Types of licenses
What are the types of licenses? A font license is an agreement that gives you the right to use the font in a specific manner. There are three types of user licenses: A one-user, multi-user, and an extended license. A one-user license covers ONE person with up to FIVE workstations (such as a laptop, desktop computer) connected to ONE printer or output device. A multi-user license is for more than one person and/or more than five workstations. Click here for details. If you need to purchase more than five users, contact me for special pricing. An extended license is needed if you will be using the typeface for live text such as on a website, app, or video. Extended licenses are offered and priced on a case by case basis. Contact me for details. For more detailed information on what your license covers, please consult the EULA.
Please note that some of my distributors require I use their EULA instead of my own, published here. If you have purchased a font through one of the following distributors, their EULA is the governing contract:
FontYou • Creative Market • GraphicRiver • FontBundles • The Hungry JPEG • FontBrothers
May I use this font for commercial purposes?
Yes! All of my licenses cover both personal and commercial uses.
Font use for client’s projects
May I use your fonts in my projects on behalf of my clients?
Yes! However, if your client wants the font file, they will need to purchase their own license.
Selling LW fonts
May I sell your fonts?
If you wish to sell my font on your website, please contact me for special licensing and contracts.
Modifying the font
May I modify your fonts (or have someone else do it)?
You may modify the vector outlines of a fonts you’ve licensed using an editing program such as Adobe Illustrator® or CorelDRAW® for your personal use only. You may not to modify an LW font to resell, alter, or add letterforms.
Posting the font or SVG cutting files on a website/forum – file sharing
May I put a copy of your font or SVG cutting files on my website or forum for others to download?
No. These fonts are sold by licensed retailers only, and with the exception of Milkshake, none of them are free. With Milkshake, it’s free ONLY through Fairgoods as an exclusive font, not to be shared elsewhere. You may not post or share SVG cutting files or in any vector format. Please do not post the font files or SVG cutting files on the web or give them away.
May I use these fonts in a logo?
Yes! And I would love to see the finished design
Printed pieces & digital download files
I design printed pieces and digital download files (such as invitations, greeting cards, templates) for resale. May I use your fonts in my designs?
Yes! However, fonts used in digital download artwork must be provided to the end user as a static image (e.g., jpg, gif, tiff) or as a vector file such as EPS with the fonts outlined. You may not provide the font file as part of the design or download.
Individual letters, numbers, symbols & ornaments
I want to make individual letterform products for resale (such as rubber stamps, stickers, wall decals, embroidery appliqués, digital files.) May I use your fonts for this purpose?
Yes, if the letter/numeral/illustration/symbol has been modified and/or used as part of a new design.
If you want to sell the unmodified letterforms, contact me for pricing on an extended license.
Word or phrase products
I make word and/or phrase products for resale (such as rubber stamps, stickers, wall decals, embroidery appliqués, digital files.) May I use your fonts for this purpose?
Yes, you may! If you’d like to sell individual, unmodified letters or ornaments from my fonts, you will need an extended license.
I would like to turn your typefaces into an embroidery format to resell, may I buy a license for this?
I do not offer licenses for this purpose, however, if you are willing to enter into a distributorship contract, contact me for more information. Please note that only certain fonts are available for this purpose.
I would like to turn your typefaces into an embroidery format to use on my own computer for my own purposes, is that okay?
Absolutely! However, you can’t resell the digital embroidery files.
SVG and digital files
May I design and resell SVG files?
Yes! You may resell word art, phrases and modified letters as SVG, EPS or any other digital format.
If you’d like to sell individual, unmodified letters or ornaments from my fonts, you will need an extended license.
May I use your fonts in an App?
Film and Broadcast
May I use your fonts in a Film or Broadcast?
With the purchase of an extended license, yes. Contact me for details.
Is ordering on your site secure?
Yes! My orders are process through WooCommerce, which has been fully security audited by the leading WordPress security firm Sucuri to ensure it meets the highest WordPress security standards possible.
What are my payment options?
