So you bought a Cricut machine and are wondering which software to use?
Every Cricut machine comes with the Cricut Design Space software.
But you are probably confused because you heard something about a free version and a paid version.
Let’s look is Cricut Design Space is really free or not.
Can I use Cricut without subscription?
Let’s start with the good news: you can use your Cricut without needing a monthly subscription.
All the latest Cricut machines come with the free Cricut Design Space software.
The main purpose of this software is to operate your machine. It will tell your machine how and what to cut.
Where most people get confused is that despite its name Cricut Design Space is not really meant for designing things. For that you will need a paid subscription of Cricut Access.
Cricut Access will give you a huge library of images and fonts to use that are not available for the Cricut Design Space.
So to use Cricut you don’t need a subscription. But if you want to use all the images and fonts you need to pay.
Are there free images on Cricut Design Space?
For most of the images you will need a subscription to Cricut Access. These are labelled by the green Cricut Access “a”.
However, Cricut Design Space also comes with a few free images that anyone can use. You can filter for these free images by following this guide.
Additionally, you can also upload your own images to Cricut Design Space. This is a great option if you like to draw your own designs in a separate art program or if you found an image you liked on a free stock image website.
Do you have to pay for fonts on Cricut?
Cricut Design Space comes with a few fonts that you can use for free. But you will need the paid Cricut Access subscription for most fonts.
Similar to images, you can also import your own fonts to Cricut Design Space by following this guide.
There are actually a lot of nice fonts available online if you look around a bit. But importing them can be a bit of a hassle.
I suddenly have to pay for my designs. What happened?!
Many people complain that they suddenly have to pay to use their Cricut while everything was free before.
This is because every new Cricut machine comes with a free 2 week trial of Cricut Access.
During that period you are to make designs using all their images and fonts. But once that trial expires you won’t be able to use access those projects again.
This is the most common reason why people think you have to pay to use a Cricut.
If you don’t want to pay for the subscription once the trial expires you can either use the free images and fonts or import your own.
Cricut Software Comparison
|Cricut Design Space||Cricut Access|
|Free to use||Optional|
|Free images and fonts are limited||Paid subscription|
|Needed to use your Cricut machine||100,000+ images|
|Can pay to use images individually||400+ fonts|
|10% discount on Cricut products|
How much does Cricut Design Space & Cricut Access cost?
As I already mentioned before the Cricut Design Space software is free. So let’s see how much Cricut Access cost.
There are currently three different subscription options. You can check them out in detail on their official website.
The starter plan is great for beginners because it’s $9.99 per month and comes with all the images and fonts.
The annual plan comes with the same benefits but is slightly cheaper.
Finally, the premium plan gives you extra savings on licensed fonts and images, and free economy shipping on orders over $50,-.
Is the Cricut subscription worth it?
Whether buying a subscription to Cricut Access is worth is depends on your personal circumstances.
Certainly having access to all those images and fonts is super convenient. But how often will you end up using it?
If you are an avid crafter and use your Cricut machine every week, then getting the Cricut subscription will be worth it.
But if you only use your Cricut occasionally or if you always use the same images, it will be better to buy those images individually.
Moreover, if you are a professional artist you can make your own images in a different software and import them to the free Cricut Design Space.