I want to share a quick Mac tip on how to install a bunch of fonts quickly, even when they are in different subfolders. This comes in handy when you purchase a font bundle, for instance. It’s really much quicker to do than to explain. I put together a 3 minute video, as well as written steps for those of you who prefer that. Of course this same process of using the Mac’s smart Finder windows is handy for lots of other sifting tasks as well, and once you get the hang of it, you will use it all the time.
1. Locate the bundle folder, usually in your Downloads folder. If it is zipped, double click on it and it will unzip automatically.
2. Double click to open the bundle folder and you will see a bunch of other folders.
3. Type the letters “otf” into the search bar and select Postscript OpenType font from the menu that drops down. (I install OTF as a rule of thumb, but you can use TTF if you prefer.)
4. Click the name of the folder in the Search header.
5. Select any one font name, then type command-A to Select All. Tip: You can select individual fonts and preview them by pressing the space bar. If you don’t want to install all the fonts, you can command-click to select just the ones you want.
6. Open the Font Book application (its built in to your Mac, type Font Book in the Spotlight Search bar to find it quickly) and (optional) make a new Collection by clicking the plus button at the bottom left.
7. Bring the Finder window back to the front, or side by side, and drag and drop the selected fonts into the Collection of your choice or onto “All Fonts” at the top.
8. When you let go, a verification window may appear asking for your password. If so, enter it and click OK. Your fonts will be available to preview in Font Book under All Fonts or by clicking the collection you installed them into. They will also be available to all of your software applications the next time you open them.
Want some bundles to install?
The Sweet Type bundle is covered in this post and there’s another crafter friendly font bundle covered here and yet another holiday bundle reviewed here.
You’ve been hearing a lot about font bundles here lately, because that is what I am getting the most questions about. I’m pretty particular about what I consider to be “crafter friendly,” which is why I don’t recommend all of the bundles that come along. I was privileged to work a little with type designer Emily Spadoni of Sweet Type early on as she and the craft community discovered each other, and it has been a blast watching her soar in popularity!
Emily’s approach is to break her fonts down into “sub-fonts” so that all you need is the keys on your keyboard to get to all the goods. For instance, her beautiful font, Secret Garden, is actually a set of 5 font files. Getting a custom look is as simple as choosing a different font for the first (secret garden Alt Left) and last letter (secret garden Alt Right) and one or more letters in between (secret garden Alt 1 or Alt 2). Here’s a screen shot of what that looks like in Silhouette Studio. In Cricut Design Space you will need separate text blocks for each font.
Right now there’s a Sweet Type bundle deal going on over at revolge with 12 text fonts, 2 floral dingbat fonts and lots and lots of easy to access swirly extras. Commercial rights are included so you can use these fonts on items you sell.
If you just want to try out some of these, as well as others from Sweet Type (for personal use and without the extras), check out Emily’s section on Dafont.com
Disclosure: The above post contains affiliate links. I did receive this bundle for free, but I was already a satisfied customer, having purchased a number of Sweet Type fonts in the past.
There’s still time for this font bundle with oodles of bonus holiday graphics, too.
Merging two of my favorite things today, word art and seamless patterns, to bring you a nice set of freebies for your holiday projects. Silhouette users can drag and drop these patterns directly into a shape just like any other image, or place them in the Library. If you need a refresher on using seamless tiles in Silhouette Studio, see this video. Those of you that have the Effects feature in Silhouette Studio v3 (all Mac users and Windows users with a compatible graphics card) can change the color of the tiles to get just about any color you need.
A note to Cricut users: I originally made these for Design Space’s new pattern fill feature, but, unfortunately, a bug leaves a thin white gap both on screen and in print so that seamless tiles do not function, well, seamlessly. Please let Cricut Customer Care (support@Cricut.com) know that you would like this bug fixed. In the meantime, you can use the 12 x 12 versions, which my digiscrapper friends may also find useful. In Design Space, be sure to upload these files using the Pattern button.
