Did you know that you can download fonts from anywhere….my favorite site is DaFont…..to use on your Silhouette Cameo software? This is seriously one of the simplest functions of your Silhouette Cameo, yet it makes a huge addition to the finished craft projects you make for your home and as gifts. Even using the simplest functions in your design software can take a few steps. So today, I want to share with you the technique for downloading fonts to use in your Silhouette Software!
First, visit Pinterest. Here you will find scads and scads of font collections. I even have a Pinterest board Fashionable Fonts, dedicated to fun fonts and collections I find. I visit it often for inspiration, and have chosen many of my favorite fonts from collections others have put together.
The next site you need to visit is DaFont. This is where thousands of fonts are stored, and many are able to be downloaded for FREE! Yes, for FREE! So, in the search box, type the name of the font you are looking for. Since I do a lot of Disney crafts for my family and for guests traveling, I chose Waltograph and Waltograph U as two I’d like to add to my collection.
When you see the font example appear, it’s time to download it! From here, choose “Download”. If you are using a Mac computer, it will go to your Download folder in the top right corner of your screen. Once it is finished, open it. You’ll then see a box like this:
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.
Choose “Install Font” and from here it will install in your computer. Now, if you have your Silhouette Design Software open during this process, you’ll need to close it. Then reopen it and open a new design screen. Click on the “Text” option.
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!
This process can’t be easier! And, before you know it, you have tons of fun fonts to use!