Saturday, 9 July 2016

How to Convert Any Font to a Stencil - Plus FREE Stencil Font

Tutorial by Nadine Muir on how to convert any font into a stencil within Silhouette Studio.  Includes a free stencil font for download created from the Lobster font
Hello, Nadine here with a little video tutorial to show you how to convert any font you like into a stencil. This is needed when cutting out lettering from our paper, but when we want to keep the internal circles, called counters, in letters such as a and e.

Free font download.  

I used the technique described in the video to edit the Lobster font, which is a free open source font suitable for creating editting.  The stencil version, called Stencil Silhouette UK is available for free download here .

Once downloaded and installed, it will load automatically the next time you launch Silhouette Studio.

How to Convert Your Own Fonts: 



If you prefer written instrunctions to video, it's quite a simple technique.  You can use a simple rectangle to create a bridge by alinging it over the letter and using the subtract tool.  Similarly, the knife tool will also work.

My main tip is to spend a little time creating a 'cutter' shape that will work with the subtract tool. Once applied, there will be minimal point editing required as the stencil letter remaining will already be curved or angled in a consistent way for all letters.  An example of such a 'cutter' is the grey shape below:


Ready made fonts

In addition to the free font, there are lots of ready-made stencl fonts available from the Silhouette Design Store.  Here is some examples when I filtered my stencil search for font cut types:

Stencil fonts available from the Silhouette design store  

Other fonts to consider

Other fonts to consider are a style fonts that I think of as similar to rhinestones.  For example

Lori Whitlock's Dots font (Design ID #78284)

https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/view-shape/78284
Or Star Font by Sweet Elsie (Design ID #105343 )

https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/view-shape/105343

Finished Product

Tutorial by Nadine Muir on how to convert any font into a stencil within Silhouette Studio.  Tag made using the free stencil font for download created from the Lobster font

I'll be back next week to show you how I used this font in a stencil project to upcycle a tray that I use for my make-up:

Tray stencilled with slogan Never ask a girl with winged eyeliner why she is late.  Cut with Silhouette Cameo using the free font for download from Silhouette UK Blog created by Nadine Muir from the Lobster font



1 comment:

  1. What a clear and informative tutorial Nadine and such a useful technique to know.

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