New owners of digital diecutters often ask what are the best fonts for welding (or “connecting” if they haven’t been indoctrinated into our odd vernacular yet). We may give a few suggestions but usually brush them off with something about personal preference. It turns out that there are some fonts that are inherently weld-friendly thanks to their attentive typographers.
I set out to find a dozen or so that are nice looking, fool-proof for welding (as in, type and go; no tracking, kerning, nudging or schooching required, at least for the letter combos I tested) and, best of all, free. Here’s how they look typed out and then welded in preview. Gorgeous, aren’t they?
So here they are, for your welding enjoyment.
Lobster Two Bold and Lobster Two Bold Italic
Once you have typed your word or phrase, the letters should already be overlapping properly, so all that is left for you to do is click on the word or phrase so that the selection box appears around it and activate welding as follows:
In Silhouette Studio : Press the Cut Style button then press “Cut Edge”
In SCAL : On the Appearance section of the Properties palette click the Weld checkbox (unless it is already checked)
In MTC : Click the Weld button or press CTRL + W
It is recommended that you always do a cut preview to verify that any welding is as expected before cutting.
I have just found the cameo, this list is amazing. Thankyou
Sue from Oregon says
Thank you so much for all your hard work in finding these…they worked perfectly!
this is an awesome list. bonus is that they are all pretty too!
Jackie G. says
Thank you, thank you, thankyou! I am brand new to die cutting and have been having a hard time finding “good” fonts to weld. This is soooooo helpful! I can’t wait to get started!
Candy Bryant says
Mahalo nui loa. Aloha, Candy
Thanks for a great post AND the links to the fonts!! 🙂
Thank you!! Recently got a Cameo and already tired of working through welding. This is an excellent list!
THANK YOU sooooooooooo much!!! You saved me hours of researching…I’m NEW to Silhouetting and didn’t know where to start and you’ve been a tremendous help!! HUGS!!
Thank you so much for sharing this!! It will make it a lot easier for me to find some great fonts for welding.
Thank you so much, this is a tremendous help! ~Diane
Thanks Carol! I am trying to set up a new computer and know this will come in handy. I had lost most of my fonts in a crash.
Rashell Crawford Blomquist says
Thank you for sharing these great fonts with everyone. I have been looking for some fonts that look better when they are welded together. You are awsome!!
Trish Reddick says
Thank you for doing the research and providing the links for these welding fonts. I just downloaded them for use in my Silhouette. They look really great.
Thank you for taking the time to research, prepare charts and visuals and for sharing all of this wonderful information! It is so helpful and saves so much time!
This is super helpful, thank you so much!
Thanks for this great post, Kay! Two of my favorite fonts for big bold headlines were on your list: Pacifico and Lobster. I’ll have to post a photo of a neat die cutting project I made last year with the Lobster Font. (A menu board).
Rosie Waldt says
Sooooooooo, can you do: SAVE AS on my thumbnail inserted in my USB? Will I be able to insert it on scal?
Sure, Rosie, but I think you mean thumb *drive* LOL!
Rosie Waldt says
Yes, I did mean thumb drive, however, when I attempt to *save image as* to desktop, it does not appear on the desktop
Rosie, you should not be saving an image, you should be saving either a .ttf file or a .zip file depending on which download site you are on and/or which font you are downloading. Please check the FAQs or Help pages at the font download site in question (e.g., Dafont.com, Fontspace.com, etc.) for detailed instructions for your operating system.
Lost all my saved fonts in a computer crash. Thanks for this list to get me back up and running more quickly than guesses!
Thank you so much for doing all this work!
This is an awesome resource! Thank you!
Waynna Kershner says
I recently purchased the Silhouette Cameo. Your tutorials are incredible! Sooooooooooo, helpful, and very well done! I have telling others about you too! Thank you for the font links! I downloaded some of them and saved them on my Desktop. They are currently in “Zip” files. But, I don’t know how to open them/get them into my Silhouette to use them. How do I do that? Thank you so very much!
Waynna (New Silhouette user and Blog member)
Hi Waynna, and thanks for the kind comments! For Windows, double click on the .zip file and click where it says extract all. If you are on a Mac, just double click to unzip the .zip files.