If you try to upload an image that is very large, say a photo, Cricut Design Space (CDS) may refuse to save it.  

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So what if you need to make a cut inside a photograph, maybe cut the word "Love" out from the photo, but don't want to print at a low resolution.

Can this be done?  Yes, with the caveat that your cut location will be close, but not exact.  If you are trying to cut around a very specific piece of the photo and can't afford a 1/4 inch error or so, then this will not work.

But let's just go with "Love" cut from a photo.  If it is off a tiny bit, we are OK with that.  So here is what to do.


We are going to assume you have standard 8.5 x 11 paper. 

1. Go ahead and print your photo at whatever resolution you like.  Print it centered and without scaling, so it keeps its size and you can match the position in CDS.  Make sure you know what size the image is. 

2. Save a copy a a much lower resolution and quality (72 dpi, medium quality, for example)  -- This is the one you will upload to CDS

3. In CDS make a rectangle that is 10.5" x 8"   (or the other way around, depending on your orientation -- match your printed image aspect)

4. Make this rectangle a "score" instead of the default "cut" 

5. Insert your low quality image and size it to match the image you printed. 

6. Select this resized image and the score rectangle and align vertically and horizontally.

7. Add whatever cuts you want (like the word "LOVE") whereever you want it.


8. Attach the cuts to the scored rectangle (not the low res image!)

9. Hide the low res image. 


10. When you are ready to cut, select the paper size of 8.5 x 11. (In landscape choose 11x11, but it will work with your paper laid on the mat wide side across.)Place your printed image on the mat very carefully as close to 0,0 as you can. 


11.  If you don't want to have any score marks on the margin of your image, just remove the scoring tool.

12. Select the right media setting, load as straight as you can and cut.

 You should end up with the cut pretty close to where you wanted it, within a 1/4" if you did everything right.