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How to Use Text in Cricut Design Space Including Uploading Fonts!

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Video Cricut Design Space text tutorial covering everything font and text tools, including where to get fonts to use on Cricut and how to upload fonts to Cricut.

Welcome to part 2 in the how to use Cricut Design Space video tutorial series.  In the last post and video, we covered getting started in Cricut Design Space.

Today I will be talking everything text and fonts.  Designing a special quote or personalizing anything with someone’s name is one of my favorite things to do and also one of the easiest.

But where do you get all the fonts and how do you use them in Cricut Design Space?  It can seem overwhelming at first, but I’m going to break it all down for you.

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I made a video tutorial since I know sometimes it’s easier to actually see it in action vs in writing. 

Make sure to watch it at the end of the post and then if you don’t want to miss another Cricut Design Space tutorial make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

If you need some inspiration on what you can make with a Cricut, browse through my ultimate resource of Cricut Ideas.

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Where To Get Free Fonts?

If you are just starting out with CDS, one of the first questions that gets asked is, where do you get fonts that you can use in Cricut Design Space?

One of the easiest ways to use fonts are the ones Cricut provides. You can sign up for Cricut Access.  For a small fee, you can sign up for a standard or premium access plan and use the fonts they have. 

Quite a few of the fonts have shadow layers, so this is definitely a plus if you are making cards, posters, or like the look of shadow layers.

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Cricut’s Disney Mickey font with a red shadow layer.
If you don’t want to pay for Access, there are a ton of other places to get fonts.  Remember that a lot of the free fonts are for personal use only.  This means you can not create products or digital files to sell if you only have a personal use license.  These are my favorite:
  • Dafont.com
  • 1001freefonts.com
  • fontspace.com
  • Where to Get Commercial Use Fonts

    Now, if you want to start selling your products, you’ll need fonts that come with a commercial license.  Make sure to read the license to know each font’s individual terms. 

    Fonts can range from free to over $40.  Some sites will offer daily or weekly FREEBIE commercial use fonts.  I sign up for these website’s updates and download almost all of their free commercial-use fonts. 

    Sometimes they will also offer $1 fonts.

    CreativeFabrica.comwhere-to-get-free-fontsThis is one of my favorite sites.  They usually have a daily freebie or $1 sale.

    thehungryjpeg.com is another site that will sometimes offer free bundles with a social media share.  Also weekly freebies and $1 deals.

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    fontbundles.net also offer free fonts and deals


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    Uploading Fonts into Cricut Design Space

    In order to use the fonts in CDS, you’ll need to download the font and install it on your computer.  Once you do that, the font will be available to use in Cricut Design Space.  (All of this is covered in the video!)

    If you are working on an Ipad, make to check out my tutorial on how to install free fonts on an Ipad to use in CDS.

    For this example, I am going to download the Amuba font from dafont.com. You’ll notice under the font that it specifies that this font is for personal use only.

    Click the download button next to the font you want. 

    how to download fonts for cricut

    On my computer, a screen with the file automatically pops up, but if yours doesn’t, then find the folder it’s in (usually it’s a download folder).

    Click on the title of the font.  If there is a true type and open type, I choose the open type font file.  Do not click on extract.  

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    This screen should pop up.

    Now click on the install button at the top.  That’s it! 

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    Now the font is downloaded into your computer and ready to use in Cricut Design Space. 

    If you have CDS already open, make sure to refresh it so the new font will show up.

    Using Text in Design Space

    Now that you have texts to use, you can start designing! 

    To add text in Cricut, click on the TEXT tab on the left-hand side of your canvas screen in CDS and a text box will appear.

    adding text in cds

    To change the Cricut font, click on the FONT tab on the top.  All of your fonts will appear in a dropdown.

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    You can scroll through and find the font you want to use.  On the top you’ll notice you can filter through ALL your fonts, fonts in your SYSTEM, and then CRICUT fonts.

    font drop down in cricut design space

    The SYSTEM fonts are ones that come installed on your computer and laptop and also those that you download from sites through the steps listed above.

