I was asked a while ago about creating a single line machine writable alphabet for use with electronic cutting and plotting machines.
Well, it took a bit of wrangling but I have finally succeeded and am pleased to say that it is now ready to download from my online digital craft shop!
What Am I On About?
Some of you may be wondering what a single line machine writable alphabet is and why you would want one.
Well, with traditional fonts you will always have an outline which is great if you are cutting your lettering out on your electronic cutting machines however if you wish to use a pen attachment and draw the letters/words/phrases you will always see them as an outline. Like this …
This is because fonts are a vector based graphical display item. Sounds complicated, it’s basically an image that is plotted by points and therefore it needs a closed loop in which to display itself, much like an SVG image.
So, bla bla bla, why the single line thing?
Well, with this alphabet (available in SVG, DXF and FCM formats) you can now draw the letters/words/phrases and make it look like they were drawn using a biro (or whatever other pen you wish to use). Like this …
It’s important to note however that this is not a traditional font. I’ll explain more in a bit.
Tell Me More…
So, that’s they why. Now the what.
What is included in this set?
There are two styles of alphabet. A simple block printing style and a script style.
A full A-Z are available in both uppercase and lowercase. All numbers (0-9) are also included.
I have also included the punctuation marks as follows ! ? @ # ~ &
What machines are they compatible with?
The file formats included in this set are SVG, DXF and FCM.
Here is a quick guide to the file types included within this set.
- SVG – Scalable Vector Graphics. This is an image file type that can also be used by most home hobby cutting machines. Some machines will require the file to be converted in external software before it can be used for cutting.
- DXF – A vector based file type that can be used be most home hobby cutting machines. In particular this file type can be used with the SILHOUETTE range of cutting machines in their free software. It can also be used in the majority of CAD software if you are super clever.
- FCM – A file type specifically compatible with the Brother Scan N Cut.
How do I use them?
As I mentioned, this is not a normal font. You won’t be able to ‘install’ it on your PC and type your words or phrases.
Instead you will receive a file containing all the full alphabet, numbers and punctuation.
You will then build your phrase by using the appropriate functions in your software (i.e. Duplicate, Replicate or Copy/Paste).
To use this alphabet set you will need to use it in some form of software for your machine – I have tested it in the following:
- Brother Scan N Cut – using the Scan N Cut Canvas online software.
- Silhouette – using Silhouette Studio basic (free) edition.
- Cricut – using the Cricut Design Space.
A brief overview on each is given in the notes that accompany the alphabet set.
What do they look like?
I did some quick tests to give you an idea of how they turn out.
The phrase “With Love” was duplicated in sizes from 1/4″ up to 1″.
Whilst various pens were used, all tests were completed with a Brother Scan N Cut machine.
Unlike cutting, these font styles work better at smaller sizes which means they will be fabulous for labelling, journalling, creating scrapbook titles, writing unique sentiments and verses for card making or even writing up multiple price lables (around which you can cut the tag shape!) and so much more.
How Do You Get Them?
Simple. Just head over to www.digitalcraftemporium.co.uk, add the item into your basket and checkout (you will need to register if you haven’t already done so).
The full set is priced at only £2.50
Ok, that’s me done on this post. Much more to do so I will crack on and leave you with it.
If you have any questions that you would like to ask before making your purchase, please feel free to use the comments section below.
See you soon!