LightBurn Tutorial 18 – SHX (Single Line) Fonts

The LightBurn Software Series

The Lightburn Software is probably the best generic laser cutting software available (I use it for almost all of my laser work). This series has tutorials, hints and tips as well as the occasional speed comparisons between it and RDWorks. In this session, we find out about Lightburn Fonts, in particular the SHX or single line fonts. My thanks to the team at Lightburn for allowing me to embed their videos.

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How to set up and use SHX (single-line) fonts in LightBurn.

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LightBurn Fonts: Examples of SHX Single Line Fonts
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0:00today we’ll be going over the new shx

0:02text feature

0:04so you’re obviously all used to the

0:06standard

0:08built into the operating system fonts

0:11like this one

0:12and that’s fine but it’s designed

0:14specifically to be displayed

0:16on a screen or printed on a page and

0:18isn’t really designed with

0:20laser or cnc type use in mind

0:24for one all fonts like this have to be a

0:27completely closed

0:28shape now there are some like there’s

0:30the cam bam style

0:33single line fonts which can kind of

0:36approximate this but in reality it’ll

0:38often be

0:39overlapping lines so that the overall

0:42shape is still closed which

0:44is great if you want to have filled text

0:46we won’t deny that

0:48however with the laser a single line

0:51font can often be much more efficient

0:53for your workflow

0:55so to be able to use those you go to

0:56settings

0:58file settings and now under font

1:00settings we have a new

1:01set shx font path button now one thing

1:04to note

1:05we don’t ship with shx fonts installed

1:07you’ll have to get them yourself

1:09that’s easy enough just search for free

1:11shx

1:12fonts online and you’ll find hundreds of

1:15them freely available

1:17so i’m going to click on this button

1:21and then go to the shx fonts folder that

1:23i already created earlier now you won’t

1:24see any of the actual font files in here

1:27that’s just because we’re in a directory

1:29selection mode

1:30i’m going to click select folder and

1:33then click ok

1:34and now immediately i will have

1:37shx fonts available to use and as you

1:40can see the system fonts have this tt

1:42icon next to them and shx has the

1:45shx option next to it as you can see

1:48this is a single line shx font so

1:51instead of a

1:52closed loop path like the t for example

1:55here

1:55is simply two lines it’s going to be

1:57much faster if you don’t actually need

1:59the thickness

Transcript for LightBurn Tutorial: SHX Single Line Fonts (Cont…)

2:00of the text to do a quick line engraving

2:04with a laser

2:05one thing to note with the shx fonts so

2:07all of the names here

2:10are just the file name of the shx files

2:13that will

2:13be on your computer the reason for this

2:16is because

2:17and here’s a perfect example the tool

2:19tip showing here translated april 13th

2:211998.

2:23that is the name field in the file

2:26and it’s not always really used

2:28correctly in a lot of these older files

2:31some of them have been around for quite

2:32a long time so instead we show

2:34the file name and not that although you

2:37can see it in the tooltip as shown here

2:39but this also means that you can then

2:42find the actual file that represents

2:44that font easily on your computer later

2:46so shx also has some other things like

2:49there’s fonts like this

2:50which as you can see it’s actually got a

2:52pre-done fill pattern

2:54now as opposed to the standard fill and

2:57light burn where you typically try to

2:58have very close lines and completely

3:00fill that

3:01this is just a back and forth pattern

3:04with a decent spacing between them

3:06which may be all you need now that can

3:08be replicated with the normal fill modes

3:10in light burn

3:11but this is pre-done for you and it

3:13generally looks pretty good in our

3:14experience with the ones that we found

3:16there’s even sort of more regular fonts

3:18like this which are not filled

3:20and even some fonts like these where as

3:22you can see

3:23it’s actually multiple lines overlapping

3:26so

3:26shx because it doesn’t have that

3:28restriction of having to be a closed

3:30shape is much more open

3:33to doing interesting font designs and as

3:37i noted before

3:38having single line fonts like this even

3:41the ones that were partially filled like

3:43what i showed before

3:44can actually be much quicker to engrave

3:46which i can show you in a demo right now

3:49this first example is a standard

3:51built-in system font

3:52as you can see it’s fully closed shapes

3:54this is happening

3:55in real time

3:58and it requires just over 21 seconds to

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4:01complete the burn

4:06this next example however is a basic

4:08single line style shex font

4:10with the same exact total bounding area

4:13as the first example

4:15yet it requires only 13 seconds to

4:17finish the burn

4:24this last example is just showing off an

4:25shx font that has a pre-made

4:28fill pattern although at three times

4:31normal speed

4:32and as you can see even though it’s not

4:33completely filled like you would with a

4:35normal

4:36light burn fill pattern it still does

4:38give a much darker effect to the text

4:40overall

4:52that’s all for now we hope you enjoy the

4:54new shx fonts feature

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