Friday, October 4, 2013

Thin Fonts for Sketching with Silhouette

Okay, so if you've been reading my posts lately, you will have noticed 2 things I have fallen in love with: fonts and sketch pens! In today's post I get to do both! Yay!

When I got my sketch pens the first thing I tried was to write my name in my favorite font. I must say I was uh, mmm, well..., yes - disappointed! Very disappointed. I thought that somehow the sketch would appear as a single line and what I got was the outline of the letters. Definitely not what I was looking for.

After playing around with various different fonts and sizes I realized I could get a neat look with only some of them. So that was when I came up with this little cheat sheet!

 It contains some fonts that work well when sketched and (most importantly) the maximum size to use before I get holes in the middle. If you don't understand what I mean, look at the 4th row. My first attempt with the font "Wire One" was in the size 78 and I only got the outline - no good. So I tried reducing the size and - lo and behold - size 58 looks just fine! Now I know that if I want to use this font in a sketch I will have to reduce it to 58 or less (which is still pretty big, as you can see in comparison to the penny).

So now you may be asking: "Why go through all this trouble when you can just use the print and cut feature?" Nope, it's not the same. I know, in black it looks pretty much like a regular print. But in metallic, silver or neon colors they really make a difference. I'll definitely be using these for my holiday cards this year. 

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