Special Fonts for Kopykake Projectors

Now that we’ve talked about how to use a Kopykake projector, I want to show you one of the cool things you can do with it. When dreaming up new cookie designs, I often prefer to take elements of a specific theme and cookie-fy them.  A great example of this is the Strawberry Shortcake theme. Using a logo for inspiration, I simply pick  the parts that stand out to me the most and turn them into cookies.  In this case, I chose the five-petal flower and strawberry designs.

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I added a  few Strawberry Shortcake legs {a great way to bypass the difficult task of recreating her face} and you have a platter.  But every once in a blue moon I get in the mood for something a little more personalized, which is where today’s little how-to comes in handy.

99.9% of the time I use my Kopykake for writing on cookies.  I get my fonts from sites like Fontspace.

I love that you can search using either the search bar OR using fun contemporary keywords like curly, cursive, girly, etc.

Anywho, I know free fonts are old news, but here’s something you may not know.  These sites are FULL of fun famous fonts that can really add a special touch to all of your cookie designs.  Recognize any of these?

{Tangled, Twilight, Disney, Doctor Seuss, Star Wars, Avengers}

All it takes is a little searching.  Sometimes the obvious words work, other times you have to get a little fancy.

The search terms for the fonts above were pretty straightforward but Strawberry Shortcake gave me a little run for my money.  I searched through random fonts until I found one as close to the original as possible, which turned out to be Greg’s Hand.  I had to modify the “y” just a little but overall it was a good fit.

It’s pretty simple to copy and paste from Fontspace to Word, especially if it isn’t a font you plan on using often.  However, when I find fonts like this I always download them onto my computer rather than risk forgetting them later.

This is simple to do.  Begin by clicking the download button.

That will take you to a window like this.  At this point you’ll need to save the file to your computer.  From there, click on the file from your download window, or locate it in your Download folder.

That should lead you to the downloaded files.  You’re looking for the TrueType font file.  Double click that, then click install.

When this is done, you open Word, Paint, or whatever you use and the font should be there with all of the others.  You will then be able to type and print any word in the font and size of your choosing.  Neato, right?

Use the ruler to check the size of the word before printing, or right click it if you have gone the copy and paste route.

From there on out, it’s gravy.  Print, make any adjustments, pop it in the KK, and pipe!

You may not even need a print out.  For some people like my friend Johnna, just having something to look at is enough.  Either way, you’re covered.

I’m not a “techie” person, so this may not be the easiest way.  I just wanted to put it out there.  This trick has really allowed me to go beyond logo cookies and turn them into something completely personalized and fun.

Famous fonts are always fun and helpful, but I suggest checking out other artists too.  My all-time favorite font designer is Kimberly Geswein.  I discovered her through Picnik and have stalked her since.  You can find her designs on Fontspace {and other sites} and she also has a blog.

Here’s a few other helpful fonts and font resources, I’ll dd to the list as I think of or come across more:

 

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    Thyjuan says:

    Perfect timing on this! I need major help with script fonts! Can you do a post/tutorial on actually piping monograms? I’m struggling with the proper icing consistency and how high or low I should hold the tip from the cookie. I’m trying to do wedding cookie favors with 3 initials in a script font. Either the tip clogs so I have to use a 1-tip, or when I use a PME 0, and do a loop (like on an H) the icing runs and closes the loop. So if you could help with proper icing consistency and piping tips for script fonts it would be highly appreciated!!!!

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    Kathia says:

    Wow, this is what I need it today. Thank you so much for the information, I knew some font were free but i had no idea of these websites.
    I just got my Kopykake today, like right now, and I am looking forward to start playing with it. I am also printing this post for future references.

  4. 24
    Samantha says:

    Love this Callye! I will be coming back here and finally downloading some fonts :)

  5. 25
    Rebekah says:

    This is SO helpful! Thank you so much for walking us through the downloading! :)

  6. 26
    Esmée says:

    I can’t install the fonts to my computer so i can’t use them in word etc. :(

    can you please help me by mail?

  7. 27
    Emily says:

    I love seeing how you take the logo and use elements for inspiration! If you’re ever trying to find the name of a particular font, you can also look it up at http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/. You can scan a tiny piece of the font and upload it to their site and they compare the letters to their database of fonts! Once you know the name, it’s much easier to find online!

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    Mary says:

    Gratitude! You continue to help me (and my cookies!!) to look so much better than I am capable of on my own. I’ve been searching for a specific font for well over a year now and finally, with this amazing step-by-step tutorial (and a great deal of patience:-))), I was able to find that all-elusive font that I have CRAVED….and just in time to use on an order for next week. There has to be some real way to thank you for continuing to share your genius with those of us who are a little more ‘challenged’. Can I come and do your laundry? I’ll even iron!
    Thanks so much!!!

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    Pasquel Terwillegar says:

    Thanks for all your tutorials!! Hey, just a heads up – I do graphic design and use this site to match fonts all the time http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ – you can actually upload a picture and ask in a forum :-) Doesn’t always save me time but it does most of the time :-)

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