Saturday, November 11, 2017

FREE Single Line Fonts That Will Write without bubbling In Cricut Design Space-

A list of  FREE fonts that will work as writing fonts in Design Space, with examples sorted by which pens they work with, at what sizes, and all with the links for downloading them.

Writing Samples By Pen/Marker Size:
More Links:
Cliff Notes:
  • The Problem - Hollow Text - The Cricut machine, when writing, will follow the same path it would if it was cutting.  So most text will appear "hollow".  You can avoid this by using a writing font in Cricut Design Space (Most cost around $5) OR, by choosing a free font thin enough that the lines "collapse on themselves"  (Those are the fonts listed here)
  • Results will vary based on which pen you use, and how large your text is.  I make most of my samples at 1 inch tall, and they are sorted by which pens I used - Starting with the super thin precise v5 and working down to the larger markers.
  • Alternative (not cricut brand) markers that work well in the Explore Machines - https://fieldsofhether.blogspot.com/2017/12/alternative-markers-for-cricut.html
  • Using Fontlab Pad - Design space does not read fonts properly, so if you install them and use them in design space, there will be weird spacings in many of these fonts.  I keep my writing fonts in zip files in a folder, then use fontlab pad (which can read the fonts right from the zip files!) to create my text and upload it to design space.  I only install a few that I use frequently and know space "normally" or without too much effort.  Such as Montepetrum, & Matilde
  • DrawingFonts - Cricut can DRAW, not just write!  Checkout these fun fonts that cricut does a great job drawing (think subway art, or posters)
  • WELD.  If you are using a cursive font, be sure to weld it before writing.  That will tell the machine to write it as one smooth word, and not to write each letter individually. (do the same for cutting.  Weld is not necessary for print, where the letters do not touch - but it's really important for cursive writing)  If the centers of letters fill in when you weld, try sizing the text to something ridiculous like 200 wide, weld, then resize back to the smaller size.
  • To see when I add more samples, follow Crafting With Fields Of Heather on facebook.  Look specifically under photos, there is an album of writing samples kept there.
(Soon this page will only include samples of my favorite fonts, with links to separate posts with ALL of the samples - so it will be less overwhelming for someone just looking for a "quick" solution.)

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Learning to Write With Cricut
I wrote this post when I first started learning about writing with cricut.  Since then, I have added hundreds of samples of fonts that work as writing fonts, but this is where I started.

This is one of those project that  I thought I could finish in a few minutes, and get off my list.  Three days later, I'm still working on it.  I just wanted to write and cut soap labels.  Not print and cut - that would waste too much paper, as the design space is limited in size for print and cut.  Write, with cricut markers, and cut.  

But most fonts, when used in Design Space, will automatically write as an outline.  Like this:


Someone explained it, on a facebook post, as " TTF and OTF fonts can not be "open path" like Cricut writing fonts."   To write "normally", you need specific writing fonts.  Most of which are $5 or more through cricut, in design space.  You can see them by choosing "filter"


There are more options if you keep scrolling, I only screenshotted a portion here, but there are none that I love.  None I want to pay $5, or more, for. Now for all other projects, I just download free fonts off the internet, install them, an cricut cuts them just fine.  But when it comes to writing, it's not that simple.  


You can't just convert "normal" fonts to writing fonts.  


Well, you can, sort of.  Kind of.  There's a good video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7k5xXAMun4
This involved using a vector editing program like Inkscape.
The process is basically a digital version of filling in the font.  Rather than printing in the "bubble" outline, and filling in with a pen, you fill in the outline digitally before sending it to print. This does not truly make a writing font, rather it's more like using Phonto to curve text, you do this for each bit of text you want to write, and import it.

Obviously this all WAY exceeded my attention span, but I wanted to share it for those who may want to tackle this process.

But for me, I needed something simpler, and decided to go with thin line fonts that  do not need "filled in".  In one of the gajillion articles I read trying to understand all of this, someone explained that these fonts are thin enough that the outlines collapse in on each other..  so it doesn't look like cricut is writing the outline of the fonts.  
That's our llama, Tia, strolling by as I was working. I love having a craft space that looks out over this part of the pasture.  



I had a much longer list.  Some I could tell wouldn't work right away, some I saw change to an outline when I switched them to writing style in design space.  This shows some of the "failed" fonts mixed in with some of the above:


So you can tell, just by looking at design space, what will work and what will not.  Mostly.  Sometimes a small "bubble" does not mean it won't write well - but the thicker outline, like smiley monster, is unlikely to write well with any marker.

See the odd spacing in Fancy Pens & Frutilla?  This was before I learned about Fontlab Pad! 

So far, the only way I have found to find these fonts is by trial and error, and suggestions from others.    I've sorted the fonts into pages by the markers they work with:






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NOT single line fonts - but look at the other awesome fonts Cricut can draw!
http://fieldsofhether.blogspot.com/2017/12/writing-with-fun-fonts-in-cricut.html



More Writing Tests:

See more writing samples (even the failures) here



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20 comments:

  1. Hi there! I read your article and ended up downloading the single-line list you have come up with and the Milton One will only outline and not write in a single stroke when I add it with the write function. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Thanks for the awesome blog!!

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    1. Results will vary based on the pen size, and the height of the font. A thicker pen might work for you, or the font may need to be a smaller size..

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  2. Thank you for this! I’m sharing with my Cricut groups on Facebook. Dawn

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  3. Hi! thanks so much for this info. I bought the LA markers but it seems like the black marker is dried out. Have you run into this at all or do you think I just got a bad batch of markers? Thanks for the help!!

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    1. Try storing it upside down for a week & see if it works again? I've never had that happen with the Leusure Arts, but it's common for my cricut markers. Storing them upside down often helps.

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  4. Thank you so much for finding and collecting these!

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  5. I totally LOVE you for this! This took a lot of time and just answered the questions I had about looking for writing fonts. Love your Llama!!

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work. I am just beginning this journey and have spent over a day trying to find a way to be able to write without buying fonts thru Cricut. I am excited to try a few you have shared. PS Love Tia....he/she should meet my shepherd, MIA!!!!

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  7. Thanks for sharing, this is great information!

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  8. you are amazing! thank you for all of your help with this!!! usually I will sit for hours searching stuff like this, but I stumbled upon your article and it was all like right there. THANK YOU!

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  9. Hi there! The smaller font under each word tells the actual name of the font. The "sparkling" one is called Sweet Pea font and the link is: http://www.dafont.com/sweet-pea.font
    The clickable links to all of them are right under the image!
    Thanks!

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  10. is there a way to download this document?

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    1. Not really, sorry. I update it every few weeks, it would be too much work to make it a pdf file and keep up with the edits both here, and to the file.

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  11. Hi there! The smaller font under each word tells the actual name of the font. The "sparkling" one is called Sweet Pea font and the link is: http://www.dafont.com/sweet-pea.fontThe clickable links to all of them are right under the image!Thanks!

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  12. Hello Heather. From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you for creating this blog post. Because of it I am able to write with my Cricut now. I was always scared to and now because of you I have been experimenting. You even took the time to link to the font sites for us for the particular font you were using. You're the best! Thanks again from Ontario, Canada!

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  13. Hello!! Thank you for the great collection of fonts, do you have simple tutorial on adding these fonts so that they can be used in the design space. I'm not sure if it's more of a computer error, but when I download, unzip, and install fonts I can't find any of them in my design space. Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask or if I missed something!! Thank you (:

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    1. I do! http://fieldsofhether.blogspot.com/2017/12/all-about-fonts-text-in-cricut-design.html

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