Connecting Cursive Text

When creating cursive text in Design Space, the text won’t be connected automatically. There are a couple of different ways of dealing with this and getting the words to cut as one piece.

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This is a free font from Font Bundles:

First, you can use the letter spacing option to get the letters closer together. Clicking the down arrow will reduce the spaces between the letters, but since letters aren’t uniform, in most cases, you will need to ungroup the letters and move them individually until they overlap. Holding down shift key while moving the letters with the mouse will keep them on the same x-axis.

Once the letters are arranged how I want them, I click “weld.” If letters like “a” and “o” fill in, they are too close together. Undo the weld, move the letters slightly apart, and then weld again.

Another option with system fonts is using an outside program like FontLab Pad. This program does one thing, but it does that one thing really well. After opening FontLab Pad, go to File>Open Installed.

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A window will open with all the fonts installed on the computer. You can scroll to find a font you like or use the search box to find a font by name. I selected Blue Planet.

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After clicking “OK,” a window will open where I can type my text.

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Next, I click on the down arrow in the upper right corner, and select “Save As.” I save it as a .svg file in the folder where I save my other downloaded .svg files.

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Upload the .svg file to Design Space just like any other image, select it, and put it on the design screen. A big advantage of creating text outside of Design Space is that it is now an image which is available to put in other projects.

Note that the “H” and the “B” are still separate. If I weld and cut the words as they are, I will get five separate cuts (including the dot on the “i”). I decided I wanted to connect those letters to the words, so I ungrouped and moved the capital letters so that they touched the rest of the words. Then, I selected everything and welded.

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When I cut the phrase, I get three separate cuts (including the dot on the “i”).


I demonstrate these techniques in this video:

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