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Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Bible by Kelly L. Murdock, Ted Padova

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Chapter 14. Working with Fonts

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding fonts

  • Managing fonts

  • Creating type outlines and special effects

Understanding how to manage and utilize fonts for CS applications is essential for creating an efficient workflow environment. This can be a daunting task, however, because it typically requires keeping track of hundreds or even thousands of fonts, which come in a variety of formats such as Type 1 or OpenType. In addition, fonts may have varying degrees of functionality depending on the kind of computer and software you use.

Understanding Fonts

Typesetting on desktop computers has been around for more than 25 years. During this evolutionary era of digital page layout and design, there have been phenomenal changes in the tools and methods we use to produce our work. As rapid advances have been made in software development, so also has font technology evolved. And just as software packages are available that aren't suitable for current operating systems and design needs, there are also different font formats that aren't suitable for layout and imaging.

Fonts have been developed over the years using different technologies and categorized as different formats. Some font formats are obsolete today and won't work properly in some of the CS applications and with newer printing devices. Knowing what fonts are acceptable for use with the CS programs will help you prevent problems associated with printing and font embedding.

Font formats

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