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What Font Is This?

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I guess, at least for me, the question of “What Font Is This” bothers me. We all need to identify fonts occasionally, so it is not the question in and of itself. Sometimes we might be trying to match a design we already have, or a client is asking for it specifically. For those reasons I GET IT. But there are websites such as Font Squirrel and What The Font that can assist those of you asking this question. I know some people would rather ask in a group then to do a search on the web yet, Google is our friend and we need to take some responsibility and grow as we learn.

However, I am talking to the person that truly needs to be enlightened by understanding you do not need the exact match, but can find numerous fonts that are similar in nature and will prove to work just as well. If you are a beginner at creating your own files, then please step out of your comfort zone and soar to new heights by collecting your thoughts, imagining what you want your creation to look like and find a font that suits the project. I know this can be a daunting, time consuming task, but the end result will not only please your client(s), but inspire and strengthen you as a designer.  

Of the numerous font sites out there, most of us are trying to save a little money. An excellent choice for FREE Fonts can be found at Font Bundles. Where you can download from a wide variety of hand-lettered, script, serifs and sans serifs. Please register an account from the link above, this will add a few pennies to my account so I can continue to provide fresh, and new svg files for you.

Also, keep a lookout for a new section to be added to my website. I am currently working on 3 new font collections. The first will be named “Journal Notes”, this is a hand lettered font trio by me, with many varieties ranging from thin to bold, sans serif, script and extended with bonus embellishments. The second font, I enlisted the skilled hand of my mother in law, who is a traditional calligrapher. This font “Timeless Traditions” will include the basic letter forms from her, with additional weights and embellishments created by me. And the third font that will be released is by my sisters hand. Growing up she talked endlessly on the phone with friends, during these hours she would practice her hand writing. Our mom would always find out what she was talking about later, as she would glance at her “Conversational Notes” left behind.

I digress, in the end, it really does not matter what font you choose for your projects as long as you and or your client(s) are pleased. So take a leap of faith and CREATE something beautiful.

For more information on font pairing you can read my article and download a printable cheat sheet here.

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Composition Matters

As a designer, I often see crafters who cut their SVGs and place them on their project without referring to the original photo that is included with the design. Graphic designers are trained in typography and layout. We take the time to ensure that the design is using at least 50% but no more than 75% of the available space.  This allows the eye to freely move and absorb the content of the artwork.

Why does composition matter so much?

  • Composition makes everything easier to navigate through the constant consideration of all the elements in the layout and throughout the design process of any given project.  It’s not just your choice of a font.
  • Composition balances the information with stability and with careful consideration. The elements of design should be taken seriously. Once you understand them, it’s worth thinking about them as guidelines for your creativity.
  • Composition is the first, last, and most important part of your design. It is the broadest and most difficult principle to explain because it encompasses EVERYTHING.
  • Composition uses the Rule of Thirds to pull it all together.  By dividing your composition into thirds vertically and horizontally; where the lines meet should be your focal points. By avoiding symmetry, you add motion and interest. Many artists and designers try to achieve balance in their designs. Balance can be achieved by including dark objects in opposite corners or side of the design. Try this without making it symmetrical; you want to achieve balanced asymmetry.

At some point, I want to walk you through my design process. Part of it is using my imagination, closing my eyes and trying to see it on an object. Yes, I study in my head. But, before I give myself an opportunity to over-think anything, I begin building the blocks of hierarchy. I generally make some quick sketches and through the process I get some rough ideas of what needs to be in the design, and a concept of how I might want to put it all together. These are very fast and very rough sketches. They’re just enough to help me understand where all the elements go, and how they work together. This gives me an opportunity work with contrast issues. Once I get to the computer, I try not to center my focal point, and I just move pieces around until they look good. I’m using my intuition.

There are certain elements of composition that are more important than others, in the sense that you run into them frequently, regardless of your project. Such as; limit your use of colors and fonts, use contrast and spacing to suggest visual hierarchy and think things through by keeping in mind the following:

WHITE SPACE (negative space) – is just as important as the positive space. Do not overcrowd the layout, your eye needs to rest and move on again.

ALIGNMENT – Like an invisible grid use equal spacing, centering, and aligning of objects or text. It is important to make sure your composition does not fall apart. Alignment and spacing makes the layout easier to navigate.

