Cutting shapes from photos

I posted a follow-up video to show how you can use the Centerpoint function of your Cricut to cut circles or other shapes from photos.

The main thing to remember is that your shape will be cut based from the center of the photo. If you want a 3″ circle, your center should be half the distance of the size of the shape. In other words, from the center, the shape will be cut 1.5″ all around for a total diameter of 3″.

Three of the cartridges you can use to cut circles are George and Basic Shapes, Plantin Schoolbook and Don Juan.

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Centerpoint Function on Cricut Expression

I posted a video on my YouTube channel to explain how you can use the Centerpoint Function on your Cricut Expression to cut starting from the center you specify.

The same can be done with an Expression 2 (E2), but I do not have this machine to show you.

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Cricut E2

The Center Point button uses the center of the image to locate the shape in your project rather than the lower left corner of the image. For instance, if you were planning to cut a 8″ x 10″ photograph into an oval, using the Center Point function you could use the Start Position function to move the cutter to the center of the photograph and select an oval shape. You could then use the Center Point function to line the center of the oval up with the center of the photograph.

If there are multiple images on the mat, they will all be combined using each image’s center point, creating a single monolithic image to be cut. This option is not available for projects which contain more than a single page. To return the images to the regular location, press the Center Point button again.