Cursives for Diecutters

October 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm 47 comments

New owners of digital diecutters often ask what are the best fonts for welding (or “connecting” if they haven’t been indoctrinated into our odd vernacular yet). We may give a few suggestions but usually brush them off with something about personal preference. It turns out that there are some fonts that are inherently weld-friendly thanks to their attentive typographers.

I set out to find a dozen or so that are nice looking, fool-proof for welding (as in, type and go; no tracking, kerning, nudging or schooching required, at least for the letter combos I tested) and, best of all, free. Here’s how they look typed out and then welded in preview. Gorgeous, aren’t they?

So here they are, for your welding enjoyment.

Lobster Two Bold and Lobster Two Bold Italic

Unicorn

Japan

Amaze Bold

Prelude Bold

Marketing Script

Black Jack

Pacifico

Alako Bold

Cursive Bold

Deftone Stylus

Honey Script Semi-Bold

Zephyr Script FLF

Once you have typed your word or phrase, the letters should already be overlapping properly, so all that is left for you to do is click on the word or phrase so that the selection box appears around it and activate welding as follows:

In Silhouette Studio : Press the Cut Style button then press “Cut Edge”

In SCAL : On the Appearance section of the Properties palette click the Weld checkbox (unless it is already checked)

In MTC : Click the Weld button or press CTRL + W

It is recommended that you always do a cut preview to verify that any welding is as expected before cutting.

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  • 1. KSDCreations  |  October 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you for this. I spend a lot of time messing around with new fonts to find ones I like for different purposes. This is something I often look for and go back to the same one or two every time. Now I can have a whole list of them.

    I really appreciate this.

    Reply
  • 2. Christine  |  October 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this list together. They are such great fonts!

    Reply
  • 3. Sally  |  October 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Wow – this is great! Thanks for taking the time to put this together AND share it with us!!
    Sally

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  • 4. Gina  |  October 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks ! Although I was trying to eliminate a few of my fonts, these look like welcomed additions.

    “Font Hoarder”

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  • 5. Irene L.  |  October 14, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Thank you so much! I am just learning to ‘weld’ and have my protective equipment on lol. These fonts will make me feel more successful!
    Irene L.

    Reply
  • 6. Melita  |  October 14, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Thank you for the great article and the wonderful fonts. This is truly a time saver.

    Reply
  • 7. Toni Hetteroth  |  October 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Most useful e-mail I have had in ages! Thank you so much!

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  • 8. Robin  |  October 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of the thought you put into your ideas, and sharing them with us. You just saved me a ton of scooching!

    Reply
  • 9. Darcy Pasco  |  October 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    This list is worth a Million to me
    I fail at fonts

    Reply
  • 10. Darcy Pasco  |  October 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    THANK YOU

    Reply
  • 11. Tawna21  |  October 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you!

    Reply
  • 12. Roberta Yoshioka  |  October 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks so much! Just the help I’ve been looking for! Your posts are always useful and appreciated! Roberta

    Reply
  • 13. Vesta  |  October 15, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Nice fonts Kay. Does Make the Cut come in a Mac version?

    Reply
    • 14. Kay  |  October 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      No Vesta, unfortunately there is no Mac version of MTC.

      Reply
  • 15. SiskiyouSue  |  October 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Thank you! I love working with fonts.

    Reply
  • 16. sue  |  October 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

    You are AMAZING!! thank you for taking the time to do this!!

    Reply
  • 17. vicki  |  October 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Wow — thank you so much! What a great post – so very helpful!

    Reply
  • 18. Evelyn  |  October 18, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Thank you! I’m always looking for script fonts for welding. It’s so much faster than printed fonts where you have to place every letter!
    Evelyn

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  • 19. judy koch  |  October 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks Kay for your generosity in posting these nice fonts. I used one of them yesterday with my gel pens to make a birthday card. I also just discovered what many others already know…..that you can use your prismacolor pencils to color in the double line fonts after writing with your gel pens. It makes them look very pretty.