CONTRAST – Visual hierarchy is established by using color, size, and shape, leading the viewer to where they need to begin and where to go next.

CHAOS – Color palette and text style should be used consistently throughout the design. While too many colors and font styles begin to look disorganized and confusing.

Here are my final thoughts, graphic design is not simply “art;” and designers are often asked to do things that goes against what we have learned and know in our hearts to be true of great layouts. Composition matters and the layout serves a very specific function. It is our job to not only provide excellent design, but to influence others of the reasons why we chose the color and composition. The client or market determines the purpose of the design. Then it’s our job to design accordingly.

I love what I do. I have found a community and great friends to share with. I have testers that I am grateful for. They cut my files at a moment’s notice so I can get my product to market ASAP. Identifying and understanding my target market assists me in the process, but it is hard to not have stereotypical assumptions about the demographics of my Facebook group. Facebook is a global community, yet often I focus on the US because that is where most of my customers are. I would love your feedback if you are reading this from another country. What am I missing? what would you like to see more of? Be specific and share your thoughts.

It’s a constant challenge to teach others about principles of design and good practices. Why should they spend a couple dollars to support me and my efforts?  My training, skill, and expertise are worth it! Creating layouts that are appealing on many levels and great customer service are my specialties. I accept the risk of discouragement or theft when my designs are stolen or traced.  Yes, it is challenging because composition matters, but I wouldn’t trade any of it.  I love SVGs and Fun With SVGs is my jam!

Here is another great article on using white space.

Did you see my article on Font Pairings? FREE downloadable PDF cheat sheet.

Coming soon using color and color theory.

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Got Questions?

SVG Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use SVGs with my Cricut Expression?

The Expression is used with Cricut Craft Room which cannot cut SVGs or custom files unfortunately. There are third party applications that let the Expression cut SVGs. However, if you have upgraded the firmware on your Expression you probably can’t take advantage of that any more. Plus, you’d have to find older versions of those applications since Cricut sued the makers of the apps to make them stop working with their machines.

If you have not upgraded your firmware, you can search for an old copy of “Make The Cut” or “Sure-Cuts-A-Lot” that supports Cricut machines. The publishers of these applications are legally prohibited from distributing them, so you’ll have to look elsewhere (ebay and such) to find the software.

Do I need to save the other files that come in the zipped folder?

No, the other files are there for those that can not use SVG files. However, it is a good idea to save the zipped folder in case you may have a reason to use them in the future.

How do I download SVG files from Fun With SVGs?

When you register an account at funwithsvgs.com, all your files will remain in your account for future downloads. HOWEVER, you must go through the payment process (free file or paid) for them to remain there.

How do I unzip and upload SVGs?

You can find useful information and videos here https://funwithsvgs.com/instructions-to-unzip-svg-files/

What is you refund policy?

Due to the digital nature of my products, no refunds or exchanges can be given. Please contact me for any issues concerning defects in the file, and I will be happy to assist you.

Can you create a svg file of an image that I found?

No, that would be copyright infringement and I will not recreate someone else’s work. However, if you wish to describe something to me in words only, I may decide to create it. For more information on copyright please follow this link https://funlurnsvg.com/can-i-get-this-svg-created/

What is the cost of a custom SVG?

If you would like me to create a custom SVG, I charge $5.00 if it is something that I can resell on my website. If it is something that I do not feel I can resell, the starting cost is $25.00 and up depending on the nature and time that it may take me to create it.

What is your commercial use policy?

Please see https://funwithsvgs.com/terms/ for additional information on my terms and conditions.

Can I customize your files and resell it digitally?

No, please see https://funwithsvgs.com/terms/ for additional information on my terms and conditions.

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SVG Files and Your Creative Partners

First of all, thank you for joining me. This is the third and hopefully final time I build a website. Launching my Etsy Store at the end of 2016 inspired me and set me on a journey to create SVGs. The relationships that have transpired has exceeded any expectations. Designing and sharing the SVG files you need to be your best creative self continues to motivate me. As I recognize the need to serve you better with a website that is fully functional and easy to use FREEBIES makes it that much more fun and though I still have older files and some new ones on Etsy (not shown here) Etsy does not allow freebies and what fun is that?

