The update we have all been waiting for is finally here! We can finally increase the Cricut print and cut size limit, and in this blog post, I will show you how to do that step-by-step.
Print and cut in Cricut Design Space used to be super small. This was really wasteful when printing onto a full-size sheet of paper since so much of the paper was not used.
But now, Cricut has given us the ability to print in five different sizes. It’s even possible to print sizes included in our live format sublimation printers.
So, let’s look at how to set up Cricut Design Space so that we can do this.
What Are Print Then Cut Projects?
The Cricut print then cut feature allows you to print your designs with your home printer.
Then, you can feed your printed design on a cutting mat into your Cricut machine, and it will cut the designs out. This feature gives you perfect shapes every time.
This feature is great if you have an inkjet printer you want to use while still being able to cut images out that you design or find online to use.
What Is The Cricut Print Then Cut Size Limit?
Previously, we could only print and cut images that were 6.75 inches x 9.25 inches. And we could only use letter-size paper, which left a lot of waste.
But now, we have five choices of paper dimensions, including:
- 8.3 inches x 11.7 inches (A4)
- 8.5 inches x 11 inches (Letter)
- 8.5 inches x 14 inches (Legal)
- 11 inches x 17 inches (Tabloid)
- 11.7 inches x 16.5 inches (A3) – current maximum size
And we can print larger images up to 10.64 inches x 15.43 inches.
How To Adjust The Cricut Print Then Cut Size Limit
To use the new size options, you will need to do a couple of things in Cricut Design Space.
First, open Cricut Design Space on your desktop.
Then, go to the hamburger menu in the top left corner.
Next, go to the settings option in the menu.
In the next screen, use the toggle to switch from live to beta mode.
You will be prompted to save all your work before Cricut Design space restarts.
Cricut Design Space Will restart, and when it opens back up, you will see that the larger sizes are there now.
When you click in the layers panel, you will also see an option to auto-resize your image. This feature resizes the image for you so that it fits within the constraints of your paper size.
On the screen, you will be able to see that it all fits now in your canvas.
Want To Watch The Cricut Print Then Cut Size Limit Video Instead?
If you want to watch the video of me doing this on my computer, you can watch that here!
Important Things To Remember
- If you use a larger piece of paper, you will also need a bigger cutting mat.
- Make sure you have the correct size for your selected paper. If you don’t do this, the registration marks will be in the wrong spot on the paper when printed.
What Cricut Machine Do I Need To Cut Bigger Paper?
Every Cricut machine has a different maximum size that can be printed. This is important to know when choosing the best machine to use for your print then cut image.
You will also need the correct size Cricut mat to make bigger printable images. You can buy a 12-inch x 12-inch mat or a 24-inch x 12-inch mat.
*Note – Cricut Joy does not support the print then cut feature.
What File Type Do I Need For Print Then Cut?
The two most popular file types for Cricut cut then print are SVG files or PNG files. You can set these up with transparent backgrounds so you can print on any color paper or cardstock.
You can also use a JPEG image if you want, but it will have a white background.
Why Am I Getting Warnings That My Image Is Too Large?
If your image uploads are bigger than the maximum print then cut size of 10.64 inches x 15.43 inches, then you will see these warnings.
You should be able to use the auto-resize feature to make your design the right size.
Just make sure you also have the right paper size selected. Otherwise, you will run into an issue with the registration marks being offset when printed, as I said above.
What Are Some Projects You Can Do With The Print Then Cut Feature?
One of the most popular uses for this feature is making your own stickers. You can design full sticker sheet sets, planner stickers, kid’s stickers, or individual stickers.
Making stickers is easy. All you need is printable sticker paper, your printer, and your Cricut machine. (I recommend using Cricut sticker paper.)
Some other popular ways to use the feature are:
Where To Find Print Then Cut Design Ideas
You can use any SVG or PNG file to do Cricut print then cut. And there are so many awesome free ones you can download online.
Here are some you can get started with!