You can manipulate fonts in several ways in the Cricut Design Space

Working with Fonts in Cricut Design Space

January 4, 2019 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Hey, crafty friends! I’m Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff and I’m here to share tips and tricks for working with fonts in Cricut Design Space.

Some people are crazy cat ladies, but I am definitely a crazy font lady. I have hundreds (upon hundreds) of fonts and I can never say no when I see another font bundle with swirly swashes, adorable ampersands, and lovely ligatures (only crazy font ladies love ligatures!).

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be talking fonts here on the Cricut blog! Today I’m going to take one simple word and show you how to manipulate the font in the Cricut Design Space.

Using the Type Tool

Creating text in the Cricut Design Space is easy. Just click on the Text tool in the left menu and start typing. I’m going to use the simple word “hello!” since it’s my first post here and I’m happy to be saying hello to all of you!

Using the Type Tool

Changing the Size

You can easily change the size of your text by using the drag and drop arrow in the corner of your text box, or by using the size panel at the top of your workspace. You can also select an actual font size in the same menu.

Changing Your Font

When you change your font using the drop-down menu, you can choose between Cricut fonts and your own system fonts. Cricut fonts will be denoted with a green “a.” There may be a small fee depending on your Cricut Access subscription. You can also sort by Cricut fonts vs. system fonts.

You can change your font

Cricut Fonts are designed to be cut on a Cricut, so they are always a great choice for your projects (the exception to this rule is Cricut fonts specifically designed as a writing style—I’ll get to that in a moment).

Using Cricut Fonts

Let’s choose a Cricut font and take a look at it more carefully. This called Quarter Note. It’s adorable.

This font is named Quarter Note

As is, it works. You could cut this file. But let’s manipulate it a bit.

The Cricut Design Space defaults to letter spacing of 1.2, but I want each letter closer together. I would love the letters to overlap so I can cut them as a single cut. So I decreased the letter spacing to -.5. You can play around with these numbers depending on the font you are using.

You can decrease the letter spacing of your font

I don’t, however, love how the exclamation point is oddly stuck to the end of “hello.” You can use the Advanced drop-down menu to ungroup to letters. Now you can see that each letter is separate so I can move the exclamation point on its own.

You can ungroup the letters for your font
Ungroup to letters

I’ll just nudge it over a bit so it’s not so cozy with my text.

Move your font over

Now we definitely don’t want to cut all these letters separately, so it’s time to weld!

Drag to select your entire text, and then hit Weld in the lower right-hand corner. Your word will be welded together into one cut file! Perfect.

Weld the text

You can then change the color the same way you would any other object in the Cricut Design Space.

You can change the text color

You’re ready to cut! Have any questions up to this point? Leave me a comment and I’ll try to help.

Using System Fonts

Using a system font that you have on your computer is no different than using a Cricut font as above, though there is one big pitfall I want to mention here.

The Cricut cuts mathematically simple files better than it does mathematically complicated files. Cricut fonts are designed to be mathematically simple, so they cut easily. Your system fonts, however, might not be as simple. Take a look at Anodyne. It’s a great grungy font. And there’s a good chance it will destroy your material.

Choose system fonts carefully

Look at all those little angles and cutouts! Every time, the Cricut has to adjust the blade and mat direction. The Cricut Explore is an amazing machine, but that’s impossible to cut out well.

The best fonts for cutting on the Cricut have smooth edges and have a relatively even weight (the thickness of the lines in each character). Keep this in mind when choosing one of your system fonts to cut on the Cricut!

Writing Styles

I mentioned writing styles above. As you probably know, the Cricut can do much more than cut. Using the Cricut to write is a fun way to add all sorts of text and embellishments to your projects.

When choosing a font to write with, I recommend choosing a Cricut font that specifically has a writing style. Select only Cricut Fonts and then click the little drop-down on the right side of the search bar and select Writing. This will narrow your choices down to the fonts that are specifically designed to be written with the Cricut.

