Studio 3: Fonts Now In Inches Too? Oh Happy Day!


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.

A box?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


2017-05-21T07:41:50+00:00June 9th, 2014|tips and tricks|3 Comments


  1. Vicki June 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve been holding off updating my software, waiting for the bugs to be worked out. Well, I’m not waiting any longer! First of all, I had no idea that 72 pts was about an inch … and now I don’t even have to care about that! Love your blog!!

  2. Linda June 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    So, is now a good time to upgrade?

    • Kerri June 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      With the exception of it crashing when creating a word background, I haven’t had problems. There are a few glitches here and there, but nothing that’s bothered me too much. If you upgrade and find that there’s issues with your system, you can always go back using the Legacy version under their Support link. :)

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