Using single line fonts in Canvas Workspace

Using Single Line Fonts – Canvas Workspace

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Single line fonts are great fonts to write sentiments etc in Canvas Workspace with. These fonts can be a little hard to locate and they also can have a few bizarre quirks. You also need to consider is what file format you need. This sounds confusing however we will work through what to choose and how to use single-line fonts in Canvas Workspace so that you can create some beautiful wording.

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Where to find Single Line Fonts

While there are many single-line fonts around there are very few free single-line fonts that are truly single-line.

Sites like and have a few available for personal use only.

You can also purchase fonts from sites like for a reasonable price. The fonts that I have purchased have been $7 which is fairly reasonable.

What to look out for when buying a single line font.

Fonts come in different formats which can be a little confusing. To purchase or install a single-line font you need to have a bit of an understanding of the file extensions that fonts come in. This can make a BIG difference as they can work quite differently. Let’s look at how they work!

File formats include:

  • TTF – True Type Font
  • OTF – Open Type Font
  • OPF – Open Path Font
  • SVG – Scalable Vector Graphic


These formats work differently from each other. TTF and OTF will both work in a similar manner. The TTF is an older font type than the OTF however for Canvas Workspace this won’t really be a noticeable difference.

Installation of a TTF or OTF single-line font in exactly the same way as any other font. Information about using a single-line font is lower down in the tutorial. This single-line font type will draw over the lettering twice in exactly the same place. Depending on how you set it up in Canvas Workspace you could stop the second draw line from executing.

One BIG thing to remember is to only install either TTF or OTF – NOT BOTH! Installing both may lead to conflict causing neither of them to work properly.

OPF font

Open Path Fonts cannot be added to Canvas Workspace like the TTF or OTF fonts. They do not install on your computer the same way either. Nor can an OPF font be used in typical word processing programs.

OPF fonts can only be used in programs like Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL), Pazzles InVue and Make the Cut as examples. They are uploaded into memory each time that you need to use them. Not installed as such.

***Do not buy this file format unless you have a software program that will accept them.

SVG format

This format will bring the lettering in singularly. eg one letter at a time, like it would for any other design file that you use in SVG format. This is fine for Canvas Workspace as long as you are aware that this is how they work.

Single line fonts to choose from

Here are a few single-line fonts, mostly purchased.

Industrial – – I really like this font, it is modern and crisp.
Magnolia Sky – – this is a script font that I have recently purchased
Tuxedo – – a nice neat script font
Matilda – Fonts2U – a FREE font that is a nice upright font.

Examples of single line fonts from Industrial, Magnolia Sky and Tuxedo.

Here is an example of Industrial single line font. on Christmas tags I love how these turned out! They were attached to each present under the Christmas tree.

Christmas tags using the single line font Industrial in Canvas Workspace and cut on the Scan N Cut

Not true single line fonts

There are some fonts that can be used as a single-line font even though they are not really single line. They have a gap between the lines. If the writing is small and the pen is a medium thickness these fonts will look like a single-line font.

Encina Script – free script font – not a true single line font
Grace – free script font – not a true single line font
Jennifer Lynne – free script font – not a true single-line font.

Examples of fonts that are not true type fonts but would turn out ok with the right pen and sizing.

Look closely and you will see the small gap between the lines. Choosing the right size writing and a medium thick pen will make these fonts perform similar to a single line font.

Video tutorial for working with single line fonts in Canvas Workspace

This video shows some of the issues with using single-line fonts. It is quite bizarre however easy enough to workaround.

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6 thoughts on “Using Single Line Fonts – Canvas Workspace”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this very useful and valuable information. I’ve been searching for ages to get some clear and understandable advise on this subject. You’re a star. 10/10 for you.

  2. Thanks for the video. I didn’t know about the Single Line Font until now:) this is very helpful and you explain everything so well.

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