Use a font that has a writing style

Check out how I addressed my boys’ birthday invitations using the Cricut.

Beyond Text

If you’re really stuck you can always check out the extensive library of files in Cricut Access. There are so many cool words and quotes in there to create any project you can imagine!

There are many word and quote files in Cricut Access

I hope you’ve found some helpful basic tips about working with fonts. I hope I get to share with you some more advanced font tutorials soon. Make sure to pin this post so that you’ll have it to refer to. Happy making!

137 thoughts on “Working with Fonts in Cricut Design Space

  1. is there a way to duplicate an object in the same place as the original. This would be helpful for color separations to start with several of the same object exactly on top of each other

    • You can use the Duplicate function. It creates an identical image close to the original and you can slide the image on top of the other to do your color separations.

    • Hi-I am trying to change color of 1 initial in my monogram on the canvas but my color change thing on the flyout is not coming up-what am I doing wrong?

  2. I Love fonts but I seem to have a lot of trouble getting them to print out properly.
    I would love to see more videos with fonts for us older folks.

    • Have you figured out how to print the fonts and have them fill in the letters. I can’t seem to find a way. I’m new to Cricut. Thanks,

  3. Thanks Cori, very timely info. I’m new to Cricut and although I had worked out the letter spacing I didn’t realise you could separate the letters!! Brilliant – thanks Sharon

  4. How do you change font type after you realize the first option isn’t what you want?

    • If you have welded it and saved the project, it cannot be changed. If you have welded but not saved, hit undo. Then you would click on the text and near the upper left, there is a drop down menu where you can pick your new text.

    • I worked all day trying to do shadows on the Cricut fonts. It was so easy with the Expressions to click a button on most cartridges to find the shadow. I must be missing something in Design 3. I know it is supposed to show it on layers but I can’t get it to work or figure out which fonts have shadows. any help would be greatly appreciated. thx

  5. Hello, I have tried to unweld and ungroup after I have save my work but I am not getting that option.
    Can you not after you have welded and grouped? So far I am loving the upgrade both to my new Cricut Air and to Design Space.
    Thanks for all your support.

    • Unfortunately, you cannot undo something that has been grouped and welded once you save. You are able to ungroup something after saving if it has not been welded. though.

  6. is there a way to do a shadow/layer for behind the letters so that it looks like it’s outlined in a different color? So I would cut a background layer in the shape of the word and then layer the word overtop of the background layer. I’m trying to think of ways to jazz up my car decals and layering different colors would be cool. Thanks!

    • Create your text. Then duplicate it. Use the lower right corner sizing arrow on the text box to make it slightly larger. Move it to over top of your original text box. Use the cursor to create a selection box around the 2 text boxes, then select Group. Once you’ve done this, click arrange and move your layer to the back to check its size. I’m not sitting in front of the machine to try this, hope the steps are correct! You may be able to Arrange without Grouping. If so, definitely do that so if the layer sizes aren’t exactly correct you can change one. Hope this works.

      • This doesn’t really work if you are trying to get a stroke effect. I’ve been struggling to do this for 3 hours … there has to be an easier way to do it with system fonts or with single layer Cricut fonts. I hope someone can point us to a YouTube video on how to do this!

  7. Hi,when
    I’m new to the cricut and so far love it. when purchasing a font from the cricut, is this a one time charge or do I have to pay the price shown every time I want to use the specific font?

    Thank you for your help!

    • If you have not saved your project yet, you can click on the Undo arrow to reverse a weld you just made. Otherwise, there is not an option available to unweld.

  8. My question is that after I weld and I got to cut the word out its all mixed up . Instead of saying hello it says llh!eo don’t know how to get the letters in order .in order to cut . Hope that you can help .
    Thank you ,karen

    • Hi Karen, Did you get an answer to this? I’m new to this machine and this is the exact problem I’m trying to solve! Would love to hear if you got an answer!

      • If you hit “select all” and then “weld”, it should weld everything together, so the letters aren’t individual anymore. I had the same issue. The Cricut chat help was able to help me. Good luck!