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  • 20. Danica  |  October 21, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Thank you so much! This is a huge time saver for me. I have spent more time that I care to admit on some projects going through my fonts to find one that is the style I want AND welds correctly.

    Reply
  • 21. Maggi  |  October 24, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Thank you for taking the time to do this. This will save me a lot of time.

    Reply
  • 22. mary  |  October 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. This will be so helpful!

    Reply
  • 23. Cindy Hoffmann Smith  |  November 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing these great fonts! I love the Lobster ones!

    Reply
  • 24. Vesta McDonald  |  November 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    You always give us such practical, useful information. Thanks so much!

    Reply
  • 25. Amy O  |  December 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Reply
  • 26. Leah Crowe  |  December 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

    A fantastic list, thank you so much for providing us with it!!

    Reply
  • 27. Kelly  |  January 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I have just found the cameo, this list is amazing. Thankyou

    Reply
  • 28. Sue from Oregon  |  January 26, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Thank you so much for all your hard work in finding these…they worked perfectly!

    Reply
  • 29. Kelly  |  January 31, 2012 at 12:53 am

    this is an awesome list. bonus is that they are all pretty too!

    Reply
  • 30. Jackie G.  |  February 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thankyou! I am brand new to die cutting and have been having a hard time finding “good” fonts to weld. This is soooooo helpful! I can’t wait to get started!

    Reply
  • 31. Candy Bryant  |  July 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Mahalo nui loa. Aloha, Candy

    Reply
  • 32. Kimberly  |  October 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for a great post AND the links to the fonts!! :)

    Reply
  • 33. JenniferF  |  December 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you!! Recently got a Cameo and already tired of working through welding. This is an excellent list!

    Reply
  • 34. gloriavv  |  January 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    THANK YOU sooooooooooo much!!! You saved me hours of researching…I’m NEW to Silhouetting and didn’t know where to start and you’ve been a tremendous help!! HUGS!!

    Reply
  • 35. okieladybug  |  January 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! It will make it a lot easier for me to find some great fonts for welding.

    Reply
  • 36. Diane  |  April 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you so much, this is a tremendous help! ~Diane

    Reply
  • 37. Elaine  |  April 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks Carol! I am trying to set up a new computer and know this will come in handy. I had lost most of my fonts in a crash.
    Elaine

    Reply
  • 38. Rashell Crawford Blomquist  |  May 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing these great fonts with everyone. I have been looking for some fonts that look better when they are welded together. You are awsome!!

    Reply
  • 39. Trish Reddick  |  June 15, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Thank you for doing the research and providing the links for these welding fonts. I just downloaded them for use in my Silhouette. They look really great.

    Reply
  • 40. Deb  |  August 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to research, prepare charts and visuals and for sharing all of this wonderful information! It is so helpful and saves so much time!

    Reply
  • 41. scrumptious  |  January 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    This is super helpful, thank you so much!

    Reply
  • 42. Mimi  |  January 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for this great post, Kay! Two of my favorite fonts for big bold headlines were on your list: Pacifico and Lobster. I’ll have to post a photo of a neat die cutting project I made last year with the Lobster Font. (A menu board).
    Michelle (Mimi)

    Reply
  • 43. Rosie Waldt  |  January 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Sooooooooo, can you do: SAVE AS on my thumbnail inserted in my USB? Will I be able to insert it on scal?

    Reply
    • 44. Kay  |  January 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Sure, Rosie, but I think you mean thumb *drive* LOL!

      Reply
  • 45. Rosie Waldt  |  January 29, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Yes, I did mean thumb drive, however, when I attempt to *save image as* to desktop, it does not appear on the desktop

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    • 46. Kay  |  January 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Rosie, you should not be saving an image, you should be saving either a .ttf file or a .zip file depending on which download site you are on and/or which font you are downloading. Please check the FAQs or Help pages at the font download site in question (e.g., Dafont.com, Fontspace.com, etc.) for detailed instructions for your operating system.

      Reply
  • 47. Maggie  |  August 11, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Lost all my saved fonts in a computer crash. Thanks for this list to get me back up and running more quickly than guesses!

    Reply

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