Welcome to the third day of the series I’m writing about how to use text in Cricut Design Space. The last post was about letter spacing. Today I’m going a little more specific and talking about spacing and connecting script letters in Design Space. (some links affiliate)
Common Rookie Mistake: Not connecting / welding letters to make a single word that looks handwritten.
The biggest mistake I see when using script fonts is that people skip the step of connecting the letters! It doesn’t matter how long you have actually been crafting and designing – if I see script letters that haven’t been connected, it looks like you missed a step. Maybe that’s terrible, but we can fix that!So let’s learn this easy process to take all your script words to a professional level.
Add a text box and type your word or phrase. Choose the font you want.
READ THIS POST ON how to choose Cricut fonts
Select the text box and click “ungroup to letters.”
Use the mouse to drag letters next to each other and overlap whenever possible. When overlapping, do your best to keep the natural line of connecting those letters.
What I mean by that is an “o” may not have a tail coming off of it, so you can decide if it should touch the next letter, or just be very close. Some letters may need to move more to get the tails to blend into the next letter, even moving up or down a little. Try to make everything look as natural as possible.
That may depend on what you are cutting as well. With vinyl or iron-on vinyl, the spacing between all letters will transfer to the final project.
If you’re cutting out cardstock that needs to be one complete cut in the end, keep that in mind and make sure everything overlaps a little.
Select all the letters of the word or phrase and weld. This creates a new path all the way around so that individual letters aren’t cut out. If you attach, each overlapped part still cuts and you get a bunch of tiny messed up pieces. So don’t attach.
POSSIBLE PROBLEM: Help! The insides of letters disappeared when I welded!
Sometimes the inside of an e or o or another letter disappears when you weld. This happens because the letter next to it was overlapped just a little too much. You can undo and try to scoot it over just a tiny bit and try again. You can also increase the size of the whole word, correct any needed spacing, and weld. Then return it to the size you need.
So now you’re ready to dive into the world of script fonts and have them look great.
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I included this list in my first post about using Cricut text, but I’ll include it here too. They’re some of the best script Cricut fonts to help you get started. Did I leave out one of your favorites?