        • I’m new to Design Space and am having a lot of problems creating my own projects. I want to work with two different colors, but can’t figure out how to get the project to print on separate mats based on the color.

  9. Love these tips and tricks! When I click on text in design space and type in my word it is always very small and not even anywhere close to the area I am working on. I usually zoom in to about 75 to 100%. I always have to zoom way out to find the words then they are super tiny and very close together even after I zoom back in. Any ideas of what I’ve done wrong?

    • Hi Dana. I am having the same problem. I am working in a Window10 laptop. The text box moves all over but won’t resize when I use the corner. It’s very frustrating. Everything is very small on top too.

  10. If you have welded it and saved the project, it cannot be changed. If you have welded but not saved, hit undo. Then you would click on the text and near the upper left, there is a drop down menu where you can pick your new text.

  11. I’m new to here, but my granddaughter has been using my Cricut for projects. Thank you for the detailed, written instructions with graphic examples. I’m oldschool.

    • Me too! I just ordered a machine and am excited but nervous that my old timer brain won’t be able to do this. Ha

  12. Hi Cori I have not been able to download the fonts I don’t have a computer I have a tablet I have not been able to enjoy my cricut I can’t get anything to download on my tablet what do I do about this need help

  13. Is there a way to have it cut and outline the letters? so levaing a little bit of paper on the egde then outline the letter?

  14. Cori
    Thank you for the step by step instructions on how to work with fonts. I too, love fonts. I had over 500 fonts at one time, caused my husbands World War Two combat game to misfire, LOL!

    I need to find a written step by step article about attaching written words on a project and get them to actually not print where ever, but, where I placed them.

    There is always something new with Cricut. I’ll never be bored!

  15. How to do you shadow for layering fonts? It does not give you the option anymore under the print to “save as a pdf” after you flatten it so that you can upload it to paint to convert to a .jpg file to then upload into design space.

    Help!!!! I have several projects that I produce that I used to use this feature.


    • You can still do that, it just looks different. Type your text in and make sure it’s set to print and click make-it. From there you’ll click continue and make sure the bleed box is checked. On the next screen click send to printer and then right click on the item you are trying to print and click save image as, and put it where you want it. Then upload like you always did before. Hope this helps.

      • You can still do that, it just looks different. Type your text in and make sure it’s set to print and click make-it. From there you’ll click continue and make sure the bleed box is checked. On the next screen click send to printer and then right click on the item you are trying to print and click save image as, and put it where you want it. Then upload like you always did before. Hope this helps. Also you no longer have to flatten it.

  16. I need help with shadow. I could do it in the old design space but I can not figure it out with this one. Help Please!

  17. I can’t seem to use the arrow keys to move letters/objects closer together anymore with the updated CDS. That was such an easy way to keep words/objects aligned. Is there another way of doing this?

    • If you’re looking to align items, hit “select all”, then click on “align” and choose your preferred alignment. I am not sure if this can be done after something is welded though.

  18. Hi, I Have a question for you. Is there a way to make fonts extra bold? There are some script fonts I love but they are not bold enough even after I change the setting to bold. TIA.

  19. I see that you can sort the fonts by “all”, “system”, and “Cricut”? Is there a way to further sort fonts into custom groups set by the user, such as “cursive” or “simple”?

    • Hi Stacy,

      Unfortunately there’s not a way to further sort. This is something I long for in pretty much ever program I use! It would be so helpful.


    • You can still work with it if it has not been welded and saved. Click on the text and it should bring up the text box for editing.

  20. First…Love your name! I have a question about the Initials, I want to do initials on a shirt but an having trouble. I put them in the order I wanted them. then when it was time to cut they rearranged them. I want the initial in the middle big.
    Also do you recommend the access? do you pay all up front or is it monthly?

    • Hi Kori 🙂

      To get your initials to stay together, select them all and use the “Weld” or “Attach” tool — this should keep them in the same place on your mat.

