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Video Cricut Design Space tutorial covering everything font and text tools.
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.
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.
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Cricut Design Space Tutorial: 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.
- 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.
Uploading Fonts into Cricut Design Space
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 CDS. (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.
Click the download button next to the font you want. On my computer, a screen with the file automatically pops up, but if yours doesn’t, then find the folder it’s in.
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.
This screen should pop up.
Now click on the install button at the top. That’s it! Now it’s in your computer and CDS. 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, click on the TEXT tab on the left-hand side of your canvas screen in CDS and a text box will appear.
To change the font, click on the FONT tab on the top. All of your fonts will appear in a drop down.
You can scroll through and find the font you want to use. This can take a long time if you have a ton of fonts like 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.
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)
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.
- 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.
- Or ungroup the letters and manually move them to where you want them and once you have them exactly how you want them and 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.
(Note: at the time of writing this, curving text is not compatible with the Cricut Design Space appt on the Ipad. So if you’re having problems with it there, that might be why).
If you want the text to curve down, slide the diamter 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.
Slide the dot to the left if you want the letters to curve in and upward smile.
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.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a creative day!