My take on Fonts, Part 2, See Part 1.
After all the fonts available, you may also be interested in using your own creativity to work with words.
Enter, Alphabet Xpress, a propietary software for machine embroidery writing*
Ann's Software Features five beautifully
digitized fonts Included with the program are Jennifer, Nathaniel, Spring,
Stonehouse, and Waltz. Formats: PES,
SEW, JEF, HUS, PCS, DST, XXX, EXP, SHV, VIP, VP3.
Ann's favorite fonts
are available for additional purchase so you can build a personalized library at a nominal price of $29.99 and is occasionally on sale. They include 26 uppercase and lowercase letters, 0-9 numbers and symbols as well.
With 50 fonts available, fill
patterns with simple settings for
height, spacing, and alignment make placement easy and more design options.
- Resize and rotate all
the text or each individual letter for a unique design.
- 11 envelope shapes and
circle features included adding dimension.
- See your lettering in
realistic 3-D and zoom in and out for a closer look.
- Turn the grid and hoop
view features on and off for a good visual of the finished product.
- Change the color of
your completed text using popular Madeira thread palettes.
- Set the color of each
individual letter or word using the tilde (~) feature, quick and easy!
- Quick buttons for
unlimited undo and redo.
- Feature for merging
designs for expanded creative options.
- Watch your completed
creation sew out right on screen using slow draw.
- Print full-size
templates to aid in the placement of designs on your fabric.
- Save your design in the
best embroidery format for your machine.
Additionally, Alphabet Xpress software gives you the minimum and maximum for sizes for each
group of fonts. Along the way, most of us have had failures, especially when we
want a font to be large, sometimes there are very thin stitching areas that did
NOT show up as we were assembling our design. Very small fonts, if not carefully
calibrated by the digitizer may be 'cast-iron' aka, 'bulletproof' and
TrueType is an outline
font standard developed by Apple in the late 1980s. (Really? is it that
recent??) It has become the most common format for fonts on the classic Mac OS,
macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The primary strength of TrueType
was originally that it offered font developers a high degree of control over
precisely how their fonts are displayed, right down to particular pixels, at
various font sizes.
Here are a couple of samples (monograms not included).
Your Freebie for this blog is a different take on Monogram Designs. You certainly can use any of the designs that have been used for, sometimes, hundreds of years. I think that a 'centered' and 'proper' monogram design is great but it is time to see a monogram differently.
Instead of using just initials, consider the name its self. However you want to say "Mr & Mrs Jones" or "Jean & Jared Smith." or even "Snookims & Bubba."
Hope you like my design. I am an artist wantabe but keep trying anyway. Be thankful for this new day, you have never seen it before.
*Proprietary software is any software that is copyrighted and bears limits against use, distribution, and modification that are imposed by its publisher, vendor, or developer. Proprietary software remains the property of its owner/creator and is used by end-users/organizations under predefined conditions.