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

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PostScript (Type 1) Fonts

We were all raised to believe that PostScript fonts were the Only Right Way, convinced that any other font format was evil (pronounced as in old horror movies—eve-yil). In the earlier days of desktop publishing, this was a well-founded belief, because early RIPs couldn’t handle TrueType. (However, that’s no longer the case.)

PostScript fonts consist of two files: A bitmap “screen font” component for onscreen display and a printer component that contains PostScript instructions for actually printing the character. Since it’s made of pixels, the bitmap component alone can’t provide acceptable resolution for output, so if you misplace the printer font, you’re out of luck. Don’t discard the screen font either: It contains ...

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