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How to use Contour in Cricut Design Space

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What is the Contour tool and how do you use Contour in Cricut Design Space?

That is a question I have asked myself for a long time. I seem to avoid things I can’t figure out fast.

But I tackled this one and I am really surprised how easy it was and how useful it will be.

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What is the Contour tool in Cricut Design Space?

Basically what Contour in Cricut Design Space does is turns off or on pieces of your design. If you look at the picture above, that is the same image, but with some of the details contoured away.

I know that sounds confusing, but by the time you finish this blog post you will understand how easy it is to edit your image with Contour in Cricut Design Space and how useful this will be to you.

How to use Contour in Cricut Design Space

Upload your image or choose one from Cricut Design Space. The best images to use with the Contour tool are ones with lots of interesting graphics images within the image, also the image must only be one layer or one piece. Otherwise it will not allow you to Contour it.

Put your mouse on your image you want to contour and then click the Contour button in the far bottom right hand side of Cricut Design Space. It will only light up if your image is one piece.

Now start clicking on pieces of your image you want to go away. Play with it until you get it right.

How to use Contour in Cricut Design Space – The Video

I didn’t forget about all my friends that like to see it in action. I made this video just for you.

It is easier for me if I watch someone do it, so I really don’t mind making videos. It’s fun!

Hopefully it now makes sense what Contour in Cricut Design Space does and how you can use it.

Contour Button on Cricut is Not Working

Cricut will only let you Contour one item or one piece. So if you have layers in your image, you can’t use Contour.

The way I get around this is to either weld my design all into one piece and then use the Contour in Cricut Design Space or I separate the layers and then just deal with one layer while using the Contour tool.

Try these options to see if you can get your Contour button working again.

What is a good example of what you can do with Contour in Cricut Design Space?

How to use Contour in Cricut Design Space

I was really impressed with how another blogger, Megan from The Homes I Have Made, created a wonderful project (see image above) with just one flower she found on Cricut Design Space. If you would like to check out her blog, you can find it right here.

She took one image of a flower, used the Contour tool to take out pieces she didn’t want and then added them back in when she did. I love how she made the border from pieces she took out of the same image with the Contour tool.

Beautiful job and something that really got my creative juices flowing.

I can’t wait to see the designs that you come up with while using the Contour tool. Be sure to post them in the FaceBook Group….Addicted to Cricut.

Related: CRICUT WELD VS CRICUT ATTACH – SIMPLE AS ABC


Happy Crafting!

P.S. Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. 

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