So a little bit ago I was helping a neighbor with her Silhouette that she’s had for two years and hadn’t used. Her daughter had used it for her, but that was about it.
In showing her how to use the Text tool in version 3, a sweet little box caught my eye. It’s funny how I’d been using the new software for a few weeks and I hadn’t noticed it. I guess that’s what happens when you are laser-focused on a project. :) Not only that, I’m just so accustomed to using points, I never thought anything of it.
But I realized that there was now a box around the ‘pt’, which is next to the numbers to enter a value for the point size.
Hmm…that makes me think that there just may be a drop-down involved.
Low and behold….it was!
Now you can enter Inch values for your fonts!
Ohhhhh happy day!
There were two observations I made though:
- When I entered a value of 2.5″, the bounding box around the word said 2.75″. That accounts for the line (+character) spacing that is built in to the creation of a font.
- When I converted it to a path, the bounding box indicated that it was 2.25″ tall.
So it appears that there is some discrepancy if you were hoping for accuracy. I guess it at least gets you in the ballpark while it’s still in an editable form.
It’ll just be so nice not to have to do the math anymore. 72 points equals an inch, so I’d always multiply my size by 70 to get me in the ballpark. 3″= 210pts, give or take. Gets more complicated if you want 3.25″ Fuhgeddaboutit.
But, there ya have it. Something so little can be such a big thing.