Does the marker holder work? Yes, it fits in the Silhouette very well and holds pens securely, despite only having one plastic screw. As to why you might want a pen holder, refer to my post where you can make a temporary one for 10 cents. Also, I see X-acto has a knife with a swiveling blade. I wonder how well it swivels...
FontsSo now that you have a pen holder, you probably will want to write things at some point. Here you face the main problem with the Studio software - it is overwhelmingly designed for closed paths, meaning you end up with outlined hollow letters (left), while you probably want something on the right.
Here are some solutions, roughly from worst to best:
- Manually trace out each letter. If you do this often, you could do A-Z a-z on a studio file and copy and manually position them as required.
- Make The Cut, an alternative, paid, software has a function (Thin Paths) to "average" a closed shape into a path:
- MTC also supports "thin fonts" that are truly single lines (as opposed to very narrow paths), by Lettering Delights. See http://www.letteringdelights.com/searchsite_detail.php?id=2406
- Apparently the Silhouette Store sells "character packages" (a term I just made up), like the first suggestion, but I've never seen them.
- You can buy "thin" or "sketch" fonts from the Silhouette Store. See http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com/?page=search-designs&q=sketch&search_designs=true&theme_id=4250 2 things to note about this: 1) these fonts are NOT single lines. They're just very thin. 2) They're real fonts, so you can use them in other software if you buy them.
- You can simply search for thin fonts online. Here's an article with some suggestions: http://on3d4y.blogspot.sg/2013/01/thin-fonts-for-your-cameo-your-pens.html
- If you're using a broad pen and have the Designer Edition, you can fill shapes with a sketch, which is what I tried with the st below. It didn't work so well.
Update 6 May 14
Alternative methods:Stick Font, by NCPlot. 2 MB freeware. Generates DXF files from text you input. DXF files are compatible with Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (there are actually several versions of DXF files and some don't work). The default font is those they use on CAD drawings, which you may or may not like. Has a few fonts to choose from, and supposedly you can even make your own. You can even make curved paths. I'm not sure if the fonts are truly single-line, though. If I try and drag the points it looks like there are 2 lines in the same position. Have to try and cut to see.
- Free and light software
- It works and is compatible with Studio software
- Can change fonts and create fonts
- Can create curved paths
- Not sure if truly single lines
Discussion: Technical Q: Monoline fonts. (another term you can use to search)
Also search for: single path text, single stroke font, engraver fonts, plotter fonts