You may pay with a credit card or with PayPal. Although all payments are processed through PayPal, you are not required to have a PayPal account to purchase an item using your credit card.
If I want to buy a few of your fonts, can I get a discounted price on my purchase?
Yes! Here’s my volume discount table:
2 items – 5%
3-5 items – 10%
6-9 items – 15%
10-15 items – 20%
16-20 items – 25%
21 or more items – 30%
After I’ve placed my order, when and how will I receive the font?
You will receive an email confirming your order, a receipt for your records, and a link to download the file. Clicking the link will launch a browser window and either ask you to save the file (PC), or it will automatically download it to your downloads folder (Mac).
What is included in my download?
You will receive the font file in both .otf and .ttf formats, and the User’s Guide if available.
How do I install the fonts and which files would I install?
You will receive your files as a zipped folder.
To unzip the folder on a Windows® computer, right-click on the folder and select Extract All. A window will pop up showing the location where the unzipped folder will be placed. By default, this location is the same as the zipped folder, but can be changed if necessary. Click Extract.
To unzip the folder on a Mac® computer, double-click on the folder and it will be unzipped to the same location as the zipped folder.
Right click on the font file and select Install from the pop-up menu. –OR– Double-click on the font file, and click on “Install” in the pop-up window. –OR– Drag and drop the font files into C:WindowsFonts.
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Double-click the font file and Font Book will launch with a window displaying the font. In the lower right corner of the window, click Install Font.
Note: Purchasing a font management program is recommended.
Is the font that I purchased the most recent one?
If you have purchased your font within the last two years, then you font is up to date. If you can’t find the swashes, check out the Using my fonts section of the FAQ. If you are using Samantha with Cricut®, please Contact me and I will send you a special version of Samantha designed specifically for Cricut.
Choosing which file format (.ttf or .otf) to install
Your font is available in two formats: TrueType Font file (.ttf) and OpenType Font file (.otf). If you have a Mac® or newer Windows® computer, install the .otf file(s). If you have an older Windows computer, install the .ttf files.
I’ve written a visual guide/article explaining in more details what the differences are between .otf and .ttf, some of the included features are, how I’ve used them to enhance my typefaces, and why, when, and how to use them.
Save a copy of the .otf and .ttf files to a convenient folder such as the documents folder to act as a backup just in case you need to re-install the font after buying a new computer, or upgrading your operating system.
Using swashes, alternates, and ornaments
How do I find and use the swashes, alternates, and ornaments?
All operating systems have a utility program that can access the swashes, alternates, and ornaments in my fonts. In addition, some programs have an OpenType®, Glyph, or Symbol panel or menu that can be used to find and insert swashes, alternates, and symbols directly into your document.
Operating system’s utility programs include Character Map (Windows), Character Viewer (Mac OS versions prior to 10.9), or Font Book (Mac OS 10.9 and later).
You can also use NexusFont, a free download (Windows only), or purchase a software program such as PopChar® by Ergonis© or Ultra Character Map. PopChar is a standalone glyphs palette that makes it easy to select and copy the glyph you want and paste it into almost any document/program (Photoshop, Word, Publisher, etc.). If you have, or are planning to purchase one of my fonts, Contact me with a copy of your receipt for a 30% discount code on PopChar.
Below are links to instructional PDFs, along with a how-to video for Mac Users (10.6-10.8):
Some programs such as Adobe Illustrator® and InDesign® (CS versions), Quark Xpress 7.0® (and above), CorelDRAW X6® (and above) have OpenType and Glyphs palettes, Click here to download an instructional PDF for Adobe Illustrator® and InDesign®. Click here to view written instructions on using OpenType in CorelDRAW® or watch this video.
With Microsoft Word® and Powerpoint®, you can access the swashes using the Insert menu. First, select the font from the font menu. Then, go to the Main menu, click on the Insert tab, and then click Symbols. (In Word, you will also click on More Symbols at the bottom of the drop-down menu.) The menu arrangement may be little different depending on what version you are using, but generally it will be found as Insert>>Symbol (More Symbols) somewhere in the menu items. In the pop-up Symbol window, double-click on a letter or click on Insert to insert the swash. With Microsoft Word 2010® or later versions, you may access some OpenType features in the application as well. Magpie Paperworks has an excellent tutorial here.
