Posts tagged ‘dingbat’
A while back, I posted Character Map templates for Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator. The purpose of these is to make it quick and easy to make a one page reference map of the main glyphs in a given font, especially dingbat fonts. Today I’m adding a Silhouette version to the lineup.
You can download the .studio template here, download the .studio3 template here and instructions are in the margin of the file, but here’s a quick rundown. As with all my templates, I recommend you store them on your hard drive instead of your library and that you always work from a duplicate. An easy way to do this is to Save as and rename the file as soon as you open it.
Once you’ve opened a duplicate template, click anywhere in the middle of the page. You’ll see a bounding box to indicate that the grid is selected. Click the A button at the top of the screen (not the A button on the side of the screen).
Select the font you want to map from the scrolling list on the right. You should see the characters change to the new font’s. Label the page by typing in the name of the font into the text box provided at the top of the page. This is optional, but will help you remember which font you are looking at.
Here’s what a completed page looks like for my 09kutups font.
You can print the page, print it to PDF or just glance at it temporarily for reference. If you want to be able to use the characters after you uninstall the font, click the center of the page again to select the characters, choose Object>Convert to Path, then save the file.
And if you want some suggestions for great dingbats for cutting, here’s a great place to start. Ten Great Dingbats for Diecutting
If you’ve only been using “text to path” in Silhouette Studio to curve words into a circle, then you have barely scratched the surface of what this fun feature can do. Here’s a video that will start with the basics and move on to the techniques that will make you a power user.
And be sure to grab Border Bits, the font I demo in the video, here.
I am proud to introduce another dingbat font designed for diecutters, at least that’s how it started. Silhouette Studio, Microsoft Word and even Photoshop are among the programs that can wrap text on a path but can’t wrap objects … or so it seems. Simply put your objects in a font – problem solved. So here’s my collection of little shapes that repeat or combine to make fun borders and, for the most part, lend themselves to wrapping along a path. Hope you’ll have as much fun with it as I have.
Download Border Bits here and make my day by leaving a comment. This font is free for personal or commercial use but not for resale or sharing on other sites, please. Pinning or otherwise pointing people to this blog page is a great way to say thanks. I’d also love to see creative ways you use this font.
How to make a doily with Border Bits with thanks to Gisela!
For a video on how to use this font and text to path in Silhouette Studio see this post.
This card I made for the CAS-ual Friday CFC-59 Challenge has the requisite circles, as well a lot of other trendy features all rolled (pun intended) into one. I’ve got a bicycle, a banner, some bakers twine, some washi tape, some neon colors and some Tim Holtz embossing all represented. This card also features print and cut with my Silhouette SD using a character from Lauren Ashpole’s awesome Bikes dingbat font as a digital stamp. And the banner is cut out using my own Banner Bridge font which you can find here.
I’ve been waiting for a chance to post this card, but my busy summer has kept me away from the blogging. Thanks for your patience! There a several things I’ve been wanting to show you, all demonstrated in this simple card.
I found a beautiful free dingbat font of state birds that I thought would work great with gel pens and it gave me a great chance to see what I could do with my Silhouette SD and the gel pens and holder from Chomas Creations. As you know from my prior posts, I have been disappointed with the “jiggle” issue when using gel pens in the Cricut. Well, that problem goes away in the smooth drawing Silhouette, opening up all sorts of new possibilities. I love the look I got from the glittery metallic blue ink in the Chomas pens.
The South Carolina shape is from the Every State Cut It set from Lettering Delights. I used 2 identical files deleting the cut outline from one and the drawing image from the other since Silhouette Studio does not have layers. Otherwise the procedure is very similar to what I show in this older SCAL video.
The striped background was extracted from a discontinued Lettering Delights graphic set tag image that did not have a matching background paper or tile. For stripe patterns it is really simple to crop down to a short strip that contains a full repeat (see selection box in graphic below) to create an efficient, seamless tile that works wonderfully in Silhouette Studio, MTC and other programs that support tileable patterns.
Hope you’ll find something in this post you can use in your projects, especially since you had to wait all summer to hear from me.
Back in the day, there was a great free program for the Mac called TypeBook, which I used to print specimen sheets and character maps for my fonts. Unfortunately, it didn’t make the leap to OS X. I have been using an Excel spreadsheet to print character maps for my giant collection of dingbat fonts in the intervening years, but wanted to make something easier to use and to share. The result is my Inkscape version that you can download here.
And I also made a version for Adobe Illustrator that you can download here. Illustrator has a built in character table (Type menu>Glyphs), but if you want something to print out, this will come in handy.
Here’s what a completed page looks like for my 09kutups font.
Buried in Inkscape .47 is the ability to make your own SVG fonts. This isn’t all that exciting because even Inkscape can’t use SVG fonts. However, pair this with a free font conversion tool and you now have a way to create your own TrueType fonts for free! The font creation features are not well developed yet, and there is precious little documentation, but after playing with this quite a while I have finally come up with a set of procedures that works. View/download the tutorial (PDF) here. View the video here. If you develop an original font for digital diecutters, please let me know so I can post it on my fonts page.
- fontstarter.svg file Inkscape file to be used with the tutorial
- Dingbat map webapp (Windows) for viewing your completed font
- Online Font Converter or Free Font Converter
- Inkscape documentation covering font editor
- See and download some example fonts at Denise’s Scrapbooking Room