FONTS & TYPOGRAPHY
If you have ever attempted to create the perfect project, we’re certain that a larger selection of fonts would have been useful. Whatever fonts you use, be sure to include them with your artwork. If you supply native documents, even if you package the project, make sure all the fonts are included.
Adobe Creative Cloud / Cloud Fonts
Adobe products have access to their font service. If you have activated Cloud fonts on your computer, make sure they are still available from the service. Occasionally 3rd parties change or remove their fonts from the database. They may still be available on your computer, but they may not be available to be added to ours.
There have been a number of font formats through the years.
Currently Opentype (OTF) is the most widely accepted format, followed by the older Truetype (TTF).
PostScript / Type 1
Formerly a dominant font format is PostScript (also known as “Type 1”). These used to be the universally preferred format in the print/publishing arena, as PostScript was the dominant page description language. As compatibility across multiple platforms has become a higher and higher priority, the fact that the format is platform specific has made it less desirable. PostScript as a page description language has essentially been replaced by PDF.
- PostScript/Type 1 fonts are no longer supported across Adobe’s current product line.
If you are using older software and/or are still using PostScript/Type 1 fonts, we may not be able to open your native documents or make text edits in PDF artwork. It would be advisable to ‘sunset’ any PS/T1 fonts in our system(s) and replace them with Adobe Cloud, OpenType or TrueType versions. For the time being, PS/T1 fonts that are fully embedded in PDF files seem to work. That may change at any time.
We’ve compiled a list of online font libraries for you to get just the right look for your next project.
Note that this list is not maintained, nor has it been updated recently.