SBC 4.0 offers a couple fun ways to use fonts. Inside the program, you can use any font and fill it with paper by going to the Insert ribbon and then in the text category selecting shape. I love doing this to add some papers and outlines to my fonts. But did you know that you can also make shapes from fonts? Making a font into shapes will allow you to fill your font with photos AND be able to adjust them just the way you want them. You probably already have some dingbat fonts installed on your computer and SBC4.0 had a few of them pre-installed as shapes to use. I have gone searching for a few additional dingbats that would be GREAT for using as elements or photo holders. DaFont is a great resource for this.
What to do to turn your fonts into shapes:
1) Find the fonts you want to make into shapes. Install them to your computer. [Instructions can be found here: PC]
2) If you already had SBC 4.0 running, you’ll need to restart the program for the font to be recognized.
3) At the startup screen, select “Manage Content”. In the left hand column, you’ll see “Installed Fonts”. Right click on that and select, “Add a font”. Scroll through your list to find the fonts you want to turn into shapes. Then select “Add” at the bottom.
4) Insert an Empty Frame and select it.
5) Go to the Format Photos tab and select “Select Mat”.
6) Click on the Cutout button. In the left hand column, select “Installed Fonts”. You should see the font you just installed. Select that font and scroll in the font preview area for the shape you want and select it.
7) Now,before you exit out of the “Select Mat” pop-up window, change the “Mat fill” to transparent. This will allow your shape to have no background visible on your page.
If you like horses, find a horse font. Birds, find a bird font. Install it, fill it with paper, and off you go. Find a frames font and fill those with paper and you’ll instantly have fun frames for any SBC+ project. Have fun playing. Here are some examples.