posted by Ahijoy on  July 13, 2022

Best Font for Small Vinyl Cutting

To find the best font for small vinyl cutting, you need to consider your goals. If you are going to work with vinyl crafts, you must deal with intricate designs and small font challenges.

 Our guide will show you which fonts are best suited for small vinyl cutting projects and how to design this type of project. Crafters need to familiarize themselves with fonts and weeding techniques to handle designs with small fonts effectively.

Whether you own a Cricut Maker, Silhouette, or another cutting machine of another brand, this is the guide for you. We recommend using a font that has a lot of characters and is easy to read because it will help ensure that your customers can see what they're looking for without having to scroll too much or take their eyes off of what they're doing.

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Top 10 Best Fonts for Small Vinyl Cutting

Choosing Vinyl

You must choose your font carefully as fonts are not all created equal, especially when cutting vinyl. It is essential to know that fonts come in various types, such as serif fonts, cursive fonts, and doodle fonts. With Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Software, you can use fonts readily.

There's a secret you should know: Font Space has many fonts you can download if you're looking for online fonts. The license should always be checked before you download a font. It is noticeable that the majority of options below have thick fonts. Significantly when cutting small vinyl, thicker or bolder fonts are better. So you can download these 10 easy-to-use fonts for free (for personal use), and they will cut cleanly.

  • Maloney
  • Pacifico 
  • Greatly Desired
  • Crafting Island 
  • Permanent Marker
  • Catchy Melody
  • Hello Wondey
  • Yellow Rabbit
  • Billion Dreams
  • Hokaplay
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Font Style 1: Maloney

Maloney is a good source of playful fonts. This font is available for personal use for free, and you can also buy Maloney if you want to use them commercially. You can choose between the regular and extruded styles of this TrueType font.

You can find 331 glyphs and 340 characters in this font. Like the Christmas ornament, you can create an intricate vinyl project using the Maloney font. This font has a balanced combination of modernity and vintage appearance, becoming one of the crafters' most popular Cricut fonts.

Maloney font

Font Style 2: Pacifico 

Ani Petrova, Botjo Nikoltchev, Vernon Adams, Jacques Le Bailly, and Jacques Le Bailly designed it for Google Fonts. Based on the 1950s American surfing culture, the Pacifico font is an original, fun brush script font. Its lightweight feel makes it ideal for creating logos, personalized items, packaging, and social media posts. Weeding this is no problem due to the font's boldness and linked characters.

Font Style 3: Greatly Desired

Adding handwritten fonts always gives a project a more personal touch. Even with the most diminutive dimensions, it's easy to cut and weed this bold font. It is highly suitable for Silhouette, Cricut, and other cutting machines (no pun intended). Free use is permitted for commercial and personal purposes.

Font Style 4: Crafting Island 

Crafting Island by Tigade Standard would make an excellent font choice for vinyl projects. Those who intend to use this font may purchase a commercial license here. Whether creating greeting cards, T-shirts, or mugs, this font is ideal for small projects. This bold font will make weeding more accessible, and it's impossible not to love this simple but playful font.

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Font Style 5: Permanent Marker

Permanent Marker is available if you need an accessible design that can be used for personal and commercial purposes. At Google Fonts, you can get this free font as one of the best. If you are using a Cricut, there is no better way than to use this font. Brand logos look great when using the Permanent Marker typeface besides being unique, modern, beautiful, bold, and clean to work with for minor vinyl cuts.

Font Style 6: Catchy Melody

The Catchy Melody font at Font Space makes your project stand out by keeping it simple. Due to the simplicity of its design and its boldness, this is one of the best fonts for using when cutting small vinyl. T-shirts and other small projects will look fabulous when using this font.

Font Style 7: Hello Wondey

Hello Wondey, available at Font Space, makes the perfect script font to use when cutting vinyl. There is no cost for the personal use of this font, and you can purchase the full version, or the commercial license, if necessary. Although this font isn't as thick as those on th, it will look amazing even as a small font.

