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BuzzWord 4 Tutorial

How to Add Custom Fonts

BuzzWord has the ability to use Quick Design fonts without mapping them. However, if you want your design font set up as a permanent custom font, you'll need to tell BuzzWord where to find them and which designs correspond with which key strokes. In order to be correctly defined by BuzzWord, each unique alphabet must be in its own folder. BuzzWord maps one keyboard character to one specific design so having two capital A’s, for example, in the same folder wouldn’t work.

If your font did not come with a pre-defined BuzzWord map file, you are going to need to set it up yourself. It takes only a few minutes and then the custom font will be available to you whenever you use BuzzWord.

Note: If you get a new computer, you won't need to remap all of your custom fonts. See Moving your BuzzWord Custom Fonts to a New Computer for more information.

To define a custom font, do the following:

  1. Choose View > Custom Stitch Fonts to open the Custom Stitch Font Properties dialog.
  2. Click the Add Custom Fontbutton.

The Add Font dialog

  1. On the next dialog, choose the option Create a Font by mapping keys...
  2. On the Browse for Font Folder dialog, navigate to the font’s folder and click OK and the Add Font dialog opens.

The Add Font dialog

  1. On the Add Font dialog, change the font name if necessary and enter a description for the font. You may want to include the source, copyright information and font size in this field. Click Next >
  1. The Map Custom Stitch Font Folder dialog opens. This is where you will assign the actual key strokes to the designs. Type in upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation to map the designs to the keyboard. You can use backspace to correct mistakes and arrow keys to navigate through the designs. You can also use the arrow keys to skip specific designs that you don’t want to map.

    While you are mapping your designs, be sure to change the characters offset if needed. This adjusts the characters placement along the baseline and will ensure professional results.
Map Custom Font Dialog

The Map Custom Font dialog

Map Custom Font Dialog
The baseline of the "g" is lowered

See how we have moved the lower case g down -6 mm so that it will appear correctly when later used. Take the time to make these important baseline adjustments now so that your custom stitch fonts look their very best.

  1. Click OK and the Edit Font dialog opens. This displays a list of mapped keys and provides you with one last opportunity to change the font name and/or description. Click Finish. Your Custom Font is defined and ready for use from the Font menu.