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

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Font Embedding

The purpose of embedding fonts is to ensure that the PDF file looks and prints like the original document. Keep in mind that you’re allowed to embed fonts only if the font vendor’s End User License Agreement (EULA) allows you to do so—see Chapter Six, “Fonts,” for more on font licensing EULAs.

If you embed a font in a PDF, things can still go awry once the file leaves your hands. If you just embed a font (without subsetting), font substitution can still take place if the RIP is already using a font of the same name. Imagine a RIP thinking, “Why should I bother to pry open this PDF to get its Helvetica Bold, when I already have one warmed up?” It sounds harmless, just substituting one Helvetica Bold for another. But not all Helvetica ...

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