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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Font Licensing Issues

You probably don’t think of fonts as software, but that’s how fonts are distributed and licensed. They’re not just little drawings of letters. Fonts also contain instructions for font appearance and imaging. Consider the prodigious amount of work that goes into creating a font, and perhaps you’ll understand why you shouldn’t just freely distribute fonts. Each character must be painstakingly drawn. The designer must take into consideration how characters fit together, how they will look at various sizes, create hinting information, and much more. Professional font-creation software is expensive and complex because designing fonts is not a simple undertaking. Consider that a copy of the FontLab font editing application costs ...

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