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How to Use Flatten in Cricut Design Space

Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at another essential tool in the Cricut Design Space – the Flatten tool. This feature might seem simple, but it plays a significant role in enhancing your design process. It helps transform multi-layered images into a single layer print image, essential for print and cut projects. In this guide, we will walk through how to use the Flatten tool effectively in Cricut Design Space.

Understanding the Flatten Tool

Before we jump into the ‘how’, it’s important to understand the ‘what’. The Flatten tool in Cricut Design Space is used to merge multi-layered images into a single layer. This is particularly useful when you want to print a design, rather than cut it out in layers of different colored material.

Flatten changes the LINE TYPE of your design from “Cut” to “Print,” and your design will be printed onto your material using your home printer, then cut around the edge using the Cricut machine. It is also often used to convert text into images that can be printed onto your design. Now, let’s explore the process of using the Flatten tool.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Flatten Tool

Step 1: Launch Cricut Design Space and Open Your Design

Launch Cricut Design Space on your computer, then start a new project or open an existing design with multiple layers that you wish to flatten.

Step 2: Arrange Your Design

Arrange your design elements on the Canvas as you’d like them to appear in the final project. Remember that all elements will be merged into a single layer when flattened.

Step 3: Select Elements to Flatten

To flatten your design, you first need to select all the layers you wish to merge. Click and drag a selection box around your design, or hold the Shift key while clicking each element.

Step 4: Use the Flatten Tool

Once you’ve selected your design elements, navigate to the bottom of the Layers panel and click on the ‘Flatten’ button. Your design elements will be combined into a single layer.

Step 5: Review Your Flattened Design

Check your design in the Layers panel on the right side of the screen. The panel should now show your design as a single layer marked as ‘Print’ instead of multiple ‘Cut’ layers.

Step 6: Make Adjustments if Necessary

If you need to adjust your design after flattening, click the ‘Unflatten’ button at the bottom of the Layers panel. This will revert your design back to separate layers, allowing you to make necessary changes before re-flattening.

Step 7: Print and Cut Your Design

Once you’re happy with your flattened design, click the ‘Make It’ button in the top-right corner. Your design will then be sent to your printer for printing and then to your Cricut machine for cutting.

Pro Tips for Using Flatten

  1. Plan Your Design: Think about the final look of your project before flattening. Consider factors like color placement, as the flattened image will be printed.
  2. Understand Print Then Cut: Flatten is essential for Print Then Cut projects. Understanding how your printer and Cricut machine work together will give you the best results.
  3. Use High-Quality Images: Since the flattened design will be printed, it’s important to use high-resolution images for a clear, vibrant print.
  4. Save Your Project: Remember to save your project before and after flattening. This will allow you to return to the multi-layer version if you need to make changes in the future.
  5. Flatten Text: The Flatten tool is also useful for converting text into a printable image, particularly if you’re using fancy or colorful fonts.


The Flatten tool in Cricut Design Space is a game-changer when it comes to crafting intricate print designs. It allows you to transition from multi-layered cut designs to single-layered print designs, broadening your creative possibilities.

While it might seem intimidating at first, with practice and patience, you’ll soon master the art of flattening. So, go ahead and experiment with different designs and techniques, and don’t forget to enjoy the process. With this comprehensive guide at your fingertips, you’re well on your way to becoming a Flatten tool expert. Happy crafting!



Hi, I’m Caity, and I love crafty projects. If you’re here to learn and get inspired, you’re in the right place.

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Hi, I’m Caity, and I love crafty projects. If you’re here to learn and get inspired, you’re in the right place. 

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