This page is part of The Ultimate Font Guide, an introductory font manual that explains the basics of fonts and how to install fonts, use them in different applications and more.

Install the font

Cricut Design Space uses installed fonts. This means you have to install the font on your system first. We have written a simple guide on how to install fonts:

Use your installed font in Cricut Design Space

Using your font in Cricut Design Space is fairly simple.

After you installed your font make sure to completely close Cricut Design Space and start it again. If you don’t do this it might be that the new font doesn’t load properly.

First, Click the “Add Text” button to start adding your text.

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Write your text, make sure the text is selected and click on “Edit” in the right panel.

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By default in the first drop down “All Fonts” is selected. Click on this drop down and select “System Fonts”. It will load your installed fonts on your computer which might take a couple of seconds.

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Now in the second drop down select the font you want to use, in this case Esther.

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Now the text will be displayed in your chosen font!

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It’s simple as that! Now you can just use it like any other font and change settings such as size and letter spacing.

Access Special Characters in Cricut Design Space

how-to-install-fontsA lot of fonts come with those nice curly lines and variations of letters and numbers (if you want to learn more about how these different variations are called, check out our glossary). They look beautiful but a lot of people find it hard to access them. This is because there are different ways font designers build their fonts which unfortunately means that there are different ways to access these special characters.

Cricut Design Space only supports extra characters for what we call “PUA Encoded Fonts”. If you need to use a font in Cricut Design Space and the font is not PUA Encoded, you have to realize that you can only access basic letters and numbers (a, b, c, d, 1, 2, 3, etc). Sometimes this is all you need, but many times you are buying a font because it comes with those extra special characters.

We have written a simple manual for you on how to access the extra characters in PUA Encoded Fonts which you can find in our PUA Encoded Fonts Manual. If you don’t know if a font is PUA encoded, check with the designer or seller first.