Types of Fonts
Currently four types of fonts are prevalent in desktop publishing:
- OpenType: Consists of one file which contains all font information. This is the recommended font because it can cross platforms of OS and Windows.
- Type 1: Consists of two files—a printer and screen font.
- TrueType: Consists of one file that contains the display and printing information.
- Multiple Master: Consists of two files—a printer and a screen font. Due to the technology involved in Multiple Master fonts, you will have many more screen fonts than a typical Type1 font.
Missing or improperly collected fonts are the most common issues printers see from customers. When collecting fonts, a few rules should be followed:
- Never mix Type1 and TrueType fonts with the same name together. When these fonts are mixed together, the file will display with the TrueType and print with the Type1 printer font. This occurrence can cause reflow or other anomalies such as strange characters appearing in your text.
- Collect the fonts on the computer on which the job was created.
- Invest in a Font Management application. Make sure your Mac system/fonts folder only has the minimum system fonts loaded which are Charcoal, Geneva, and Monaco.