In our last post, we talked about the Silhouette Studio offset tool. If you are a Cricut Design Space user, there is no need to worry, you now have access to the same tool! It has just been added recently with a few other new updates. In this post, we will be discussing the offset tool, where you can find it, and what you can do with it when you are designing stencils in Design Space.
The offset tool is used when you want to create a larger layer or border around the outside of your design. It helps to give your design a shadow, or decorative edge, which is really helpful when it comes to creating things such as stickers and layering vinyl designs, but it is also super helpful for stencil designing. We can use it to thicken fonts that are too thin and also for widening lines in PYO stencil designs. We use it for cookie cutter design too, but that is going to have to wait for another blog post. There is so much this software can do when we know how to use it to our advantage!
When in design space, if you look at the top of the toolbar, you will see the offset tool option right next to the edit. To access the offset tool, you will need to select whatever design you would like to offset.
The offset tool is helpful when you have a thin font and need to thicken it up to make it easier to weed in a silk screen stencil or to bridge in a traditional stencil. The offset tool is also helpful when using the print and cut feature. It can add a border to the outside of your design making it look cleaner when it is cut.
The offset tool in Cricut Design Space is easy to use and allows you to make your designs more defined and manageable. You will be very thankful for this tool when you are cutting and weeding or bridging a thin font in a stencil with words or designing a PYO stencil.