      I do recommend Access, especially if you don’t create your own images in an outside program. You get access to SO many images to use in your projects. I think it’s much better than buying individual images!

  21. I have a question, is there a way to UN-weld a word after it has been welded and saved. I cannot for the life of me find an answer to this.

  22. Do you absolutely have to get an Access subscription in order to have fonts? I’m a new user and trying to figure out these fonts and projects is driving me a little looney. 🙂 It had said I have fonts with buying my cricut Explore Air but I’m having troubles figuring it all out. I also purchased a Vinyl bundle where it came with a few designs that you had to redeem. I did and have NO clue as to where these items are found now.. any extra help is greatly appreciated!!!
    Sincerely, loved crafter, but confused new user 🙂

    • Yes maam you can download free fonts from places like & other sites. Once they are uploaded/ saved into your laptop/ computer they will automatically show up in design space under system fonts…however in order for them to show up you HAVE to exit out of design space & then go back in! Hope that helps.

  23. Silly question…I’m new to the machine too… why change the color of the font? The machine doesn’t print? Sounds like I’m missing out on a fun feature lol.

    • It’s true that the machine itself doesn’t print, but one type of project that you can do is called Print Then Cut. You would print it on your regular inkjet printer (complete with special lines the Cricut can read), then feed it into your Cricut and it can cut your project out.

  24. I am wanting to know how to cut the letters where I do not have to go back and add the centers (A, D, O, e, a). Is there a font available that the center is maybe attached?

    • I would also like to have an answer to this. It’s so frustrating trying to cut out text and having things like o’s and a’s be completely cut out with no detail in the middle!

  25. Hi! When using fonts to cut vinyl what is the recommended font size so that when it cuts it does not pop out when cutting?

  26. Hi, thank you for the tutorial. I have a question. I want to create a card that the word is partially sticking out on the fold. How do I do this without the whole word being cut off? If anyone can help with this it will be awesome. Thank you,

  27. I’m trying to place a white font on a green background but the white font has a black outline around it. How do I get rid of the black outline? I can’t seem to figure this out.

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  29. I have downloaded a number of fonts on my computer and in the previous version of CDS these fonts would write. However, in the new version of CDS even my system fonts show as single layer cuts. Is it possible to use them as writing style text?

  30. Is there a way to make stencils with the Cricut? I figured there must be a way, so that the inside of the letter does not get cut off. Thank you.

  31. Is there any way to tell what font was used when the design was originally made? Thank you for any help!

  32. Is there a way to make letters thicker in a font and then weld together.I have several fonts but when cut are too thin

  33. Hello

    We are a small printers and we would like to print image on our digital printing machine and then kiss-cut labels,

    Can this be done ?

    Many thanks

  34. Hello

    We are a small printers and we would like to print image on our digital printing machine and then kiss-cut labels,

    Can this be done ?

    Many thanks

  35. Help!!! I desperately need to cut a stencil using a zip code. I can’t figure out how to keep the inner circle of the zero in tact. I want to cut out a zip code in vinyl and use it as a stencil to silk screen on fabric. The zero ends up looking like a big circle. please let me know if you
    can help

    • I am interested in this answer too! I think the font that was used at the very top of the page (“WORKING WITH FONTS”) would work, since it has the line crossed through the “0.” But I can’t seem to find this font…starts out “bla..”. I am having the same issue with “e” and “a”, and I think this font might fix it. Does anyone know the font name?

  36. Hi! Is there a way to upload an invitation and cut out my daughter’s name where it is located on the invitation? Thank you in advance!!

  37. Hello! I downloaded some fonts and when I pull them into my cricut air it grays out the ‘ungroup’ and ‘contour’ buttons so I am unable to separate with two different colors. Any idea on how to get these buttons enabled with downloaded fonts?

  38. I am playing around with a font in design space and when i weld the piece together to make it one piece with words and an image, one of the letters disappear from the file. I keep starting over seeing if it will do the same thing and every time the “i” disappears from one of the words. what is happening.?

