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Installing and Using Fonts In Cricut Design Space

Are you curious about how to get and use a new font? Then this post is for you! You’re welcome in advance! 😉

Here are the FAQ on installing and using fonts in Cricut Design Space.

Don’t I already have a lot of fonts to use in Design Space?
Yes, Design Space already comes with some basic fonts and also uses your system fonts automatically. If you have Cricut Access, your choices increase exponentially! But there are quite a few websites now offering free fonts or low-cost fonts and sometimes it’s really worth it to know how to add them to your repertoire. And–let’s face it–sometimes you find a darling font you just “have to have”! 😂

Cricut Access Fonts is for all the “font fiends” with over 370 fonts!

Cricut Access Premium has hundreds of fonts AND images!

 

Where do I find free fonts?

There are a lot of places to find fonts including Dafont.com, but to be honest FINDING fonts and installing them are two different situations, which I can cover in a future post. Suffice it to say that you shouldn’t pay exorbitant prices for fonts as there are literally hundreds of low or no cost fonts now available online. (Thank heavens for the internet, amiright?). Start with Pinterest, Dafont.com or even a Google search and you will see what I mean. Also…check out And, please, don’t pay a lot for anything!

Dafont.com is an excellent place for free fonts:

 

I found the best font…now what do I do?

So step one is download the font you want. Downloads generally come “zipped” and fonts are no exception. Take note of where your new font downloads and go to your file manager to find it. Most computers come with an unzipping tool installed, so clicking on the zipped file should result in the (nearly) automatic unzipping of your download. If that doesn’t work, right click on the file and choose “Open with… ” to unzip.

Once your font file is unzipped, you will probably see three subfolders.

Usually you get a choice of OTF and TTF, which are the actual font files plus you often get instructions for use in a .doc or PDF file. The instructions and terms of use are important if you ever plan on selling your creation, so you might want to hold on to them. Now you must choose between OTF and TTF as these are the actual font files, but formatted slightly differently.

 

What’s the difference between TTF and OTF? And which one should I use?

TTF stands for True Type Font and OTF stands for Open Type font. TTF is an older format, but generally speaking both will work for most everyone’s machines. So…when I have a choice, I usually choose OTF.

By clicking on the OTF file, your computer will go through the routine to add a new font. If using a Mac, you will probably see the Font icon on your Toolbar. Most of the time this installation goes pretty smoothly and once you’ve installed the font file, there is nothing left to do.

Note: If you accidentally try to install the same font more than once, you may receive an error message.

 

How do I see my font in Design Space?

At this point the font is installed onto your computer and should now show up whenever you use text in Design Space. If you were already logged in to Design Space, you may need to log out and back in again to see the addition in Design Space.

 

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