Like many Silhouette users, I LOVE fonts! I have quite a collection and yet I’m always looking for more – my current obsession being COLOR FONTS!!! Have you heard of them?
Color fonts are the latest thing in typography, but not actually as “new” as you might think. In fact, if you’ve got a smartphone or have ever clicked “Like” on a Facebook post, you’ve already been using them!
Although they’ve been around for some time, color fonts are just now gaining popularity as more and more computer applications and operating systems support their use, including Silhouette Studio (Version 4.2 and above) . But what exactly are they?
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What are Color Fonts?
In a nutshell, color fonts are a special type of font that have embedded information that adds characteristics to the font such as color, texture, transparency, etc. Emojis are the most common example of a color font.
While it’s always been possible to change font fill color and line color in Studio, the advent of color fonts not only eliminates some of the work involved to colorize a font but also provides a way to add unique interest to printed projects. Color fonts may be multicolored, shadowed, or have a 3-D appearance. Because any image can be made into a font, the sky’s the limit as far as font creation goes. I can think of so many applications for them – cards, stickers, invitations, posters, school projects, printable vinyl, inkjet and sublimation transfers, etc…you get the idea!
First of all, be sure of what you are getting when you download a “color font”. You want a true font, not an image. The current industry standard for color fonts is Open Type – SVG, (indicating an Open Type Font with added SVG data*) thus the file name extension will most often be .OTF.
Let me show you an example:
A quick Google search for “color alphabet fonts” will bring up several results, including this one:
Once you click on the link, there is no option to download an .OTF file. Therefore, this is NOT a font file, but rather an vector-based graphic that will import as an image to Silhouette Studio.
On the other hand, let’s look at this one. The description for ColorTube clearly states that it is an OTF font, and once it is downloaded and unzipped, you’ll see that the filename has an .OTF extension and is indeed a font file.
Using Color Fonts
After a color font is downloaded and installed, it can be used just as any other font in Silhouette Studio. Open the Text Style Panel, enter the font name in the font selection box, click back on the design page, and type your text using the Text Tool. Character spacing and line spacing can be adjusted in the Text Style Panel as desired. (You can also use color fonts in applications that do not support color fonts, but the text will appear in black rather than color.)
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Color fonts are a lot of fun to work with and I’m sure they will become even more popular with time. If you give them a try, leave me a comment below and let me know what you think. Also, feel free to share links for any other great color fonts that you find – I’m always looking to add to my collection!
Until next time,
*For more information on file types, see Understanding File Type Extensions in Silhouette Studio.
Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.