Installing fonts into your Silhouette Design software is so quick and easy. It opens up so many options for projects and creativity. One of my favorite things about the Silhouette Cameo is that you can import free fonts you find online, and use them for projects. I use free Disney inspired fonts ALL the time! Installing fonts is super fast and easy. Once you have some in your design software, the options are endless! I was able to create this DIY Fall Favorites Sign with multiple fonts and some of my favorite colors from StyleTech Craft. I want to walk you through how to install fonts on your software, and you will be creating signs in no time!
Foremost, it is key that you do not have your Silhouette Design software open when you are downloading and installing fonts. Be patient, as that will come later. If you are mid project, and decide you want to add a font, you will need to close the entire program and reopen it to use the font after you have downloaded it.
First, you need to find the fonts. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to Fashionable Fonts! This is where I find the best ideas for pairing fonts, as I have a terrible eye for things like that! Two of my favorite sites to search for free fonts are DaFont or SoFontsy. DaFont tends to have a larger selection of fonts, but SoFontsy also has paid fonts. So if you are looking for something super specific, you may have to pay a small amount and buy it.
Once you have decided on a font, you need to download it to your computer. This will likely come as a zip file. Unzip the file, and choose the OTF or TTF option. If you are on a Mac computer, you need to install the font to your FontBook. On a Windows computer, you are likely adding it to Font Viewer. Follow the steps to complete the installation.
Fonts may come in a few different forms. I always choose the “.ttf” option, or “true type font”. I don’t use a lot of wingding type letters or shapes, so I keep it simple and go with the letters.
From here, you will see the list of fonts you have available to use. If it successfully installed on your computer, then it should be in the list of fonts. Click on it, and you are ready to use it!
Open your Silhouette Design software, and type something in the design space using the text tool from the left sidebar. With the text selected, open the Text Style panel and scroll down to the font you’d like to use, or type the name into the font search box to change the font style. Keep in mind, sometimes the fonts do not show in the drop down box as they will appear on your screen. Take the Dallon font for example. If you look at it on the drop down list, and then when it’s used on the design, it looks totally different.
Now that you have learned how to import fonts and use them, you can create those super cute multi-font signs you see everywhere! That is exactly how I made this one!
First, choose a wood board of your choice, and sand it down so it is smooth. Our craft stores have started to carry a huge variety of signs in sizes and finishes ~ it makes it so much easier!
Next, I made a list of my nine favorite things about fall! These are: Crisp Morning, Apple Cider, Crunchy Leaves, Crackling Fires, Football, Pumpkin Spice, Cozy Sweaters, and Thankful.
Once I had my list, I chose my favorite fall colors. I used a combination of the Ultra Metallic and Polished Metal adhesive vinyls from StyleTech. The colors pop so well on the pallet, and I was able to put together a bright, fall color combination with these options.
I typed three phrases at a time. So for example, the “crisp mornings”, “crackling fires”, and “cozy sweaters” are all cut from the Ultra Metallic. I sized these so they were roughly 12 inches across, and cut them out of the Ultra Metallic. Then, I moved on to the other two groups of colors. Before I knew it, I was done!
Adhering vinyl to wood can be a challenge, sometimes. That is why it is so important to be patient when peeling off the transfer tape. And, it is equally important to prep your surface by sanding it so smooth before you adhere. Otherwise, it won’t stick.
Before you know it, you have a fun, and easy, fall sign!