How to generate single line fonts for use with Dr. Engrave

Before you go out and spend $79 – $500 for an “engraving” font package, read on. Dr. Engrave includes a unique feature that allows you to create them yourself.

The utility is called SFEdit and is included as part of the Dr. Engrave software package. This utility allows you to take any Windows Truetype font and convert it into a single line font. That means that if you have 2,000 Truetype fonts on your PC, you can have 2,000 single line fonts for use with Dr. Engrave. In addition, the SFEdit program allows you to edit the font library to “clean it up” to your liking. If you’ve never used the SFEdit program to create your own fonts here are the steps to follow.

  1. Create your document as you normally would and select the base font you would like to use. In this example I am using Arial.1
  2. Click on Format and Make Stroke.
  3. In the Select Stroke Font prompt, give the stroke font a name. Since I am using an Arial font I will call this font Arial_SL (SL to note that it is a Single Line).Click OK.
  4. This will convert your font into a single line font. Don’t be too concerned if it doesn’t look pretty as the font can be edited and cleaned up for use. Note that this is a one-time function. Once the font is saved you will not have to go through this process again. To edit the font, select Format and Edit Stroke.
  5. The SFEdit utility will open, allowing you to edit and clean up your font library.5
  6. We will edit the lower case “b” to show how the editing is done to clean up the font. Using the right arrow key next to the name we can switch between the letters.
  7. When you click on the circle within the letter “b” you will notice that the screen automatically switches to node edit mode. This allows you to move or delete nodes as you see fit.
  8. Using the node edit tools, adjust the nodes to your liking and then click File and Save. Close the SFEdit utility. You can do this for each letter listed in the utility.
  9. When you come back to Dr. Engrave you will notice that the font(s) adjust automatically.9
  10. The best practice would be to take 30 minutes or so to create a complete adjusted library of single line fonts. To do this I recommend typing out the entire alphabet in both upper and lower case as well as all of your symbols and punctuation. Keep in mind that some fonts convert cleanly and require minimal adjustments/cleanup and others that convert poorly and require more time to adjust.10
  11. It’s that easy to build your own unique single line font library for use with Dr. Engrave – and the cost to you is $0.00!
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38 thoughts on “How to generate single line fonts for use with Dr. Engrave

  1. I been looking for single line fonts for a few hours and i had the solution I have Dr Engrave it came with my roland engraver and I never relized how easy was THANKS A MILLION

    1. The RSF fonts generated for Dr. Engrave unfortunately cannot be used with any other program, including EngraveStudio. So your options are to use the 25 engraving stroke fonts that are included in EngraveStudio or use Dr. Engrave that came with your EGX-350 or 360. Hope that’s helpful.

  2. This improves engraving time too. All it needs is a little thicker engraving tool and you will see no difference if compared to a normal font. Fantastic! I have created a stroke version of PF Sanserif thin

  3. I can’t believe the solution was so simple! I have spent hours and hours (along with around $160) to find a font to match one used in a corporate profile. With your guide and about 30 minutes, I have been able to keep the customer very happy. As a bonus, engraving time is about halved! Thanks so, so much mate!

  4. I have a rhinstone machine and all I have to do is copy and paste the art in to corel draw and export it on hplg format so you can open it in to another program so you can use it in the rhinstone machine

  5. This helped me so much. Thanks for posting this article.

    Small thing to clarify as well. After completing the stroke font modification and then restarting the Dr. Engrave, again some mispalcements of characters were there. Is there a way to fix the character completely after been modified?


    1. Hello Upul,

      Thank you for your comment. We’re so glad the tip was helpful for you. Here is some further information regarding the process:

      We recommend that you generate the entire alphabet in upper and lower case as well as all characters and numbers when you generate the single line font. Once complete, you can edit each character within the SFEdit program to clean up the nodes and lines of each character and once saved, the font can be used over and over again with no issues.


  6. Dede…Thanks for your comment..

    Yes you right. At the restarting there is only just little displacemts, not a complete change. It can be neglected. So.. another thing..

    Can I enlarge the CYAN rectangle on SFEdit? I need to enlarge the size of “SPACE”. Any tip would be realy appreciable.


    1. The Blue box in SFEdit cannot be adjusted as it represents the character map spacing and height. The font itself can be adjusted anywhere within the blue box, although not sure why you would want to do that. To adjust things line character spacing, angles and such this can be done in Dr. Engrave within the text properties window.

  7. Sort of easy, there is difficulty in making all the letters uniform in height. Takes AGES to manually configure letters to the same top line. Not the suggested 30 minutes. Or am I missing something? Help will be applauded!

