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What is that Diamond shape in the Character Panel?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 21, 2022

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Hi gang,

When I open a template file in Illustrator 2023, I see a diamond shape immediately to the right of the font name in the Character Panel. It reads "Myriad Pro ♦

What does the Diamond character mean?

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Community Expert , Oct 21, 2022 Oct 21, 2022

Hmmm. I did a little deeper digging. I'm working on a newer laptop. I thought I had Myriad installed, but I did not. As soon as I installed the Myriad family into FontBook app, the diamond went away. So the template was calling for a font that the OS didn't have installed, and therefore showed a diamond shape after the typeface name. Different in InDesign, the font name shows up with square brackets surrounding the [fontname]. 

Since the template did not already have type objects within it, open

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Oct 21, 2022 Oct 21, 2022

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It probably means that the font is not fully editable unless you activate/ install it. Either that or that it's a "deprecated" old font that's also not fully compatible because soem Unicode/ OpenType stuff is missing from it. For Myriad this would fit, as Adobe has retired it for the most part.

 

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Hmmm. I did a little deeper digging. I'm working on a newer laptop. I thought I had Myriad installed, but I did not. As soon as I installed the Myriad family into FontBook app, the diamond went away. So the template was calling for a font that the OS didn't have installed, and therefore showed a diamond shape after the typeface name. Different in InDesign, the font name shows up with square brackets surrounding the [fontname]. 

Since the template did not already have type objects within it, opening the template did not trigger the Missing Fonts dialog box. But it did show the diamond next to the default character style fontname.

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