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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines goes over the common issues that arise when preparing InDesign documents for printing and shows how to tweak PDF and document settings to ensure the perfect print. The course shows how to avoid mistakes by preparing documents correctly upfront, covering document construction, layout, ink management settings, and output options. Prepress processes in Acrobat are also covered, including accurate soft proofing and packaging in the PDF/X formats. Exercise files accompany the course.
We're going to take a look at what formats you should use and which ones you should avoid regarding fonts. In this particular document, we can tell what fonts are used by going under Find Font. Now I notice all these documents have Pro in the name; this typically indicates it's an OpenType font. The nice advantage of OpenType fonts is they can work cross-platform between Mac and Windows. Also OpenType fonts, the newest font format, causes few, if any, output issues. Well, sometimes you might run into output issues, depending on the RIP.
Well, what exactly is a RIP? Well, all prepress departments use a Raster Image Processor, RIP, to output your files. Now all modern RIPs today generally don't have any font problems. It's more of the older RIPs that you need to be concerned about. So what you need to do is contact your output provider to see if they have any particular font issues. Let's look at some of the different fonts that could be used in a document. Underneath Type, we're going to go ahead and pick our font list, and we can see we have a circle, and that's for OpenType fonts.
Below it, we have two T's, and that's for TrueType fonts. As we scroll down, we can see an A in red, and that's for Adobe type 1 fonts. They have a PostScript and a screen version. Sometimes if one of those are missing, you can see rasterized fonts on your screen, or very bitmapped-looking fonts. So really, to avoid any font conflicts, I would recommend using Adobe OpenType fonts and also communicating with your commercial printer to find out what kind of RIP they have and if they have any specific font issues.
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