and cut layer are under. Then, click ATTACH in the LAYERS panel.

highlight the group the text and card layer are under and press attach

A FEW MORE THINGS ABOUT THE OPERATION MENU

  • This basic process can be used to convert cut lines into wavy and perforated cut lines, pen or draw lines, foil lines, score lines, deboss lines, engraved lines, and even print then cut layers.
  • You will always need to attach your line to the card base in order for it to be made correctly.
  • The operation menu used to be called LINETYPE.
  • The PEN operation used to be called DRAW.

II hope you found this tutorial helpful! For more Cricut tips, check out the Cricut 101 section of the blog here.

Happy Crafting!

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