Hello Wondey vinyl font

Font Style 8: Yellow Rabbit

Do you need a font that is chic and elegant? The Yellow Rabbit by Suthi Srisopha fits perfectly with any graphics. If you want to create a small size, create a marker box in the file before sending it to the cutter because this script font does not connect. Free downloads and personal use are available only on Font Space. Download the license at Creative Fabrica if you consider using the font in your commercial projects.

Font Style 9: Billion Dreams

Billion Dreams font available at Font Space lets you design billions of beautiful crafts. The perfect font for any wedding project, such as bridesmaid proposal boxes, decorations for wedding receptions, and many more. This Cricut font has been used in a lot of crafts. You can download it for free if you want to use it and get it from the subtype if you need it for commercial use.

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Font Style 10: Hokaplay

Font Space by AfkariStudio offers these font bundles. You can choose between rounded and regular versions of the Hokaplay font. Having such a playful design compliments manlier styles well, especially in the case of T-shirts. The font is also suitable for smaller vinyl cuttings such as logos, packaging custom mugs, designs, product labels, and a variety of other applications. This font is also accessible to individuals for personal use, and you can use it for commercial purposes by purchasing it.

A Few Hints for Cutting Small Vinyl Fonts

Crafters often find it challenging to work with intricate designs and small fonts. As a trend, fonts are often too small and are difficult to cut on vinyl because they are small. Sometimes, you can't cut that intricate image design perfectly during weeding. Start with the default settings of the cutting machine if this is your first vinyl cutting project.

 In this case, you will not be able to determine what's wrong with the project. When the material is not cutting or weeding correctly, adjust speed, force, and segment overcut separately- we'll talk about it later. There is no difference between Silhouette and Cricut machines regarding these settings. Consistency and knowing these hints are the keys to success for any craft project.

 These tips and tricks will show you how you can use when making designs involving small fonts or intricate images in your designs.

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Hint #1
Use the Offset Setting

To begin cutting small fonts, the first thing you must do is to pick the offset setting of your design space. Offsetting can also be used to cut intricate SVG files for free, and the offset function causes the design to appear thicker.

As long as you have the offset setting, the cutting machine blade will not come close to the already cut area of vinyl. By default, thin fonts have an offset of .125, but if you think the thin fonts should have a larger offset, you can do so.

Hint #2
A Weeding Box Surrounds the Small Font

In addition to the tip above, a good tip for cutting small fonts would be to place them in a weeding box. Weeding boxes are placed to ease the process of weeding later on. When you have a weeding box, There is usually a weeding box when creating a design. You can start by weeding out the box's interior and then proceed to the design. You can draw a weeding box using the 'Draw a Rectangle Tool'.

Hint #3
Change the Cut Speed

Choosing a cutting machine with the right speed doesn't always mean it'll work better. When it's too fast, it could be a disaster. Depending on how intricate the design is or how small the font is, set the speed or cut settings between 1-3.

Hint #4
Enable segment overcutting

Turning on ‘Segment Overcut’ and setting the distance to 1 will work well for small fonts. Segment Overcuts are settings that force the blade of the cutting machine to pick up and draw a new line. Without this setting, the blade may keep pivoting, tearing the vinyl, and ruining the project.

Hint #5
Reduce the Force Setting

When the Force setting is selected on the cutting machine, the blade is pressed by pressure against the vinyl. Lower the Force setting when working with smaller fonts or intricate designs. Vinyl can tear if the Force setting is too high.

Hint #6
Use a Cutting Mat 

Not only is this tip helpful for intricate designs and small fonts, it is applicable to any vinyl project. Using a sticky cutting mat will prevent the vinyl from moving too much while cutting, which means you will not face any problems.

Hint #7
Weed Carefully

You must weed carefully. You can remove excess vinyl with tweezers or weeding tools. It is essential to work carefully when weeding small patterns with Craft's top-of-the-line tools. It is also essential to ensure that the designs are transferred correctly to the transfer tape.

Conclusion

Vinyl cutting is a great way to make your projects more personal. It's also a great way to make sure that the font you choose is going to work well with the size of your vinyl cutout, especially if you're using a font that has lots of small letters and numbers. Fonts that are too small or too small-print can be distracting or even confusing. Make sure your font is easy to read so that when people look at the record they know exactly what they're looking at

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