Digital Type Basics
• There are several types of
• Adobe Type 1 (PostScript) (Mac or PC)
• True Type (Mac or PC)
• Open Type
• .d (Dot ‘D’) (Apple Creation)
Adobe Type 1
• Each font consist of two parts:
• Display type on the screen (monitor).
• Stored and displayed as 72 dpi
• Fonts reside in the Mac's
Operating System, load into
• They DO NOT move with the
document unless embedded.
• Consist of vector outlines of each
character stored in PostScript code.
• PostScript or Outline fonts.
• Should be stored with matching
• Both screen and printer fonts must
be IDENTICAL matches to each other
(manufacturer, version, etc.).
• Mac OSX does not allow orphan
fonts to be used
• True Type™ was introduced by
Apple with System 7.0.
• True Type™ fonts handle both
screen display and printing.
• It allows for "non-jaggy" screen
• Can have different character
widths than Type 1 fonts of the
• Create with True Type™ print using
Type 1 fonts can have re-wrapped
text or bad Kerning.
• TrueType Collection.
• A .ttc file contains a number of
related typefaces, such as the
regular, bold and italic variants of a
particular typeface, in one single font
• Newest font format
• Cross Platform
• Still comes in True Type or
• Apple creation
• Avoid if possible
• Fonts are licensed
• Illegal to use copied fonts
• Piracy in business
• Embedding fonts - PDF / Illustrator™
• Embed yes/no Flag
Web Safe Fonts
• Fonts common to most Window and
• Fonts designed specifically for web
• Verdana, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, and Georgia
Fonts In Applications
• Fonts in InDesign, Illustrator, & PDF are
• Fonts in PhotoShop are vector until
flattened or saved as a file format other
• When save from PhotoShop as a .tif or
.jpeg the fonts become raster images