Dingbats are free vector graphics that you already have installed on your Windows based PC.
So what are Dingbats? Historically speaking, Dingbats are little ornaments that were used to decorate printed pages. Although they were also used as place holders or spacers, they were usually used to frame images or add graphics to a page. [expand title=”Read More”]
In computer terms, a Dingbat is a small graphic image used to convey information, such as arrows, punctuation marks, or even just small images for decorative purposes. If you’ve ever used a word processor and searched through the font list, you’ve probably come across them under the name Wing Dings or something similar.
Some examples of Dingbats are the symbols Σ ℘ ♠ ⇐ ↵ → etc.
They’re not limited to those types of symbols, however. Far from it. Dingbats come in all shapes and sizes. Everything from representations of individual playing cards and their suits, to Celtic knot work, to zoo animals, and everything else in between.
As mentioned, they’re regular TrueType fonts that are available for use within just about any CAM software. What few people realize, however, is that all TrueType fonts are also scalable vector graphics. That’s right – they’re free, scalable vector graphics that can be used in your projects.
A simple Google search for “Dingbats” will give you links to more sources of dingbats than you could imagine. Some Dingbats follow a theme such as arrows or common symbols. Others are quite sophisticated miniature works of scalable art.
In the video, I show you what Dingbats are, where to find them, and how to use them in VCarve and Aspire.
Once you see how these fonts can be used for your projects, you’ll wonder how you got along without them. Explore Dingbats online – you’ll be amazed at what’s out there, in most cases for free.
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