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What is Cricut Explore Air?
Cricut Explore Air is an electronic cutting machine for DIY projects and crafts.
It has the most precise cutting, writing, and scoring technology
It is able to cut, write and score 100+ different materials from paper to iron-on to adhesive vinyl, even thick materials like leather and burlap
It comes with an online Design Space that is free, easy to learn and cloud based.
It is easy for anyone to master
What can you do with it?
Create your own home décor projects, like wall graphic and framed art
Design and create holiday cards, gift tags, etc.
Have fun with vinyl, design your own stickers
There are 50+ free projects and 100+ free images available online
It is free for you to upload and cut images
Offers over 300 custom-designed font families
Cutting range using mats: from 0.25’’ to 23.5’’
Maximum materials thickness: up to 1mm for most materials, up to 2mm for less dense materials
Free images to upload: .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .svg, .dxf files
Speed setting: automatically adjusts to image
Able to access your projects from any computer
Able to use system fonts on your computer
Requires 8 steps to cut & score and cut & write; requires 19 steps to cut a 5 layered image
Able to perform print then cut
How to use it?
Go Cricut website:
, click on
on the top right corner
Login or create a new account with Cricut using your email address, this will bring you to the
, you can get quick access to your latest projects; you can also browse featured projects from a variety of categories from this page
select any project to learn more about it, or start a project from scratch by selecting
Staring a new project brings you to the
, where you lay out and edit your designs
on the Canvas located on the top part of the screen, it places the most useful tools for editing images and text within easy reach
(top right corner of the screen) to access all your saved work
Click on the
(at the left side of the Canvas) to access project library and browse ready-to-make projects
You can also
(at the left side of the Canvas) image files
At the right side of the Canvas, you can modify the layer properties for each layer of your design, this is very similar to Adobe Photoshop
on the Canvas when you’re ready to make your project
Cricut Explore Air Setup
Turn on the machine by pressing the button at the top right corner
, based on the material that you are going to use, choose a material category
Take a green pad, remove the plastic cover, then place the top left corner of the paper right onto the top left corner of the grid
Open the machine by pressing the button on the left side
Place the pad in the center, then press the
button to load the pad. Give it a little push on the pad to help loading
Once the pad is properly loaded, and you are ready to make your project, press the “
” button to start cutting
When the project is finished, press the
button to unload the pad.