Full Color (SVG) Fonts

What is a full-color or SVG font? 

full-color font

It is exactly what it sounds like! It is a font that is in full-color, just like our alphabets are.  However, very few programs are compatible with full-color fonts at this time. 

If you want to try out this font type, you can use it in the following programs:

  • Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, versions CC 2017 and above
  • Silhouette Studio, version 4.2 and above
  • Firefox, version 32 and above
  • Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 Anniversary and above

Many of our alphabets will include a full-color font in the .zip file for no charge.  To specifically buy alphabets with full-color fonts available, shop here.

Note: These fonts end in the extension .otf, just like a normal font and install just like a normal font BUT if your program is non-compatible the text and imagery will appear as solid black (like the image below).  They are not broken. You just need to select the font and use it in one of the programs listed above.

appear black

What are the advantages of using a full-color font as a .otf file rather than an alphabet?

  • You can type easily with them in a compatible program
  • Because it is a .otf file, it has many .otf features, like ligatures and alt versions.

What is a ligature?  It is simply  when multiple characters appear to combine into a single character. See example below:


What is an alt version?  An alt version is an "alternate version". This is where .otf files can be very fun.  Many of our full-color fonts have full upper and lowercases in additional colors and styles that you can only access with your system's character map.  Both Adobe and Silhouette have easy to access character or glyph maps that allow to make additional choices:



Check out how to use alternate versions using Silhouette Studio here.

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