How to Upload Fonts To Cricut and Easily Add Fonts To Design Space!

Last updated on July 24th, 2020

Learning how to upload fonts to Cricut is your gateway to design freedom!

 

It’s not particularly difficult – by the end of this article, you’ll be confidently trying new fonts for all of your projects.

 

There are also a couple of things you might need to do if you can’t see your installed font in Design Space. We’ll give you the tips and tricks below. Let’s do it.

 

How To Upload Fonts To Cricut Design Space

 

how to download fonts to cricut - image of a custom font

 

Using fonts you pick yourself is a true joy of design. The font is your vibe. The font is a core element of any design you make and is critical for communicating the feeling you are going for in your design.

 

I use a huge variety for creating t-shirts and baby onesies, as pictured above (using the Cricut Slice Tool), or for card and wedding place name projects, as pictured below.

 

how to upload fonts to cricut

 

But there are a ton of different uses for fonts with Cricut. Before you upload a new font, make sure you love it. No reason to settle! If you’re feeling meh about it, you need to choose a new font!

 

We have an article with a list of the best free font sites. But here are a few good sites for reference:

  • Dafont – plenty of free fonts for personal use
  • Fontbundles – new freebies released all the time
  • Google Fonts – all free and open-source fonts

 

 

 

Whether you’re making custom tumblers, t-shirts, window decals, or anything else with text, this is how you do it…

 

How To Add Fonts To Cricut Design Space

 

Here is a video we created to show how to upload fonts to your computer for use in Design Space or continue reading if you prefer.

 

 

1. Choose A Font

 

I found a font I like called ‘Easy November’ shown in the screenshot below from dafont.com (my favorite place to get free fonts).

 

Click to download and save the file to your computer. TIP: Set up a folder especially for all your fonts – once you start collecting, there will be no end!

 

Your Cricut font download will more than likely be a zip file. You can right-click the file and click extract all (then I usually delete the original zip file to keep it from cluttering up my folders and desktop).

 

how to install fonts on cricut design space - three custom fonts shown

 

2. Open The Cricut Font File (it must be TrueType)

 

Find the file on your computer and open (double-click) the TrueType font file. This will open up to a view of the font. On a Mac it’ll have the extension .ttf.

 

Depending on where you get your fonts from, you may only receive a TrueType file, and have no other options (which is fine)!

 

what font file to use in cricut

 

3. Install The Font

 

Click the install button (at the top of the window that has just opened) to install the font onto your computer.

 

how to add fonts to cricut design space - showing the install button

 

Cricut Font Problems

 

Now that the font is installed onto your computer, that’s all there is to it! You’ve successfully learned how to upload fonts to your computer which can be used in Cricut Design Space.

 

You will now be able to search for it and use the new font in Cricut Design Space. But. Sometimes . . .

 

I go into Design Space, and I search for my font after creating a text box, but it doesn’t show up correctly (as in the screenshot below)…

 

Are downloaded fonts not showing up in Cricut?

 

how to add fonts to cricut - showing fonts not coming up correctly

 

Here is what you need to do to get your font to show up in Design Space:

  1. First, try refreshing the page, and see if that brings the true font through
  2. If not, sign in & out of Design Space, and check if that does the job
  3. If not, you will have to restart your computer – that will definitely fix fonts in Cricut!

 

On my Windows computer, I often need to restart my computer for it to appear, but sometimes a simple refresh is all it takes.

 

Customizing Fonts In Design Space

 

Once you have the font, you can change the size of the font, the style, and you can increase or decrease the space between letters (this is called ‘kerning’ if you want to be fancy). You can also ungroup your text to each individual letter so that you can manually move each letter how you like.

 

In the screenshot below I decreased the letter spacing to -0.5 so that the letters were touching. Then I used Cricut weld to connect my letters together.

 

This makes them one image, and the design will cut as one piece.

 

how to import fonts into cricut design space

 

In this case, if I was going to draw instead of cut then I would also need to weld my letters together.

 

See the example below of what my text would look like welded vs not welded.

 

how to use downloaded fonts in cricut design space

 

There are a ton of different things you can do with Cricut & fonts: check out how to edit fonts in Design Space for a run-down on all the different options.

 

How To Filter Fonts

 

To find the specific font you need, you can filter fonts by single-layer cutting, multi-layer cutting, and writing. This is great for finding fonts that have the writing option.

 

downloaded fonts not showing up in cricut

 

For fonts that have the writing option, you can also change the text style to writing in the edit panel.

 

how to download free fonts to cricut

 

You will then be able to see what your text will look like drawn:

 

how to import fonts to cricut design space

 

Make sure you either group or attach your letters so that your text is drawn exactly the same way as on the canvas, otherwise the letters will be mixed up.

 

cricut design space fonts not loading

 

How To Install Fonts In Design Space

 

So that’s how to add fonts to Cricut Design Space.

 

That’s all there is to it. Now you are free to explore the world of fonts! Find the one the feels right to you. Don’t’ worry about second-guessing yourself, this is crafting – it’s about expressing yourself, adding some beauty and joy to your objects, gifts, keepsakes, and sometimes it’s just about being fun and silly. Enjoy!

 

Let us know in the comments if it helped or if you have any other questions on problems with text in Design Space.

 

 

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