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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.
Fonts, if not managed correctly, can cause output issues. Let's take a look at how InDesign handles fonts and the new document font folder. If I want to see what fonts were used in this document, I can go underneath my Type menu and choose Find Font. In here I see a list of all the fonts used in this document, and just as importantly, see where they're located. When I click on the very first font, I can see down here it's in a document-installed font folder. Well, what exactly is that? Well, that's a new feature in CS5. When you package your document, it makes a document font folder and collects all the fonts used in your document.
This is very important when you're handing off a native InDesign file for output and you want to make sure your fonts are being used when they output your file. Now if this information is not being shown, there is a little toggle over here between less and more information. Go ahead and click Done here, and I'm going to go look at another way to see what fonts are used in this document. If I go under my Type menu and choose Font, I see a Document-only option at the very top. It shows the three families of fonts used in this document. Now, this is only available if you packaged your document, which is something I will cover in another chapter.
So we can see, although you can use a lot of different fonts, the key is if you're handing off your InDesign file-- as opposed to a PDF--you want to make sure your fonts are being used at time of output. To avoid conflicts, you should package your document when handing off native InDesign files. This will create a Documents-only font folder, which will allow your printer to use your fonts at time of output.
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