For die-cutting program such as Silhouette®, Sure Cuts A Lot®, Make the Cut™, or Cricut®, access the swashes and alternates by using one of the methods mentioned above and copy/pasting into your document. For additional resources and how-to videos and information, take a look at Kay Hall’s blog.
Using Font Book, Character Map, or PopChar®
Tips for using Font Book, Character Map, or PopChar®
Selecting swashes in Font Book
If you are using Font Book, select the font you are interested in from the list, and change the View to Repertoire (View>>Repertoire).
Font Book Video [for Mac] by Laura Worthington
Finding swashes in Character Map
In Character Map, Windows sometimes switches the font to a default font for some strange reason, so double-check that your font is chosen from the drop down menu. Click the Advanced View checkbox at the bottom of the Character Map window and select Character set “Unicode” then select Group by “All” to see everything in the font, or Group by “Unicode subrange” then select “Private Use” from the pop-up box to see just the special characters.
Character Map Video [for Windows] by Laura Worthington
Tips for using PopChar®
Find the alternates in the Private Use Area tab. Make the glyphs larger by clicking on the gear button in the upper left corner of the pane. Select Preferences, then View & Insert. There is a slider at the top of that pane that will allow you to control the size of the glyphs.
Adobe Illustrator® & InDesign®
Click here to download an instructional PDF for Adobe Illustrator® and InDesign®
Samantha Font – video: accessing special characters by Scrappy DIVA
How do I enlarge the glyphs in Illustrator?
In the Glyphs panel, click on the icon that looks like two mountains in the bottom right corner. (See picture below.)
Samantha Font – video: special characters by Scrappy DIVA:
Video: using Microsoft Word by Laura Worthington
Activating kerning, ligatures and contextual alternates
Microsoft Word® does NOT have kerning, ligatures or contextual alternates activated by default; these features must be enabled by the user and are vital to making fonts look their best.
Here’s how: In the menu bar, click on FORMAT>> FONT. Click on the ADVANCED tab in the dialog box and check the boxes for kerning and contextual alternates. From the drop down menu for ligatures, select ALL.
Accessing Swashes & Alternates
With Microsoft Word® and Powerpoint®, you can access the swashes using the Insert menu. First, make sure that the font you want is selected from the font menu. Then, go to the Main menu, and click on the Insert tab and then Symbols. (In Word, you will also click on More Symbols at the bottom of the drop-down menu.) The menu arrangement may be little different depending on what version you are using, but generally it will be found as Insert>>Symbol (More Symbols) somewhere in the menu items. In the pop-up Symbol window, double-click on a letter or click on Insert to insert the swash. With Microsoft Word 2010® or later versions, you may access some OpenType features in the application as well. Magpie Paperworks has an excellent tutorial here.
Video: Using Laura Worthington fonts with Silhouette Studio by Kay Hall of CleverSomeday and other helpful tips as well.
Video: How To Access Special Characters In The Samantha Font In Your Silhouette Studio Software (On A Mac) by Nikki, In Stitches
Video: Laura Worthington Fonts in Silhouette Studio Mavericks by Kay Hall of CleverSomeday
Q: I’ve pasted a letter into Silhouette®, but it showed up as a rectangle or other weird symbol.
In Silhouette, if your cursor isn’t in a text block, the swash or ornament will be pasted somewhere in the middle of the document and will usually just look like a rectangle. While the rectangle is selected (or while the text is selected), choose the font that you want to use, e.g., Samantha Upright, from the text style panel (the letter A at the top of the menu will open the panel). Or, depending on which version of Silhouette you have, you can place your cursor in a text block or in a word that is already formatted in the Samantha font and paste the swash in.
