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Are you ready to take your designs to the next level? Try adding fonts to Cricut Design Space to customize the text in your design projects!
If you think you’re stuck with the fonts you have in Cricut Design Space, then I have good news for you! Today we’re going to talk about adding fonts to Cricut Design Space.
When you’re creating a design that includes text, font choice is really important. Finding the perfect font can take your project from “meh” to “hubba hubba”.
Cricut has a lot of free fonts available, and even more if you’re a Cricut Access member. Some fonts are available for purchase through Cricut Design Space too. But even with all those choices, sometimes you can’t find the font, the one that makes your heart happy.
Luckily, it’s very easy to install fonts that you can use in Cricut Design Space for use in your projects.
Adding Fonts to Cricut Design Space
Before you can use a font in Cricut Design Space, first you have to install it on your machine.
Well, technically first you have to find a font you love and download it but I’m going to assume you have a font already. If not, skip down to the section below about where to find fonts!
Your font will be downloaded to your computer in a zipped file:
For Windows 10
You’ll need to extract the contents before you can install the font. Right-click on the zipped folder and choose “Extract All”.
This will bring up a window where you can specify the location on your computer where you’d like to extract the font files. I usually just extract it to my Downloads folder:
Open the unzipped file folder and locate the files for your font. You may have to click through a few levels to get to them. The files you’re looking for should either be an OpenType font file or TrueType font file. Sometimes font designers will include both an OpenType and a TrueType version of the font file. You only need to install one type but if you have a choice, you should go with OpenType. There technical reasons behind that which I won’t go into here. But if the font you’ve downloaded is only available in TrueType that’s fine. It will still work on your machine and in Design Space.
Select all of the files you want to install, right-click, and choose Install for All Users. This will make the font available across all user profiles that may be set up on your machine.
For Mac Users
The process for installing fonts on your Mac is pretty similar to how you install fonts for Windows.
You will need to unzip the contents of the font file you downloaded. Select all the font files (OTF or TTF) and CTRL+Click. Next, choose Open With -> Font Book.
If you’re installing multiple fonts, you’ll get multiple boxes that will pop up. Click Install Font in each window.
That’s it! Your fonts are ready for use.
Find Your Font in Cricut Design Space
If you have Design Space open on your machine while you install your new font, you’ll need to close it and reopen it.
Once Design Space is open, add your text, and then select it to bring up the text formatting options. Click the drop-down under Font to bring up the search options. System fonts are the fonts installed on your machine, like the one we just installed! Cricut fonts are only available within Cricut Design Space so you won’t be able to use those in other programs.
Voilá! Select it to apply it to your text.
Before I talk about my fave places to find amazing fonts, I want to talk about licensing rights as they apply to fonts.
There are TONS of free fonts out there in the world. If you’re just using these fonts for personal use in your projects, and you don’t intend to make money off anything you might create with them, you should be fine with any free font you come across. As long as it’s from a reputable site, that is. Don’t go downloading things from sketchy insecure sites or you’re asking for trouble!
On the other hand, if you’re planning on using the fonts for any type of commercial product that you intend to sell, whether it’s digital or physical, you need to make sure the font you’re downloading either has commercial licensing rights included or commercial rights are available to purchase for a small additional fee.
Font designers should get paid for their work if you’re making money from a product that’s featuring their font. When in doubt, check the fine print. If it’s not clearly indicated on the product description, you might have to do a little digging. Font designers would have every right to seek a legal remedy if it was discovered you were profiting from their font without the proper licensing rights!
I’ve stopped downloading free fonts that I use in the designs in my shop. Figuring out what the commercial rights are or how to purchase them can get messy when you’re downloading free fonts. Most fonts that you purchase include limited commercial licensing rights or you’re able to purchase them for a small fee.
Where to Find Fonts for Cricut Design Space
It’s pretty easy to install fonts. I didn’t say it was easy to find fonts. There are many, many places online to get fonts, but I’m very picky about which fonts I choose to install.
I am absolutely that person who will type out all the letters in the alphabet in the example text field to see how it looks. I’ve also been known to say things like “I don’t like the look of that capital P”. So yeah, I can spend hours looking for fonts.
I have a handful of tried and true places that are my first stop when I’m looking for a new font.
My Fonts – My Fonts has over 100,000 amazing fonts to choose from! One thing I like about My Fonts is that you have the option to purchase individual styles for font – italic, bold, heavy, etc. Or you can purchase the entire family which includes all the styles. They also have a really cool feature called “What the Font?” where you can drop an image in and identify the font. Their licensing options are pretty straightforward and you can choose the appropriate license type when you add it to your cart.
FontBundles.net – As the name implies, Font Bundles offers multiple fonts bundled together in one package. But you can also purchase individual fonts as well. All their fonts come with a commercial use license too. And as a bonus, once you sign up for an account you’ll be able to download a free font every week! A premium commercial license is included in their free fonts too!
Creative Market – Creative Market offers all kinds of digital products including graphics, templates, web themes, and fonts. The commercial license is included in the price of the font as well. And Creative Market is a great place to grab some quality free fonts. Each week they offer 6 free items to customers. Not all 6 items will be fonts but there are always at least one or two free fonts offered each week, along with other digital goodies you can snag for free.
Fontspring – Fontspring strives to make licensing as easy and painless as possible for both font designers and consumers. And they have many gorgeous fonts to choose from. Prices vary but you can find some really great deals on fonts on Fontspring.
Google Fonts – If you’re looking for quality free fonts and don’t want to worry about licenses, try searching Google Fonts. Google Fonts are distributed under open-source licenses so you’re free to use them in personal and commercial products for free.