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How to Shadow Text in Cricut Design Space

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What You'll Be Creating

Wondering how to shadow text in Cricut Design Space? There are a few different ways to do it, and we'll be covering each of these today. You'll also learn how to make an outline on Cricut, as well as how to shadow letters on Cricut.

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Here is a great example of one of the things you can expect to learn in this tutorial.

What You'll Learn in This Cricut Tutorial

There are a few different ways to make shadow letters on Cricut:

  • Use Cricut fonts with shadows (and there are many fonts on Envato Elements that work beautifully for this).
  • Offset text in Cricut Design Space.
  • Manually add shadow text in Cricut Design Space.

If you prefer to watch video tutorials instead, remember to check out the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel! You'll find amazing video resources, like this new video where I explain how to shadow letters on Cricut:

1. How to Use Cricut Fonts With Shadows

The easiest way to make shadow letters on Cricut is to use a font that has both layers already done for you. There are many of these types of fonts available on Envato Elements, and I am going to show you how to add shadow to text in Cricut Design Space using the Authentic Script font.

You will need to download and install the font and make sure to install at least the ‘Script’ and ‘Extrude’ versions.

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When installing these types of fonts for this method, be sure to install both the script and the extrude versions.

Step 1

Now, in Cricut Design Space, you can add your text and change the font to Authentic Script.

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Step 2

Next, right-click on the word and Duplicate it.

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Step 3

Next, you will need to change the font of the new layer to Authentic Extrude.

Change font of new layer to Authentic ExtrudeChange font of new layer to Authentic ExtrudeChange font of new layer to Authentic Extrude

Step 4

In order to have a solid layer, it's best to weld this piece, so we are going to right-click and Weld.

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Step 5

Lastly, don't forget to right-click and click Send to Back, so it lies behind your text.

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Step 6

Now you can move the text layer to the right position, and change the colour to see what it would look like when it has been applied!

Position the layers to see what the end result will look like!Position the layers to see what the end result will look like!Position the layers to see what the end result will look like!

This is how awesome your project could look once it has been cut out and applied.

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You can use permanent vinyl to apply these decals to any water bottle

2. How to Offset Text in Cricut Design Space

Now we'll look at how to outline text in Cricut Design Space. To get the look we want, we are going to use the offset feature here to make an outline on Cricut.

Step 1

I am going to use text on an existing canvas. The font I'm using is Artzopo from Envato Elements. 

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Step 2

With your text selected, you will be able to select the offset feature.

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Step 3

Once you have clicked on the offset button, a little popup will show, and this is where you can control the size of the offset. 

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Step 4

We will be using the number section to type in a small number for our text outline.

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Step 5

Once you are happy with the size of the offset, click Apply, and that’s how you outline text in Cricut Design Space!

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3. How to Add Shadow to Text in Cricut Design Space (Manually)

Lastly, we are going to look at how to manually add a shadow to text in Cricut Design Space. This is a method that would work with any font, and it’s also a method that will work with many different designs to create a shadow in Cricut Design Space.

Step 1

We are going to start off with some text on our canvas, and here I am using the Bouquet Typeface from Envato Elements.

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Step 2

Once you have typed in what you want in your design, right-click and Duplicate the layer.

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Step 3

You can move the new layer up and to the left, or right-click and Send to Back for it to be lower and to the right.

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Step 4

Change the colour of the top layer so that you can identify it easily. 

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Step 5

Move the purple layer to show how big you want the shadow to be. This is totally up to you—there is no hard and fast rule here! You can use your mouse or the directional keys on your keyboard.

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Step 6

Duplicate it once again, and move it off to the side, as we will need it soon!

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Step 7

Click somewhere on an open part of the canvas near the design, making sure to only select the one purple and one purple grey layer.

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Step 8

With only two layers selected, click Slice at the bottom right of the screen. If this is greyed out, you have more or less than two layers selected.

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Step 9

You will now have a few different layers. You can delete all of the layers you don't need, leaving only the layer with the shadow part that we could see before clicking Slice (the grey part we could see in Step 7).

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Step 10

You should be left with one layer of each colour, and they should look something like this.

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Step 11

You can now line up the layers to see what it will look like once it has been cut.

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Tips on Applying the Decal

Layering vinyl like this shadow font can be difficult, but the trick is to use silicone or parchment paper to easily line up the layers. The vinyl doesn't stick to the silicone paper, and it is slightly transparent, so you can place your vinyl on top of it and still see the layer underneath.

The easiest way to do this is to tape one of the layers to the table and place silicone or parchment paper on top of the layer to easily line up the layers. Once you have them lined up, tape the top layer to the table and remove the silicone paper. Make sure to check out our YouTube video on this process as it is very simple once you have seen exactly how it works!

5 Must-Have Shadow Fonts From Envato Elements

The top method of how to create a shadow in Cricut is of course my favourite because it is the quickest and easiest method, and it's made particularly easy thanks to Envato Elements. There are so many fonts, but these are my five favourite fonts to shadow text in Cricut Design Space.

1. Modster Script (OTF & TTF)

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This font makes it easy to layer letters on Cricut, and it has quite a funky font type to it as well.

2. Arkland (OTF & TTF)

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If you are looking for a classy, easy-to-read font, this one is clean, simple and has a lovely extruded shadow font. It is one of the best ways to shadow letters in Cricut.

3. Carter (OTF & TTF)

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This way of creating a shadow in Cricut Design Space can give you a very bold-looking word, and it also offers an additional unique look, because not only does this font have an extruded version, but another one that adds additional shadows to it! It's the perfect font bundle for shadows in Cricut.

4. Laguna (OTF & TTF)

This font duo is a Hollywood-style font! It is a bold style font and has the perfect layer for making a 3D effect and creating the best shadow letters in Cricut.

5. Quechely (OTF & TTF)

This font will help you add a shadow to text in Cricut Design Space. With the shadow behind it, it creates a very strong-looking end product, and it's one of my favourites due to its extra assets!

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