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How to Make Text Cut Files in Photoshop for Cricut Design Space

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Today I have a bit of a different post for you! I’m sharing a video tutorial on how I create text images in Photoshop to use with my Cricut Explore cutting machine. I get a lot of questions about how I created the stencils and vinyl images for the Harry Potter directional sign I made last summer. All of the text images for the signs were created in Photoshop and then imported into Cricut Design Space where I then cut them out of vinyl or Cricut Stencil Material.

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Why use Photoshop?

You may be wondering why I even bother using Photoshop. After all, you can create text images right in Cricut Design Space. For me the answer is that I am faster and more comfortable in Photoshop. I have been using Photoshop for years, since I learned the program for costume rendering in undergrad. I can whip up a project quickly and then easily import it into Cricut Design Space. That’s not to say I don’t use Cricut Design Space to create projects. I just tend to use Photoshop more often.

Below you can watch the video to see how I create my text images in Photoshop and then import them into Cricut Design Space. The same process can be applied to picture images rather than text, but only if you plan to cut out all of the elements in your design on the same mat.

I’ll be sharing another video tutorial very soon detailing how to create more complex cut files in Photoshop for use in Cricut Design Space. These SVG cut files can include score lines, and the elements of the design will be separated onto different mats based on color.

But for now, I hope this video is helpful for anyone who wants to create simple text images in Photoshop and then turn them into cut files for Cricut Design Space.

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Here are a few more projects I have created using this process!

DIY Farmhouse Sign with Banner

DIY Reindeer Sign Using Adhesive Foil

Fabric Scrap Wooden Sign

Thanksgiving Wooden Pie Sign

 

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