For the advanced Silhouette users, I also made a couple of transparent tiles. Right click and “save image as …” to download these. For details on how to use these, see this video.
And if you want some more graphics and fonts for your holiday projects, check out the great bundle that I detailed in my last post!
I often do mini-tutorials in response to questions on Facebook. Several of you have requested that I post them here on my blog so that they are easier to find and refer back to, so I’m going to try and start doing that more. They aren’t as detailed as what you normally see here, and they aren’t pretty, but I hope you will find them helpful nonetheless. This first one gives 3 quick steps to making any font or image into an outline version in Silhouette Studio.
For more info on why this is, see this cheat sheet.
DealJumbo just released a Christmas Graphics and Fonts Bundle and when I started looking closely at it I discovered to my delight that all but one of the fonts is already in what I consider to be a crafter friendly configuration (and that one holdout, Whartillax is soon to be). In addition to full access to every single glyph these fonts have to offer, there are a few other favorite features that I want to point out. The Coffee family comes with a Sans and a Script; and the Typolicious set has 5 coordinating fonts. I love it when pairing fonts is a no brainer. Alberts Handwriting Land is one of the more beautiful thin monoline fonts I have seen. Again, those are great for drawing/writing with a pen in your diecutter. But I suspect Leslie and Victoria with their long and lovely swirls, with and without hearts, are going to be your favorites.
As far as the graphics, all but three of the sets (Christmas Illustration Creator, Christmas Scene Creator and Christmas Cliparts) come with pngs you’ll be able to use for print or print and cut, or as pattern fills. So that’s pretty good “gravy” to go with the fonts. If you have Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, or even if you are handy with Inkscape, you’ll be able to get even more use out of these graphic sets. And, the bundle includes a $6 coupon towards a future purchase. Just a few samples are pictured below.
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Update: This bundle has expired. New font bundle for crafters is here.
As some of you know, I’ve been working behind the scenes to advocate with font designers and bundlers to get more fonts coded in a way that makes them accessible to those without high end software. We are finally beginning to make some headway! Case in point … The Hungry Jpeg has released a “Crafters Bundle” with 8 font families, all PUA (Private Use Area) encoded so all the characters are fully compatible with Character Map (Windows), Font Book (Mac), Sure Cuts A Lot, Make the Cut, Nexus Font, BabelMap, etc. Use code cricut20 for 20% off.
Purchase of these bundles through my affiliate links helps me defray the costs of maintaining my blog. And be sure to let the designers and bundlers know you appreciate them providing crafter-friendly fonts. Thanks!
As always, I’ve got tons of resources on how to use PUA encoded fonts (same as Samantha/Cantoni). Find the tutorial you need based on the software you have here:
Windows Cricut Design Space
Windows Microsoft Word (including on to Cricut Design Space)
Windows/Mac Adobe Illustrator (including on to Cricut Design Space)
Windows Silhouette Studio
Also please see this link for written instructions and a couple of corrections.
Mac Cricut Design Space
Mac Silhouette Studio
Windows SCAL 3, Mac SCAL4
Mac – other programs
I’m using Windows Character Map, but the glyphs are so small.
Here are some ways to see them better
Use Nexus Font’s character map instead – Written tutorial from Paper Moon Snippets
Use Microsoft Word instead – video tutorial by me here
Use the Magnifier – Written tutorial from Under A Cherry Tree
Just a quick update to let you know that I’ve just had my first font posted to Dafont! Arrow Maker started out with diecutters in mind but I realized it might have broader application as well. Be sure to check out the tips doc and character key that comes in the folder. I’ve got to warn you, this font is just fun to play with.
For those of you who use Inkscape, Silhouette Studio, SureCutsaLot, Make the Cut or even MSWord, I’ve included many characters made just for text to path so you can make your arrows bend, curve or circle any way you want. Silhouette users can upgrade their text on path skills with this video.