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Using a font to write with a marker

I REALLY want to use this font for my wedding envelopes. but when I use a marker to makes it so bold you cant read it. (I tried using a thin marker and it looked bad as well) any suggestions on how I can make this work?


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  • BrendaSBrendaS Member Posts: 753
    Just out of curiosity, what is the name of the font? Is it a thinline font or a regular font?
  • caseymeganmariecaseymeganmarie Member Posts: 1,099
    its I love glitter. regular font
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  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 9,926
    edited June 7
    @caseymeganmarie - so this is the way fonts work: each letter is a shape and MTC and all other cutter programs cut around the shape of the letters. If you have a font that is cursive like this one, you get one continuous shape, but a shape none the less with outside lines, a start point and end point that are in the same place. So as you discovered, a thick pen going around those lines creates just a blob on the paper. And then a thin one would create skinny lines and leave white space. Not very appealing. This font is not conducive to the look that you want.

    You have three options I can think of...you can try the Thin Paths option (CTRL+SHIFT+K) in MTC. I tried it from a screen snag which I made really big, and it wasn't appealing, but maybe with node editing it would work. That could be drawn with a slightly thicker pen, but not one of those really thick sharpies, and not one of the skinny sharpies.

    Or you can look for an Open Path Font (OPF files, and not to be confused with OpenType font OTF) that is appealing and use it. Open Path Fonts are available from Lettering Delights, and a few other places. Also known as one line fonts, they are not closed shapes like regular fonts are.

    The third option is to print and cut it. That is what I usually resort to when I cannot get the look I want with drawing the font with a pen or marker.

  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,372
    Here's a 4th option I use for Christmas card envelopes.  I create a template like I show below. Then I print it out on letter sized paper.  I then add repositionable adhesive in the areas marked as light gray rectangles.  I align my envelopes in those spots and then feed it through the printer again and everything gets printed in the correct spots.  I can them carefully peel off my envelopes and the repositionable adhesive is still on my sheet and I can then add two more. I can use this about 6 times before I need to print a  new template sheet. The only thing is that you need to make sure the envelopes are pressed down well so that they don't come loose from the template sheet while passing through the printer. I've only even had that happen one time and, of course, it resulted in a jam.  But it didn't do any damage other than messing up the envelope.  :)  
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  • caseymeganmariecaseymeganmarie Member Posts: 1,099
    Awesome thanks! I will try those options! My envelopes are navy blue, so I'm using a metallic marker. Otherwide I'd print it with my regular printer.
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  • BrendaSBrendaS Member Posts: 753
    If you go to www.letteringdelights.com to look for a thin line font,  I have found to enter - TF in the search box to have it bring up the fonts.  Good luck 
  • Di-liteDi-lite Member Posts: 3,378
    Curious - what happens if you use 'thin lines on the font - does it then enable you to draw it out with the pen?  It will look a little strange but it might work.

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  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 9,926
    @Di-lite - Thin Paths works effectively sometimes. Sometimes you get totally undesirable results. I tried Thin Paths on a screen snag that I brought into MTC. It was ugly.
  • caseymeganmariecaseymeganmarie Member Posts: 1,099
    hmmm typing TF didn't  bring anything up for me
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  • Crazy_Mr_ZingCrazy_Mr_Zing Member Posts: 3,290
    There quite a lot of webpages about single line or one line fonts

    Here is one the goes in to some details

    http://fieldsofhether.blogspot.com/2017/11/6-single-line-fonts-that-will-write.html

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  • BrendaSBrendaS Member Posts: 753
    @caseymeganmarie make sure you put a hyphen or dash then a space and the letters TF so it looks like this in the search box - TF     I think if you do TF only the fonts show up on the second page.
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 9,926
    To search windows for TTF or true type fonts type *.ttf in the search box. It does not need to be capitalized. You have to start at the top of the hierarchy, so you should be on the c:\ drive, or This PC.
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,372
    @Liz_A, Brenda is referring to searching at Lettering Delights' web site.
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  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 9,926
    I see that now =). And @BrendaS is right, you need to display more than 16 results to see the fonts. 
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