Last Updated on January 3, 2023
Printing on vinyl is a great way to create durable, weatherproof signage or labels. Vinyl printing can be done with a standard inkjet printer, making it a cost-effective option for small businesses and organizations.
Print and Cut features in Design Space let you print and cut out images, patterns, and photos with your home printer and Cricut machine. Detailed instructions for cutting and application are provided below. Here are some tips for getting the best results when printing on vinyl.
Follow These Steps to Print and Cut Vinyl on Cricut
1. Choose the right vinyl
There are many types of vinyl available, each with different properties. When choosing vinyl for printing, consider the intended use and environment. For example, calendared vinyl is ideal for indoor or short-term outdoor use, while cast vinyl is better suited for long-term outdoor applications.
From a chemical composition perspective, there are various types available, each with different properties. You will likely want to use gloss or semi-gloss vinyl for stickers and decals. If you create labels, you may want to use matte vinyl for a more subtle appearance.
2. Match the ink to the vinyl
In order to get the best results, it’s important to match the ink to the vinyl type. In general, solvent inks should be used with calendared vinyl, while latex inks are recommended for cast vinyl. However, there are also specific inks made for each type of vinyl. Be sure to consult the manufacturer’s guidelines before printing.
3. Select the Printable Design
Once you have selected your vinyl type and Ink, the next step is to either design or import your print. Any graphic design software can be used for this, including Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Be sure to set the dimensions of your print correctly according to the dimensions of your vinyl sheet.
When designing your print, it is important to keep in mind the properties of vinyl printing. Vinyl prints are not as forgiving as traditional inkjet or laser prints – mistakes can be difficult or impossible to correct once they are printed. To avoid mistakes, be sure to test your design on a piece of scrap vinyl before printing it onto your final sheet.
4. Adjust printer settings
Printer settings will vary depending on the type of printer and brand of ink used, but there are some general adjustments that can be made to improve print quality on vinyl. The printable vinyl sheet has a white matte surface on one side and a grid on the other. While using Cricut Printable Vinyl, print on the matte, blank side.
5. Print then Cut with Cricut
You need to know a few things to print and cut vinyl on your Cricut machine. To begin, you must have the right materials. While using Cricut Maker or Explore Air, browse the materials and select Cricut printable vinyl from the materials list.
In addition to vinyl, you will need transfer tape and a cutting blade. When selecting vinyl, make sure to get the right type for your project. For example, if you are making a sign, you will need permanent vinyl. If you are making a decal, then you will need removable vinyl.
Make sure that the design fits within the boundaries of your project material. Once the machine is finished cutting, carefully remove the pieces from the mat and place them face down on your project material.
How do you print and cut vinyl on Cricut?
The Printable Vinyl setting can be found by selecting Browse all materials on the Cricut Maker. The Smart Set Dial should be set to Custom for Cricut Explore machines. Then select the Printable Vinyl setting from the Browse all materials menu. If the Go button is flashing, press it.
To read the basic details, head over to guide on How do I Print Then Cut in Design Space?
For the past five years, I have been working as a printer service supervisor in a printing press that serves customers with tailor-made designs and prints. My job involved dealing with printers five days a week, so I decided to take up printing as a hobby.