So you’ve downloaded one of those fancy cursive fonts and now you’re ready to use it in Cricut Design Space. You add your text only to find that the letters aren’t connected. Frustrating, right? It’s actually pretty easy to connect cursive fonts and I’ll show you how. As an added bonus, I’ll also show you how to curve cursive fonts…yay!
There are 2 things you can do to connect cursive fonts in Cricut Design Space.
Method One: Letter Spacing
You can lower the letter spacing to get the letters closer together. Go up to the top menu bar and click into “Letter Spacing”. Take it down to 0 and then go up or down from there to get the letters connected. This will sometimes result in some of your letters overlapping while others are perfect. If this happens, you’ll want to move on to the second method of connecting cursive letters.
Method Two: Ungroup and Move
If lowering the letter spacing has left you with some overlapping letters the next thing you’ll want to do is ungroup all the letters and move them closer together individually making sure none of them overlap. To do the just select your text and go to “ungroup” in the top right menu bar. This will separate each letter for you and you can work with them one at a time.
Finish it up
Once you have your letters placed where you want them you’ll need to weld everything together. If you don’t weld the Cricut will still cut each letter separately and you’ll have a big ol mess on your hands. To weld just drag a box around your whole word so it is all selected and go down to “weld” in the lower right menu bar. Click weld and your word will become one solid piece rather than all individual letters.
How to Curve Cursive Text in Cricut Design Space
If you want to curve your cursive text you can use the curve feature in the top menu bar however, I don’t recommend it. It won’t come out looking quite right. I suggest you curve your letters individually (kind of like you did to connect cursive fonts). Pull in a circle from the “Shapes” menu in the left menu bar or use whatever design element you want to curve the words around. I used a watermelon in my example.
Ungroup your letters again and start placing them around your circle or design. Decide where you want the middle to fall and place that letter first then work out to the right and left. Get your word to where it looks somewhat centered on your circle or design. Once you’ve got a general placement for the letters, click into each letter individually and rotate it however much is needed for it to look natural then connect it to the letter next to it. Continue working in the way until you have your word connected and curved around your circle or shape. Then don’t forget that super important step of welding it all together. Make sure you only weld your word and not your circle too.
The video below show how to do each of these things in a bit more detail and shows you a little bit of how to edit images you find in Design Space. That’s all I have for now. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and now you’re connecting cursive font like a champ.