We are jumping right into Lesson 3 of Cricut Design Space Basics. We have covered how to use templates to help you visualize your final design, plus how to add images from the Cricut Image Library. Today, we will discuss how to add text in Cricut Design Space.
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How to Add Text in Cricut Design Space
Open Cricut Design Space, select New Project and click on the Text tool in the design panel. This will open up a text box allowing you to type your words or letters into it. It will also pull up the text options at the top of the screen. Type your words into the text box. Use the return/enter key to move down to the next line.
Now you can alter the way your font looks by selecting the font drop-down menu at the top. You can sort by showing all the fonts, only Cricut fonts, or only your system fonts.
Using Cricut Fonts
To use only Cricut fonts, select the Cricut button at the top. Then, you can further sort your results by using the search bar or the filter drop-down menu to sort the fonts by My Fonts, Multi-Layer, Single Layer, and Writing.
If you plan on using a Cricut pen to write on your design, then select the Writing filter to pull up the fonts that work best for using pens. You will see a pen icon in the layers panel next to your design.
Note: Be sure to attach your writing text to a cut layer for this option to work. The Cricut needs to be able to write your words on a specific part of the design.
You will notice some of the Cricut fonts have the Cricut Access symbol next to them. These fonts are included with all of the different Access subscriptions.
Using System Fonts
You can also select from any of the system fonts you have on your computer. There are plenty of great places to purchase fonts from or even get for free for personal use. I love having the option of being able to use any font I want in a project.
Formatting Fonts in Cricut Design Space
As you can see using a script font like Milkshake doesn’t look great when you first add it to Design Space. You have the option to change the style of the font. This will vary depending on the font you choose.
You can also change the size of the font by selecting the size you want at the top or dragging the arrows in the right bottom corner in or out.
You can also change the letter spacing and line spacing. The letter space changes how close or far apart each letter is from the one next to it. The line space changes how far apart the rows of text are to the one above and below it. I find it best to simply play around with each one using the arrow buttons until the font looks the way I want.
You can also change the alignment of the text. You can choose from Left, Center, or Right.
There is also an Advanced option. You can Ungroup to Letters, Lines or Layers.
Ungroup to Letters changes your text from being one group of words and letters all attached together to each individual letter being its own layer. You can freely move about each letter individually.
Ungroup to Lines takes each row of text and creates a new layer of just that row. This can be really helpful if you want to use different fonts for different rows of text in your design.
Ungroup to Layers detaches the layers from one another to work with them independently.
Using Curved Text in Cricut Design Space
You can also easily create curved text now in Cricut Design Space. This is a new feature that was just released this month. Type your text into the text box and format it with the font and spacing you want. Then click the Curve button.
You can then adjust the diameter of the curve by dragging the cursor left or right.
Helpful tip: Each line of curved text needs to be a separate text box. You can do this by either creating a separate text box for each line or using the Ungroup to Lines function.
Adding a pretty font to your design can be a great way to get your message across. You can cut out the words, use a Cricut pen to write them, or even iron them onto a shirt!
My Favorite Places to Download Fonts
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