Cricut Design Space, the software required to run the Maker, Explore Air 2, and Joy, is free to download (here) and operate. Design Space is downloaded straight to your computer, phone, or tablet and you can use it online or offline. Within Design Space, you can create or upload your own images and fonts for free, and you will also find a range of pre-made projects, fonts, and images available for purchase.
Cricut Access is Cricut’s subscription service which provides free or discounted access to a library of projects, images, and fonts through Design Space, plus discounts on machines, tools and materials in the Cricut Store. You do not need a Cricut Access membership to use Design Space or your Cricut machine.
With your purchase of a new machine, you will get a free trial to Cricut Access, after which you can choose from three plans:
- Monthly: $9.99
- Yearly: $7.99/month (billed at $95.88 per year)
- Premium: $9.99/month (billed at $119.88 per year)
With a paid membership, you have free or discounted access to images, fonts, and projects which fall into three categories:
In addition, all Cricut Access members get a 10% discount on purchases from the Cricut store (machines, accessories, materials, etc. – even if they are on sale) and can use a Priority Member Care phone line. Premium members also get free shipping on orders over $50.
If you buy a pre-owned machine from somewhere, don’t despair – you can still get a month of Cricut Access as a free trial. Just sign up through Design Space after a new download of the software. Like Netflix, you’ll get a free month and then get billed $9.99 a month afterwards.
For more information about Cricut’s current line of machines, click here.