Secondly, I desire to create and share, however, I also need the support of you to help me support my family. Fun With SVGs creates SVG files for Cricut, Silhouette, Brother Scan N Cut and  Professional Electronic Cutting Machines. Ask me to create a custom SVG file, I am sure you will love it.

In addition, I am proud to be in the company of the trusted SVG Designers of Vinyl Design Cut and Create. Get yourself on solid ground, It is up to you to leave those compromised traced SVG files behind and step into a world of great designers with tested and approved cutting files. Bookmark this site as it will be updated regularly with trusted sources for your personal or business crafting needs.

Let’s take a brief look at what SVG files are and why they are gaining popularity in the craft community.

What are SVG Files?

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. SVG files are largely created in drawing software such as Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape and Corel Draw. These programs use mathematics to produce images through the connecting of lines (paths) and can be scaled up without losing any resolution. This means, you can create an SVG file as small as 1×1 inch and scale it as large as a billboard and it will look the same, only larger. I love that!

Cricut, Silhouette and all electronic cutting machines rely on these vector paths for the blade to follow and cut the design we see. It gives me pause when I hear someone speak of an image when referring to an SVG file. SVGs are vector, photos are raster. The word graphic is interchangeable but when I think image, I envision photos not vector drawings.

What are Raster Images?

Raster images use pixels not paths to create the image. When these pixel images are enlarged they blur, as shown below. Here I have taken a 1×1” SVG file and brought it into Photoshop. I  enlarged them both to 5×5”. As you can see the image on the right is blurry. This image will not reproduce in any print environment with clarity.

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Most graphics found on the internet are rasterized for fast load speeds. As a graphic designer, I am always faced with clients that want to use a found image from the web in a print document. First, this is copyright infringement. Secondly, they are low res, often only at 72 dpi (dots per inch). For print you need a minimum of 300 dpi.

Once you fall in love with quality clean SVG files, you will never want a traced file again.

Trusted Designers to Love

Finally please show your love to these designers by joining their groups and supporting their journey. Purchasing our SVG files encourages us to keep creating and helps us support our families.

Dana Schee Ansell – of Vinyl and Vectors is a very busy bee. Creating not only SVG files, but vetting and assisting other designers in marketing their designs. KUDOS to Dana and a special thanks for always giving me the time of day. 🙂

Ruchira Bhawnani – of FunLurn is one that I can truly call a friend. Many of my followers will remember her from the time she spent as an admin in Fun With SVGs Facebook Group. Ruchira amazes me every time I turn around, her creative play on words it is something to be admired and her style you will love.

Jan Traeg – of Digital Designer Studio is an SVG File enthusiast with a love for creating her designs. When not spending time with her family, volunteering or stalking the local craft store aisles, she can be found hunkered down at her computer designing away.

Savana Price – of Savana’s Design offers SVG files, clipart, fonts, digital paper and other design assets in her Etsy shop!

Jennifer Pascalli – of Dorkie Yorkie Designs loves crafting, making cards and working with vinyl …. but mostly loves designing. She sells svgs in her Etsy shop.

Karen Hutchins – of Thyme4K on Etsy says she is happy when something she makes can bring joy and a smile to someone who loves them, as much as she loves making them!

One final note, I love to assist you, please contact me with any questions or to add your favorite designer to this list. In Addition, I am looking for trusted bloggers to partner with, contact me for details.

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Font Pairing by Fun With SVGs

Font Pairing does not have to be complicated. I look around the web and see so much confusion and wordy blog posts concerning font pairing. It is a simple concept and I provide a link to a printable PDF for you below.

However, I would not be doing you any justice if I did not explain a little about what makes up a font. These factors make fonts compatible with each other (or not).  The first thing you need to consider when font pairing is whether or not the font is serif or sans serif. As pictured below serif fonts have the little “feet” or endings on the letter a sans serif font does not. Second, we have script fonts that will mimic cursive writing. And third, take a look at all those beautiful hand lettered fonts that are a HUGE trend right now. Keep these ideas in mind when font pairing in the future.

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When you consider font pairing for your project, mix them up not only in size and weights, but with serifs and scripts. You want to avoid using two of the same types of fonts in one project. However, if you are utilizing a font family the weights of the font pairing is provided by the font designer. This should help provide you with the variance you need. But always take into consideration what works well for that font family.