    1. Hi Scotty – The time it takes to adjust fonts in SFEdit is dependent on the font that is converted. There are certain fonts that convert cleanly and requires minimal adjustments/cleanup and then there are others that convert poorly and require more time to adjust. Sounds like you have a font that is not converting cleanly. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to change that. Dede

  8. On the tutorial video, it states that the GOTHIC 1 single line font is available for download on your website, but I cannot find it, any help would be appreciated, thanks

  9. Can text I created in Illustrator be imported to Dr. Engrave? I created an illustrator file and all but the text was imported. Can text be on a curve in DR. Engrave?

    Thank you. I hope this makes sense.

    1. Hello Mary,
      Text cannot follow a curved path in Dr. Engrave. Also, Roland Dr. Engrave does not support the native .AI file extension. You can open or import the following third party files (provided they’re created properly): .BMP and .DXF. The workflow being used may require some modification, so it’s strongly recommended to contact Roland Technical support by calling 800-542-2307 or submitting an official email request here:

    1. Hello,
      Dr. Engrave is indeed still available. I apologize that its not obvious how to download it. Here are some instructions: click on the following link: Under software updates you will see two downloads. You will need to download Dr. Engrave 2.68 Software package first and install. Next you need to download Dr. Engrave Update Version 2.70. If you like to order a copy of Dr. Engrave software on CD, you can give Customer Service a call at 800-542-2307 ex 1. Hope that helps.


  10. I encounter a problem that my EngraveStudio cannot show Chinese characters. Anything i can do for solving this?

    It shows口口口 after I input Chinese characters on in the texbox

    1. Hello Angus,
      Thank you for being part of the Roland Family. To engrave Chinese characters in Engrave Studio, you need to make sure you have a true Type Chinese font installed in your Windows Font Folder. To access your Font Folder you need to click on the Start Window button – Control Panel and then Font Folder. If you do not have a True Type Chinese font, you would need to download the font and install it into the Font Folder. You can do a search on the internet to download A True Type Chinese Font. There might be costs associated with the font download. Roland does not create or provide these fonts.


    1. Hi Mason,

      Whenever you make edits to a font, you are then working with a copy of the selected font for that session. The original font will should not be affected by these changes.

      To access the original “stencil” font (also known as an “outline” font), simply access the font options in your program and select the name of the font from the list.

      If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our technical support team at 800-542-2307 or email us by completing our online form here:

      Thank you,

  11. Hello Dade,

    After some time i’m here with a smal quary.

    Do you have special technology to engrave larger labels with Dr. Engraver and EGX-30A.

    Because i need to engrave larger labels which is more than the size of the bed( 205*305mm2)

    Thank you..

    1. Hi Upul,

      Dr. Engrave can only handle the size of the bed and does not have the capability to go beyond those dimensions. There may be 3rd party engraving software packages on the market that have that feature. Try EngraveLab, Flexi Engrave, or Symbol Graphics.

      If you have any additional software questions, please contact Roland Technical Support at 800-542-2307 or email us by completing our online form here:

      Thank you,

  12. Dear Roland,

    i have an Engrave Machine, Roland EGX-350. Recently i have upgrade my computer to Windows 7. i found out that i can not install the Dr.Engrave Software. i have try so many time on it. What should i do with it? please advise me.


    1. Hi Alvin,

      We may have an answer for that on our support webpage:

      If you’re located in North or South America and would prefer to speak with one of our Product Support Specialists directly about software for your EGX, please send us an email with your contact information at

      I hope this is helpful. Thank you for reading Tips & Tricks!


  13. I found this page in an effort to create a single line font in Dr. Engrave. The problem I have is that all the pictures are blank. I guess the pages for them have been removed from the server is it possible to have them replaced?

    1. Hi Jon,

      I apologize for the broken images, we are in the process of updating some of our older posts. In the meantime, we recommend that you contact our support team or a local dealer for assistance with Dr. Engrave.

      If you’re located in North or South America and would like to speak with one of our Product Support Specialists, please send us an email with your contact info at

      I hope this helps. Thank you for reading Tips & Tricks!


  14. I would like to know how to convert the Windows True fonts for EGX-20, I just bought the engraver couple days ago, so I am still very new to it, but I would like to get some more single line fonts for it, thank you so much.

    The picture files on this link is not available. 🙁 It would be really helpful if I can get the step-by-step instruction if possible, thank you so much.

    1. Hi Yinnie,

      I apologize for the broken images, we are in the process of updating some of our older posts. In the meantime, we recommend that you contact our support team or a local dealer for assistance with fonts.

      Please send us an email with your contact info at Or you can reach us by phone at 800-542-2307.

      I hope this helps. Thank you for reading Tips & Tricks!


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