If you design with text in Silhouette Studio you’ve probably had this same issue. The problem of remembering which font you have used for a text design many months later!
To recap the basics – Below is text just typed out, When clicked, the text shows with a bounding box around it. Over to the right and you can see the Text window opens up and it clearly shows the font used. So far so good …
Double clicking on the text will open a green box around it, and a cursor will appear so the text may be edited – again the font used will appear at the right of the screen.
This is great but if you do any further work on the text such as welding, ungrouping, using the knife or eraser tools etc etc, the text will no longer be text but will convert to a path or compound path. This basically means it’s not editable as a font and is treated as if it were an object – the same as if it was a square or circle. So now when the text is selected, it won’t open up the text box to identify the font anymore. If you go back to the file at a later date and want to identify the font the chances are, (if you’re anything like me) you won’t remember which font you used and the two methods pictured above won’t help.
Type the text out again in Studio using the default text settings. Click on the text to bring up the bounding box, move your cursor to the right and select the first font on the font list in Text Settings. Click on the one below that, you will see the text change. Then simply use your keyboard down arrow key to change and compare with each font that is installed in your computer until you get a match!
This comparison method will also work using the free font management program Nexus Font. (see my post about Nexus here)
It’s effective but rather time consuming. It will only work if you have that original font installed on the computer. If you changed computers and don’t have that font anymore this solution won’t work.
A better Solution
This method requires thinking ahead, but is so simple I wish I’d started doing it years ago. It would’ve saved me heaps of time font hunting and matching!
When I use text in my designs now, I write the name of the font somewhere on my file. I usually place it somewhere off the cutting area, so it won’t get in the way and I won’t accidentally cut it out. Months later I can open the file, double click on the name and my Text Style window will open with that font ready to go. If it’s not installed I have the font name right there in front of me so I can simply find and re install the font.
You may already do this, but if you don’t, it’s a great habit to get into. Start doing this now 🙂