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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. You can download the .zip files of the alphabets which when unzipped will give you a folder with all of the individual graphics (see what that looks like here) or you can download individual words or sentences you make on the site with our online tool.  Learn how to use it here. We recommend using this feature as it is much easier to type words than to rearrange letters on a blank canvas.  

A cutting machine is a big purchase and can really enhance your ability to do crafts.  As it is such a big purchase, a lot of thought and research should go into it.  You should consider what materials you are looking to cut, how much room you can give the machine, if you intend to create your own artwork to cut, how capable you are at learning software, how much money you are willing to spend not only on the machine but the files for it, and of course if it does need to hook up to a computer, whether or not it is compatible with a PC or Mac.  There are many other considerations that we have not even begun to think about, so we encourage everyone to do the research themselves.  There are many talented crafters that share their ideas and knowledge on the web.  Check it out carefully.  

We've compiled a list of cutting machines and several variables that you may want to consider and emphasize that we create cutting files and do not have a suggestion of what machine is best for you.  We welcome any additional data that should be added to this table.  Please email us at support@inspiregraphics.com  if you see anything incorrect or that needs updating.


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.

OTF (Open Type Font) are cross-platform (Mac and PC) fonts. They typically have a smaller file size which allows for a quicker download. They support expanded characters which allows for alternate characters and ligatures.

TTF (True Type Font) are similar to OTF fonts but they require separate files for each instance of the font. For example, a separate .ttf file is needed for bold, italics, or bold italics.

For most intent and purposes, it will make little difference to use one or the other file type when downloading fonts from LD.

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.


When you purchase product from LD it will be made available just as soon as you complete the check out process.  It will also be available through your account in your "Downloads" area as well as your Order History.

Lettering Delights zips all it's product into zip files.  Zip files allow us to compress many items within different folders into one "zipped" storage folder.  


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.

Many fonts have other characters available than the standard ones you see on an American keyboard.

It is important to note that accented letters are not recognized by all browsers and not all fonts include them. To enter the extended characters into text, follow these steps:

  1. Note the number at the left of the required character.
  2. Place the cursor in the text where the extended character is to appear.
  3. Hold the [ALT] key down and, via the Keypad, enter "0" plus the number.
  4. Take your finger off the [Alt] key and the character should appear.

Make sure your fonts are not zipped. If they are in a .zip folder, you must double-click the folder and extract the font first. Take careful note to where you save the font.

WINDOWS 8/7/VISTA

Select the font file then right-click. Choose Install.


Cut Sets are vector images that are meant to be used with cutting machines like a Zing, Silhouette, Pazzles or more. There are many machines on the market. Cut It files are files that look like graphics but they actually can be read as cutting paths by the cutting machines. With a cutting machine and cut it files you will eliminate your need to use scissors for crafting projects ever again! These files LOOK like graphics, but they are actually very different. They file is made up of multiple layers.
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