  39. Thanks for all the great information. I am new using Cricut…I am used to embroidery and have lots and lots of purchased fonts. Is there any way these embroidery fonts can be used with the Cricut machine?

    • If these fonts are installed on your computer, it is possible that you can switch over to System fonts and use them.

  40. I also have a large purchased embroidery designs. Is there any way they can be imported into the Cricut Design images?

    • As long as it will fit within the canvas dimensions (11.5 x 11.5″ or up to 23.5″ long) it is likely that you can upload it if it is in the right file type. (.jpg, .bmp, .gif, .png, .svg, .dxf). You would need to erase negative areas to make sure that the machine knows where to draw your lines.

  41. In your examples with the Quarter Note font, is there a way to remove the tail from the “o” at the end? Sometimes I do not like the way the letters have extra tails or curves. Thanks!

    • Holly, I use the slice tool to remove parts of designs I don’t like. Find a video about using the slice tool, and then you can use the same technique to put a shape over the part of the letter you want to get rid of. After you slice, you can just delete all the parts you don’t want.

  42. Can I somehow download okay a different font? The one I want not listed in cricut library.

    • Yes. You would download and install a font. Open Design Space. You should see the font under System.

  43. i am trying to make decals for wine glasses after i save my saying when i go to print its now in the order i saved it and its driving me crazy. Like age to perfection 3 rows would come out perfection to age and all in a row.

    thank you gina

    • Highlight all of your words and hit attach. This will keep everything just as you designed it. Otherwise, the machine tries to help you out by arranging things to conserve materials.

  44. Is it possible to stretch a word or letter? Not the double arrow that makes it bigger or smaller in 2 directions but to stretch it in one direction only?

    • Sure. Click on the lock on the bottom left of the word or letter. The arrow will change and allow you to pull in one direction.

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  46. Whenever I weld my cursive letters, some holes that should remain open ends up filled in. So i manually have to cut out the holes in the loops of the letters. I hope this makes sense, how do I fix this?

    • Try moving it apart slightly to where it’s still together, but a little wider. Sometimes this happens, too, if your design is small, so you may need to adjust the size.

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  48. Hi!

    I had the original cricut where you put the cartirodges in. So this computer design is awesome! Buttttt I am trying to figure out how to stretch a word tall but it not get wider. Does that make sense? My kids have long names and I want them perpendicular on the water bottle. But when I get them taller they get wider and are too long for the water bottle.

    Thank you!!!

    • Hi! If you click on your design, then on the padlock, you can use the green arrow on the other corner to stretch it taller without having it scale it to be wider.

  49. This may seem like a silly question but why would I want to change the color of my text? Wouldn’t that depend on the color of cardstock I’m using or pen color (if I’m writing). I feel like I’m missing something and if the color-changing feature is available it’s because it might be useful for something and I would like to know what it is.

    • Hi. This is more to help you keep organized and know what parts the machine will cut/draw/etc. For example, if you wanted to create a word with several different colors, you could change letters to the colors you would be using so you can coordinate the right mats as they are cutting/drawing.

  50. I am trying to make a large “Farmhouse” sign. The painted board is 5 ft. long and 11high. How do I print just the outline of a font (stea font) on my printer so I don’t waste a bunch of ink? I will probably make it a stencil later but I want to make sure it’s really what I want first before I use up that much stencil material and possibly waste it if I don’t end up liking it. Or do you know of a better way to do this?
    Thank you sooooo much! I am new to Cricut as well but I have LOTS of ideas and plans for my machine for the very near future. Love my Cricut!!!

    • You could ungroup to letters. This is found under Advanced near the top, next to Curve. This will allow you to move each individual letter around and you can arrange them as you like.

  51. I need help! I downloaded a page of several farm animals. How do I put just one font from the page in Design Space? Thank you, Linda

    • Hi. Do you have the font installed on your own computer? You can find it by searching for the name and/or checking under System Fonts.

