The Best FREE Printed Fonts for Silhouette Sketch Pens

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I have had this post in progress for a good month. I wanted to share it before the New Year, but the best laid plans...

One of the most frequently asked questions about Silhouette is what fonts are good to use with the sketch pens to write words. I am so glad I took the time to try out what I thought would be the best fonts that I have on my computer so I can use them in future projects and share them with you!

I've broken the fonts down into two categories: printed and script. Today I'm sharing the printed fonts and will be sharing the script fonts in another post soon.

The Best FREE Printed Fonts for Silhouette Sketch Pens | It's Always Ruetten

I only had three criteria when choosing the fonts:

    1. They must look like a single line when written out (although they are technically an outline of the font);
    2. They must be compatible with Silhouette Studio (some fonts, while free, aren't compatible with Silhouette Studio and will actually drag a line of ink back to the starting point - ruining your project); and
    3. They must be free!

So without further ado... The Best FREE Printed Fonts for Silhouette Sketch Pens!


*DecoNeue is no longer free, but is only $1.50 to download.

Searching for the best skinny fonts to use with #Silhouette? Look no further! Here is a list of #FREE fonts that look like a single line! | It's Always Ruetten

Note: A reader left a comment that these fonts did not work as a "single-line" in the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Studio.

What free fonts do you find work well for Silhouette Sketch Pens?

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29 comments:

  1. Thank you for putting this together and sharing with us! This is awesome!

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  2. Great list! Thanks for doing the research for us.

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  3. Sooo, I was super excited to find these, but after downloading, installing and testing in DE, they are not working for me as single lines :(

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    1. I am so bummed to hear that. I'll do a bit of investigating and see what I can find. Just remember that they only look like single lines when you use the pens, but they are actually still the outline of a very thin font.

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  4. Awesome list- can't wait to check them out! Is there any trick to remembering which fonts are good with the pens? Besides pinning this and referencing it? I suppose the more sketching I do, the more familiar the fonts will become, huh?

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    1. I know this is an old post..but I have made a word document list. I have a list for good cut out and a list for sketch pens. Basically what she did above. So it's its KG Always a Good Time. I type out "KG always.." in the KG Always font. You can do it in Word. I hope that makes sense.

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    2. I know this is an old post..but I have made a word document list. I have a list for good cut out and a list for sketch pens. Basically what she did above. So it's its KG Always a Good Time. I type out "KG always.." in the KG Always font. You can do it in Word. I hope that makes sense.

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  5. Just a reminder to be VERY careful to click on the right "download" button on these sites. There are usually several large prominent ones that are for junk. Look for the small one :) and mouse over it. Check that the url associated with it has the name of the font in it.

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  6. Are these supposed to BE a single line, or just LOOK like a single line?

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    1. Hi Carol. They are just supposed to LOOK like a single line. All of these fonts are very thin, so with the slight thickness of the pen the lines touch and they look like a single line.

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  7. I love this! I really love different fonts!
    Saying hello from #inspirationmonday
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

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  8. Thank you so much for this! I am a new Silhouette owner and need all the tips and tricks I can get.

    Hope to see you again on Show Me Saturday this weekend! We loved this post!

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  9. Thank you so much!

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  10. I have found several that are almost hairline at 72 pts. I wish I could post a screenshot!

    Almendra Display Regular
    Altera
    Amy Lou
    Astralasia
    Aunt Jana
    Grutch Line
    and Thinnyness.
    Still on the hunt for more!

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  11. Mine ALL work on Designer.. Thanks, I do a lot of sketch pen art. Does the reader that says they dont work know there is a specific steps to make the fonts work? C lick on the text style (font choice) then click on A for the alpha writings, then click on the mat. It works every time in that order..................thanks again for the fonts.

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  12. This was an AWESOME post! Thank you so much for sharing your finds! I couldn't find the script posting though, have you posted that one yet?

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  14. This is great, Thanks! Has anyone found any good script ones to use?

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  15. My friend just downloaded the Clemente font and loaded it into the Silhouette Studio, only to have it crash and freeze. She managed to get it shut down but when she started up Studio again, it came up with an error message and won't load.

    Anyone else with this issue?

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  16. Calamity Jane is another good one.

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  17. I can't seem to find your article about the script fonts for sketch pens...can you please provide a link? Thank you!

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  18. Thank you for this article! So useful

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  19. i used the Lucida Calligraphy one last night and love it!

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