This is a questions I still receive often when it comes to the Cricut Machines, whether you are using the Original Cricut with overlays, the Gypsy, the Imagine or new Expression 2 (E2) everyone wants to know, What really is the difference between Real Dial Size or True Size and Relative Size or Layered Size (Real Dial Size off). This is a full chapter in all my DVDs because its such a common question and so I thought I’d break it down in this post for the Expression 2. It really is a pretty simple concept that once you see it you get it, so I’m showing it in multiple ways.
The number one thing you need to remember is:
When you are layering an image with the Cricut, Real Dial Size should be OFF, Relative Size is what you need to use.
Check out this video and I’ll write out a few reasons why you would use Real Dial Size:
So the next follow up question to this is, Why would I use “Real Dial/True Size”?
Let’s take a quick look at the sample page of the Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge, because this is my favorite example why:
If you take a look at this Princess her layers and accessories include very cute Princessy things, like a Tiara, Wand, a Frog etc… These items cut at Relative size will layer on top of your doll, so for example a 4″ doll will cut out a 1/2″ tiara, or wand etc (*measurements are approximate) but if you know you want a 4″ tiara or a 4″ wand to use all by itself, say for a card or scrapbook page, guessing at what size to make it while in relative mode can be very tricky. So Cricut allowed for True Size or Real Dial Size to get optimal use from your machine and cartridge images. Isn’t that cool?
So now I want to know, check out the layers of your cartridges and see what images take on new meaning knowing you can cut it alone and not as a layer, like the tiara here: What does this mean for you?
Oh and one more thing!
I thought I’d attach the Icon Legend for the Cricut Expression 2. You can download it and print it out to keep right with your Cricut instead of pulling out your handbook every time until you get comfortable remembering what is what! Hope it helps you!!