Writing Font or Cutting Font

When you are working on a project in Cricut Design Space that uses text, it is really important to think about the final results you want so that you choose the correct type of font for your project. This will help you decide before you start the project if you want a writing font or cutting font . . . or even a multi layered cutting font.

writing font or cutting font in Cricut Design Space

Writing Fonts – for pens

If you want to use your Cricut pen in your machine to write the words (on to cardstock for example) you would want to be sure to use a writing font with your text.  A writing font is typically thinner and looks like something that could be created with hand printing or hand writing if you had really good penmanship.

Cutting Font – for all other projects

If you want your Cricut to cut the shape of a letter, out of cardstock or vinyl for example, you would want to choose a cutting font.

When you put text on to the canvas in Cricut Design Space, if you click on that text it will open up some additional functions you can use in the upper panel.  One of these features is the filter.  You can choose to filter by your fonts, so you will only see fonts you own, writing font or cutting font and even multi layered fonts.  In the image below I have writing fonts selected in the filter so that I am only seeing those fonts to choose from.

writing font or cutting font in Cricut Design Space

If you know that your end project is going to have the Cricut writing with a pen, I would strongly suggest you set this filter so that you are only looking at writing fonts when working your design.  Nothing is more frustrating than finding the perfect font and then discovering it is a cutting font when you want to have the words written with the pen.

You can choose to filter by your fonts, so you will only see fonts you own.  You can also filter to single layer cuts or multi layer cuts.  Both of these are cutting font, but the multi layer fonts will usually include a shadow or offset to go with the basic font so you can add more depth and interest to you design.

single layer or multi layer font in Cricut Design Space

The mulit layered font that I selected for this example has a perfect offset around each letter.  This is a great type of font to use with you want to layer two colors over each other for your font. As of March 2021, Cricut has now added an offset feature. This will allow you to add additional layers to any font. To learn more about offset click HERE.

If you forget if you are using a writing font or a cutting font, you can click on the text and look at the layers panel on the right side of the screen.  If it is a cutting font, it will say Cut in the layers panel.  If it is a writing font, it will say Draw.

writing font or cutting font in Cricut Design Space

After this, you can play with letter spacing and alignment, or even curve the text, using some of the other functions in the top panel, but I think I will go into those in a different post.  Now I am going to include a quick video to show you all of the items we went over in this post.

If you are making a design and the majority of the design is text, start to explore and play around with the large variety of text that is out there.  You can download free fonts from some websites.  I like to use the ones from DaFont.com.  For how to install a font, click HERE.  Make sure to download the font, unzip the folder and install the font on to your computer.  If you don’t see it in Design Space, you might have to close out of the program and re-open it.  You can also use a dingbat font as a cutting image like I did for this project HERE.

Free Fonts

If you are looking for free fonts to use with your Cricut you can check out my article HERE that will show you how to find free fonts and how to use them.

I hope that this helps you to understand how to find a writing font or cutting font and what the differences between them are.

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3 Responses

  1. Great article, but I still do not know how to tell if the font is writing or cutting before I download them and upload into design space. Is there any way to tell before going through this process?

    1. Most fonts that you download are going to be a cutting font. When you look at the font if there is any thickness to it then it is a cutting font. If it is super thin, like the point of a pen then it could be a writing font. Does that help?

  2. You are an amazing person! With one sentence from you I now understand layering. The sandwich analogy is perfect. I am now looking forward to get back together “Cricutting”.
    And I will be back many, many time!
    Thank you!

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