Video: Using Samantha in Mac Cricut Design Space by Kay Hall of CleverSomeday
Video: Samantha Script being used in Cricut Design Space on Windows by Kay Hall of CleverSomeday
Video: Fancy Fonts with Cricut Design Space by Kay Hall of CleverSomeday
Video: Choosing special characters in Samantha font on Cricut Design Space iPad app by Scrappy DIVA
Q: I’m using Samantha Script with Cricut® and am having trouble with the bold and/or italic
Cricut® will sometimes have issues with Samantha because while many fonts only have a couple hundred characters, Samantha has a couple thousand. Please Contact me and I will send you a special version of Samantha designed specifically for Cricut.
Sure Cuts A Lot® (SCAL)
Video: How to use Samantha in SCAL4 by Kay Hall of CleverSomeday
Make the Cut™
Make the Cut™
Video: Intro to the Samantha Font by Julie Flanagan
Video: Samantha Font by Julie Flanagan
I upgraded to Windows 10 and can’t find my font
First, check to see if the font is still installed. An easy way to check this is to open Microsoft Word or another word processing program and see if your font is in the font list. You can also check by going to the fonts folder or opening Character Map. If the font is not installed, then it will need to be re-installed. If the font is installed, but not working, then there may have been a glitch during the upgrade. Locate the font file and re-install the font.
I can’t find Character Map in Windows 10
Character Map is located in Windows Accessories in All Apps.
What are some of the OpenType® features you’ve mentioned in your descriptions, such as contextual alternates, titling, stylistic alternates, etc.?
Take a look at this visual guide/article that I’ve written explaining what some of these features are, how I’ve used them to enhance my typefaces, and why, when and how to use them. Adobe TypeKit has an excellent guide as well.
Also, watch this video by Kay Hall of CleverSomeday.
LINKS TO HELPFUL VIDEOS
Many of these video were produced independently by various wonderful people and the links may change any time. The videos and the content are the sole property of their owners.demonstrations
Programs for accessing swashes, alternates, and ornaments
Video: Character Map [for Windows] by Laura Worthington
Video: Nexus Font [for Windows] by Laura Worthington
Video: Font Book [for Mac] by Laura Worthington
Video: Character Viewer [for Mac] by Laura Worthington
Video: Accessing OpenType Options with Mac apps you already have by Kay Hall of CleverSomeday
Videos about specific fonts
Video: Using Laura Worthington’s Frame Fonts by Laura Worthington
Video: Adorn Smooth Collection by Laura Worthington
Video: Spumante by Laura Worthington
Video: Voltage Font Download by Fakri Ginanji
Video: Boucherie Font Download by Selma Kamanda
Definition of terms used
.otf – OpenType file.
.ttf – TrueType file.
Ascender – The portion of a letter that extends above the x-height or mean line of a font. For example, the line of a lowercase b or the top of a lowercase t.
Contextual Alternates – Alternate letters that are substituted depending on what letter comes before or after the targeted letter for substitution. This allows for better script joining behavior, avoiding awkward letter combinations, creating a more natural looking effect, and sometimes for stylistic purposes.
Descender – The portion of a letter that extends below the x-height or baseline of a font. For example, the lower part of a lowercase letter g or p.
Diacritic – A mark added to a letter that changes the pronunciation. Some examples of diacritics are: acute, breve, and cedilla.
Font – A font is a particular style of a typeface. For example, Samantha Upright is a font, while Samantha is the typeface. Font and typeface are sometimes used interchangeably.
Glyph – A single character, symbol, punctuation, or ornament within a font.
Leading – The space between lines of type.
License – A font license is an agreement that gives you the right to use the font in a specific manner. There are three types of user licenses: A one-user, multi-user and an extended license.
Ligature – A ligature is two or more letters that are joined as a single glyph. Common examples are æ and œ.
Live type – Text that you can copy and paste, not a picture of text.
OpenType® – OpenType is a format for scalable fonts. In addition to TrueType’s basic structure, OpenType add additional options that enhance the typographic and language support capabilities.
