Posts tagged ‘font’
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.
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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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.
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
What you need:
heat transfer vinyl with mylar backing (I’m using Siser Easy Weed)
a cutting board or other hard surface you don’t mind damaging
a new or clean Ped-Egg
optionally, a new cheese grater like the one pictured from Dollar Tree
Cut and weed your HTV as usual. It’s a good idea to practice with scraps so grab some of that HTV you forgot to mirror!
Place it on your surface sticky side up and begin to scrape across it with the Ped-Egg. The goal is to cut through the vinyl layer without lifting it, and to do minimum damage to the mylar. Start slowly and lightly and increase your pressure until you get it right.
It helps to extend it over the edge of your cutting surface for better contact with the cutting teeth.
After a bit, brush the excess away from your design onto the surrounding sticky area and see what your design looks like from the mylar side. Continue with several more cycles until you reach the desired level of distress.
Inspect the vinyl surface and remove or tamp down any larger flaps or tears that would hinder the vinyl from laying flat.
Press as usual or a little shorter on time, then remove the backing and repress with just the teflon sheet for a few seconds to be sure all the vinyl is secure.
Because the teeth on the Ped-Egg are small, it produces small scale distress (the letters above are 1 inch tall). For larger scale images, try the large round holes on the Dollar Tree cheese grater. This will result in more flaps and damage to the vinyl and backing, but you can use the Ped-Egg in a subsequent pass to help clean it up.
IMPORTANT: Let me emphasize that this is experimental. This technique obviously does not allow for optimal adhesion of the vinyl across 100% of its surface and especially along the distressed edges. Some of the tiny pieces will not adhere at all because they will be upside down. I do not have long term wear or laundering experience with this. Use this technique at your own risk. And of course, use appropriate caution when handling sharp objects.