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Sunday, June 11, 2017

How to Use My Own Fonts with Cricut

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Did you know that you can use those pretty fonts that you've purchased or found for free with your Cricut machine? If you're not sure how to do it, or think it will be too tricky to learn, let me walk you through the process.

First, you'll need to make sure you're using one of the Cricut Explore Machines with Cricut Design Space.

Next, choose a font. If you need a good place to find fonts, try FontBundles.com. Every week they have a free font, and they also have great deals on individual fonts and bundles (as you might guess from their name.)  See their current free fonts.

You need to download and install the font on your computer. On the FontBundles page, for example, there's a big green Download button. When you click it, a zipped folder will appear in your downloads folder on your computer, or right here at the bottom of your screen even.

Click to open the folder. You'll see all the files listed in the folder. You are interested in ones that say Open Type or True Type - those will be the actual font files. Often a downloaded typeface has more than one font weight included - like bold for example. In this font, you can see there's a sanserif, script and serif. Pick just one you want, or all of them to install!

Double click the name of the font and it will open in a new window. Click "Install" Now these fonts are installed on your computer and you can use them in programs like Word, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc. You can also use them in Cricut Design Space!

Open Design Space and add some text. Then up at the top, click on "System" This is all the fonts installed on your computer. Search for the name of the font you want, or scroll through the options and click the one you want.

Type words in the text box. You can you back and change the font used by clicking on a word and changing the fonts the same way you selected one before.

To connect script letters so they cut out in a single cut instead of each letter being their own cut, you need to weld them together. Start by clicking the word and then "Advanced Settings" and "Ungroup to Letters

Now the letters are separate and you can move them to be barely overlapping where it looks like they would naturally connect. Zoom in to get more precision. When you are happy with the location of all the letters, select all the letters and click "Weld"

When this cuts out, it will keep all the letters together!

As one final tip - after you ungroup the letters, you can't change the font of those letters anymore. BUT, if you ever want to know what the name of the font was, click on the word over in the right sidebar, then click on the little "i" A box will pop up that tells you the font name. 

Do you have any questions about using downloaded fonts with your Cricut? Or the things you can do with fonts in the program? Let me know, and I hope this helps!!

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