  52. I wrote a verse using a font and saved my work after then when I went to cut it it just had several letter on the mat not the verse I wrote and I cant figure out why

    • Hi. Did you weld it all together? That makes it into one image and keeps it in the same order. You may need to also use Ungroup to Letters to move them around in case the weld makes the letters overlap somewhat.

  53. How can I enlarge the font height without it changing the width? (Basically stretching it longways)

    • Hi. You would click to select all of the text you wish to stretch. Click on the blue lock at the bottom left of the box around your text. Then you can click and use the green arrow circle at the bottom right to stretch it downward.

  54. I must be missing something– I can’t seem to be able to write words say for invitations I can only cut them. I have Explorer Air 2 & LOVE IT. I am new to this & your help is appreciated.

    • Hi. Under the linetype dropdown in the top toolbar of Design Space, choose Draw to make it write out your words.

  55. Hello – new to circut.
    Question – I have welded my letters but cannot cut out the cake topper.
    When I go to “make it” the machine is just scanning my paper and not physically cutting, it keeps indicating printing, and the way it shows up in the “make it” view is not black, it is on a white screen. Not sure if this is making sense.
    What i do know is that once I group the letters that have been ungrouped, and when I go to printed they are all messed up during the “make it” mode and then does not physically cut when welded. What am I doing wrong here. Please help

    • Hi. You would need to attach the letters to make them stay where you want. Also, make sure that the linetype in the toolbar at top is set to Cut and that Fill is set to No Fill.

  56. Hi there! Thanks for all the info! I am having some trouble:

    I’m making my wedding invitations. The words are printed in the center of the card stock and the edges of the card stock have a cut-out tree design on them, so I obviously printing and cutting. My problem is the calligraphy font is solid which is what I want, but as soon as I change from “cut” to the “draw” option, it automatically changes it to a black outline with no fill and I cannot figure out how to change it back. It won’t change at all, no matter what color I select. It prints with just the outline of the letters.

    Help? 🙂
    Thanks in advance,

    • Hi. You would want to choose a font that is specifically noted as Writing style to get a font that is solid.

  57. Hi, I am very new! I am planning my daughters shower and wedding and I am trying to find a font that writes. If I purchase a font that I want to try it out, will I have to purchase it every time I want to use it?

    Thanks in advance,

  58. It would be amazing if the font drop down menu could show the word/words that you are choosing to change instead of “The quick brown fox…” . It takes forever to go through each font, select it, and then see what it would look like. It is very tedious and time consuming.

  59. Thank you. You’ve help me start to navigate to create my own card. However when I try to choose to write paragraphs in my card, I can’t get the font size down small enough to fit. Help

    • Hi Joan,

      Have you tried changing the alignment of your font to fit the space better? Here’s a good video talking through how to adjust letter and line spacing that might help.

  60. Is there a way to cut out letters and also have an outline drawn so the letters are more pronounced on the card front?

  61. Is there a way to use an A4 card to create an A5 greeting card; so that I do not have to constantly waste card and also so that I end up with an actual A5 card that fits the envelopes I have got?

    • Hi Dorcas,

      Yes, you can resize your images to fit the A4 card directly within Design Space. To cut the card to size, I recommend creating a shape the size of an A5 to create your cut lines. Or you may also use a line shape to cut the A4 directly in half. Hope this helps!

  62. I am trying to use the foil transfer tool to write a word. When I use the Text feature to write the word, then switch the linetype to “Foil,” it automatically turns into an outline of the word, giving the appearance of a double line instead of a smooth letter. Is there a way to use the foil transfer to trace the letter as a solid item instead of making it hollow? I hope that question makes sense! Thanks!

    • Hi Lindsey,

      Don’t forget to also adjust the style for the text so that it is “Writing” the font. Here’s an article about linetype and fonts for reference. If a font allows for writing/drawing, you will be able to change the linetype from “Cut” to “Foil” and the style to “Writing” so that it doesn’t foil an outline (as if it were cutting). Hope this helps!

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