How to use LD Alphabets
An alphabet is a full-color set of letters and is made up of individual image files. These image files can be imported, viewed, arranged, printed, and changed in a graphics editing software such as PhotoShop or word processing programs such as Word.
There are a few ways to use an alphabet. The easiest way is to use the online tool for alphabets. Learn about that here.
If you would rather you can download the whole alphabet. It will come in a zipped file. Learn how to unzip it here.
Once your folder is unzipped you will have a large folder of letters, numbers, and characters that looks like this:
You can open the folder and drag images into most programs that support them. Or you can use "open" or "insert" depending on the program you are using. Once all the letters are inserted into the space within your document, you can arrange the letters to make words and titles.
The online alphabet tool has replaced the "Try Me Now" tool from the old LetteringDelights site. It allows you to easily type with full-colored alphabets and save the image as one word or phrase to insert into a document or project. To access the online alphabet tool do the following:
- Sign into your LD account.
- Go to Downloads
- If you have a lot of product, you will probably want to filter your downloads by file type.
- Choose the alphabet you would like to type with
- Click on the "Use Alphabet" button
- Type in the Text Input Field. Most of our alphabets have two cases but often rather than having a true "lower case" the second case will be a different version of an uppercase. This allows you to have variance in color and style in words where there are repetitive letters like "banana".
- Choose the resolution you want. The bigger the resoultion, the bigger the file is. If you are using the product online the smaller sizes will suffice.
- Click "Download" when you are done and navigate to where you want to save the file.
The difference between fonts and alphabets can be explained by describing the difference in the type of each file. Fonts (.ttf or .otf) are the same type of font file that already exists on your computer such as Times New Roman, Arial, etc. These fonts will be available for use within any system program that supports them, such as Microsoft Word, desktop publishing programs, and others.
An alphabet is in full-color and is made up of individual image files (.png). These image files can be imported, viewed, printed, and changed in a graphics editing software such as PhotoShop. You can download the .zip files of the alphabets which when unzipped will give you a folder with all of the individual graphics.
Once upon a time LetteringDelights use a program called "The Creative Companion" and the file format we used with it was sold as .exe files.;
Now we package our files in .zip files, as is the standard for most downloadable product on the web. A .zip file is a commonly used file format that compresses files to make them easier to download. There are many programs available online that allow you to unzip/extract these files, some are trial based or require a purchase and others are free. Most every device comes with a free way to access your files that are "zipped". In Windows, right mouse click over the .zip file and you should have options to "extract" the file. On a Mac, doubleclick over the .zip file.Take care where you are extracting the file. As you "unzip" a file, you will be given an option of where you want to store it. We suggest you keep all your LD product in one location on your computer. If you save your .zip files to that location, when you unzip the files, the products will organize themselves by product name.
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