    There are also text filters. These will filter the Cricut fonts to ones you have purchased or have access to through Cricut Access (My Fonts), multi-layer fonts if you want a shadow layer, single- layer, Writing fonts if you are wanting to make a project with writing/drawing/engraving/foil and then Saved for Offline.

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    Picking a font for a Cricut project can take a long time if you have a ton of fonts as I do.  Is there an easier way??  Yes!

    A super helpful website I use a lot is wordmark.it.  I talk about how to use this in the video tutorial below, but this site will show what a word looks like in all of the fonts on your computer. Note: this will not show Cricut Access fonts, only fonts installed on the device you are using.

    You can also print them out if you need to show a client or someone else.  (Make sure you have adobe flash running to use the program)

    using wordmark.it for cricut

    Attaching Script in Cricut Design Space

    Another thing I talk about in the video is how to attach script or cursive letters in CDS.  When you add a script text, it will not be combined into a connecting word.

    There are a few ways to combine the letters together. But you always want to Weld the letters together once they are how you want them.

    Weld makes the lines into one. If you don’t Weld and simply Attach, your Cricut will cut out little tails on each letter.

    • Use the Letter Space function on the top of your screen.  Keep clicking it down until the letters are how you want them.  Then click WELD on the bottom right.attaching cursive in cricut design space
    • Or ungroup the letters and manually move them to where you want them and once you have them exactly how you want them, click WELD.
    • Or use Fontlab Pad app to write a word, download it on your computer, and then upload it as a png.  (I go over this in the video below)

    Curving Text In Design Space

    Curving text in Cricut Design Space is pretty straight forward.  Insert the word or phrase you want curved, click on the box, and then click on the drop down menu at the top.

    If you want the text to curve down, slide the diameter dot towards the right until you have it where you want it.  You can always click the Letter Space if you want the letters closer or farther away.

    curve text design space

    Slide the dot to the left if you want the letters to curve in and upward smile.

    cricut curve text

    Make sure you have the text exactly how you want it before you attach it, because once you attach it you can not make changes.

    Also, with cursive text, you can not ungroup it and move them together and then curve it.  Unfortunately, once you ungroup, you can not use the curve function on the text, just on individual letters.  All the letters need to be in one text box for the curve function to work.

    How to Use Cricut Design Space Text Video Tutorial

    Ok, I wanted to have the main points from the video outlined for you and links to give you easy access.  All of the points above will be addressed in the video below.

    After you watch the video, make sure to watch part 3 in the series where I show you how to access those secret extra font characters and part 4 on how to make a split letter monogram, and then part 5 on how to use slice in CDS.

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    If you’d like to save this tutorial on Cricut text for later or share you can PIN It now! If you are on a desktop hover over the top left of the image below and if you are on a phone simply tap on the image and a PIN It button will pop up to click on!

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    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a creative day!

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Patricia Adcock

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Which Samantha font did you get for $17? there are a few to choose from....is it the Samantha Upright Pro? what about the frames (craft)

Leap of Faith Crafting

Monday 16th of November 2020

Hi, I did get the Samantha Upright. At the time they did not have the craft Samantha. The Samantha craft font is a little thicker and more ideal for cutting machines so I would probably get the craft one if I was getting it now!

Jeni Charron

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Can you share which exact Samantha Upright font you purchased and from where?

Morgan

Friday 22nd of February 2019

I love love LOVE your website! I have found it to be super helpful as I learn how to use my Cricut to it's fullest potential. I have been downloading new fonts and have had great success with using the special characters until today. I bought a new font and when I attempt to paste in the special character I want to use, I get a question mark inside a diamond and the character doesn't show up in Design Space. . Any ideas how to fix this?

Many thanks! Morgan

Leap of Faith Crafting

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Hi Morgan, thanks so much!! I'm glad I can help. There is so much you do with a Cricut and I'm still learning too! Hmm, I'm not sure. It might just be that font or maybe CDS was being glitchy. Maybe try it again another day and see if it works?? Sometimes if I save a file with alternate fonts and come back to use it another time, the characters revert back to the ? so I have to add it in again. I haven't noticed that it's happened lately though.

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