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FLEXO Magazine : July 2009
DESIGN Drop shadows that fade should be limited to a single color so as to allow for special screening to support the light tones of the gradient. Refer to Design Section 4.5 for additional information on Blends/Vignettes/Gradations. 3.1.6 Spaces and Tabs Always use tabs rather than multiple spaces to position text. If a font change is required, the spaces will change size, while tabs will not change. 3.1.7 Text Wrap Most programs will wrap text around imported images. If an image is replaced in production, text will reflow if automatic text wrapping features were used to define the text wrap area. Use the polygon tool or other shape to define the text wrap or run-around instead of letting the text automatically wrap around the image. When the high-resolution image is placed into the file, the program may see its edges differently and rewrap the type. The prepress provider will have to rebuild the desired wrap to get the text to reflow the same way. 3.1.8 Fonts It is possible for a font to have the same name but exist in different file formats. For example, two different companies that make the font (sometimes called foundries) may name the font the same. Substituting a different font file format may cause the text to reflow and change the original design. Fonts may be selected and used from a variety of sources. It is possible for a font to vary in appearance or performance in downstream operations based upon its source. For that reason, it is recommended that, in addition to the original file, a copy of the font be supplied with type converted to outlines. Refer to Design Section 3.1.8, “Converting Type to Outlines” , for additional information. PostScript/Type 1 A PostScript font is a Type 1 font and is created from two components: a printer font and a screen font. The printer font contains the outlines that allow the output device to accurately render the font in any size. The screen font allows the font to be viewed on a computer screen (monitor). Type 1 fonts require both pieces to work properly. PostScript fonts are the de-facto standard for professionals in the creative and print environments. Open Type Fonts There are several advantages to the Open Type format. First, as with TrueType, the entire font is housed in a single file. Second, this file is cross platform – the same file can be used on a Mac or Windows platform with consistent results. Third, an OpenType font can contain either PostScript or TrueType outline data. Lastly, OpenType can support Unicode information, which can contain thousands of characters including high quality ligatures, swash glyphs, and other advanced typographical features. This is a significant benefit over PostScript Type 1, which is limited to 256 characters. 3.1.8a: Font Utility Programs: There are many font utility programs to help manage fonts effectively.
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