Lastly, as you will notice on the PDF (link below), I have tucked words in to each other. This adds much needed interest to SVGs and word art. Please keep this in mind on your next project, I can always tell when someone is new to font pairing. Trust me, I continue to grow in this area as time passes. Also, keep in mind kerning (the space between letters shown above), as “bad kerning” happens and legibility is key (google it, but beware … you may be offended by what you find).

Please feel free to download this printable file and post it near your work station to have it ready when you are designing your next project.

Download printable PDF Font Pairings by Fun With SVGs

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Instructions to UnZip and Upload SVG Files

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Instructions to UnZip SVG Files

Please read these instructions to unzip svg files. Once you have downloaded a zipped file from Etsy or other on-line source you need to follow these steps to get it into your Cricut Design Space Software. * Silhouette Studio Video is linked below.

Cricut Design Space

  • First, Locate your downloaded file
  • Right click on it, choose extract all, and save to a location on your hard drive
  • Locate the SVG file (usually shown with an Internet icon)
  • Next Open Design Space
  • Click on New Project
  • Click on upload on the left side of mat
  • Click on upload image
  • Finally,  Browse to the folder that you saved your files to and choose the svg.
  • Un-group, slice or whatever you wish to do to create your project.

You Tube Instructions

Cricut Design Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgewC02OBQc&feature=youtu.be

Silhouette Users
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivucMjxxqSw&feature=youtu.be

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Printable Instructions SVG UN-ZIP_UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS

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Fun With SVGs creates cutting files for your personal or commercial needs.

While using these files remember that they are thoughtfully inspired and designed with clean cut lines. As a result, this saves wear and tear on your machine. Also, with you in mind, all requests are welcome, please ask us for details.

Rather than only using card-stock for Scrapbook Pages and Paper Crafts, use these SVG cut files and your imagination to create your custom Wall Art and Décor for your Home or Office. In addition, try your hand using HTV Vinyl on T-shirts, Onesies, or other Clothing. Above all, create those wonderful Glass Blocks, Decals and Stickers with 631 or 651 Vinyl. Most noteworthy creations are Wood Signs, Yard Signs, Coffee Cups, and Tumblers. Give it a try, the possibilities are endless and we want to see your creations at FunWithSVGs Facebook Group

Fun With SVGs creates cutting files for your personal or commercial needs. While using these files remember that they are thoughtfully inspired and designed with clean cut lines. As a result, this saves wear and tear on your machine. Also, with you in mind, all requests are welcome, please ask us for details.

Rather than only using card-stock for Scrapbook Pages and Paper Crafts, use these SVG cut files and your imagination to create your custom Wall Art and Décor for your Home or Office. In addition, try your hand using HTV Vinyl on T-shirts, Onesies, or other Clothing. Above all, create those wonderful Glass Blocks, Decals and Stickers with 631 or 651 Vinyl. Most noteworthy creations are Wood Signs, Yard Signs, Coffee Cups, and Tumblers. Give it a try, the possibilities are endless and we want to see your creations at FunWithSVGs Facebook Group

File Formats Included

  • SVG, EPS, AI, PNG and DXF
    *DXF files are compatible with Silhouette Studio Basic. However, please check your machine’s compatibility with the above file formats so you get the best performance.
    Also, please contact us for personal attention and additional file types that you may need.

Software Requirements

  • Cricut Design Space
  • Silhouette Studio Designer
  • Brother ScanNCut
  • Sure Cuts a Lot
  • Make the Cut
    Also, All electronic vinyl cutting machines used in the professional commercial setting.

You can edit the files with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator (Creative Cloud), Corel Draw, and Inkscape.

Refund Policy

Due to the electronic nature of the file, NO REFUNDS will be given. Please contact me or any issues concerning any defects in the file, and I will be happy to assist you.

Copyright Information

Fun With SVGs owns the copyright to these designs which are protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and legal action will be taken for anyone who traces, re-sells or states ownership in part or whole of any design found in any of our selling platforms, including our Etsy store, Vinyl Designs Cut and Create, Design Bundles or Facebook and other social media. See Terms

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