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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.


Compare any number of LD products with our new compare product feature.  Click on the compare button for any item you want to add to the product compare list. See image below.Once you are ready to view the products you have added to your product comparison page, simply click on the "Product Comparison" button in the upper right hand corner, just above the product images. You will notice it also tells you the number of products you have there. After you are directed to the product comparison page,  you will be able to see all the products you are interested in together and from there ..
Silhouette Studio Software works exclusively on the Silhouette machines.  This easy to use software comes in two version.  There is the basic FREE version and for $49 more, a designer edition.  Both versions are meant to be used with our cut set files.  Both versions have the following features in common:font accessability to use jpg, bmp, and png filesability to use image effects such and tint and color saturationability to print and cutThe Designer Edition has the following extra features:ability to use SVG files w/o convertinglayersadvanced eraser and knife featurssketch..
The Pazzles Inspiration Studio Pro software comes with the Pazzles machine.  It is meant to be used primarily with our Cut Set files.  It is powerful software that makes using the Pazzles machine very easy.  Some of it's top features are:the ability to type custom titles in any fontthe ability to trace around any picture or clipart fileimports SVGsRead more about Pazzles machine and software here...
Technically Cricut Design Space is not software.  Cricut software used to be designed to only be used on Cricut machines and only used with Cricut product.  However they created Cricut Design Space, which supports non-Cricut files and has the bonus of being cloud-based software so it is available everywhere you go.  It features:the ability to upload and use your own designsa "Cut What You Want" tool makes it easy to convert any image into a cuttable imagesupports .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf filesit is FREEupload your own fontscruise projects with easy to follow instru..
Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) is easy to use software that supports our cutting files.  This software will work in a number of different cutting machines:Sizzix eclips™Craftwell eCraft™Black Cat Cougar/Lynx™Boss Kut Gazelle™GCC™Pazzles Inspiration™Silhouette SD/CAMEO/Portrait™Silver Bullet™USCutter™VinylExpress™  many moreSCAL features include:the ability to use your own fontsworks great with dingbat fontsimports svg, pdf, eps, ai, wpc, and dxf fileshas drawing tools and the ability to edit shapeswelding abilitiesselect and supports stylesrhinestone templates and lattice shapesauto tracing ..
We've put together a special "Back to School" freebie that we've shot in the SHOTBOX with a simple phone camera. Ready to get your "Back to School" Freebie?  Click here.  Scroll down to learn how you can make your own photos taken with your phone look like they were shot in a professional photo studio. The SHOTBOX is a fully contained, tabletop, collapsible, portable, lightweight photo studio created by Aaron Johnson, co-inventor of the Cricut™ machine.  SHOTBOX is now available for pre-order on the Kickstarter fundraising website.  SHOTBOX offers the user a fast, ea..

Graphic Sets are very useful. Here is an easy bullet point list of the uses and benefits:

Projects using Graphics
cut file example


Cut sets are very versatile. Here is an easy bullet point list of the uses and benefits:

  • Cut sets come with a variety of file types to cover the file needs for many different types of machines. We include .ai, .dxf, .eps, .gsd, .pdf, and .svg.
  • Our early "Cut sets" were called .svg files. These files are being replaced on LD. They only include .svg format

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:

  1. Sign into your LD account.
  2. Go to Downloads
  3. If you have a lot of product, you will probably want to filter your downloads by file type.
  4. Choose the alphabet you would like to type with
  5. Click on the "Use Alphabet" button
  6. 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".
  7. 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.
  8. Click "Download" when you are done and navigate to where you want to save the file.

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