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The Trick to Designing Single Line Rhinestone Text in 3 Steps in Silhouette Studio

I don't buy too many designs in the Silhouette Online Store, but there is one thing I'll spend my money on and that's thin fonts (sometimes called "sketch fonts").  They're the single line fonts that are designed for sketching with the Silhouette - rather than cutting. While they're awesome for sketching, they're also perfect for rhinestones - especially if are going after the single line rhinestone text.

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I've discussed the headache of single line rhinestone text before, but using the sketch fonts essentially eliminates all the work.  You can actually design single line rhinestone fonts in just three easy steps!
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1) Buy a Thin Font
The first thing you want to do is purchase and download a thin font from the Silhouette Design Store. I shared here the step by step process for how to purchase, download, and where to locate your thin fonts in Silhouette Studio.

Obviously if you already have a few thin fonts you can just skip that step and use one you have.

2) Type Out Your Text
Now click on the Text tool along the left sidebar and type out your word or words in a text box.  With the word selected open the Font Style window and find the thin font you want to use. I am using rr Beautiful Dreamer for this example.  It's best to size your text now before you convert it for rhinestones so go ahead and scale the design.

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3) Convert to Rhinestone Template 
The next thing you want to do is go up to the rhinestone tool along the top tool bar.  Please keep in mind, you'll only have the rhinestone option if you have Designer Edition. It's a one time paid upgrade for about $25 and it's worth every penny and more for the added features.

Select the "edge" option and your text lines will turn into circles/rhinestone templates.  Pick the size of your rhinestones. Make sure you pick a size you actually have on hand.

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Now if any of the circles are overlapping you can do either or both of the following:  1) Adjust the spacing between the rhinestones in the rhinestone window 2) adjust the character spacing in the Text Style window.

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And you're all set to cut out your rhinestone text! It's seriously as easy as that.

I've shared many tutorials on how to cut and apply rhinestone designs including this Silhouette Rhinestone 101 tutorial so I won't re-hash it all here but just remember, you need to cut on rhinestone flock, use my secret weapons to spread and flip the rhinestones, use rhinestone transfer material to pick up the rhinestones and then press them onto the shirt!

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  1. Took your advice and bought this font on sale... Love it!

  2. Would this work with the LW Block Sketch Font? Thank you!

  3. Really great article, college paper thank you!


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