Swash – A typographical flourish on a glyph, sometimes known as “that extra fancy bit.”
Tittle – The dot on the letter “i.” Honest, it’s really called that!
TrueType – TrueType is one of the most commonly used outline font formats.
Typeface – The complete collection of font styles. For example, the Spumante typeface includes the fonts: Spumante, Spumante Bold, Spumante Regular plus Shadow, and Spumante Shadow. Typeface and font are sometimes used interchangeably.
x-height – The height of the letter “x” in a font.
Check out this amazing glossary of type terms from Canva
Questions and troubleshooting
I’ve copied a letter from Font Book, Character Map, etc. and when I pasted it into my document, a different letter than what I had selected pasted in…
Make sure that the font you’ve copied from in your utility (e.g., Font Book) is the exact same font that is selected in your document. For example, if you have Samantha Upright chosen in Font Book, but have Samantha Bold Italic selected in your document, it will result an incorrect letter being pasted into your document.
If this didn’t work then there might be a conflict in the font library. If you are using a Mac and have Font Book, try selecting the font, then go to File>>Validate Font and see if anything is flagged or if it self-fixes. Also, try going to Edit>>Look For Enabled Duplicates. If there are duplicates, the computer is probably confusing the two files. If all else fails, try re-starting the computer in safe mode by holding down the shift key as it restarts. This will clear the font cache as well as run some other system checks. When it is done, restart normally.
If you have a Windows computer, look in the font folder for files with duplicate names, or both a .otf and a .ttf file with the same file name. If you have more than one font file with the same name, the computer may be confusing the files. If so, uninstall one of them (or both and re-install one). In general, use .otf files unless you are using an older Windows computer.
Why does my Glyphs/Symbol panel show a hundred different letter A’s?
It may be that in the fonts panel or glyph panel, it is sorting the glyphs to show all the A’s, B’s, C’s, etc. as a group. In that case, for every letter “A” in a certain style, there are six or seven A’s in that style with accents. Some font and glyph panels have additional sorting options that may help, though it may take a little experimenting.
The space between the lines of type in some of your fonts is huge – why is this and how can I fix it?
The additional space or leading between the lines of type is due to the overall size of some of the swashes’ ascenders/descenders. If the line spacing were to be shortened, some of these letters may be clipped in some programs. Many programs have a line spacing or leading feature that can be adjusted.
In Microsoft Word®, in the line spacing options, change the spacing from “single” (or “multiple”) to “exactly” and then pick a point size that is the same or slightly larger than the font size that you are using. For example, if you are using 36 pt font, change the spacing to exactly 36 pt (or higher). It may take a little experimenting to find spacing that works best for you and to avoid clipping.
The tops and/or bottoms of the letters are clipped or cut off
Clipping of ascenders/descender occurs when there is not enough spacing between the lines. Use paragraph or font options to increase the spacing between the lines to avoid clipping. In Microsoft Word®, line spacing options can be found in the Paragraph section of the Home tab.
I’m using Adorn Trio in Microsoft Word®, but the last letter is turned the wrong way
This usually happens when the ligatures are turned off. To turn the ligatures on in Microsoft Word®, go to the Home tab and click on the bottom right corner of the Font section to open the Font Window (or Ctrl+D on Windows, Cmd+D on Macs). Click on the Advanced Tab and change Ligatures to “All”.
I wanted the Pro version, but my font doesn’t have “Pro” in the name
When I switched from offering both regular and Pro versions of my font due to the high demand for the Pro version and confusion of Pro versus regular versions, I renamed the fonts by dropping the “Pro” from the name, however these are still the “Pro” versions. Some licensed font retailers may continue to have “Pro” in the name or offer more than one purchasing option. If you ordered from Mighty Deals, then you have the Pro version.
My computer crashed or I replaced my old computer and I don’t have a copy of the font!
Not a problem! Contact me and send me your invoice and I will send you the font(s). If you no longer have an invoice, let me know what email address and name you used when purchasing and I will look up your order.