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Looking for a font like arial but just a thin line so I can transfer using carbon paper. I don't want a thick block font, just one styled like Arial.

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Looking for a font like arial but just a thin line so I can transfer using carbon paper. I don't want a thick block font, just one styled like Arial.
You can transfer any font using carbon paper, Bob. You use a fine point pencil (.5)
Up until I started using the wintergreen oil, carbon paper is how I transferred all my
patterns, If you look at my uploads, you'll see the different fonts I've traced. If you
want help, just holler. I'll be glad to help you out.

And if you want something as thin as arial, what I did in the past was use a fat pencil
(like one of those carpenters pencils) when I traced so that it covered the entire letter.

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I would like to just trace 1 line per letter, guess I could just trace through the center of each letter to trace the pattern?

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I would like to just trace 1 line per letter, guess I could just trace through the center of each letter to trace the pattern?
No no no no ... If anything, use a fat leaded pencil if you're going to use Arial font,
and quite honestly, in my personal opinion, Arial is ugly in signs. If you "just trace through
the center of each letter to trace the pattern" you're gonna kick yourself later. Been there,
done that, cuz I didn't have the patience to do it right. If you're going to trace, you need to
be as complete as possible. Carbon tracing is very tedious, and if that's going to be your
choice of methods, then by all means go for it. I got tired of having to trace around each and
every letter, and design, and the lines being crooked no matter how careful I was. Thus, the
reason (thanks to a fellow forum member) I went to transferring my patterns with Wintergreen
Oil. Did you watch the video John posted on your request for transferring patterns?

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I'd just do an on-line search or two. There's a gazillion sites out there with free font styles. That's what I do whenever I want to print anything out.

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Barb, what do you recommend for a good font for signs?

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What kind of signs do you want to do Bob? I have a list on my laptop of fonts I offer. When I get home I'll post it for you okay?

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Right now I want to make some 1 or 2 word name signs to put on the grand kids BR doors, and on their dog kennels & a few numeral address signs. What I meant by what font you recommend for signs I should have said font that is easy to trace using carbon paper. I stopped at Office Depot this morning and picked up a pack of carbon paper to try that method out.

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Well, Bob, it all depends on how "stylish" you want it to be. A nice standard that I've used a lot is Lucida
Calligraphy, Monotype Corsiva, LHF Sarah Script, and for something whimsical, I've done LHF No Fishin. I
did a bedroom sign for my grandson in the shape of a car, and did his name in Old 54 Font. The font I
choose will be determined by the thought into the sign. If I were to do a girls sign, I would probably choose
LHF Sarah. If I were to do a boys sign who's into sports, I have SF Sports Night font. My grandson loves
cars - Old 54. When choosing a font, I try to stay away from block lettering. Unless you've got a template
to use, it's hard to get that block style free-hand. (But then, I have to keep telling myself, that when I do
the letters, they don't have to be perfect, as long as they give the "feel" of the lettering, if that makes
sense.) Script, or off balance lettering is going to be the easiest.

Anyway, those are the main ones I use the most. They're pretty easy to trace, but I still recommend using
Wintergreen Oil for transferring. I know you were talking about single line fonts for ease of tracing, but
really, no matter what font you use, you're going to have to trace around the entire letter to get the lines
you should have when doing lettering. When I did a couple "simple line" fonts, or any "line fonts" I always
used a fat pencil to trace, so that my pencil markings covered the entire "line" in the font.

I hope that helps. You sound like me when it comes to being ready to get to the creating, thus the reason
for a simple font; but using the tracing method, you're gonna have to take a deep breath, take your time,
and trace meticulously. It's the sour for the sweet when it comes to sign making when you trace, buddy

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Barb,
thanks for the tips I will look into these fonts tonight when I have a lot of time to spend, on the puter as I am not too much into watching TV. I am beginning to think I may not like tracing too much, but want to try it a couple of times and have been thinking I may get a Milescraft 1212 Sign Pro but want to give free hand a good try first because some say they went with the guides 1st then tried free hand and never use the guides anymore. I doubt I will try the winter green method as I do not have a Laser printer unless it is a pattern I really want and get it printed somewhere for a reasonable price.
I appreciate your tips.
Happy sign making,
Bob

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