When do you use Cricut fonts and when do you use system fonts?

Cricut Fonts vs. System Fonts

February 27th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey crafters! I'm Kayla from Kayla Makes and today we're talking fonts.

Who doesn't love a good font? I know I do. Luckily for us Cricut users, the font options in Design Space are virtually endless. The software is preloaded with hundreds of font options, plus any font that you've downloaded on your computer/device is readily available for you to use.

Today, we're going to chat about Cricut fonts vs. system fonts and which one you should be using. First, let's talk about what's what.

Two Types of Fonts Available in Design Space

The two types of fonts available in Design Space

(1) Cricut Fonts are fonts that are preloaded into the Design Space software. Some will be marked with a green "a" and may have a fee depending on your Cricut access subscription.

(2) System Fonts are fonts that you have downloaded to your own computer or tablet. When you open Design Space it will automatically load your system fonts. 

In the fonts window, you can quickly sort by Cricut fonts or system fonts by clicking the corresponding word or you can view all available fonts by clicking "all".

When Should I Use Cricut Fonts?

Cricut fonts in Ready-to-Make projects


Cricut fonts in Ready-to-Make projects

Cricut fonts are specifically coded to cut perfectly with Cricut machines so they're always a great option, and if you're a part of Cricut Access you'll have access to over 400 fabulous fonts.

Also, Cricut Ready-to-Make projects feature Cricut Access fonts (unless otherwise noted) so anytime you make one and want it to look exactly like the sample photo, you can always find the font listed in the project instructions!

Another good use for Cricut fonts applies to using Cricut pens to write with the machine. In the fonts window, select Cricut fonts then use the filter to select "writing" and you'll see all of the different fonts that you can use with the Cricut pens.

When Should I Use System Fonts?

System Fonts in Design Space

There are so many fonts available on the internet. From swirly and script-y to blocky and bold. Generally, system fonts will cut just fine. The issue you may run into is when you're working with a particularly distressed or detailed font. Since system fonts aren't coded to be cut, the Cricut machine may struggle and end up destroying your material. It's best to choose a simple font with smooth lines.

Another great thing about system fonts is the ability to customize an order for a customer. If you need a specific font for an order you can easily download it and it will be right there in Design Space for you to create with.

Which font do you use the most when creating?

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10 thoughts on “Cricut Fonts vs. System Fonts

    • You could just start playing around with them in Design Space. Add text and choose a font. Then repeat with the same text, using a different font. Note that some are specifically designed for writing. Get a feel for different possible looks. Practice installing fonts, then finding them in System fonts (after restarting Design Space). Over time you will get used to finding the fonts you want for your project. Good luck!

  1. Hi, I have a Cricut Expression which takes the cartridges. Is there a cartridge available the has rustic wedding fonts that I can use on my Cricut Expression? Or is there a way of downloading and using the craft room and having it cut on my Cricut Expression? My daughter wants to make some wedding signs, and I don’t have the font she wants!!! Thank you

    • If you can find one, the Old West cartridge has a couple of rustic fonts. You would need a desktop version of Cricut Craft Room to make cuts.

  2. Another helpful font tip – Cricut does supply some nice free fonts without purchasing Access. From the menu, choose Cricut fonts, then go to Filter at the top right side of the screen. Choose My Fonts and you should get a list of the fonts you have purchased, as well as some free ones.

  3. They need to make design space a little bit easier to use and they need to make it easier to curve your fonts.

  4. I love the already written messages that you have in images. I hope you will be making more. My family and friends just love them…. Me, too!!!

  5. For people just starting with fonts I like to use wordmark.it. It’s a website that uses all the font loaded onto your computer and lists your text showing you how it would look on all the fonts. That makes it super easy to compare several fonts at once.

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