Anyway, a few weeks ago I was making my three year old an Easter basket with this name on it. He wanted it to be just like the Ninja Turtles so I found a font that he liked.
I wanted to see what his name would look like before I committed so in the 'custom preview' box on DaFont (other font sites feature a similar tool) I typed his name. That's when I was hit with the stroke of genius.
If I could somehow save the preview and trace it in Silhouette Studio I wouldn't have to download and install the entire font on my computer. I don't mind downloading fonts I know I'll use over and over again, but for one that I'm literally only going to use five letters one time...yeah, this is the answer.
NOTE: This works for fonts that are personal use only!!
On my MAC I was able to use the 'Grab' tool to take a screen grab.
Click here for details on how to take a screen grab on WindowsOnce you've got your screen grab, save it to your computer's desktop and then drag and drop it into Silhouette Studio just like you would with any jpeg. Click here if you need a refresher on bringing a JPEG into Studio.
|actual screen grab|
Use the trace tool to trace the text image. Seriously awesome, right?!
Pull the original way to reveal the trace lines. You can now delete the original jepg image.
Now, keep in mind...Silhouette Studio is treating this as a design not a font.
That means you won't be able to manipulate it like a font for text to path, letter spacing, etc. But if you simply need to resize or put an offset (or 2 which is what I did) around it, this little hack is perfect!
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