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FLEXO Magazine : July 2009
DESIGN Manufacturers Sometimes downstream companies (such as prepress providers and printers) working on a design file may not have easy access to fonts used. If so, the design firm (or whoever is creating the content) should convert these fonts to outlines or paths. Refer to Design Section 3.1.8, “Converting Type to Outlines” , for additional information. Styles of Fonts In some applications, there is a style menu with type attributes such as bold, italic, outline, shadow, small caps, and all caps. Do not use this feature. Use only the actual font, such as Times Bold, rather than Times with the bold attribute. When using attributes, results vary depending on the RIP, printer drivers, and application being used. Selecting style attributes usually creates a pseudo version of the typeface, which is a degradation from the original font design. Many newer RIPs, printer drivers, and applications ignore pseudo commands and simply use the plain printer font. For example, if the italic command from the style menu is selected for Humanist 541 Condensed Bold (which has a corresponding printer font), the font will display as a condensed bold italic on screen but will typically not print in italics. NO FILL Outline Effect To create an outline only, use a vector program and give the type a stroke in the desired color and a fill of ‘none’ or ‘white’. To stroke only the outside, use a copy of the type with no stroke and a white fill exactly on top of the stroked copy. Be sure the stroke is at least twice the specified image trap for the applicable print segment. Refer to Table 3.1.3 for print specific total trap tolerance guidelines. Proprietary Fonts Fonts designed for a specific client or job are considered proprietary and should be included with the submitted files for the job. WHITE STROKE 3.1.8b: Outline Effect: To create an outline only, use a vector program, and give the type a stroke in the desired color, and a fill of ‘none’ or ‘white’. Be sure the stroke is at least twice the specified image trap for the applicable print segment. Other Font Architectures Multiple Master, TrueType GX and other font architecture should be avoided. If their use is unavoidable, confirm the prepress provider can work with the required font architecture. Poorly Written Fonts Poorly written fonts may be node heavy (built with too many points), have bad kerning pairs, or incomplete character sets. They should be avoided. If there is a typeface that absolutely must be used, test it first through an imagesetter. If using a font that is not available from the output supplier, convert it to outline. If the font is public domain, send it with the files. Supplying Type Fonts To avoid copyright infringements or unauthorized use of type fonts, the licensing responsibility resides with both the creator of the file and the company outputting the file. The creator must check with the supplier of the fonts to confirm that the license held for the fonts allows the fonts to be used by both the creator and the output supplier.
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